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Port Tampa Bay presents its historic wildlife

Port Tampa Bay has already finished its dredging project with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Commission. The project presented a nesting area that accommodates critically endangered shoreline birds. 

Sri Lanka implements stronger laws on ocean pollution

Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) calls countries on the Bay of Bengal to implement stricter laws against polluting the oceans. It noted that a ‘dead zone’ had formed in the centre of the Bay of Bengal.

Scientists find oil-eating bacteria in the Mariana Trench

An international team of researchers has discovered a new group of oil-eating bacteria in the mysterious ecosystem of the Mariana Trench, according to a study published in the journal Microbiome. Located in the Western Pacific, the deepest part of the trench lies a staggering 36,200 feet below sea-level. If you were to place Mount Everest at the bottom, the peak would still be around 7,000 feet from the surface.

Australia invests A$329 million to transform Blue Economy

The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy. 

Ocean energy requires EU support, report says

The report ‘Powering Homes Today, Powering Nations Tomorrow’, was launched by ETIP Ocean and analyses the challenges faced by the sector on the route to industrial roll-out and proposes four actions to overcome them. The ocean energy industry forecasts that 100GW of wave and tidal energy capacity can be deployed in Europe by 2050, meeting 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs.

Marine geospatial data boost Blue Economy

Our oceans are critical to so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. In the UK alone, they provide jobs for over 500,000 people, contribute more than £47 billion to the economy, and are the means through which 95% of all trade reaches the UK. Globally, people rely on the ocean for trade, food, energy and other valuable resources, as well as enabling environmental protection and international aid.

Shipping industry in favour of IMO’s new anti-corruption agenda

IMO agreed to address maritime corruption by including this issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee. The decision to include an anti-corruption agenda came during the latest meeting of the IMO’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) in response to a submission from Liberia, Marshall Islands, Norway, United Kingdom, US and Vanuatu.

Nordic Ministers: New biodiversity targets must ‘set the bar high’

During this week’s ministerial meeting in Iceland, the Nordic ministers for the environment agreed to send a joint letter to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to address the importance of setting the bar high in order to fulfill the new targets that will take effect after 2020.

Equinor Wind joins project in protection of whales

A joint project between Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was launched, aiming to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight.

Shell announces green investment plan to cut Co2 emissions

Shell announced a programme to invest in natural ecosystems as part of its strategy to act on global climate change, including addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by customers when using its products. Shell plans to invest $300 million over the next three years.

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