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Posted: 19 April 2018
One of the CTD instruments used to collect the data used in this study. New research shows the first observed reduction in lead concentrations in the surface waters of the seas around Europe since the phasing out of leaded petrol. Lead has no biological function, and is toxic to humans and marine organisms. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is... Read more
Posted: 11 April 2018
The first assessment of global deep-sea trawling using new estimates of catch data has revealed that 42% more fish have been caught over the last 60 years than was reported to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. “Our study shows that there is systematic under-reporting... Read more
Posted: 9 April 2018
The NOC in Southampton today hosted a celebration of marine science across the Commonwealth attended by High Commissioners from across the Commonwealth, ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where member states will gather in London to agree further global measures to... Read more
Posted: 27 March 2018
Marlan MD Alex Sinclair collects the award National Oceanography Centre strategic business partner, Marlan Maritime Technologies, has secured the top prize in the ‘Innovation’ category at the prestigious Mersey Maritime Awards 2018, held earlier this month. This the second accolade for Marlan within the last year, following their success at... Read more
Posted: 23 March 2018
Microplastics are the most dominant particulate contaminant identified in the global ocean. Emerging evidence for harm to biota, ecosystems, and potentially to human health, currently makes microplastics pollution an issue of enormous concern for society. Moreover, interaction of microplastics with... Read more
Posted: 21 March 2018
Foresight Future of the Sea report, visit GOV UK to download A major new report looking at the future of the sea, published by the Government Office for Science, sets out the opportunities available for the UK to capitalise on its existing strengths in research, technology and the diversity of ocean industries. The report’s expert advisory group... Read more
Posted: 13 March 2018
The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub Long Range (ALR), known affectionately around the world as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, was successfully recovered last week following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. This... Read more
Posted: 7 March 2018
Red soft corals New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining. These insights have been published today in Nature Scientific Reports, and show that the structure of... Read more
Posted: 28 February 2018
@nocnews The arrival of the RRS James Cook into Rio kicked off a special day of events hosted by the city’s Museum of Tomorrow to celebrate the announcement of the upcoming UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation. On the 27 February, after docking for the first time ever in Praça Mauá, Rio,... Read more
Posted: 27 February 2018
Part of the NOC's marine equipment fleet The world-leading fleet of marine robots operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just had its busiest two months ever. The robotic vehicles have been operating in some of the world’s most hostile waters, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from the coast to the deep ocean.... Read more