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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

lists, very briefly, engineering capabilities, equipment resources, manufacturing abilities, marine services and a brief description of specialized offerings.  In mid-February the Directory included 92 companies.  Most were from Virginia, but there were also companies listed from Louisiana, Minnesota and Ohio.The Directory raises two important questions: (1) Who’s looking at the Directory and (2) How will it be used to help build out and operate this massive new energy system?  A Directory is of little value if it just languishes somewhere on some obscure website.  These questions

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JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X Continues to Outperform

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Connecticut State Police, Swedish Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Texas Highway Patrol, New Jersey State Police, Policia de Puerto Rico, Ottawa Police Service in Canada, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Olmstead Sheriffs Dive Team in Minnesota, Maine State Police, and the U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and their Facilities Engineering Service Center in California

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Study: Nonnative Species Carried in Lakers' Ballast Water

by The Great Waters Research Collaborative (GWRC), a project of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI), builds on work conducted by others in the Great Lakes in recent years.The ships’ operators proposed the study as a means of complying with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ballast water permitting requirements, and approached GWRC to undertake the scientific research. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) paid for the study via the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) portion of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.Ten U.S. and

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Revving Up a New ROV

online expedition diary.Johns’ comments pretty well sum up this demonstration of cross-border camaraderie, which had its origins aboard the replica three-masted wooden schooner out of Milwaukee, the Denis Sullivan. Last summer, Kurth and Nelson met as part of an educator workshop sponsored by the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs and with financial support from the Center for Great Lakes Literacy. Kurth was not only a dab hand on the boat, having participated in previous sails, but also an enthusiastic mentor for Nelson as they both strive to bring the Great Lakes alive in their classrooms

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Public Safety Dive Teams: Always Ready

that could support public safety dive teams in the Midwest by opening communications to share information training, equipment, operations and policies.   In 2015, the Association held its first annual conference in Stevens Point, Wis. More than 70 public safety divers from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota were in attendance. This group represented several law enforcement, fire and rescue teams from across the region. The conference showcased expositions such as forensic autopsies for drowning victims, local case reviews on recoveries of homicide victims, underwater evidence collection and examples

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

safety dive teams respond effectively to water incident scenes. Their instructors combine knowledge with experience in the use of state of the equipment. The detectors both companies are using in their evidence recovery training are JW Fishers Pulse 8X.   Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota is employing this technology in their underwater search operations. Dive Team Leader Steve Sutton-Brown reports using Fishers new SAR-1 detector in a recent training exercise. “We’re regularly called on to search for evidence such as guns, knives, bullet casings, etc. We generally dive

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Young Innovators to Compete in Underwater Robotics

student discovery and excitement about STEM subjects leading to a potential future career path.”    SeaPerch reaches a diverse population, and the National Challenge frequently include students from inner cities, remote rural areas of the country, Native American reservations in Minnesota, and the Pacific islands. All of these participants have been introduced to STEM though SeaPerch. The 2017 competition will welcome teams from beyond the continental U.S. with groups from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands and New Zealand.   Georgia Tech, via a contract

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Training Cruise and Workshop for New Scientists

PhD students, post docs, and first- or second-year faculty members, on how to effectively plan for, acquire and utilize time at sea for multidisciplinary research and education.   The program will occur from June 6 to June 12, 2017, and will include a four-day cruise on the University of Minnesota’s R/V Blue Heron on Lakes Superior and Michigan, as well as a pre-cruise workshop. The program will start in Duluth, Minn., home port of the R/V Blue Heron, and end in Milwaukee, Wis.   Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs, research supplies and shipping.  

Ocean engineers from MIT, the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accurately simulated the motion of internal tides along a shelf break called the Middle Atlantic Bight — a region off the coast of the eastern U.S. that stretches from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North Carolina. (Image: Google Earth)

Scientists Uncover Explanation for Hidden Ocean Swell Interactions

to the ocean and travel at the same frequency as surface tides. Internal tides are largely calm in some regions but can become chaotic near shelf breaks, where scientists have been unable to predict their paths.   Now for the first time, ocean engineers and scientists from MIT, the University of Minnesota at Duluth (UMD), and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have accurately simulated the motion of internal tides along a shelf break called the Middle Atlantic Bight — a region off the coast of the eastern U.S. that stretches from Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras in North

Peruvian Navy diver Fonseca with JW Fishers Pulse 8X metal detector, Inset: Pinellas County Sheriffs diver searches for weapons with Pulse 8X  (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Metal Detectors Help Police, Military

8X are the US Border Patrol, Connecticut State Police, Swedish Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Texas Highway Patrol, New Jersey State Police, Policia de Puerto Rico, Ottawa Police Service in Canada, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Olmstead Sheriffs Dive Team in Minnesota, Maine State Police, and US Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and their Facilities Engineering Service Center in California

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