Mallows Bay-Potomac River Proposed New Marine Sanctuary One Step Closer To Designation

Mallows Bay-Potomac River Proposed New Marine Sanctuary One Step Closer To Designation

The first new National Marine Sanctuary in many years, which will be the closest one to the nation’s Capitol, took another important step toward final approval last Friday when the final Environmental Impact Statement for the sanctuary was published in the Federal Register. 

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Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered When Testing New Equipment

Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered When Testing New Equipment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ocean exploration ship the Okeanos Explorer made an exciting discovery on May 16 — while conducting an “engineering dive” in the Gulf of Mexico to test new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipment, they found the wreck of what is likely a mid-19th-century wooden sailing vessel.

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One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

One Superhero Thing: Aquaman Joins The Fight Against Ocean Plastic

Jason Momoa, of Game of Thrones and more recently Aquaman fame, has joined the fight against ocean plastic.  And for his true fans, if you wondered why he shaved his beard, it was all for a good cause — to raise awareness about single-use plastic water bottles.  Time to make a change, he says.  His […]

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Georges Bank Should Not Become Exxon’s Bank

Georges Bank Should Not Become Exxon’s Bank

By Senator Edward J. Markey (D- MA) This week, a court ruling forced the Trump Administration to put its plan to massively expand offshore drilling for oil and gas on hold. The Trump Interior Department’s record is one of blatant disregard for the ocean’s living marine resources and the people and coastal economies that depend […]

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One Deep Thing: A Presidential Address From Under The Sea

One Deep Thing: A Presidential Address From Under The Sea

Some leaders will go to the depths to make a point.  And we don’t mean our own President.  The President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, gave a live address on Sunday from a mobile glass dome more than 400 feet beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean.  Why?  He wanted to send a clear message to everyone […]

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The Blue New Deal  

The Blue New Deal  

I just heard from a longtime friend on the Hill that “soon” Congress will introduce a “Blue New Deal” in both chambers with support from the President and all ocean agencies. Congress and the Administration are joining forces to create a strategic, cost-loaded plan that will address ocean science and technology needs nationwide, bringing together federal agencies with their partners in academia, industry, state and local government, and NGOs to work on key common goals.

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