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Ocean science high on the agenda for Commonwealth leaders

The NOC has this month been at the centre of a number of high profile government announcements regarding the future mana

Switch from leaded petrol has reduced lead ocean pollution

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.

Catch from deep-sea fishing has been massively under-reported

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.

NOC hosts Commonwealth marine science event

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 protect our oceans.

NOC partner Marlan Maritime Technologies wins second innovation award in a year

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.

NOC contributes to major new government report on future of the sea

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.

ALR ‘Boaty’ completes first under-ice Antarctic mission

New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

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.

NOC’s robot fleet on active missions from pole to pole

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.

Seabed mapping supports conservation in giant marine protected areas

Seabed mapping data collected by research ships during decades of collaborative research in Antarctica can be compiled to help create large-scale maps of the seabed physical environment around South Georgia. Image from the British Antarctic Survey.

In an era where huge expanses of ocean are being designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the importance of mapping the seabed to collect baseline data and monitor change is vital.