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Time-travelling deep sea scientists reveal historic plastics problem

News release from SAMS, October 23, 2018



Marine creatures living in the deepest parts of the ocean have been feeding on microplastic particles for at least four decades, a study has revealed. 


Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban delved into the institute’s archived samples from the Rockall Trough, an area of deep sea off the west coast of Scotland, to assess the extent of microplastic ingestion in the stomachs of bottom-dwelling starfish and brittle stars.


Introduction to observational physical oceanography, Benin, West Africa

Since 2017, Prof. Ursula Schauer, of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany, has run an annual one-week course in Observational Oceanography as part of the existing master program in Physical Oceanography at the International Chair in Mathematical Physics and Applications (ICMPA - UNESCO CHAIR) at the University D’ABOMEY – CALAVI, Cotonou, Benin, West Africa. 


POGO Statement on the Value of Ocean Observations

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) has just issued a Consensus Statement on the importance and value of ocean observations, for both science and society.



International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) at INCOIS offering state of the art training in operational oceanography

International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), was initiated after signing an agreement with UNESCO to build manpower capacity in marine, coastal sustainability and response to marine natural hazards, particularly for the countries in the Indian Ocean rim and islands region as well as Africa.


Bloom of green Noctiluca in Northern Arabian Sea may be harbinger of climate-driven change

The Northern Arabian Sea experiences intense blooms of the heterotrophic dinoflagellate, green Noctiluca scintillans, during the winter monsoon. Although not known to produce organic toxins, these blooms are still categorized as a harmful due to due to their association with massive fish mortalities attributed to toxic levels of ammonia. In addition, green Noctiluca is a voracious predator of diatoms, and thus competes with zooplankton, having adverse impacts on the food chain and fisheries.


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