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56 st / February 2017 www.sea-technology.com FLiDAR to Assess Wind Offshore France AXYS Technologies Inc.'s FLiDAR WindSentinel buoy has been deployed in Brittany, France, as part of the energy assessment for the Bay of Saint-Brieuc commercial offshore wind farm devel- opment managed by Ailes Marines. The FLIDAR WindSentinel system has dual lidar sensors to measure the wind resource and expected energy produc- tion at the offshore wind farm. It will be deployed for a minimum of 12 months to gather comprehensive wind speed and wind direction data up to heights of 200 m, along with metocean data in- cluding directional waves, ocean cur- rents, tide, salinity, water temperature, atmospheric pressure and air tempera- ture. WOC, USAID Partner to Combat Illegal Fishing The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership in support of the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (US- AID Oceans) to build a regional in- novation and partnership platform for the development and expansion of a Catch Documentation and Traceability System (CDTS) to combat IUU fishing practices in the Asia-Pacific region. Companies interested in participating may contact the WOC at info@ocean- council.org. The WOC and USAID Oceans will work together to: identify and engage companies and organiza- tions that will support and contribute to USAID Oceans' CDTS Technical Advisory Group in identifying future partnership activities and leveraged re- sources; engage key companies from fisheries, technology, data manage- ment, telecommunications and other sectors essential to the development, improvement, operation and expan- sion of the CDTS; identify business and investment models to sustain the CDTS beyond the life of USAID Oceans; and identify approaches and strategic part- nerships for industry and governments to expand the availability of lower cost technologies and remote/at-sea connectivity to support the expansion of data collection for CDT, fisheries management and enforcement. USAID Oceans, with the WOC's collaboration, will pilot the CDTS in General Santos City, Philippines, and Bitung, Indone- sia, with regional expansion and ca- pacity building in traceability and fish- eries management to follow. SPE Invests to Promote STEM With reports highlighting the skills gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in the U.K., the Society of Petroleum Engineers' (SPE) Aberdeen Section has invested al- most £200,000 over the last five years to support STEM initiatives. SPE Aber- deen's Schools and Careers Guidance Committee plays a significant role in encouraging young people to study STEM subjects fundamental to the en- ergy industry's future workforce. Activi- ties such as workshops at the Techfest Festival of Science, which take place in Aberdeen, are supported by profits from SPE Aberdeen events and offer thousands of children the opportunity to get a hands-on introduction to STEM marine resources

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