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The Ocean is Absorbing More Carbon

to build their skeletons, and affecting the health of other fish and marine species — many that are important to coastal economies and food security.“The increasing load of carbon dioxide in the ocean interior is already having an impact on the shellfish industry, particularly along the U.S. West Coast,” said Richard Feely of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, leader of NOAA’s West Coast acidification observing network and a co-author of the study. “We have been working with the industry to provide an early warning system against the most severe impacts

Photo: Oregon State University

Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

be called Taani (pronounced “tahnee”), a word used by the Siletz people meaning “offshore,” is scheduled for delivery to Oregon State in the spring of 2021, and will be fully operational after a year of outfitting and testing.Research missions utilizing Taani will focus on the U.S. West Coast. Meanwhile, NSF has contracted with OSU to build a second similar research vessel, which will be operated by a consortium led by the University of Rhode Island.“This new class of modern vessels will support future research focused on the physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes

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Subsea’s Future is Blowin’ in the Wind

commercial tenders.Principle PowerThe technologies being developed to enable floating offshore wind farms have generated a lot of buzz, and for good reason. High-tech floating structures unlock the potential for clean wind energy in waters – especially deep waters – such as off the U.S. West Coast and in parts of Asia where traditional fixed-foundations cannot be supported.Among the leaders in this space is California-based Principle Power and its patented triangular shaped floating wind turbine foundation WindFloat. The semi-submersible three-column offshore platform features water entrapment

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a technological viewpoint as well, said Jan Frumau, Managing Director at Seatools. “It requires a unique combination of technologies and capabilities. We will be able

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Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

and register to receive updates. Statoil currently has seven offshore wind projects online or under development in Europe, including the world’s first floating offshore wind project in Scotland—a technology which could also prove pivotal in generating offshore wind power for the U.S. west coast and Hawaii. The company’s offshore wind portfolio has the capacity of providing more than one million European homes with renewable energy

Dr. Cisco Werner (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Names Werner Director of Scientific Programs

managing a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research on the living marine resources.  He assumed his new role on June 12, 2017.   Prior to being named Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, he served as the Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). Cisco brings extensive experience leading scientific efforts in the federal government and previously in academia as Director and Professor of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel

Voyager Drifter Buoy (Image: Fastwave)

Fastwave’s Voyager to Be Used in the Ocean Cleanup Project

on ocean currents to transport the plastic towards collection arrays that concentrate the material, so that it can be extracted and re-cycled.  The project is focused on the “great garbage patch” in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,500 nautical miles from the U.S. West Coast. Validation of the ocean plastic transport models is a requirement for the next phase of the project, commencing in October. This will be achieved by deployment of drifter buoys from a long range Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft. Fastwave’s Voyager drifter buoy will be used for this

Another Step toward Wind Energy off California

basis, or whether a competitive process is required. The proposed project would consist of 100 floating foundations, each supporting a wind turbine generating 7-8 megawatts of energy. A single transmission cable would bring the electricity to shore. The proposed lease area, about 33 nautical miles northwest of Morro Bay, covers 67,963 acres of federal lands in water depths of 2,600‐3,300 feet.    “This is a compelling opportunity that would assist California in meeting its ambitious and critically important renewable energy goals,” Director Hopper noted. “We will continue

Map shows the location of seawater samples taken by scientists and citizen scientists that were analyzed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for radioactive cesium as part of Our Radioactive Ocean. Cesium-137 is found throughout the Pacific Ocean and was detectable in all samples collected, while cesium-134 (yellow/orange dots), an indicator of contamination from Fukushima, has been observed offshore and in select coastal areas. (Figure by Jessica Drysdale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insti

Fukushima Site Still Leaking After 5 Years

of radioactivity in the ocean off our shores are available publicly thanks to ongoing efforts of independent researchers, including Ken Buesseler, a radiochemist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has led the effort to create and maintain an ocean monitoring network along the U.S. West Coast.   Since 2011, Buesseler has received contributions from citizens, small businesses, foundations and large companies to enable the sampling of nearly 1,000 seawater samples for Fukushima radionuclides. Buesseler has been involved in seven cruises off Japan, sampling off Fukushima at least

NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker.

Krill Installs VFMMS on FRV Reuben Lasker

Vessels (FSV) and one of the most technologically advanced fisheries vessels in the world. Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and built by Marinette Marine Corporation in Wisconsin, the ship’s primary objective is to support fish, marine mammal, and turtle surveys off the U.S. West Coast and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Reuben Lasker is classed as a Fishery Survey Vessel (FSV). All FSVs are American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Ice Classed "C0". The ship has a low sound signature to reduce reactions of fish to the presence of the ship and provides for a low

Researchers Prepare Oceanic Trash Clean-Up Plan

debris spanning hundreds of miles of open sea where plastic outnumbers organisms by factors in the hundreds. The debris, concentrated by circular, clockwise ocean currents within an oblong-shaped "convergence zone", lies near the Hawaiian Islands, about midway between Japan and the U.S. West Coast. The trash ranges from microscopic pieces of plastic to large chunks. Working for about a month, the group collected samples as small as a grain of sand and as large as discarded fishing nets weighing more than 2,000 pounds. They mapped the area, using aerial balloons and trawling equipment

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