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New report details profitability, growth of marine economy

Cape Cod Times

Blue technology companies have been in Woods Hole and other spots along the Massachusetts coastline for decades, and they have made valuable contributions to the Cape’s economy in terms of both employment and enabling other offshore industries.

WHOI Study: Fishing Restrictions Could Benefit Lobster Fisherman

Researchers at MIT, WHOI and colleagues announced the first successful trials of their new “TRAPS” system, a system they hope will provide faster, more accurate insights into the floating locations of missing objects and people by identifying the watery “traps” into which they’re likely to be attracted.

Where Does The Nitrogen We Breathe Come From?

Eurasia Review

Peter Barry of WHOI, and British and Italian colleagues, took samples of gases in various volcanic sites on Earth, in particular in Eifel (Germany) and Yellowstone (USA).

Mathematics can save lives at sea

In collaboration with a team of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, a group of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the U.S. Coast Guard, the ETH team tested their new, TRAP-based search algorithm in two separate ocean experiments near Martha’s Vineyard near the north-eastern coast of the United States.

Marine Biologist and Inventor John Kanwisher Dies

The Scientist

He coinvented the first electronically controlled diving rebreather, measured the first electrocardiogram from a whale, and played a central role in transforming the study of animal physiology from the lab to the wild through the use of telemetry devices he invented.

The Long-Lasting Legacy of Deep-Sea


Mining for rare metals can involve a good amount of detective work. It can take time and skill to find the most abundant sources. But in the deep ocean, metallic deposits sit atop the seafloor in full view—a tantalizing sight for those interested in harvesting polymetallic nodules.

Study Shows Wetter Climate Is Likely To Intensify Global Warming


A study in the May 6th issue of Nature indicates the increase in rainfall forecast by global climate models is likely to hasten the release of carbon dioxide from tropical soils, further intensifying global warming by adding to human emissions of this greenhouse gas into Earth’s atmosphere.

Conserving the Nature of the Northeast

Aquaculturists have not yet figured out how to breed adult eels in captivity. That means most of the eels we consume, about 95 percent, were actually born in the wild and intercepted as juvenile “glass eels” at the mouths of rivers during their migration inland in the spring.