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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

Clean Energy Center-sponsored event will bring together experts in offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy.On May 23, at 10 a.m., the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the second Annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference entitled Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water at 151 Martine Street in Fall River.The event, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will gather experts in offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy from government, utility, and stakeholder engagement to discuss the state of play in the implementation of marine renewables

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'Elusive' Omura Whale Spotted

A new research paper by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science shows that the elusive Omura whale has now been spotted in many more tropical and warm temperate waters around the world. After Dr. Cerchio released the first video ever taken of these slender, 33 to 38 ft. long whales in 2015, marine biologists, ecotourists and bloggers from around the world have since reported more than one hundred sightings of what once seemed to be a species of ghost whale. For decades, the only available specimens to be found were the remains

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

part of their range, and we don’t have data for northern Alaska.”Since 2013, sea star wasting disease has brought about massive mortality in multiple sea star species from Mexico to Alaska. The East Coast has not been immune, as the disease has affected the shores from New Jersey to New England.Diego Montecino-Latorre, a wildlife epidemiologist with the UC Davis One Health Institute and a co-lead author, said the sunflower sea star continues to decline even in the deepest ocean and it is not recovering in the same way experienced by the intertidal Ochre star.“This is likely because

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JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X Continues to Outperform

extension, an underwater handle, two chargers (AC/DC), a land headset, an underwater “bone” phone, and a diver’s belt to hip-mount the unit if desired.Robert Love, an avid diver for many years, uses his Pulse 8X on all of his dives, mainly focusing on the Piscataqua River in New England. Rob states that his finds “have ranged from locks, old tools and winch heads to a WW1 era Hales bomb, minus the detonator and explosives. The bomb was about 2’ under the mud!” This was the second bomb that Rob has found, his first being a civil war Parrot artillery round, which

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Ørsted Tapped for Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm

CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said, “We’re happy to have been selected for contract negotiations as the only offshore wind project in this zero carbon RPF. Revolution Wind will contribute to Connecticut’s transition to clean energy and add to our attractive construction pipeline in New England which now totals 830MW.”Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted US Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America, said, “Offshore wind will bring long-term economic and environmental benefits to Connecticut, attract related industry and supply chain investments to

 A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts ended on Friday with record-setting bids totaling more than $400 million from European energy giants including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Equinor ASA.. Photo: 
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BOEM "Blown Away" by Record U.S. Offshore Wind Auction

, gives it a strong position within reach of important offshore wind markets.Vineyard Wind, which is developing a wind farm in a separate lease area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, said in a statement that the company was "excited to expand our offshore wind presence in the waters offshore New England." (Reporting by Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien, Will Dunham and Jonathan Oati

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Europeans Sweep Record US Offshore Wind Auction

, gives it a strong position within reach of important offshore wind markets.Vineyard Wind, which is developing a wind farm in a separate lease area off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, said in a statement that the company was "excited to expand our offshore wind presence in the waters offshore New England."(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien, Will Dunham and Jonathan Oatis

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

opportunity for us and for our partners to advance our ability to observe, study, and understand the ocean.”WHOI will also continue to operate two Global Scale Arrays and the Coastal Pioneer Array. The Pioneer Array spans a persistent ocean front on the continental shelf and slope south of New England, a dynamic region where complex physical processes control the exchange of nutrients and other properties between the coast and the deep ocean that strongly influence coastal ecosystems. One of the Global sites is in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland, a key location in the global ocean circulation

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Bay State Wind Revises Turbine Layout

Bay State Wind, an offshore wind joint venture between developer Ørsted and New England electric transmission company Eversource, announced a significant change to its proposed wind farm layout in response to feedback from fishermen and community members.The revised turbine layout pattern accommodates historical fishing patterns and helps to provide greater ease of fishing within, and transiting through, the wind farm, located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.Bay State Wind said its engineering and layouts team incorporated as many suggestions as possible from fishermen

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WHOI Test Site Aims to Boost Marine Robotics Sector

in marine robotics are transforming our ability to access the ocean," said James Bellingham, director of the Center for Marine Robotics at WHOI. "Scientists, industry, and the military are taking advantage of the new robotic capabilities, fostering the growth of a new marine industry in New England.""The matching investments made by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to WHOI’s Robots to the Sea Program enable us to accelerate progress, providing powerful test facilities to support our growing Blue Economy and cementing our regional strengths," Bellingham added

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Aquabotix Joins the SENEDIA Alliance

vehicle manufacturer UUV Aquabotix Ltd announced it has joined an alliance that seeks to identify, champion and coordinate issues that contribute to the national security of the U.S., with a particular focus on thought leadership and technical innovation in undersea technologies.The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) supports open dialogue and increased engagement between the U.S. industrial base and Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, and participation in SENEDIA supports Aquabotix’s goal of continuing to strengthen its ties to these customer

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