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Mining the Abysstheglobalmail.org | 10 Dec 2013
Pacific islanders have always been sustained by the ocean. Might it now make them rich – and at what cost?
Ocean crust could store many centuries of industrial CO2EurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Southampton) Researchers from the University of Southampton have identified regions beneath the oceans where the igneous rocks of the upper ocean crust could safely store very large volumes of carbon dioxide.
An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from miningEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A new paper describes the expert-driven systematic conservation planning process applied to inform science-based recommendations to the International Seabed Authority for a system of deep-sea marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem function in an abyssal Pacific region targeted for nodule mining (e.g. the Clarion-Clipperton fracture zone, CCZ).
Protecting the Shetland IslandsWorld Fishing | 02 Dec 2013
A spatial management programme has been set up to protect vulnerable seabed habitat whilst monitoring, understanding and supporting scallop fleet activities in and around the Shetland Islands.
Between the devil and the deep blue sea (opinion)World Fishing | 28 Nov 2013
Several mining firms plan to prospect for and exploit deep sea mineral resources, some in international waters. Up-to-date technologies, as well as the rising price of some of the minerals, boost attractiveness of such initiatives, in spite of previous attempts at deep-sea mining, which haven't yet proven technologically or economically feasible.
INNOVATIVE PROJECT TO PROTECT SEABED HABITAT A SUCCESS IN SHETLANDfishupdate.com | 27 Nov 2013
An innovative spatial management programme aimed at protecting vulnerable seabed habitat whilst simultaneously monitoring, understanding and supporting scallop fleet activities in and around The Shetland Islands is proving a huge success thanks to a partnership with leading M2M data transfer and VMS provider, Succorfish.
EU bottom trawl ban not enough, say criticsfishupdate.com | 13 Nov 2013
THE 'European Parliament's Fisheries Committee has voted to restrict bottom trawling in vulnerable areas - but some organisation say the ?move has not gone far enough.
Feast and famine on the abyssal plainEurekAlert | 11 Nov 2013
Marine biologists have long been puzzled by the fact that marine snow does not supply enough food to support all the animals and microbes living in deep-sea sediments. A new paper by MBARI researcher Ken Smith and his colleagues shows that blooms of algae or animals near the sea surface can deliver as much food to deep-sea organisms as would normally arrive over years or even decades.
Bottom trawling will not be phased outWorld Fishing | 05 Nov 2013
The European Parliament's Fisheries Committee has voted to ban bottom trawling in areas with vulnerable marine ecosystems, but not to phase out bottom trawling altogether.
What do the Grand Canyon and New York City have in common? (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 05 Nov 2013
A recent exhibit by Gus Petro imagines the city nestled amongst the valleys and peaks of the Grand Canyon – but what if I told you there was a canyon twice its size already in New York? No need for photoshop here, the Hudson Canyon is 740 km long and 3200 m deep and mere miles down the Hudson River and beneath the deep blue sea...
Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spillEurekAlert | 26 Sep 2013
(University of Nevada, Reno) The deep-sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010's Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill's impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online scientific journal PLoS One.
New shrimp trawl design to be tested at seaWorld Fishing | 24 Sep 2013
A new shrimp trawl designed to have less seabed contact and to achieve greater fuel efficiency is to be tested at sea, thanks to $95,048 funding from the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government.
Sea of troubleNew Zealand Herald | 21 Sep 2013
The rough seas of the southern Pacific Ocean are set to be the focus of resource consent debate as a mining company's bid to dredge the sea floor comes up against the fishing industry and environmentalists.
Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on earthEurekAlert | 06 Sep 2013
(University of Houston) A University of Houston professor led a team of scientists to uncover the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth. Covering an area roughly equivalent to the British Isles or the state of New Mexico, this volcano, dubbed the Tamu Massif, is nearly as big as the giant volcanoes of Mars, placing it among the largest in the Solar System.
Submarine canyons a source of marine invertebrate diversity, abundanceEurekAlert | 28 Aug 2013
Submarine canyons play an important role in maintaining high levels of biodiversity of small invertebrates in the seafloor sediments of the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to research from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. What's more, scientists have used this data to draw new connections between the levels of faunal diversity and the heterogeneity of submarine canyon landscapes at various spatial scales.
Newly Discovered Plume Could Be Major Source of IronWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 20 Aug 2013
Scientists have discovered a vast plume of iron and other micronutrients more than 1,000 km long billowing from hydrothermal vents in the South Atlantic Ocean. The finding, soon to be published in the journal Nature Geoscience, calls past estimates of iron abundances into question, and may challenge researchers assumptions about iron sources in the worlds seas.
Google, Intel founders support undersea research by UMass Amherst microbiologistEurekAlert | 19 Aug 2013
When microbiologist James Holden of the University of Massachusetts Amherst launches new studies next month of the microbes living deep in the cracks and thermal vents around an undersea volcano, for the first time in his 25-year career his deep-sea research will not be funded by a government source.