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Optimizing Aquaculture with Sonar

inaccurate information.So how does a shrimp farmer measure their stock accurately and determine if their supply is large enough to meet market demands? A combination of JW Fishers technology and the ingenuity of an experienced aquaculture professional resulted in innovative solutions to this problem in Maryland.  JW Fishers SCAN-650 sector scanning sonar is a tool widely used throughout the world. The SCAN-650 produces a detailed image of the underwater environment regardless of the water visibility. It does this by sending out a sound wave that reflects off objects on the bottom or in the water column

The DTRA's Blowfish Project demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. The VideoRay ROV system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied target types (Photo: Darnell Gardner)

The Blowfish Project: ROV Helps to Secure US Waterways

the Blowfish Project, this technology is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) and Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, utilizing development and testing sites located in California, Maryland, and Virginia.Similar to available technology fielded for land-based counter-IED applications that allow for operator standoff and disruptor capabilities, the Blowfish system incorporates technology that has been adapted to address underwater threats. The system also includes advanced integrated

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Reiss Named Director of NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center

NOAA has selected Arthur John “A.J.” Reiss, as the director of NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) in College Park, Maryland. OPC provides marine forecasts and critical decision support services for mariners, ensuring the safety of lives and vessels at sea by alerting to hazards like hurricane-force winds and high seas.“The nation’s maritime shipping industry is a $2.1 trillion economic activity for the U.S., making accurate and reliable weather forecasts at sea economically critical,” said Grant Cooper, Ph.D., acting NCEP Director. “A.J.'s maritime

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Ørsted to Deploy GE's 12MW Offshore Turbine

a total area of 38,000 square meters.Subject to final agreed and signed contract and all required project approvals, Ørsted will deploy Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbines on the two offshore wind farms constituting Ørsted’s Mid-Atlantic cluster:the 120 MW Skipjack off the coast of Maryland, expected to be commissioned in 2022; and 1,100 MW Ocean Wind off the coast of New Jersey, expected to be commissioned in 2024.Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said, “We look forward to introducing the next generation offshore wind turbine to the

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Maryland Offers Offshore Wind Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is launching two offshore wind grants for the 2020 fiscal year, with combined funds of approximately $3 million. Nearly $1.6m will go the Maryland Offshore Wind Capex Program and remaining to the Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training Program.Maryland Offshore Wind Workforce Training program provides grant funding on a competitive basis to support Maryland’s workforce entering the offshore wind industry.Both new and existing workforce development training centers, focused on offshore wind industry can apply.Training centers must provide the education

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

a state pier in New London, Connecticut, making it usable for assembly and installation of wind turbines. (See www.courant.com/business/hc-biz-wind-power-state-pier.)State legislatures also provide funds for workforce and supply chain development grants.  This is especially true in the cases of Maryland and Massachusetts. (See for example in Maryland: https://energy.maryland.gov/Pages/Info/renewable/offshorewindworkforce.aspx.)Other states like New York and Virginia have developed extensive directories of businesses who can meet the needs of wind farm developers. Maritime suppliers should work

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

of the polymetallic nodules. The trove is potentially also, “the largest known primary cobalt resource in the world.”AUV visuals: Swire Seabed’s user interface. Photo: Swire SeabedProven techniquesThe company says a 2016 multi-year R&D pact between the (Aberdeen Proving Ground) in Maryland and Deep Reach Technology of Houston identified over 180 MM t of REEs and Sc. Not surprisingly, and in light of its recent REE discoveries, Norway has announced it will follow the Cooke Isles example of issuing licenses to qualified subsea mining companies.Ocean Minerals’ qualified offshore

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

scenario for early wind work is through research projects, funded by a mix of federal, state and private-sector dollars.  For example, in 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.  Virginia joined the Consortium this January, along with Maryland and Massachusetts.  The Consortium includes established wind energy companies, e.g., Deepwater Wind, Shell and Orsted, as well as the Carbon Trust, the Renewables Consulting Group and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Critically, the Consortium has money - $41 million

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

Donald Trump's "energy dominance" agenda to boost oil output for U.S. consumption and for exports, also went to ION GeoVentures, Spectrum Geo Inc and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company.The companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The other attorneys general are from Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. They joined a suit by conservationists filed earlier this month by groups including the Coastal Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana.(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia

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