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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

to comment.Last month the fisheries office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the Commerce Department, issued permits to WesternGeco LLC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd, and CGG to harass, but not kill, marine mammals with air gun blasts in a region of the Atlantic from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida.Jennie Lyons, a spokeswoman at the fisheries office declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the department only authorized harrasment, not outight killing, of the marine animals in issuing the permits. A marine biologist at the office told reporters last month that

A dive team investigates sonar targets collected via the REMUS 100 AUV,  with RV Norseman II sailing in the background (Photo: NOAA)

US Destroyer Wreckage Discovered off Remote Alaskan Island

the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting place of loved ones lost in the predawn hours of Aug. 18, 1943 remained unknown.On July 17, a NOAA-funded team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware discovered the missing 75- foot stern section in 290 feet of water off of Kiska, one the few United States territories to be occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years.“This is a significant discovery that will shed light on this little-known episode in our history,” said retired

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Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Smaller than Usual

Scientists have determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”— an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is approximately 2,720 square miles (7,040 square kilometers), an area about the size of Delaware. This summer’s smaller-than-expected dead zone size is the fourth smallest area mapped since 1985 and is smaller than the 5,780 square miles forecast by NOAA in June.The effort to determine the size of the dead zone was led by NOAA-supported scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium during a

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After Florida, more States Press US for Offshore Drilling Exemptions

Donald Trump's efforts to expand oil and gas production offshore. A proposed leasing plan unveiled last week aims to open up all U.S. coasts to drillers over the next five years. Alaska and Maine are the only two U.S. states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.   The governors of Delaware, North Carolina, and South Carolina on Tuesday were seeking meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to press their case that drilling would pose significant risks to coastal tourism, while other state representatives issued sharply-worded Tweets.   "Tourism and recreation along the

Choctaw. Photo: Ocean Explorer, NOAA

Two Shipwrecks Found in Lake Huron

will be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.   Funded by a grant from NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, the project was made possible through research partnerships with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, University of Delaware, Michigan Technological University, Northwest Michigan College, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  

Phase IV started with a series of ‘work-up’ dives used to practice technical diving techniques and refine the photogrammetric imagery acquisition protocols before visiting deeper sites. Here, NOAA Diver Joe Hoyt swims above the debris field off the stern of wooden bulk carrier New Orleans. He maintains a consistent altitude off the bottom, necessary to ensure broader coverage of the debris field features as the relate to the main vessel remains. (Credit: NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctua

Cutting Edge Tech Helps Find Lake Huron Shipwrecks

that “the private/public partnerships,” such as that with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, “help researchers keep up with technology that develops and changes at a very fast pace.”   In the second phase of the project, the sanctuary teamed up with the University of Delaware onboard research vessel R/V Laurentian. For six days, they conducted around-the-clock acoustic mapping of the lake floor, scanning 100-square miles in the heart of the sanctuary. The result of these scans is a huge archive of data that the team must process, review and use to pinpoint the locations

Thermal wavelength image of a large iceberg, which has calved off the Larsen C ice shelf. Darker colors are colder, and brighter colors are warmer, so the rift between the iceberg and the ice shelf appears as a thin line of slightly warmer area. Image from July 12, 2017, from the MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. (Image: NASA Worldview)

Giant Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

.   The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey.   The iceberg, which is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Indonesian island of Bali, has been close to breaking off for a few months.   Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites.   "The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its

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JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

a diver into the frigid waters.    A few of the many other agencies using JW Fishers search equipment are the FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Underwater Recovery Team, Search & Rescue Society of British Columbia, Summit County Sheriff in Colorado, New Orleans Police Department, Delaware State Police, Oxnard Fire Department in California, Grand Prairie Fire Department in Texas, the Dubai Police, and Indonesia's National Search & Rescue Agency

Newly discovered B-25 Bomber (Photo: Project Recover)

Missing WW II Bombers Found on the Seafloor

damaged before crashing, or broke up upon impact. And, after soaking in the sea for decades, they are often unrecognizable to the untrained eye, often covered in corals and other sea-life,” said Katy O’Connell, Project Recover’s Executive Director, who is based at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “Our use of advanced technologies, which led to the discovery of the B-25, enables us to accelerate and enhance the discovery and eventual recovery of our missing servicemen.”   Project Recover blends historical and archival data

A diver surveys the wreck of Lucinda Van Valkenburg, a wooden three-masted schooner that sank just north of Middle Island in 1887. (Photo: Tane Casserley/NOAA)

History Meets Technology in Shipwreck Alley

photographs will be used to identify shipwreck remains, and also to produce photomosaics that may help with identification.   From May 15 through 26, the team will transition to deep-water exploration of the northern area of the sanctuary. Using a wide-sweeping sonar device from the University of Delaware, as much of the lake bottom as possible in this area will be surveyed over 10 days, in 24-hour operations onboard a research vessel from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. Expected results of this phase of work will be a number of “targets,” or non-natural items, discovered

A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. (Image Credit: NASA/John Sonntag)

Vast Iceberg Poised to Crack off Antarctica

A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of the U.S. state of Delaware or the Caribbean island state of Trinidad and Tobago, is poised to break off Antarctica. A rift, slowly developing across the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula in recent years, expanded abruptly last month, growing by about 18 km (11 miles). It is now more than 80 km long with just 20 km left before it snaps, scientists said. "The Larsen C Ice shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5,000 square km (1,930 square miles) following further

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Bahrain Center for Studies & Research, Virgin Islands National Park, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana, Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves in Florida, and Taiwan University’s National Institute of Oceanography

USCG's MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Responded. Photo USCG

Search on for Missing Diver in Shark River Inlet

The Coast Guard and local police are searching for a missing diver in the Shark River Inlet in the vicinity of Belmar, New Jersey. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified by the Belmar Police department that a 17-year old free diver was reportedly missing in the Shark River Inlet at around 5 p.m. A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small rescue crew was dispatched from Station Shark River and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew was dispatched from Air Station Atlantic City to aid in the search. Also searching are members of the Avon-By-The-Sea and Belmar Police

FairfieldNodal Expands Multi-Client Library in Delaware Basin

FairfieldNodal has completed acquisition of an additional 347 square miles of multi-client 3D data in Eddy County, New Mexico. The new surveys – DB4A (237 square miles) and DB4A West (110 square miles) – enhance the company’s ongoing Delaware Basin Regional Imaging Project. Since 2011, FairfieldNodal’s Data Licensing Division has acquired more than 2,500 square miles of high-quality, long offset and wide azimuth nodal data in the Delaware Basin.   In addition to the DB4A and DB4A West projects, FairfieldNodal recently completed acquisition of Barilla Draw, a 400

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Woods Hole Celebrates 30th Anniversary

in 1986 as Aubrey Consulting, the company has grown and diversified, while maintaining its focus on applying new technologies and scientific methods to efficiently solve real-world problems.  The corporate headquarters remains in Falmouth, Massachusetts, supported by domestic operations in Delaware (Dover), Florida (Jacksonville), and Texas (Houston), along with partners in more than 10 countries to support international operations. Building on its pedigree of coastal specialists, experts now include:  oceanographers focused on port, harbor, and ocean measurement systems; ecologists

RoweTech Names RTA Mid-Atlantic Agent

Ray Mahr, Jr. the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ROWE TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. (RoweTech) has announced the appointment of Ransone Technology Associates (RTA) as an exclusive agent for distribution in the following states of the Mid-Atlantic region – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and GSA contracting.   RTA will sell and support RoweTech equipment across the region. Rowe designs, develops and manufactures acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) for applications in oceans, lakes and rivers. Rowe ADCP/DVLs are used on AUVs and ROVs in coastal

Sand Tiger sharks congregate together in the shallow waters of the Delaware Bay in summertime. Researchers at the University of Delaware in Lewes use acoustic tags to track the movements of individual Sand Tigers in the open ocean throughout the rest of the year. (Credit: Danielle Haulsee)

Scientists Reveal Sharks’ Surprising Social Networks

in mammals but rarely observed in fish.   “Higher-order decision-making processes are often associated with mammals, or species that we think of as really smart – dolphins, elephants, or chimpanzees,” said Danielle Haulsee, a PhD candidate in oceanography at the University of Delaware in Lewes. “Our research shows that it is important for the scientific community to not rule out these types of behaviors in non-mammalian species, as behavior can often give us insight on how species interact with their ecosystems and how resources that humans depend on are distributed around

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