A fisheries biologist and acoustics researcher at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., Mike Jech is collaborating with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on a new instrument platform called Deep-See. This instrument will send high resolution real-time images and data.
At the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Humane Society International is calling on governments to reject Japan’s proposal to introduce an amendment that would directly nullify the moratorium on commercial whaling.
DNV GL today published its latest Energy Transition Outlook. According to the new Outlook, natural gas projects will receive a significant investment, while the global energy demand will peak in 2035. The increased electrification of energy demand, along with wind and solar energy, will grow the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems. In addition, DNV GL also published the Maritime Forecast to 2050, which examines the challenges of decarbonizing the shipping industry.
During SMM in Hamburg, business and science experts discussed how the global shipping industry can achieve the IMO’s ambitious environmental goals. During gmec there were three different panel discussions, exploring the topics “Preparing for Ballast Water Treatment”, “Dealing with the environmental challenges of the future”, and “The passenger shipping industry as an environmental pioneer”.
At the United Nations in New York, the ICS is representing shipowners at a negotiation to agree a new legal instrument for the protection of the ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This instrument will apply to ‘high seas’ areas ‘beyond national jurisdiction’.
At the opening press conference of the SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed key challenges that shipping has to face, with a special focus on the 2020 sulphur cap and the industry’s goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2050.
Australia has developed its first artificial reef in the Exmouth Gulf, the latest purpose built artificial reef habitat in the Western part of the country. The $1 million Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef is a unique project aiming to enhance marine habitat and recreational fishing opportunities in the region.
Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society released footage depicting how sharks are killed as a result from Queensland’s Shark Control Program in the Great Barrier Reef. Both organisations call for an end to the use of lethal drumlines in the World Heritage-listed waters.
A third edition is under discussion with a view to replace the current version of the VGP which came into force in 2013 and is due to expire on 18th of December.
An underwater drone that can keep watch on reef health and accurately identify and inject the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish is ready to be put to the test on the Great Barrier Reef, as a result of a collaboration between QUT, Google and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
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