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March 2011 Issue

25 Years Ago
1986. In response to the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the U.S. Navy and others mobilized their remotely operated vehicles and submersibles to search for debris offshore Florida. ... The Environmental Protection Agency began a review on tributyltin (TBT) compounds used in anti-biofouling paint. TBT was found to be highly toxic to marine and freshwater organisms. At the time, 19 Navy vessels had been painted with TBT, and the Navy had planned to paint all 550 of their ships with TBT paint by 1990. ... In a first, Harbor Branch Foundation scientists successfully fertilized and reared the eggs of three deep-sea animals. The eggs were collected offshore Florida.

15 Years Ago
1996. For the first time, scientist were able to use the U.S. Navy’s “over-the-horizon” high-frequency radar systems to map ocean currents off the coast of Florida at distances of up to 900 miles. ... A new system of data-gathering buoys became operational in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing teams to predict where and how oil spills would spread. ... NOAA announced that NOAA Corps, the nation’s smallest uniformed service, would transition to civilian status.

10 Years Ago
2001. At the request of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the National Marine Fisheries Service agreed to extend a gear-change deadline designed to protect the Atlantic right whale. The argument for the extension was that the original deadline would have taken place during dangerous January weather. ... Scientists aboard the research vessel Atlantis discovered a hydrothermal vent field on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that they dubbed “The Lost City.” Hydrothermal chimneys there were the largest of their kind observed, some reaching 180 feet above the seafloor. ... Ifremer set a remotely operated vehicle world record with its VICTOR 6000 vehicle off the coast of Zaire, reaching 16,000 feet and covering seven miles of ocean floor in a single dive.



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