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EMBRC-ERIC – European Marine Biological Resource Centre

The EMBRC is a global reference Research Infrastructure responding to the societal Grand Challenges through advanced marine biology and ecology research.
Marine biology

Marine biology and ecology research at EMBRC: A “Blue Enlightenment” era is dawning

Marine bioresources are growing in importance with the establishment of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) – a unique research infrastructure for excellence in marine biology and ecology research
marine species flock

The Antarctic notothenioid fishes: An especially interesting and unique marine species flock

Arthur L. DeVries, from the University of Illinois provides a comprehensive insight into a unique marine species flock, the Antarctic notothenioid fishes

Tackling microplastics: Impact on the environment and the food chain

Dr Ruth Barnich, Principal Taxonomist at environmental consultancy Thomson Ecology explores tackling the issue of microplastics, with a focus on how we can better assess their impact on the environment and the food chain.
ocean sciences

Ocean sciences: Advancing the frontiers of knowledge

The activities of the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), a section of the National Science Foundation (NSF), in advancing the frontiers of knowledge around ocean sciences, are reviewed here by Open Access Government

Oceans heated by volcanic ridges and seamounts

Dr Karen Bemis from Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey gives a fascinating explanation of how oceans are heated by volcanic ridges and seamounts
The Laboratory for Oceanographic and Environmental Research (LOER)

The Laboratory for Oceanographic and Environmental Research (LOER)

The Marine Sciences Department at Texas A&M University at Galveston covers a diverse array of disciplines relating to the study and management of the marine environment.
The Baltic Sea

The wonders of the Baltic Sea

Susanna Kaasinen, Project Manager and Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary at the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission – Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) explore the wonders of the Baltic Sea

The Oceans Protection Plan is transforming marine safety in Canada

Canada’s Minister of Transport, The Honourable Marc Garneau explores the Oceans Protection Plan and how this is transforming marine safety in Canada today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement in November 2016 of the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan marked the largest ever investment to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s...
Marine Technology

Aalto University Arctic marine technology and vessel safety

Pentti Kujala from Aalto University provides a fascinating glimpse into the institution’s work on improving the safety of vessels present in harsh sea ice environments The research group on Arctic marine technology and safety at Aalto University School of Engineering works towards improving the safety of vessels navigating in harsh...
marine biodiversity

Towards healthy and productive seas with strong marine biodiversity

Hans Bruyninckx of the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores climate change and marine biodiversity in this insightful article Marine biodiversity, the global climate and our economy and social wellbeing all depend on healthy seas. Despite some improvements, our assessments show that the way we currently use Europe’s seas remains unsustainable....
polar fishes

The role of antifreeze proteins in freezing avoidance of polar fishes

Arthur L. DeVries at the Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois provides an expert insight into antifreeze proteins in polar fishes
ocean litter

New data shows ‘dramatic’ rise in ocean litter around the UK

In 2016 there was a dramatic rise in ocean litter around the UK, with a high number of plastic items found on the seabed compared to the previous year
environmental toxicology

Environmental toxicology in the regulation of chemicals

A group of experts at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry-Europe shed light on the environmental risk assessment of chemicals
marine health

The European union explores new approaches to marine health

Karmenu Vella explains how EU policies will innovate our approach to oceans and help to ensure the marine health of our planet

New images show the worrying reach of microplastics

New images from Thomson Ecology show how far microplastics have reached into our food chain, affecting organisms on a microscopic scale

Good marine health remains a challenge due to climate change

Climate change and marine health are intrinsically linked. Open Access Government’s Ciara Ruane explains how the National Science Foundation supports both
Calls for CO detectors on marine vessels

NFFO calls for CO detectors on marine vessels

A leading fishing organisation has called for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to be fitted to all vessels following the death of two fishermen earlier this year. The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) has called for carbon monoxide detectors (CO) to be installed on all vessels following the death of...
Marine life under threat

Pressures on the marine environment increasing

With the ever growing pressures that are being put on the marine environment, Janez Potočnik Commissioner for Environment at the European Commission discusses the proposed solutions. Europe’s growth potential – and countless European livelihoods – are heavily dependent on the proper functioning of marine ecosystems. We have every interest in using...

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