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Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing

Global Fishing Watch is teaming up with the United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center (CG RDC) to conduct research on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and share analysis to advance global efforts to improve fisheries management.Global Fishing Watch (https://globalfishingwatch.org) and CG RDC are exploring pathways to collaborate on relevant research activities, such as the establishment of analytical methodologies to evaluate open-source vessel movement data, catch data and satellite imagery, to advance international understanding on IUU fishing and its impacts.

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Scientist Pool Data to Create the $3B Ocean Map

become more important in the coming years, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It expects the ocean economy to contribute $3 trillion to the world economy by 2030, up from $1.5 trillion in 2010.POLITICAL RIFTSSome parts of the oceans - the east coast of the United States, areas around Japan, New Zealand and Ireland - are relatively well mapped, experts said. Others, including the West African coast or that off the Caribbean, remain largely blank.The introduction of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), an international treaty, allowed

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AREG Membership on the Rise

contacts, had the opportunity to present our technology at their events and been given the chance to get involved in projects that are in line with our business strategy to grow in this market.”Earlier this year, AREG entered into a partnership with The Business Network for Offshore Wind in the United States giving offshore wind related members the opportunity to collaborate and pursue commercial, strategic and policy interests in the U.S. and the U.K.AREG is also a key member of the Europe Leading Blue Energy (ELBE) project, which seeks to position Europe as the world’s technological and industrial

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US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have not deployed the full set of tools yet that could significantly undermine if not outright stop the project."Addressing an audience at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

, for James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE Expedition, and other international hadal research projects. “Weicheng has the determination to get this done. His influence may ultimately be felt in the funding priorities of nations who once led in hadal exploration: France, Russia, Italy, and the United States.”Directly, and through his advisors, Cui has invited the world ocean science community to join him in the exploration of the unknown worlds hidden in the depths.Says Professor Cui, “Through innovative approaches and advanced technologies we are committed to taking up the challenge

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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

your reach is global, but looking in your own backyard and Southern California, can you give your insights on how this region, this cluster, has evolved over the last decade?With 3.3 million inhabitants, San Diego is California’s second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. There is an amazing array of government, industry, military and university assets in the region. In addition, looking at the larger Cali-Baja region – there are about 7 million inhabitants. TMA has played a crucial role in helping develop an increasingly unified regional Blue Voice. This

The heavy 800 kg frame that was moved by the flow (© 2017 MBARI)

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

Council (NERC). Dr. Clare was supported by the NERC “Environmental Risks to Infrastructure” Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

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The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29

than a year before, a German U-boat sank the liner Lusitania in the Irish Sea, and 128 Americans died. President Woodrow Wilson put Germany on notice that “unrestricted submarine warfare”—the shoot-first tactic that U-boat skippers took up after early losses—would bring the United States into the war. Now UB-29 had done it again, and Wilson threatened to break diplomatic relations. Cowed, Germany signed the “Sussex Pledge.” Henceforth, her U-boat captains would surface and search merchant ships for munitions. If armaments were found, the sub crew could sink the ship

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Voices: Jill Zande, MATE II

events.Discuss this year’s ROV competition, and put in perspective how it has grown and evolved.The MATE competition has grown significantly. It’s hard to believe that the MATE international competition was first held in 2002 with just 22 teams from 2 countries – those being the United States and Canada. Now there are 31 regional events that take place each year. And that number will only grow with the addition of a regional in Tennessee (and possibly elsewhere!) in 2019.For the 2018 competition season…starting in April, nearly 8,000 students representing 715 teams from across

SeaScout Expeditionary Seabed Mapping and Intelligence System deployed during ANTX2018 (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken, ThayerMahan Demonstrate SeaScout for US Navy

agreement in February 2018.U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Connor (retired), ThayerMahan’s President and CEO, said, “It’s our fundamental mission to integrate and deploy the latest sensors, robotics and machine learning technology as affordable and innovative solutions to the United States and allied navies. I’m very pleased that during ANTX ThayerMahan and Kraken demonstrated superior resolution and range relative to competing systems costing many times more; live streaming of target detection results to remote maritime operations centers at sea and ashore; excellent area

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Subsea Defense: Extending Unmanned Capabilities

reasons, navies have been ramping up their activity in developing MAS and unmanned systems. “We are doing a lot of work in autonomy and automation,” Rear Admiral Moises DelToro III, Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command; Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Centet, United States Navy, told UDT. “Over the past 2-3 years there’s been a lot of work in unmanned systems. We have been able to deploy unmanned undersea vehicles from a US submarine. We’re also experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles,” deployed from vessels, “in order to extend

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).In April this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a public-pr

Left to right: Scott Christie, President, Foreshore; Dominic Gerelle, Vice President, Foreshore Technologies; Craig English, Operations Director of Subsea Services at Briggs Marine (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Acquires Canadian Companies

, President at Foreshore Technologies Inc, said, “Briggs Marine has a great ethos, outstanding people, an innovative and diversified service offering. We believe that this acquisition can establish a stronger platform for us to take on larger and more high-profile projects in Canada and the United States."

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Environmentalists File Second Complaint to Block Nord Stream 2

court ordered a stay order.The Swedish Government Offices and the Supreme Administrative Court did not immediately comment on the matter.Russia is keen to press ahead with the project since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany by bypassing Ukraine, but the United States has threatened sanctions against the project.Last week, Swedish politicians said they would like the project to be halted as it would have negative environmental and security ramifications.However, the 9.5 billion euro pipeline has been officially cleared by Sweden as well as Finland, Germany

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Equinor Explores Floating Wind Turbines to Power N.Sea Oilfields

Eldar Saetre, although oil and gas will remain the company's dominant business.The company's first floating offshore wind farm began operating off Scotland last year, supplying electricity to the onshore market. Equinor has also announced plans for bottom-fixed offshore wind projects in the United States, Poland and Britain.A final investment decision on the plan for Snorre and Gullfaks, known as the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, will be made in 2019, Equinor said. The company will seek to reduce the cost from the preliminary estimate.Equinor said it hoped Norwegian government subsidies would

Kraken Enters R&D Partnership with NOAA

with the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The data and information OER collect can be used to enhance ocean research, inform policy and management decisions, develop new lines of scientific inquiry, and advise NOAA and the United States on critical issues.The agreement signed between Kraken and NOAA’s OER defines a joint research and development partnership exploring the application of Kraken’s underwater sensor and robotic technologies and systems to NOAA’s ocean observation charter in potentially more effective

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

Global Ocean Institute (Ocean Institute), a concrete response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 14 - the Ocean Goal- that commits governments to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.No. 2The United States Navy & Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval OperationsThe United States Navy, led by Admiral John Richardson who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of

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