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  • Marine Waste Water Discharges 2008 Conference in preparation

    Dear Colleagues, Now, MWWD 2006 belongs to the “past conferences” and, as announced in Antalya, we have started to prepare the 2008 event. We have worked to draw the conclusions of the recent conference which, despite some withdrawals and a few “no shows”, have been positive. The MWWD and IEMES 2006 information are available under the links “MWWD CONFERENCES 2000, 02, 04, 06” and “PAST IEMES ...

  • 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

  • Seattle Mariners & BASF partner on zero waste goal at safeco field

    The Seattle Mariners and BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, have joined together in a unique partnership to further the Mariners composting and recycling program at Safeco Field. BASF partners with The Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field around compostable bags made with BASF’s ...

  • Lugworms harmed by marine microplastic pollution

    Microplastic pollution impairs the heath of the marine worms that help maintain sediments for other creatures, new research suggests. This study shows that the energy reserves of lugworms living in sediment contaminated with microplastic particles were reduced by up to 50%. Microplastic pollution, fragments of less than 5 mm, is of increasing concern. Although the pieces are typically formed as ...

  • 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

  • Marine Dies from Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

    LA Testing provides chemical and hazardous waste testing services to keep soldiers and industrial workers safe from toxic materials. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month it was reported that a widow of a retired Marine was awarded compensation for her husband’s death.  The retired soldier had worked at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, California ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • Hazardous substances in Europe’s fresh and marine waters – an overview

    Hazardous substances in fresh and marine water can harm aquatic life and pose a risk to human health, according to a new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report notes that while European legislation to address the issue is relatively strong, new challenges exist including ‘emerging pollutants’ where potential effects are not yet fully understood. ...

  • Disinfecting Marine Vessel Ballast Water with UV

    Disinfecting Marine Vessel Ballast Water with UV -Hanovia UV disinfection system helps operators meet IMO discharge regulations- To assist operators of cruise ships, tankers, semi-submersibles, jack-up rigs and other large ocean-going vessels to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) ballast water discharge requirements, UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has partnered with ...

  • New international co-operation to tackle marine debris

    Government representatives, major industries and leading marine researchers have come together to make a new set of commitments to tackle the widespread problem of debris in the world's seas and oceans. Despite decades of efforts to prevent and reduce marine debris, such as discarded plastic, abandoned fishing nets and industrial waste, there is evidence that the problem continues to grow. A lack ...

  • Plastic Waste Causes Financial Damage of US$13 Billion to Marine Ecosystems Each Year as Concern Grows over Microplastics

    Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year, according to two reports released on the opening day of the first United Nations Environment Assembly. The eleventh edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year ...

  • Legacy of waste from Great East Japan earthquake underscores need for urgent action on marine litter

    Five years ago, a 30 foot wall of cold, black water crashed into the east coast of Japan. The tsunami's raging waters, which were triggered by a 9.0 earthquake, killed nearly 16,000 people, wiped out entire towns and villages and caused one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. The power of the tsunami was so strong that the debris washed into the ocean included fishing boats, entire houses, ...

  • EPA and Baltimore`s CNX Marine Terminals, Inc. settle water and waste violations

    CNX Marine Terminals, Inc. has agreed to pay a $34,600 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal environmental laws involving the discharge of pollutants in stormwater runoff, the operation and maintenance of underground storage tank systems and waste storage, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The alleged violations were at the CNX terminal at 3800 New Gate Ave., ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 litter in deep sea ecosystems of the Mediterranean

    Marine litter is a major issue in deep sea ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea, new research confirms. A recent study shows that the total weight of litter found in these sensitive areas often equals, and even exceeds, that of the animals that live there. This work can provide a baseline for assessments of the impact of deep sea marine litter and to inform future policy reforms, the researchers ...

  • Mariners should use caution near buoy site

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies deployed a data buoy off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, three years ago to gather information on wave action for a Corps study and the scientific instrument has been providing useful information to scientists, mariners and the general public since that time. One of the main purposes of deploying the data buoy was to acquire wave ...


    By US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Marine litter in deep sea ecosystems of the Mediterranean

    Marine litter is a major issue in deep sea ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea, new research confirms. A recent study shows that the total weight of litter found in these sensitive areas often equals, and even exceeds, that of the animals that live there. This work can provide a baseline for assessments of the impact of deep sea marine litter and to inform future policy reforms, the researchers ...

  • Disinfecting marine vessel ballast water with UV

    To assist operators of cruise ships, tankers, semi-submersibles, jack-up rigs and other large ocean-going vessels to meet the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) impending ballast water discharge requirements, UV disinfection specialist Hanovia has partnered with three of the world’s leading systems integrators to provide validated, on-board water treatment systems that are easy to ...

  • Report brings to the surface the growing global problem of marine litter

    From discarded fishing gear to plastic bags to cigarette butts, a growing tide of marine litter is harming oceans and beaches worldwide, says a new report. The report, the first-ever attempt to take stock of the marine litter situation in the 12 major regional seas around the world, was launched on World Oceans Day by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Ocean Conservancy. Achim Steiner, UN ...

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