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December 2014 Issue

Russia, China Reject World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart, Australia, resulted in no consensus on what would have been the largest marine sanctuary in the world, Reuters reported. Russia and China withheld their approval due to interest in the Southern Ocean’s fish and krill resources. CCAMLR participants include the European Union and 24 nations.

One proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) was to be 1.9 million square kilometers in East Antarctica. France and the European Union offered to reduce it to 1 million square kilometers in attempt to reach consensus. New Zealand and the U.S. proposed a separate MPA of 1.3 million square kilometers in the Ross Sea. The two MPAs would have constituted the world’s biggest ocean sanctuary and would have set catch limits for krill, tooth fish and other finfish.


Nautilus to Charter Vessel for Solwara 1 Project
Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto, Canada) has an agreement for the charter of a vessel to be deployed for use on the Solwara 1 Project.

Marine Assets Corp. (MAC), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will own and provide the marine management of the vessel, to be chartered to Nautilus for at least five years, with options to extend the charter or purchase the vessel at the end of the period.

The vessel will first serve as the operational base for the joint venture (Solwara 1 JV) to be formed by Nautilus and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Ltd. The vessel will support operations to extract and transport high-grade copper and gold material from the project site in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea.

The vessel will be 227 meters long and 40 meters wide, with accommodation for up to 180 people. It will generate approximately 31 megawatts of power. All of the below-deck mining equipment will be installed in the vessel during the build process to minimize the equipment integration to be completed following delivery of the vessel. The vessel is expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.


OpenHydro, Emera Launch Cape Sharp Tidal
Tidal technology group, OpenHydro (Dublin, Ireland) and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. (Halifax, Canada) have formally launched a new joint venture business, called Cape Sharp Tidal.

The objective of Cape Sharp Tidal is to deploy a fully grid connected 4-megawatt tidal array in the Bay of Fundy in 2015. This project has the potential to be one of the world’s first multimegawatt arrays of interconnected tidal turbines, providing energy to more than 1,000 customers in Nova Scotia. Cape Sharp Tidal employs a local team of 10 people based in Dartmouth, Canada.

The turbines being deployed in the Bay of Fundy are the latest evolution of OpenHydro’s 16-meter, 2-megawatt Open-Centre Turbines. They will be built in Dartmouth in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding (Halifax). The project’s ultimate goal is to develop up to a 300-megawatt commercial tidal array delivering clean, renewable energy to more than 75,000 customers.


Patrick Augustine Receives Captain David H. Hart Award
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) presented Mr. Patrick Augustine, long-time ASMFC Commissioner from New York and fisheries advocate, the Captain David H. Hart Award.

For nearly two decades, Augustine has passionately committed his time and energy to the betterment of Atlantic coast fisheries at all levels of fisheries management—state, interstate, regional and federal. Over the past 16 years, he served four consecutive governors to represent New York’s fishing constituents on the commission. Over that time, he actively participated on 15 of the commission’s 17 species management boards, and provided leadership as chair on six of those boards. He also played an important role in elevating the status of ASMFC legislators and governor appointees as equal participants on species management boards, as well as recognizing the outstanding efforts of contributors to the process as a long-standing member of the Awards Committee.

The commission instituted the award in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts to improve Atlantic coast marine fisheries. The award is named for one of the commission’s longest serving members, who dedicated himself to the advancement and protection of marine fishery resources.


BOEM, Florida Agree to Coastal Resilience, Restoration
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, BOEM and the state of Florida signed a $200,000 two-year cooperative agreement to evaluate sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning. In addition, the agreement will help Florida address future storm impacts and their effects on the state’s limited coastal sand resources.

Using part of the $13.6 million allocated to BOEM through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the Florida cooperative agreement is the 13th BOEM has entered into this year in a series of partnerships with coastal Atlantic states or state institutions to evaluate sand and gravel resources for coastal protection and restoration along the entire Atlantic OCS.

Under this agreement, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Division of Water Resource Management will modernize its Reconnaissance Offshore Sand Search/Offshore Sand Search Inventory (ROSS/OSSI) database. The goal is to have available geologic and benthic habitat resource data accessible for planners and managers. In addition, the FDEP Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will complete an analysis of existing data previously collected offshore selected Florida Atlantic counties, including the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM scientists will assist Florida in identifying areas where additional scientific data are needed to confirm previously identified sand and locate new sand resources. BOEM will also help Florida develop tools to more readily share sand resource data with other agencies involved in coastal resilience planning.


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