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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

Québec, New England Strengthen Marine Technology Ties

Last month, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Technopole Maritime du Québec (TMQ) and the Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN) at a special ceremony and reception on March 12.   Signaling a growing relationship between Québec’s & New England’s marine technology communities, the document marks an important step for both. The Memorandum serves as a framework for information exchange, contacts between businesses, research entities, and students and faculty, as well as the mutual pursuit of growing opportunities in ocean and coastal

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Roadmap for Renewable Energy

reduction goals are flexible enough to incorporate green energy transmitted from elsewhere. This is particularly significant for Long Island, which benefits from the Cross Sound Cable, an undersea transmission line that transmits excess clean electricity across Long Island Sound from renewable-rich New England.  In addition to its vast hydrologic and wind resources, New England has its own state-level carbon reduction policies that date back over a decade. The Cross Sound Cable can transmit 330 MW of hydrologic and wind power originating in New England to Long Island, which equates to substantial

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NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

, the large marine ecosystem from Maine to Cape Hatteras and the Great Lakes. As Administrator, he will also oversee aspects of international fisheries conservation and management in the region.   Before joining NOAA Fisheries in 2002, Pentony worked for 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

Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the Two Brothers shipwreck site (Credit: NOAA)

Hawaiian Islands Shipwreck Makes History – Again

Places. As the first shipwreck site in Papahānaumokuākea listed to the register, it joins the USS Arizona and the USS Utah as the only two other listed shipwreck sites in Hawaii. There was a time during the mid-to-late 19th century when more than 700 American whaling ships plied the waters of New England and the Pacific, and more than one-fifth of their crew were Pacific Islanders. Dozens of vessels like the Two Brothers made their way to Hawaii, and these ships, for better or worse, changed the commerce and culture of the islands. The whaling shipwreck sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling

a huge shift from previous policy.   Weeks before leaving office, Obama banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, protecting 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of waters off Alaska and 3.8 million acres (1.5 million hectares)in the Atlantic from New England to the Chesapeake Bay.   Trump in April ordered the Interior Department to overhaul the leasing schedule to promote increased drilling. At the time, low oil prices and soaring onshore production were curtailing demand for offshore leases, raising questions about the benefits of the move

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Tidal Energy Test Site Installed in Cape Cod Canal

islands or for site specific energy generation.    MRECo said it also welcomes those who have expressed interest in using the site to evaluate corrosion effects, biofouling in high currents, environmental impacts of turbines and more.    The BTTS is the latest addition to the New England Marine Energy Development System (NEMEDS) which is a network of testing facilities located in a 100 mile radius. These test facilities will help tidal energy device designers obtain valuable information that will enable them to scale up and commercialize more efficiently. 

Artist’s rendering of what the tidal test site will look like (Image: MRECo)

US Tidal Energy Test Site: Installation Set for Next Week

of up to 3 meters can be tested with vertical lift provided for easy access. The structure was built at MassTank by experienced manufactures of steel tanks and large structures for various applications including marine and heavy industrial uses. The Bourne Tidal Test Structure is part of the New England Marine Energy Development System (NEMEDS), a network of testing facilities located within a 100 mile radius that aim to help device designers obtain valuable information that will enable them to scale up and commercialize more efficiently. Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

will collaborate with a third MARINER project awarded to a team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks that aims to develop scale model seaweed farms capable of producing sugar kelp for less than $100 per dry metric ton. Lindell will lead biological sampling and testing at seaweed farm sites in New England—Nantucket Sound and Long Island Sound—and Alaska.   "Bringing our scientists and engineers together to develop innovative solutions to important problems is a hallmark of WHOI," said Mark Abbott, president and director of WHOI. "We’re pleased and honored

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