Sustainable Marine Resources

We are involved in the development of marine technologies that lead to the practical and beneficial use of resources from the ocean. Such resources include marine biota (fish for consumption and plants for pharmaceutical and other uses), energy (from wind, waves, marine currents, tides, salinity gradients, and temperature gradients), coastal and marine environments (for industrial and recreational use), and use of the ocean for transport, shipping and as repository of carbon to control the climate. The program gathers together researchers from several disciplines to undertake a series of projects that aim to develop technologies that can be commercialized and used to exploit marine resources in a sustainable manner.

PROJECTS

The Sustainable Ocean Resources Program will encompass several projects that address the need for innovation and technology development. These are listed as follows:

Project 1: Ocean Energy Conversion

Both core and facilitating technologies for energy conversion will be developed and supplied to commercial markets to accelerate the growing ocean energy industry. This provides a pollution free source of energy for the future. Engineering systems, test facilities, diagnostic equipment, and expert technical services will be developed and offered to firms aiming to utilize ocean energy (from wind, waves, marine currents, tides, salinity gradients, and temperature gradients) in electrical conversion systems and desalination projects.

Project 2: Sustainable Fish Production

Various technologies will be developed to allow fish to be sustainably farmed in the marine environment. Low frequency acoustic fish stock assessments techniques will be developed with liaison with the international program Census of Marine Life. We will assess new technologies for observing marine life, including satellite remote sensing of phytoplankton distributions, measuring fish stocks and tracking marine mammals. Technical development will include monitoring systems, specialized equipment and a means for delivery solutions to commercial developers.

Project 3: Ocean Alkalinity Modification

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are threatening rapid climate change and increased acidity of the world oceans. Techniques to increase the alkalinity of the ocean will be taken to proof of concept using EO&S technology and certification procedures.

Project 4: Ocean Nourishment

This project will investigate and trial the practice of supplying nutrients to the ocean to stimulate phytoplankton production and enhance fisheries. The process also has the effect of irreversibly absorbing carbon dioxide into from the atmosphere into the ocean, thereby reducing greenhouse gases. EO&S holds patents that allow the sale of carbon credits. At the present price of carbon credits the economics are very favorable.

Project 5: Coastal and Ocean Infrastructure Management

Technologies and tools will be developed to better plan and manage coastal and offshore infrastructure. For example, the prospect of building large coastal desalination plants in Australia must consider the environmental effects of such infrastructure. Technologies will be required to properly model and then manage the intake and discharge of such plants. Tools for this purpose will be developed and used in consulting with or licensed to developers, government and industry. EASy will be used to assess pollution from coastal fish farms and licensed to farm operators. Risk and sand resources.

Project 6: Recognizance of the Continental Shelf

While legally under control of the littoral state, little is known about the geomorphology of the continental slope. Legal issues from the UN Law of the Seas about the EEZ and policy issues concerning the legal responsibility of fish farmers will be addressed. Mapping of the geomorphology of the continental slope will form the basis for resource evaluation.

Project 7: Public Outreach

The use of the ocean is often misunderstood by the public. Deep Ocean Quest operates a 56 meter ocean research vessel to support a program of involving the public and in particular high school children in ocean exploration. Program members will join with Ocean Quest in a program of public outreach.

Short courses for practicing professionals will be provided to produce income and to disseminate the findings of the program.