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USCG: Gulf of Mexico oil spill greater than estimated

New data provided indicate that the total volume of oil discharged from the damaged pipeline off Louisiana, may be as much as 672,000 gallons, rather than the 392,700 gallons initially reported, the US Coast Guard informed.

Dead whale found on cruise ship’s bulbous bow

A dead whale was found stuck on the submerged bulbous bow of the 290-meters long “Grand Princess” cruise ship, when she reached Ketchikan port, Alaska. The incident is currently investigated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

NOAA warns of above-normal active hurricane season in Atlantic

The US NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook, warning that the season has the potential to be the most active since 2010, with forecasters predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season and increasing the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. 

BOEM: Seismic surveys harm marine life in Gulf of Mexico

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the availability of a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for evaluating potential environmental effects of geological and geophysical activities within the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf.

Large ‘dead zone’ found in Gulf of Mexico

Previously the largest Gulf of Mexico dead zone was measured in 2002, encompassing 8,497 square miles. The average size of the dead zone over the past five years has been about 5,806 square miles, three times larger than the Gulf Hypoxia Task Force target of 1,900 square miles.

NTSB provides tropical cyclone information for mariners

NTSB issued a report, urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the US Coast Guard to take action on tropical cyclone recommendations, in the interest of mariner safety. The recommendations derive primarily from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the sinking of cargo vessel El Faro on October 2015.

Marine reserves to moderate climate change

An international team of scientists has concluded that “highly protected” marine reserves can help mitigate the effects of climate change and it suggests that these areas be expanded and better managed throughout the world.

New agreement protects whales from New England to Caribbean

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration signed an agreement with the government of The Netherlands adding a network of marine protected areas from New England to the Caribbean Sea and providing refuge for North Atlantic humpback whales at both ends of their 3,000-mile annual migration.

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