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December 2016 Issue

PME miniDOT Sensors
Support Conservation

Located approximately 150 mi. off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula is the Biosphere Reserve Isla Guadalupe. In an effort to support the conservation of abalone, a protected species, the Guadalupe Island community acquired 10 PME miniDOT sensors to measure the effect of climate change on abalone populations. The miniDOT logs the dissolved oxygen concentration and temperature of the water, allowing researchers to establish the extent of climate change and its impact on the development of the abalone populations.

The sensors, which were placed by 10 women certified in scientific diving, have since been removed, and the community is now plotting the information gathered to be compared alongside the amount of product extracted during the 2015 fishing season. This will generate a database against which environmental changes and their impact on the abalone population can be monitored and analyzed over time.

$200 Million to Support
North Sea Oil and Gas

Independent private equity firm Energy Ventures has earmarked $200 million to help boost North Sea businesses during challenging times for the oil and gas industry. The organization is looking to invest in companies that need access to finance to stabilize their company or help with continued growth.

The firm looks to partner with talented management teams in service and technology companies with high growth potential and seeks to invest between $10 million and $40 million per company.

Malcolm G. McLaren Wins
Heroes of the Harbor Award

The Waterfront Alliance honored Malcolm G. McLaren, president and CEO of the McLaren Engineering Group, with the 2016 Heroes of the Harbor Award. The organization recognized McLaren for his remarkable contributions to the New York harbor and waterways.

For nearly 40 years, McLaren has been working to improve New York’s waterfront. He has worked on more than 1,000 projects across 300 mi. along New York’s coastline, transforming industrial waterfronts into parks, reconstructing scores of piers, and improving port complexes, ferry terminals and landings. A leading advocate for ferry transportation into NYC, McLaren has sought to improve public access to the shore.

The Heroes of the Harbor Award is presented annually to members of the New York waterfront community for their unique contributions to making the New York Harbor and waterfront an exceptional place.

Live Streaming to Promote
Sustainable Fishing

LiveU technology is being used in a trial by Norwegian company Hermes to bring the reality of modern sustainable fishing to a far wider audience. Hermes began a trial to test the possibility of streaming live from its fishing region, the Barents Sea and North Sea. Given the latitudes at which it fishes, satellite connectivity was the only option.

The fishing boat has two Ku-band antennas, as well as a Ka-band antenna courtesy of Telenor Maritime. There are three cameras onboard the boat and a router. The LiveU unit is connected to two network interfaces, one for the Ku-band feed and the other for the Ka-band satellite service. The unit is handling adaptive encoding and load balancing the transmission across the two Internet connections.

During the trial, Hermes has been live streaming on YouTube 24/7 between 3 and 5 Mbit/s to showcase sustainable fishing practices.

Bill Goldsborough Receives
Captain David H. Hart Award

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission presented William “Bill” Goldsborough of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation the Captain David H. Hart Award, its highest annual award, at the commission’s annual meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine. Goldsborough is the first person to receive all three commission awards, having previously received an Annual Award of Excellence for Management and Policy Contributions and the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Melissa Laser Fish Habitat Conservation Award.

Throughout his 30 years on the front lines of fisheries management and conservation, Goldsborough has remained a thoughtful and persistent voice of reason in his commitment to science-based decision making. He has made significant contributions to the protection and recovery of several key Chesapeake Bay fishery species.

The commission instituted the Captain David H. Hart Award in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts to improve Atlantic Coast marine fisheries.

Expedition to Study
Rare Metals for New Tech

The RRS James Cook has embarked on an expedition to discover new sources of the rare metals critical for low-carbon technologies.

The vessel headed from the Canary Islands to the Tropic Seamount, where a 40-day investigation was to use robotic submarines, autonomous seafloor instruments and drilling to answer questions about what controls the formation of marine mineral deposits on the floor of the northeast Atlantic.

E-tech elements, such as cobalt and tellurium, which are essential for emerging renewable energy technologies, are in short supply. Some of these elements are highly concentrated in seafloor deposits. The greatest levels of enrichment of tellurium are found in seafloor ferromanganese crusts that form on some underwater mountains.

The MarineE-tech partnership behind the expedition is a £4.2 million research program led by the U.K. National Oceanography Centre and brings together industry, academia and policy makers to investigate the origin and formation of these crusts, and study the potential environmental impacts that could arise from the extraction of these minerals.

An aluminium frame was used to house instruments to survey and monitor currents and water quality in the sediment plumes that might be released in the future from mining operations. The instruments were to be deployed via ROV to around 1,000-m depth to record high-resolution data.


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