marine environment

Watch: Smuggling ship sunk as an artificial reef off Florida

The 180-foot long cargo freighter ‘Voici Bernadette’ was sunk as an artificial reef about 11 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. The US Customs and Border Patrol donated the freighter to St. Lucie County, after seizing it for smuggling cocaine into Miami from Haiti.

Watch: Artificial reef to be installed underneath Sydney Opera House

A series of modular steel and concrete pods have been installed underwater around the Sydney Opera House to test the marine biodiversity improvement value of artificial structures. The initiative is a result of a three-year partnership between UTS, the Sydney Opera House and the NSW Government.

Watch: SAMSA ready for 2020 sulphur cap implementation

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) announced that Africa is ready to implement the global regulations concerning the air pollution by vessels, according to IMO’s MARPOL convention. SAMSA’s acting CEO, Mr Sobantu Tilayi, focuses on the 2020 sulphur cap and Africa’s intention on fighting pollution and reducing shipping emissions.

Watch: Causes of Ocean Cleanup System’s failure

The Ocean Cleanup System 001 began operations in September 2018. Although in the beginning it seemed to have positive outcome, after sometime of operating it was acknowledged that the system was facing challenges, as the plastic was exiting the system once it was collected. Therefore, the Founder and CEO of Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, explains the root causes of the system’s failure.

Watch: The Ocean Cleanup technology explained

The Ocean Cleanup organisation is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. After being successfully tested, it moved to Great Pacific Garbage Patch and started cleaning plastics. Although, Ocean Cleanup faced challenges, as the plastic is exiting the system once it is collected, the Foundation is working on causes and solutions to remedy this.

Watch: Ocean Cleanup works on solutions to prevent plastic from escaping

Four weeks after the cleaning System 001 was first deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), the largest accumulation of ocean plastic, The Ocean Cleanup informed of some problems in the operation. The plastic is exiting the system once it is collected, so the Foundation is currently working on causes and solutions to remedy this.  

Watch: A look into the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The video, published by the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), focuses on one of the objectives of the Strategy – Save the Sea, aiming to address threats to marine biodiversity and food web structures, such as eutrophication, invasive species and hazardous substances. 

Watch: Australia boosts fishing with largest artificial reef

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.

Watch: Underwater reef protector tested for Great Barrier Reef

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.

Watch: Connecting people to protect whales

The short film, produced by the Port of Vancouver, gives an insight into one of the key sustainability projects that the port has initiated in a bid to protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales that inhabit the waters off British Columbia. 

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