Ocean Observation

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SeaBird Wins New OBN Survey

Norwegian seismic company SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for the exclusive provision of source vessel services for an ocean bottom node (OBN) survey.The survey will take place in the Eastern Hemisphere, said the global provider of marine acquisition for 2D/3D and 4D seismic data,

SeaTrac’s new SP-48 production model ASV. Buddy Duncan, SeaTrac.

On-Demand, Continuous Eelgrass Monitoring

The ChallengeEelgrass (Zostera marina) is a valuable coastal habitat in Massachusetts, forming a complex underwater landscape that stabilizes seafloor and adjacent shoreline, filters the water of sediments and nutrients, and provides important habitat for shallow water species.South of Boston, the bays of Duxbury,

Dr.  Jyotika Virmani and Dr. Marlon Lewis at OceanObs’19. Photo:

OceanObs’19: Innovation Expanding Ocean Observations

Some people spend years following their favorite bands, others attend conventions for science fiction shows. But once a decade those dedicated to sustained ocean observing gather. The OceanObs conferences are held once every ten years to focus the attention of those planning, implementing, and applying ocean observing systems.

 Photo by Michael Fox, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Study: How Much of Corals’ Nutrition Comes From Hunting

When it comes to feeding, corals have a few tricks up their sleeve. Most of their nutrients come from microscopic algae living inside of them, but if those algae aren’t creating enough sustenance, corals can use their tentacles to grab and eat tiny prey swimming nearby.A new study from researchers

Depredation—when seals and other marine animals prey on fish caught in net—can be costly both

Underwater Cameras Tackle Tough Questions for Fishery

One of the tough realities of commercial fishing is that fishermen and seals sometimes compete for the same fish. And when they do, interactions between the animals and fishing nets can occur, leaving fishermen with ruined catches and damaged fishing gear, and seals with the possibility of lethal entanglements.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar research vessel: the naming ceremony for the

Polar RV Sir David Attenborough Naming Ceremony

On Thursday, 26 September, the ceremonial naming of the new British polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough will take place at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard.The ship was commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, built by Cammell Laird, and operated by the British Antarctic Survey.

V.Ships Leisure has been appointed as ship management company for REV Ocean

V.Ships Manages REV Ocean Expedition Ship

Norwegian ocean research organization REV Ocean has appointed V.Ships Leisure as ship management partner for the world’s largest research and expedition vessel.V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, will provide a tailored suite of ship management services for the new vessel, which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
(Photo by Collin Dobson

Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

A Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic vehicle is to help support a network of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors that are part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) transforming ocean research.Funded by the National Science Foundation, the overall OOI program is managed by Massachusetts-based

Photo: OceanAlpha

China Deploys USV to Monitor Water Quality

To detect sudden water pollution outbreak of the city’s mother river in time, the government department of Zhengjia city, a coastal city of China, introduced unmanned surface vehicle to their water monitoring routine to timely find out and restrain all illegal sewage discharge from companies alongside the riverbank.

Attaching an Argos GPS beacon to a turtle’s shell (Photo: NYK Line)

NYK Sponsors Endangered Sea Turtle Research

NYK has started a new approach to track loggerhead sea turtles* in the Kishu Minabe Sea Turtle Research Project sponsored by NYK and conducted by the NPO Earthwatch Japan.**This research project is conducted at Minabecho in Wakayama prefecture, which is where most loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs on the main island of Japan.

A marine debris team member gathers a handful of disposable cigarette lighters picked up at a

NOAA: $2.7M for Marine Trash Studies

NOAA  announced a total of $2.7 million in grants supporting 14 projects to address the harmful effects of marine debris on wildlife, navigation safety, economic activity, and ecosystem health. With the addition of non-federal matching contributions, the total investment in these marine debris projects is more than $5.