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Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

in some areas have exploded, substantially reducing the kelp, Harvell said.The sunflower sea star is large, about the size of a manhole cover, and possesses an enormous appetite. It crawls over the seafloor like a robotic vacuum cleaner, munching on everything in its path.“In California, Washington and parts of British Columbia, sunflower sea stars keep urchins under control,” said Joseph Gaydos, senior author on the paper and director of UC Davis’ SeaDoc Society program. “Without sunflower stars, urchin populations expand and threaten kelp forests and biodiversity. This

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JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X Continues to Outperform

earlier this year. The MRDU deploys specially trained and equipped divers that are responsible for water-related law enforcement, investigations, rescue, and recovery work. Duties include victim recovery and investigation, evidence search and recovery, and safety inspections. The Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish and the surrounding King County areas are all part of the covered terrain. Deputies are trained and equipped in swift water, flood, and ice rescue and recovery operations. This is all done while utilizing special equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently, and JW

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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EIVA Named Distributor for Sea-Bird Scientific Solutions

Scientific have announced the signing of an agreement that outlines a promising future for both companies, in which EIVA will serve as official distributor of all salt water Sea-Bird Scientific products in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.Sea-Bird Scientific, which is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States, developer and manufacturer of solutions for the measurement of salinity, temperature, pressure and related oceanographic parameters in marine environments.With customers involved in every sector of maritime industries, Sea-Bird Scientific sensors and systems are deployed around

MATE At-Sea Internship Opportunity

vessels and be exposed to a wide range of marine technologies and equipment.2019 MATE/UNOLS Long-Term InternshipInternship Description: The MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet will sponsor one marine technical internship hosted by the University of Washington (approximately mid-April to the end of October or early November 2019; mid-May starts will be considered for qualified applicants). The selected intern will be hosted mainly onboard the following research vessels: the THOMAS G. THOMPSON and the RACHEL CARSON. The intern will work with marine technicians

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

and from the EU executive.Germany, the pipeline's destination, refuses to join EU opposition, describing it as a private enterprise.Last week, on a visit to Poland which is a vocal critic of Nord Stream 2, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Trump was maintaining the option of imposing sanctions.Washington has not detailed potential actions but one way in which the United States could undermine the project would be by penalizing big multinational firms working on it.Sondland stressed that U.S. opposition was not based on hopes of exporting more U.S. gas to Europe but on concern that Russia could

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Olis Robotics Hires Levedahl

in Japan, and development of in-space manufacturing technologies as Chief Scientist at Tethers Unlimited, a defense and commercial space technology company.Seattle-based Olis Robotics, formerly known as BluHaptics, was founded in 2013 as a spinout from the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington. The firm has developed a next-generation software platform that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the field

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Future USS South Dakota Delivered to US Navy

operating from Brazil, and escorted troop transports destined for Europe.During World War II, the second South Dakota (BB 57) was commissioned as the lead ship in its class. The four ships of the South Dakota class are considered the most efficient battleships built under the limitations of the Washington Naval treaty. South Dakota served in the Pacific and Atlantic as a carrier escort and patrolled the North Atlantic with the British navy. During the ship's second tour in the Pacific, it helped to cripple the Japanese navy during the Battle of the Philippine Sea before helping to bombard shore

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

research organizations a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.The OOI is an advanced system of integrated, scientific platforms and sensors that measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the sea surface in key coastal

The rotating head of the overview sonar, with the Sonic 2022 on it. (Photo taken with ROV Jason. Credits: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI/MARUM, V18)

MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

deposits to dissociate, which would result in a greater volume of methane released in the ocean, and potentially reaching the atmosphere, and therefore causing a high risk for humanity.Scholars at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany, and the University of Washington in Seattle are working on a project initiated in 2017 called M3, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that monitors the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR) off the coast of Oregon State.This real-time monitoring is performed by a MultiBeam EchoSounder

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Scientists Map Fast-moving Fault off Alaska

too deep for any obstructions to pose a threat to marine traffic.This research is part of a larger two-year effort between the NOAA Integrated Coastal and Ocean Mapping Program and USGS to map large portions of the Cascadia continental margin in federal waters offshore of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

National University of Singapore and École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada) placed second and third, respectively.Smaller awards in specially judged categories went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; École de Technologie Supérieure; Texas A&M University; Washington State University; University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Puerto Rico); San Diego Robotics 101; University of Alberta (Canada); Ohio State University; and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Poland).Other U.S. teams included: Amador Valley High School; Beaver Country Day School; California

Soundnine XTP Sensors Deployed on Polar Buoy

An experimental drifting buoy equipped with eXpendable Temperature and Pressure (XTP) sensors from Soundnine Inc. was deployed for the UpTempo project.  The UpTempO project, headed by Dr. Mike Steele of the University of Washington, Polar Science Center, uses inexpensive buoys to measure the Upper layer Temperature of the Polar Oceans. The buoy was deployed in northern Hudson bay on June 14, 2018 by Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. It transmits real-time temperature and conductivity data to 25 meters deep, enabling scientists to measure the rate of surface warming as Arctic sea ice

ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

meteorite to strike the United States in 21 years. They recovered from the ocean what are believed to be pieces of the dense, interstellar rock.The golf cart-sized meteorite crashed into NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary on March 7 around 7:15 p.m. PST, about 15 miles off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked up by NOAA’s NEXRAD weather radar, created a giant fireball called a bolide, as well as a sonic boom,

JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Showcases Tech for Firefighters

the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first conference was held in 1929 in Chicago and was organized to discuss training measures, standards and firefighting best practices. By 1939, attendance had reached a high of 247 people from 28 states as well as Washington, D.C. Almost nine decades from its inception, the 2018 show attracted more than 34,000 attendees from 65 countries across the globe. JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. The show also allowed the JW Fishers

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Schlumberger Wins in US Supreme Court on Patent Damages

, and a federal jury in Houston found that Ion infringed the patents and caused the company to lose contracts.The jury awarded $12.5 million in royalties and $93.4 million in lost profits stemming from foreign contracts the company said it missed out on as a result of ION's infringement.In 2015, the Washington-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent issues, ruled that Schlumberger could not recoup the lost profits portion because U.S. patent law does not cover the overseas use of infringing products.President Donald Trump's administration backed Schlumberger

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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

at EnBW. EnBW's first step in the American market is to focus on the West Coast of the United States, and in particular the state of California, which has a strong economy, continuously growing energy demand and ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. EnBW North America and Seattle, Washington-based company, Trident Winds Inc., have formed a joint venture to advance the 650–1,000 megawatt "Morro Bay" offshore wind project off the central coast of California with a grid connection in Morro Bay. Together, both companies will work on the development of the first large-scale

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