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  • Better protected seas promised in UK Marine Bill

    New marine nature reserves around Britain’s coast are among radical plans published by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. A new network of marine conservation zones, for species and habitats of national importance, will be put in place by 2012 under new powers contained in the government’s draft Marine Bill.  The new marine conservation zones will have clear conservation objectives, to ...

  • Canada gets failing grade on marine protected areas

    Canada hasn’t made a lot progress on its commitment to establish a system of marine protected areas in our oceans concludes a new report by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Living Oceans Society, and the Sierra Club of B.C. The report card compares the performance of Canada, the United States, and Australia in designating marine protected areas. Canada gets a failing grade despite the fact ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Panasonic Develops Ballast Water Management System to Help Protect Marine Ecosystems

    Panasonic Environmental Systems & Engineering Co., Ltd., a Panasonic group company, today announced that it has developed an on-board ballast water management system using an in-line electrolysis method to disinfect ballast water. In the newly developed ballast water management system, called "ATPS-BLUE sys", an electrolysis unit is placed in the main ballast water pipe. The unit generates ...

  • New manufacturing opportunities - sensors to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems

    Researchers will develop sensing technologies which will have significant economic and environmental implications for our marine and freshwater resources. CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship Director Mr Clive Davenport said the collaboration will also drive a new sensor manufacturing industry for Australia. “The cluster collaboration addresses a fundamental need to understand, monitor and ...

  • Questions and Answers on the establishment of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica

    Two important science-based proposals for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will be discussed at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) on 23 October – 1 November 2013, in Hobart, Australia. The meeting is expected to adopt the two proposals - one by Australia, France and the European Union for a network of MPAs in East Antarctica ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Improved marine and weather forecast

    NOAA, USA, is now using enhanced weather and marine forecast models for the Great Lakes that will extend forecasts from 36 hours to 60 hours into the future to better serve commercial and recreational mariners, the shipping industry, emergency responders, water resource managers and the private weather industry. The Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS) of NOAA's National Ocean Service, ...

  • Assessing the effectiveness of marine reserves

    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are intended to conserve marine habitats and fish populations and many prohibit fishing inside their borders. However, according to a recent study, local fishing activity can become concentrated around the edges of MPAs, which can have a significant impact on their effectiveness as fishery management tools. MPAs are designed to protect population and breeding centres ...

  • Plastics in the Marine Environment

    An ongoing study of biodegradation rates of polymers has led to the development of a new ASTM International standard, D7473, Test Method for Weight Attrition of Plastic Materials in the Marine Environment by Open System Aquarium Incubations. The new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable ...


    By ASTM International

  • Marine pollution - cleaning up the seas

    Greenhouse gas emissions from marine vessels have received special attention of late, but as the maritime shipping industry continues to grow, other forms of pollution from ships are creating problems that require urgent attention. In the past 15 years, seaborne trade has increased by 50% and continued high rates of growth are expected. The rise in trade between the North America and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • UK marine policy statement published

    The UK Marine Policy Statement has been jointly published today by all UK Administrations as part of a new system of marine planning being introduced across UK seas. Adopted by the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, the Marine Policy Statement will help achieve the shared UK vision for “clean, healthy, safe, ...

  • Marine and Coastal Civil Engineering 2016

    This week the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Exhibition takes place at the Excel Centre in London, UK, from 12-13 October. Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering 2016 is the UK's leading event in presenting global solutions and innovative concepts to professionals working in hard engineering, coastal and river management, subsea engineering and flood risk authorities. The ...


    By Valeport Ltd

  • Four Alaska fishing vessels resolve seafood waste violations to protect marine environment

    Three companies that operate four seafood processing vessels in federal waters off the coast of Alaska have agreed to comply with Clean Water Act permits that limit the discharge of pollutants from seafood waste. Golden Fleece, Inc., Blue North Fisheries, Inc. and The Fishing Company of Alaska, Inc. agreed to settle violations of Clean Water Act permits with the U.S. Environmental Protection ...

  • US EPA orders Marin County sewage systems to address `chronic` spills

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued enforcement actions requiring nine sewage collection systems in the Sausalito and Mill Valley areas of southern Marin County, Calif. to address chronic sewage spills, improve sewer maintenance and implement long-term programs to renew aging sewer pipes. Deteriorated conditions of the sewer systems became evident when heavy rains overwhelmed the ...

  • Wärtsilä acquires Cedervall, the Swedish manufacturer of marine shaft seal and bearing systems

    Wärtsilä Corporation, Press Release, 13 July 2011, at 4.20 pm (EET)    Wärtsilä has acquired Cedervall, one of the leading manufacturers of shaft seal and bearing systems for the marine industry. Cedervall is ...


  • Protected Areas, a global perspective

    The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive dataset on the world's protected areas covering both terrestrial and marine protected areas. Currently there are about 200,000 records in the database covering nearly every country and territory. The basis for the database began in 1959, when the United Nations Economic and Social Council called for a list of national parks ...

  • Bahamas Acts to Protect Sharks

    Sharks in The Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation's government announced today that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country's waters is now prohibited. "2011 is fast becoming the ...

  • DOE Announces Marine and Hydrokinetic Open Data Effort

    In an effort to improve future data management and access, DOE’s Water Power Program is standing up a Marine and Hydrokinetics (MHK) Data Repository to manage the receipt, protection, and dissemination of scientific and technical data generated by DOE funded awards. Capabilities of the proposed MHK Data Repository include: Secure and intuitive submission ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Defra published Marine and Coastal Access Bill

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today welcomed publication of pioneering legislation for better protection and development of the seas around Britain. The Marine and Coastal Access Bill, published today, includes:     * a new network of marine conservation zones;    * the establishment of a new Marine Management Organisation which will be a centre of marine ...

  • Toxic Drinking Water at Marine Base Camp Lejeune

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - Two of the three drinking water systems that served family housing at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were contaminated with chemicals from dry cleaning and industrial operations for 28 years, a federal government analysis reveals. The 246 square mile base is located near Jacksonville, North Carolina. One system, the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system, ...

  • Marine environment adequately covered despite complex legislation

    More than 200 pieces of English and EU-wide marine environmental legislation have been analysed in a recent review. While complex, the legislation adequately covered all areas of the marine environment, the authors conclude. However, there is opportunity to remove overlap and conflicts between different legislation and improve cross-border co-operation. The world’s oceans are under threat ...

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