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February 2016 Issue


Winners Announced for
National Student Awards

Marine Foundation announced the winners of its 2015 National Student Awards, which are supported by The Crown Estate, Marine Conservation Society and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).

The overall winner, Alice McNeal, who is studying biological sciences at University of Exeter, was awarded the top prize for her groundbreaking project “Plankton eating plastic: worth worrying about?” and will receive £1,000 to further her research.

The Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award went to Jack Emmerson, who is studying for a Ph.D. at Bangor University, for his project “Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea”.

The runner-up was Catherine Hinds for her project “Using social media as an untapped resource for a photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins”. She is studying marine biology at Queen’s University Belfast.


HBOI Event Raises
Funds for Research

The fifth annual “Love Your Lagoon” gala, sponsored by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF), will be supporting graduate student-based research on the Indian River Lagoon conducted at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). The event will be held February 5 at HBOI in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Proceeds from the 2016 event will fund the work of students involved in HBOI’s Indian River Lagoon Graduate Research Fellows program. The competitive process will result in support for salary, tuition, travel to present research, and/or materials necessary for the research project. Fellows will ultimately present their research at the Indian River Lagoon Symposium and at the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science Graduate Research Day.

In addition, proceeds from the 2016 “Love Your Lagoon” gala will support the fifth annual IRL Symposium, a multi-institutional, multiagency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon. This year’s symposium will be held February 11 and 12 at HBOI.


Connection of Tidal
Turbine to Onshore Grid

A complete MacArtney connectivity solution helped French marine renewable energy pioneer SABELLA in a cable operation connecting a tidal turbine to an onshore grid. The successful operation was carried out in the Fromveur Passage, off the island of Ushant, France, and the future outcome of connecting the two halves will be 15 to 20 percent coverage of Ushant’s electricity consumption needs.

The Sabella D10 tidal stream turbine project includes two drymate GreenLink connectors, one linked with the turbine and the other connected to the export cable.

Sabella has developed an original concept for a screen of tidal turbines being positioned on the seafloor. In accordance with a permit issued by the French government, Sabella plans to keep the D10 tidal turbine submerged for one year to conduct trials.

Following the gradual increase in the speed of the Fromveur Passage currents, Sabella’s D10 tidal energy turbine has produced 10 MW/h of electricity under real operating conditions. Having been deployed last June, the turbine started delivering limited quantities of power to Ushant in November 2015.


Blue Star Ferries
Receives Energy Award

At the Energy Mastering Awards 2015 event, Blue Star Ferries received a Silver Award in the category of Energy Efficiency Management - Means of Public Transport, for the plan “Blue Star Ferries Innovative Renewable Energy Sources”.

The plan involves the pilot implementation and operation of a photovoltaic unit on board a ship. For its execution, Blue Star Ferries has already been cooperating since October 2014 with Eco Marine Power (EMP) and the Japanese company Kei System.

This plan is the first to be executed aboard a ship and opens the path for further development of renewable energy sources in shipping. The results from the pilot application are promising, and the company has already decided to upgrade the system, while also examining the prospect of its expansion aboard other ships of the Attica Group.

It is estimated that the energy provided will be able to cover part of the ship’s needs, resulting in reduced use of electricity generators and lower fuel consumption and air pollutant emissions.


BMAPA Sustainable
Development Report

The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) has published its ninth annual Sustainable Development report covering the year 2014.

The new report builds on the sector’s sustainable development strategy, launched in October 2006. Under this initiative, individual marine aggregate operators continue to report a wide range of data, which provide a comprehensive record of the sustainable development performance of the sector as a whole.

The encouraging signs of economic recovery observed during 2013 were maintained into 2014, with total marine aggregate production increasing by 7.6 percent. In London and the southeast of England, where one-third of GB construction activity takes place and where, traditionally, marine supplies provide one-third of all primary construction aggregate demand, landings increased by a healthy 13.8 percent. Along the Thames River, marine landings increased by 21 percent.


USGS Coastal, Marine
Media Portal

The USGS has completed the second phase of releasing thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor and coastline through their Coastal and Marine Video and Photography Portal, http://cmgvideo.usgsportals.net. Most of these marine and coastal scenes have never been seen before or mapped at this level of detail. A more accurate perspective of these areas helps coastal managers make important decisions that range from protecting habitats to understanding hazards and managing land use.

This portal is the largest database of its kind, providing detailed and fine-scale representations of the coast and seafloor. Maps display imagery in the geographic location where the images were recorded.

Video and photographs will be continuously added as they are collected.


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