‘Marine Megatropolis’ Photo Exhibit

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Marine Megatropolis 1974-1981,” featuring photos by Bob Evans, will be on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in California November 16, 2017 through April 2018.

The exhibit includes 26 images selected from expeditions by Bob Evans and Andrew J. McMullen of La Mer Bleu Productions in Santa Barbara. Bob and Andy photo-documented the marine life as it developed beneath the offshore oil platforms of the Santa Barbara Channel between 1974 and 1981.

Evans told us that the legendary scientist and explorer Willard Bascom introduced him to Sea Technology magazine in the 1970s and that one of Evans’s images of offshore oil platforms was used as a cover shot for ST.

New MARAD Head Sworn In

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RAdm. Mark H. Buzby, U.S. Navy (retired), was sworn is as the administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). As Maritime Administrator, Buzby will lead an agency tasked with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system; and the development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced U.S. Merchant Marine, sufficient to carry a substantial portion of the nation’s waterborne commerce and capable of service in time of war or national emergency. The Maritime Administration also oversees the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

A career Naval officer with more than 34 years of service, Buzby has an extensive background in maritime transportation and leadership, having served on the staffs of the Sixth Fleet, the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the Navy staff and the Joint Staff. Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2013, Buzby served as the commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) from October 2009 to March 2013. MSC is the provider of ocean transportation for the Department of Defense, operating approximately 120 ships daily around the globe.

Norwegian Fish Farm Vessel Goes Electric

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Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has been awarded a contract for energy storage aboard the electric fish farm vessel Elfrida, underscoring the ongoing trend toward adoption of green technology in Norway.

In operation since February 2017, the vessel provides up to 12 kt. speed and a full 8-hour shift per charge. The system eliminates emissions, noise, vibration and the need for diesel.

Aquaculture Has Limitless Potential, Study Says

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Nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture, according to a study led by scientists from UC Santa Barbara that includes researchers from the Nature Conservancy, UCLA and NOAA. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory.

The research, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, demonstrates the oceans’ potential to support aquaculture, which is the fastest-growing food sector and is poised to address increasing issues of food insecurity around the world.

“There is a lot of space that is suitable for aquaculture, and that is not what’s going to limit its development,” said lead author Rebecca Gentry. “It’s going to be other things, such as governance and economics.”

Caption: Salmon aquaculture in Norway along the coast. (Photo Credit: Brataffe/Wikimedia Commons)

Montreal Protocol Cuts US GHG

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The Montreal Protocol, the international treaty adopted to restore Earth’s protective ozone layer in 1989, has significantly reduced emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals from the U.S. In a twist, a new study shows the 30-year old treaty has had a major side benefit of reducing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S.

That’s because the ozone-depleting substances controlled by the treaty are also potent greenhouse gases, with heat-trapping abilities up to 10,000 times greater than carbon dioxide over 100 years.

The new study is the first to quantify the impact of the Montreal Protocol on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with atmospheric observations. The study’s results show that reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances from 2008 to 2014 eliminated the equivalent of 170 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s roughly the equivalent of 50 percent of the reductions achieved by the U.S. for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the same period. The study was published today in Geophysical Research Letters.

FLIP Research Platform

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The U.S. Research Platform FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) is a large ship literally flipped at 90° by submerging 300 ft. of its hull and leaving just 55 ft. of bow above the water. The result is a quiet, stable platform for precise scientific measurements at sea. Check out Atlas Obscura’s feature on FLIP here.

Start-up Funding Opportunity

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AUVSI Novus Unmanned is calling all start-ups (seed, Series-A, B, C or restart) in the unmanned systems and autonomous technologies space who are seeking new investment to start or grow to the next level.

Apply now for a chance to pitch to top investors to raise institutional investment of up to $20 million.

The deadline is September 1.

Learn more here.

Live-Streaming Underwater

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Tommy Riparetti hopes to captivate Web viewers with lively commentary from a media control room on the EV Nautilus research ship as the ROVs Hercules and Argus explore new ocean depths of the Cordell Bank, a marine sanctuary off the coast of San Francisco.

A science communication fellow for the Nautilus Exploration Program, Riparetti will be sitting next to scientists and ROV pilots as they conduct research and exploration. Riparetti’s job is to follow the deep-sea footage, ask the team questions and explain what’s happening to people watching live-streaming video on the Nautilus Live website.

Celebrating Marine Sanctuaries

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On August 12, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its third National “Get into Your Sanctuary” celebration. This event will raise awareness about the value of  sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities.

photo contest will provide an opportunity to share your sanctuary experiences.