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3D Sonar Used in Fishery Research

coordinated ground-truthing methods, it is expected that the results from the project will help improve current food web models and local Rhode Island fisheries management.For this project, FarSounder is collaborating with the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). The pelagic fish data collection is taking place aboard the R/V Cap’n Bert, a stern trawler owned and operated by the URI Department of Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Sciences.This research has been made possible through the issuing of a STAC grant to Austin Humphries, an

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​OSIL's Deep-Sea Mining Data Tools​

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) continues to consolidate its deep-sea scientific data collection tools for use in the environmental management of deep sea mining & impact assessment of other deep-sea activities.OSIL’s product range now includes a 0.5m2 Giant box corer for bulk sampling in biological, chemical and geochemical applications. Box corers provide a large well-preserved sample in a range of sediment types with easy access to the substrate for sub sampling.The OSIL Giant Piston corer can retrieve cores of up to 60m in length from soft sediments and muds, as the action of

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Jedstone Starts RLWI Work at Montara

opportunities to improve Montara’s performance, increasing value and returns to the business.”Jadestone is the 100% owner of the producing Montara project, and is expecting to be formally granted operatorship of the asset upon approval from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).Operations on Montara, including the RLWI, are being conducted under the current PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited Safety Case and utilizing an Operator and Transitional Services Agreement, which will govern the operation and management of the Montara

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Mapping the Future

new markets by removing manned vessels and make it cheaper to access the deep sea; and finally, to inspire the public – these robots are discovering a new underwater planet with strange lifeforms and unfamiliar terrains. These exponential technologies can be used to assist in deep-sea environmental management, conservation, and even ecotourism. Ultimately, we envision this technology will be used to map the entire seafloor at a high resolution by 2030 – in alignment with the goals of Seabed 2030.How does this particular prize fit within the overall aims of the XPRIZE foundations?The Shell

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AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

and Artificial Intelligence. The algorithms used are able to rapidly produce simple summaries of observations, and form subsequent deployment plans. This way, scientists can respond to dynamic changes in the environment and target areas that will lead to the biggest operational, scientific, or environmental management gains.More than 1.3 million seafloor images were collected and algorithmically analyzed to find biological hotspots and precisely target them for interactive sampling and observations. The initial wide-area seafloor imagery was acquired with an underwater vehicle “Ae2000f” using

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and prior to that in Federal legislative affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). She has developed policy strategy for large-scale renewables, energy storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and microgrid projects. Kuhn earned her BA in Environmental Management, and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Indiana University. She will assist clients in navigating the US market through management consulting, strategy, and market intelligence assignments.Hutchinson is a highly experienced health, safety and environmental expert with 15 years&rsquo

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NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the deep-sea red crab fishery.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Between college and graduate school, Pentony served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering project manager on a variety of military satellite and launch vehicle programs

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

Impact Assessments, which will occur before, during and after mining provide real results.    Amon said, “Deep-sea mining in international waters is a nascent industry. There should be applause given to the process thus far, especially concerning the adoption of an environmental management plan for the CCZ by the ISA as well as the stipulation that before exploitation, benthic biological baseline studies must be undertaken for each contract area. But there are still many outstanding issues and unknowns. These include that the Areas of Particular Environmental Interest (APEIs)

One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people. In this view of Egypt, we see a population almost completely concentrated along the Nile Valley, just a small percentage of the country’s land area.  (Image Credit: NASA:Historic Images on Flickr Commons)

Preview: GEO Week 2017

to global challenges at a time of exponential data growth, human development and climate change that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. The unprecedented global collaboration of experts helps identify gaps and reduce duplication in the areas of sustainable development and sound environmental management.   This October, the U.S. will host GEO Week 2017 in Washington, DC. GEO Week, consisting of the GEO-XIV Plenary, side events, and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use earth observations (EO) in delivering ‘Insight for a Changing

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M2 Subsea Awarded DNV-GL Certifications

to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction, the company said. The accreditation was awarded following an independent assessment of M2 Subsea’s quality management.    The ISO 14001: 2015, which is aligned with the 9001: 2015, sets the requirements for environmental management systems. The accreditation covers business areas including operations, leadership, planning and support to ensure the company meets all environmental objectives as part of its daily operations.   Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented, “We are thrilled

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