Marine seismic surveys could cause a two to three-fold increase in mortality in zooplankton, new research has shown. Scientists from the University of Tasmania studied the impact of commercial seismic surveys on zooplankton populations by carrying out tests using seismic air guns in the ocean off southern Tasmania. The research found that the air gun signals caused an increase in mortality from 18 percent to 40-60 percent. Impacts were observed out to the maximum 1.2 kilometer (0.75 mile) range tested, 100 times greater than the previously assumed impact range of 10 meters (33 feet).
In recent years there has been an increasing amount of ‘pity’ of the seafaring profession, in media and by various organizations. One industry commentator is taking issue with that. And he thinks you should, too. It seems to be standard fare these days to portray seafaring as a substandard profession; a career only for people without choice and a life full of hardship, it’s dangerous, poor working conditions are rife and there is a cultural reliance on the pity of the world to make ends meet and to avoid exploitation – or worse fates. Not sure knitting them woolly hats does much for the image either…
Want to cash in your SPG and Marriott points for a yacht cruise? That may soon be possible, as Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International Inc.’s flagship luxury brand, announced a seafaring expansion Thursday. As part of the newly minted Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, the five-star hotel brand will launch three small, ultra-luxury ships with laid-back itineraries and spacious, open-concept design schemes that flip the traditional cruise experience on its head. The maiden vessel will pull out of the shipyard late in 2019, with bookings opening next May—marking the first time that a hotel company hits the high seas.
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