Marine Environment

WOC calls on business community to identify polar research priorities

The business community has the opportunity to provide input to the survey of research priorities conducted by a European scientific consortium (EU-PolarNet) regarding polar regions. The survey will answer the questions: How will polar changes affect business activities? How can future research assist in solving potential challenges?

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is encouraging ocean industries to participate in the survey to outline polar issues and drive research.

Maersk tanker to test wind propulsion tech

Norsepower Oy, Maersk Tankers, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping and Maritime will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel.The project will be the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and will provide insights into fuel savings and operational experience.

NOAA awards $5.4 million to assist threatened species recovery

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded US$5.4 million in grants to US states and coastal regions to help in the recovery of endangered and threatened marine species.

This year’s new projects are aimed at assisting the recovery of white abalone, and Atlantic salmon, as well as southern resident killer whales.

US announces world's largest protected area

The United States Government has expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, forming the largest protected area on the planet.

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation expanding the conservation area which now covers 1,508,870 square kilometres, nearly the size of the Gulf of Mexico.

New Inventory of Arctic Fish Species

Arctic Cod, a small, ice-affiliated forage fish, is the most abundant marine fish and is an important link in marine food webs.

A new report by the US Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed 20 new species of fish found in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

The report additionally lists 104 new descriptions, complete with distribution maps, life cycle schematics for all 109 fish. The study area includes US marine waters to the north of Bering Strait.

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