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May 2016 Issue

Klein Marine Hiring
Director of Sales, Marketing

Klein Marine Systems, Inc., a supplier of side scan sonar, bathymetry sonar and waterside security and surveillance systems, seeks qualified candidates to fill an open director of sales and marketing position reporting directly to the GM. This position will be based out of Klein’s Salem, New Hampshire, office.

The position’s responsibilities include: creating and executing multiyear business development strategies and building/maintaining a high-performance team; overseeing and evaluating market research and adjusting marketing strategy to meet changing conditions; establishing and maintaining relationships with industry influencers and key strategic partners; and negotiating and closing deals.

Those interested may send their resumes to Paul.Gardner@KleinMarineSystems.com.

Lease Sale 248
To Be Held in August

BOEM will offer approximately 23.5 million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development in a lease sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.

Proposed Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 248, scheduled to take place in New Orleans in August 2016, will be the 11th offshore sale under the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012 to 2017 (Five-Year Program).

Sale 248 will include approximately 4,343 blocks located from 9 to 250 mi. offshore.

Benthic Habitats Crucial
To Coastal Life Cycles

According to findings by the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP), benthic habitats play a critical role in the life cycles of most coastal fishes and invertebrates along the Atlantic Coast of the U.S.

The ACFHP Species-Habitat Matrix evaluates the relative importance of coastal, estuarine and freshwater habitat types as living space during the major life stages of over 100 fish species. The study evaluated the importance of benthic habitats as a space for shelter, feeding and breeding by coastal fishes and invertebrates in four biogeographic regions of the eastern U.S.: the North Atlantic (Canadian border to Cape Cod), the Mid-Atlantic (Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras), the South Atlantic (Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral), and South Florida (Cape Canaveral to Florida Keys).

Key findings and recommendations include: the importance of different habitats changes with latitude—soft sediments and riverine systems scored higher in northern regions (North and Mid-Atlantic), and marshes and coral reefs scored higher in the south (South Atlantic and South Florida); the ecological importance of soft sediments to fish and invertebrates have been widely undervalued; submerged aquatic vegetation was a key nursery habitat coast-wide; anthropogenic impacts have altered habitat availability and use, and climate change is causing disturbance; and when assessing the value of habitats in a particular site, distinct habitats (e.g., submerged aquatic vegetation) should be evaluated and managed as an interconnected ecosystem.

These results can be used to evaluate trade-offs and develop habitat-management strategies. ACFHP is creating a Web-based tool that will allow fishery and habitat managers, scientists and grassroots organizations to query data in the Species-Habitat Matrix to help determine the impacts of proposed coastal development or habitat restoration activities.

Two Awards Open for
Sustainable Ocean Solutions

The Ocean Exchange has launched its sixth annual global competition for the 2016 Gulfstream Navigator Award of $100,000 and the 2016 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award of $100,000.

The theme for the 2016 competition is “Translating Sustainability Into Value,” and the Ocean Exchange review panel is seeking “Solutions Inspiring Action”; scalable, sustainable and global innovations that are generating economic growth and increasing productivity while reducing waste and the use of natural resources.

This year, the awards process focuses on renewable energy, zero emissions and new technologies that can support sustainable solutions and gives efficiencies in logistics and supply chains. Each applicant will be asked to submit a written statement that describes how their solution contributes directly or indirectly to resilient oceans.

Registration is available through www.oceanexchange.org.

New Portal Offers
LNG Intelligence

DNV GL’s new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi), www.dnvgl.com/lngi, aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. Shell, the Marine division of Rolls-Royce and MAN will be among the first companies to use LNGi.

The portal allows subscribers to assess the availability of LNG fuel for specific trade routes and newbuild projects. It also provides information about current market developments, as well as status updates of other alternative fuels and emissions reduction technologies across every vessel segment.

Healthy Seas, Happy
People Initiative

With the particular vulnerability of the Caribbean region, INTASAVE Oceans has launched its “Healthy Seas, Happy People” fundraising initiative.

INTASAVE Oceans, in collaboration with CARIBSAVE, raises awareness, conducts projects and raises funds for marine conservation programs.

This initiative highlights the importance of healthy marine ecosystems and sets out a key range of ecosystem restoration options to protect vulnerable coastlines and help increase their resilience to climate change. People will be able to join the campaign by supporting specific programs, such as Adopt a Parrot Fish or Adopt a Coral Nursery, or supporting marine sanctuaries and sustainable fishing programs. Supporters may also make a one-off donation to the ongoing work of the “Healthy Seas, Happy People” campaign.

Oceans are an essential part of the global ecosystem and are estimated to feed more than 1 billion people; however, it is estimated that around 90 percent of the ocean’s fish stocks are overfished or being fished to their limits.


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