Cook Islands News

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Manatua Consortium Approves Cable Lay

for the installation of the Manatua – One Polynesia Cable.  The new optical fiber submarine cable will span the South Pacific transforming speed, capacity, resilience and affordability.  The six landings will be in Tahiti and Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Apia, Samoa and Niue.  It is the first fiber connectivity to Niue and the Cook Islands.  Manatua is a groundbreaking collaboration initiated in April 2017 with the signing of an international treaty by the President of French Polynesia, the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, the Prime

Image: SubCom and the Manatua Consortium.

SubCom: Manatua Cable Contract is in Force

the contract is in force for the supply and installation of the Manatua submarine cable system. The Manatua Consortium is composed of: The Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT), the telecoms operator of French Polynesia; Avaroa Cables Limited (ACL), the cable operator of Cook Islands, Telecom Niue Limited (TNL), the telecoms operator of Niue; and Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC), the cable operator of the Independent State of Samoa. The Manatua Cable will provide connections from Apia, Samoa to Toahotu, Tahiti, with branching units for landings to Niue; Aitutaki,

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen in the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of about 3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

Atoll and Kingman Reef, and Johnston Atoll. While this year’s dives will focus on waters of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, NOAA will partner with several Pacific Island countries to explore the deep waters of Samoa, the Republic of Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand’s Territory of Tokelau.   CAPSTONE, which began in July 2015, focuses on collecting baseline information to support science and management needs in these vast and largely unexplored areas. CAPSTONE also provides critical information relevant to emerging regional issues

Bruce McGregor. Photo: PDMS Ltd

UK MCA Contract Award to PDMS

benefits resulting from our existing experiences."   PDMS Maritime's new client, the MCA, marks another success for PDMS team.  This is the second new MARIS related contract award this year alone - after PDMS Maritime also recently announced a new contract for MARIS with the Maritime Cook Islands (MCI).  

Green seas: File image

Million US$ Grant for Pacific Ocean Protection Area

;re delighted and inspired to help.” Kiribati President Anote Tong announced his intent to fully protect the Phoenix Islands at the June 2014 “Our Ocean” conference sponsored by United States Department of State and Secretary of State John Kerry. The governments of Palau and the Cook Islands both announced similar, significant commitments, while President Obama relayed his intent to consider sizable new protections for US ocean waters. Following the June conference these nations, along with many other small island developing states around the world, strongly encouraged the US and

Ocean Floor: Image credit Pixabay CCL

New Zealand Mulls Ocean Floor Mining Proposal

, chief executive of Nautilus Minerals, which is working on a deep-sea project off Papua New Guinea and is also in talks with New Zealand. Other countries in the Pacific looking at underwater mining include Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, which have all issued exploration licenses. Cook Islands in the South Pacific plans to put seabed exploration licenses up for bids later this year. In the 750,000 sq km (290,000 square miles) of territorial waters around the Cook Islands are mineral nodules the size of potatoes to lettuce heads and rich in manganese and cobalt, a resource Imperial

Oceanic Lava Flow: Photo courtesy of the Researchers

Oceanic Lava Flow Research Explains Earth's Formation

until about 2.5 billion years ago, material containing such isotopes must have originated in the Archean crust. In the new study, the researchers found MIF sulfur-isotope signatures in olivine-hosted sulfides from relatively young (20-million-year-old) ocean island basalts (OIB) from Mangaia, Cook Islands (Polynesia), providing evidence that the mantle is the only possible source of the ancient Archean materials found in the Mangaia lavas. “The discovery of MIF-S isotope in these young oceanic lavas suggests that sulfur—likely derived from the hydrothermally-altered oceanic crust&mdash

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