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Posted on July 31, 2017 - 10:41am, by nwehner

Via National Geographic

"Later this year, an army of small swimming robots is set to plumb the mysteries of oceans around the world. Each one will have its own mission, as defined by citizen scientists interested in everything from reefs to "robomussels" that can self-monitor temperature."

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It’s been three months since the March for Science, when over a million people, in over 600 cities, with almost 300 partner organizations took to the streets to champion science for the common good. It was an incredible day. From the stage at the DC march, I looked out on the crowd – well over 100,000 people were standing there in the rain. It blew my mind.

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Posted on July 28, 2017 - 10:50am, by nwehner

Via Roads and Kingdoms

"There are now only 4,000 active fishermen in Scotland, down from 8,000 in 1970. Since 1996, the size of the Scottish fleet has been reduced by more than 219 boats, and where there were once 20 flourishing harbors scattered across its coast, there are now only three. The problem, fishermen say, is the European Union, which has thwarted the British fishing sector since the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, in 1983. Indeed, what has been for years a divided industry, famous for its ruthless competition and infighting, has united behind Britain’s decision to leave the EU. While 60 percent of Scotland’s population voted “Remain” in last year’s Brexit referendum, more than 90 percent of its fishermen did the opposite."

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Posted on July 28, 2017 - 10:45am, by nwehner

Via Fisheries and Oceans Canada

"From July 18 to August 1, 2017, a team of scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be conducting an exploratory mission to survey and collect the first-ever underwater footage of the Union and Dellwood seamounts, found in Canada’s new Offshore Pacific Area of Interest. The team will be live streaming their research from two kilometers under the sea using their new "BOOTS" drop-camera."

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Posted on July 28, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner

The Government of Tonga, MACBIO, Vava’u Environmental Protection Association, and the Waitt Institute are supporting a marine spatial planning process in Tonga, which will include all of Tonga’s ocean area. As many of you may know, Tonga has substantial deep ocean resources and features. We are seeking photos and videos of Tonga’s deep ocean that we can utilize to share with the communities of Tonga as part of our ocean awareness campaign. We will utilize photos and videos in a variety of materials focused on educating people about the resources of Tonga, what they are, why they are important, how to sustainably manage them, etc.

If you have or know of photo or video resources from Tonga that you can share with us, we would be much obliged (and happy to cite the source of any materials). If you do send photos or videos, it would be useful if you could highlight location of photo and key features. It would be great if we could receive the materials by August 18, 2017.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on July 27, 2017 - 11:44am, by nwehner
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Via The San Francisco Chronicle

"The same communities that fought for decades to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling have renewed their battle calls as the Trump administration considers opening 3,500 square miles of state waters to energy development."

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