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DEC 2017

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Page 43 of 52 December 2017 / st 43 Canadian Research Nonprofit Gets Funds for Fisheries Tech The government of Canada has granted Merinov $503,132 in financial assistance, in the form of a nonrepay- able contribution, to carry out research and development on processing tech- nologies in the fisheries and aquacul- ture sector. Merinov is a nonprofit research center that is tasked with research and development, technology trans- fer, technical assistance, monitoring and succession planning activities that contribute to the sustainable develop- ment and competitiveness of the fish- eries and aquaculture industry and aquatic biomass valorization. The funding will help Merinov es- tablish a method for assessing the shelf life of marine products; develop alternative bait for lobster fishing; as- sess the commercial potential of col- lagenase from snow crabs; test grind- ing and drying technologies for marine co-products to increase their stability; and develop a diagnostic consulting tool for the energy and environmental performance of processing plants. Cybersecurity at Sea Training Program KVH Videotel has launched a cyber- security training program, produced in association with the global shipping association BIMCO, to address the threat of ransomware and other com- puter system breaches that could se- verely affect the safety of ships' crew, systems and operations. The International Maritime Organi- zation will soon make it mandatory for companies to ensure that cybersecurity procedures are properly addressed in their ships' safety management sys- tems. The main topics covered in the new training program are: the nature of cy- bersecurity threats; how to assess the risks to the ship's IT and operational technology; how the risks to individu- als and ships can be reduced; and how to respond to a cybersecurity breach or attack. A Short History Of Metal Detectors Have you ever wondered how the first metal detector was invented? On July 2, 1881, U.S. President James Garfield was shot in the back. While he managed to survive the assassina- tion attempt, doctors could not locate the bullet inside him. Alexander Gra- ham Bell learned of this unfortunate incident and set out to build a device that could detect the bullet lodged in Garfield's chest. Although the machine worked properly, Bell deemed it a fail- ure because it was unable to locate the bullet and resulted in the untimely death of President Garfield. What Bell did not know was that the president's mattress was filled with metal springs that interfered with the magnetic field surrounding the search area. While Bell's detector didn't man- age to save Garfield's life, the technol- ogy was a precursor to modern metal detectors. Jack Fisher (1941 to 2015) expanded upon Bell's legacy in 1968 by founding JW Fishers' Manufactur- ing and its complete line of underwa- ter search equipment. Both Bell and Fisher's legacies live on with daily search and recovery operations around marine resources

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