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Fish and Chips Under Threat

imagination to think that if we don't stop this it will start to impact on fish populations and fish stocks."The hungry customers served up battered plastic were initially irate but appreciated the stunt when it was explained to them."You watch television and you see the oceans and go on social media and see all these bottles all over the place but then until it's actually served on a plate to you it's just kind of ... it's a bit of an eye opener when you find out what it's really about," one of the customers said.(Reporting by Stuart McDill, Writing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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Statoil to Rebrand as Equinor

Rebranding would cost up to $32.5 mln but firm plans to ramp up renewables investment.    Norway's Statoil plans to change its name to Equinor, reflecting its commitment to become a broad energy company rather than one focused only on oil, it said on Thursday.   In a video posted on social media, Statoil presented the switch as a way to show its determination to develop investments in renewable energy.   Reactions by various social media users were mixed.   "Equinor sounds like a princess on a horse in Game of Thrones," one Twitter user said. "Equi" is

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An Industry in Change

do to reduce the amount of power consumption so that the instruments last longer and fewer batteries are used. Dumping batteries on the seafloor is something we should be doing our utmost to avoid.”   Open Discussion and Collaboration The rise in networking and collaborations born from social media platforms such Twitter and LinkedIn has also played a key role in driving innovation and change in industries from Oil & Gas to academia. Today, businesses are communicating more often than ever before, quickly sharing ideas about projects and new robotic concepts online.   Hook said

The Chatty Scientist Founder and Marine Technology Reporter contributor Kira Coley. (Photo: The Chatty Scientist)

Meet The Chatty Scientist

;   With this in mind, The Chatty Scientist offers tailored workshops for on-site coaching, along with a growing range of online resources including blogs, expert interviews, videos and podcasts – all geared to help scientists better share their research in a range of formats, including social media.   “The shift towards social media as a news source has aggravated the rise of fake news and distrust towards the science communities. But many don’t realize that social media can also be a powerful tool for both advancing and promoting research,” Coley said.   The

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Ocean vs Space: Exploration and the Quest to Inspire the Public

that space, although inaccessible for the majority, is more appealing to the general public than the oceans. Consequently, given the magnitude of discoveries waiting to be made, ocean exploration and research are generally underfunded. This can clearly be seen through a number of metrics including social media, which can be used as a proxy for the level of interest by the public. For example, search engines show at least four times as many hits on space exploration versus ocean exploration (e.g. Schubel, 2016) at any given time.     Let’s take a deeper look at how weaving the human

Scripps alumnae Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan. (Photo: Theresa Stafford / Black Hand Gallery)

Diving Deep for Conservation

led them up and down the coast of California where they dived numerous platforms, conducted ROV surveys, studied the biodiversity of marine life on and around the structures, and analyzed the legislation surrounding Rigs-to-Reefs. They also documented their findings through video, photography, and social media—engaging visual mediums that have enabled them to show the public the beauty and importance of these thriving underwater regions.   Rigs-to-Reefs is a controversial law and program in which an oil company chooses to modify a platform so it can continue to support the valuable and

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Snap Sediment for Your Chance to Win a Camera

the photo to @AquatecGroup using the hashtag #SummerofSuspension on Twitter. Or email your image to along with your name and caption.   All entries must be submitted by midnight on August 31, 2016.   Entries may be exhibited on Aquatec’s website and shared on social media.    Terms and conditions apply. More information is available at

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IMarEST Student Members Win National Awards

further her research.   The Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award went to Jack Emmerson, studying a PhD at Bangor University, for his project ‘Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea’. The runner up was Catherine Hinds, SIMarEST for her project ‘Using social media as an untapped resource for a photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins’. She is currently studying a BSc Marine Biology at Queen’s University Belfast. “It was really great to see breadth and innovation from students working on helping to conserve our oceans. The variety

Garbage Belt:  A rendering of plastic about to be processed. Credit: Ocean Clean-Up

Shipping’s Stake in an Ocean Clean-Up

, the “payback” for a plan of execution Slat puts at €300 million. Sounds like a worthwhile business proposition. Meanwhile, CEO Slat and his supporting cast of researchers and volunteers — now an ocean-experience enterprise (pay to be a part) and a mass movement organized by social media — have ploughed another barrier into the densest reaches of the great brown Pacific gyre. In tow behind their sail boats, the plastic traps have shown that design and operational costs might come down, after it was found a shallower barrier also collects garbage. This summer, another

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Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

over the weekend before moving into South Carolina on Monday.   By 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT), almost 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) of rain had fallen at Charleston International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.   In Charleston's outlying suburbs, some residents reported on social media that they could not get out of their driveways, and local TV stations showed pictures of cars submerged above their windows and over the hoods.   Charleston police closed streets in peninsular Charleston, which is at or slightly above sea level.   The torrential rain coincided with

Laura Powell (left) and Penny Nuntavong (right). photos courtesy of BIRNS

BIRNS Expands Sales and Marketing Team

new opportunities for growth.     Nuntavong has more than nine years of business sales and marketing experience and will support sales efforts for the company’s global dealer network, in addition to handling marketing responsibilities including public relations, advertising and social media. Prior to joining BIRNS, Nuntavong held marketing positions in manufacturing and technology, working with companies including BASF, BF Goodrich, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Her prior roles included serving as marketing project and events manager at Cal Net Technology Group and marketing coordinator

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KEP Releases New HD Video Management Systems

at up to six times zoom in 720p mode. With one button, still images can be captured while continuing to record. HD Sport video files can be reviewed on the built-in 2-inch LCD Display, a TV with the included HDMI cable, or played from the SD card on nearly any PC or Mac. Files can be shared via social media as well, while a standard MOV video format makes editing possible using nearly any editing software. Audio can be recorded using a headset or an integrated ambient microphone. Additionally, the HD Sport features a built-in GPS which logs data five times a second. Using Google Earth and proprietary

Fallen Brazilian Tycoon Batista Faces the Law

born a child of the middle class," Batista told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper last month in his first public comments in nearly a year. "To return to that, it's something for me, you know, obviously it's a huge reversal for the family." In Brazil, where many have gawked happily on social media as his EBX Group crumbled, those comments were widely ridiculed as a sign that Batista's period of enormous wealth and power had left him out of touch with the real world. Batista responded with a series of tweets, his first in months, vowing his respect and understanding of the middle class

NOAA, NASA & BOEM to Monitor Biodiversity

of life in the Earth system. BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program develops, conducts and oversees world-class scientific research to inform policy decisions regarding the development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels. NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our other social media channels.  

Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer

KVH Industries Acquires Videotel

seafarers drive the need for comprehensive training solutions,” Mr. Kits van Heyningen added. “We anticipate that Videotel’s training services and the ability to test and certify seafarer training will support the new employment services we’re rolling out on our Crewtoo® social media site.” Speaking of the acquisition and the opportunities ahead, Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, remarked, “Advances in maritime broadband services are creating truly exciting opportunities to bring a whole new generation of computer-based e-Learning and distance learning courses to

NavPlay Launches iPad-based Navigation app

  NavPlay’s Interactive App Provides Easy Way to Enjoy Navigation & Share Experiences Capannoli, Italy – NavPlay, an innovative manufacturer of iPad apps, announced today a planning, navigation and social media app designed to enhance the navigation experience, NavPlay. A complete, easy-to-use navigation app for iPads, NavPlay allows boaters to plan routes and navigate on C-Map by Jeppesen charts and satellite imagery. The innovative product provides access to a wealth of WiFi-networked vessel information and control such as instruments readings, weather forecasts, autopilot

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Enhancements to Northeast Ocean Data's Interactive Maps

the ocean environment and human uses of the ocean in the northeastern United States, the group said. In this release, the maps are bigger, information boxes have been added, the navigational menu and map tools are enhanced, and custom map views can be shared easily through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Website users can also move seamlessly from the simpler thematic maps to the more comprehensive Data Explorer, where the entire data catalog is available along with access to a range of external data sources. This release from Northeast Ocean Data also features upgraded cartography, updated datasets

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