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Building a sustainable future from our oceans

To address modern-day sustainability challenges, the EMBRC-ERIC was established to bridge the gap between marine biological research and innovation.
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EU: Who are the new European Commissioners?

Here, we discuss the freshly elected European Commissioners of the 2019-2024 period, including their duties and a vision of the EU their work attempts to shape.
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Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survey in offshore wind farm development

Dr Gwoshyh Song of Global Aqua Survey Ltd discusses the challenges of clearing unexploded ordnance ahead of offshore wind farm developments.
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Marine Conservation Zones: Protecting our seas

Here, Joan Edwards, Director of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts shares her thoughts on the UK government announcement of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).
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Conserving coastal and marine ecosystems and resources

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have a mission to understand and predict changes in weather, climate, oceans and coasts, as this article reveals, with a special focus on their work to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
deep-sea science

As deep-sea science is out-paced by exploitation, can catastrophe be averted?

Dr Sandra Brooke, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab, explores whether the over-exploitation of deep oceans can be averted as deep-sea science continues to be outpaced.
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What is the problem with the Blue Planet effect?

Has the Blue Planet effect really made a great change to our world, or have we shifted so much focus onto plastic that we’ve neglected the wider picture of waste management?.
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Biofouling: Aliens in the Baltic Sea

Dominik Littfass, HELCOM Communication Secretary explains the biofouling – the attachment of living organisms to the hull of ships – one of the main vectors of invasions of aquatic ecosystems from alien or non-indigenous species.
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Wave energy innovation: Winners of Pilot Accelerator Programme announced

The five winners of the Pilot Accelerator Programme, announced by Ocean Energy Scale-Up Alliance (OESA), will receive funding to accelerate offshore deployments in the North Sea Region.
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Climate change: Why are the Arctic ice caps changing?

Martin Sharp from the University of Alberta provides a compelling insight into the issue of precisely why the Arctic ice caps are changing.
high seas conservation

The Sargasso Sea Commission: High seas conservation

Dr David Freestone and Professor Howard Roe explore how the Sargasso Sea Commission could be a new paradigm for high seas conservation.
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UK creates ‘Blue Belt’ of marine conservation zones

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today (31 May) created 41 new Marine Conservation Zones, marking an expansion to the UK's ‘Blue Belt’ that is twice the size of England.
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How do we solve a problem like plastic pollution?

René Garello, IEEE fellow and Professor at IMT Atlantique, discusses how data analytics is being used to track the circulation of plastic in the ocean and help scientists to ensure sustainability.
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Solar heat is melting the world’s largest Antarctic ice shelf

An international team of researchers found that the largest Antarctic ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface.
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How are water-sports groups aiding cleaner oceans?

From joggers picking up bottles as they go, to global sporting bodies pledging to tackle plastic head on, athletes, enthusiasts and sporting amateurs are collaborating to fight for cleaner oceans.
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Map can protect one third of oceans by 2030

As governments meet at the UN to negotiate towards an historic Global Ocean Treaty, a groundbreaking study by leading marine biologists has mapped out how to protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030.
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“Climatic hotspot project”: Uncovering impacts of the midlatitude ocean

Uncovering impacts of the midlatitude ocean is a part of the “Climatic hotspot project, as profiled here by Professor Hisashi Nakamura from the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, at the University of Tokyo in Japan.
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The return of global governance: This time it comes with many faces

The ocean’s pollution with plastics has stirred multiple promising responses across the globe: Are we on the verge of a new type of global governance? Prof Dr Raimund Bleischwitz explains how such governance may look and what is still missing.
healthier oceans

For healthier oceans and seas, we need a good dialogue between policy and science

Monika Stankiewicz, HELCOM Executive Secretary argues that for healthier oceans and seas, we need a good dialogue between policy and science.
ocean energy

OCEANERA-NET COFUND: Supporting collaborative innovation in ocean energy

Karen Fraser Specialist, Energy Scottish Enterprise charts the project OCEANERA-NET COFUND, which is supporting collaborative innovation in ocean energy.

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