More than half of the world’s 18 penguin species are declining. We, the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist Group, determined that the penguin species in most critical need of conservation action are African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), Galápagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), and Yellow‐eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Due to small or rapidly declining populations, these species require immediate scientific collaboration and policy intervention. We also used a pairwise‐ranking approach to prioritize research and conservation needs for all penguins. Among the 12 cross‐taxa research areas we identified, we ranked quantifying population trends, estimating demographic rates, forecasting environmental patterns of change, and improving the knowledge of fisheries interactions as the highest priorities. The highest ranked conservation needs were to enhance marine spatial planning, improve stakeholder engagement, and develop disaster‐management and species‐specific action plans. We concurred that, to improve the translation of science into effective conservation for penguins, the scientific community and funding bodies must recognize the importance of and support long‐term research; research on and conservation of penguins must expand its focus to include the nonbreeding season and juvenile stage; marine reserves must be designed at ecologically appropriate spatial and temporal scales; and communication between scientists and decision makers must be improved with the help of individual scientists and interdisciplinary working groups.
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Image source: DamenDamen has supplied a DOP150 submersible dredge pump to Brazilian civil engineering contractor BELOV. It is now in operation, creating an access channel into the sea for a new power plant currently under construction, the Dutch defense, shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate said. The access channel is for a critical pipeline for the plant’s cooling system and when completed it will extend 600 meters out into the sea. Over the course of the project the DOP150 is expected to remove around 30,000 cubic meters of material.The Damen DOP150 is being used to extract sand in the surf zone, varying in density from loose to medium fine.“Working in such a dynamic marine environment presents challenges when it comes to delivering the flat, even surface required for the pipeline. Cables and other obstructions in the area also need to be worked around. The dredge pump is mounted on the boom of a 30-tonne excavator, itself mounted on tracks running along a pier. Concrete walls are being added to the access channel as the work proceeds to protect the piping,” Damen said.Image source: DamenThis particular model of Damen submersible dredge pump was selected due both to its ability to run off the excavator’s hydraulic power plant and the ease and speed with which the sand mining head can be exchanged for the cutter unit when the density of the material requires it to be broken up. An additional factor is its low assembly weight.The Porto de Sergipe I power plant is a 1,516 MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired design located in the state of Sergipe in the north-east of Brazil.A floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) positioned 6.5 kilometers offshore will receive the LNG from tankers and supply gas to the plant via a submarine pipeline. Due to begin operations in January 2020, it will be the largest gas-fired power plant in the region.The DOP150 is the smallest in Damen’s range of submersible dredge pumps with an hourly capacity of 600 cubic meters of mixture. The DOP150 was delivered with both a jet water-assisted sand production head to be used in free-flowing sand, and a cutter unit to be used in compacted sand.The exchange between the heads can be done swiftly due to the practical identical mounting flange, said Damen.The six-model range extends up to the DOP 450L, which can move 4,000 cubic meters an hour via a 450mm pipe.Image source: Damen
Russell Albert Thompson, 75, of Wellington died Monday February 11, 2013 at his home. Russ was born April 26, 1937 to parents Jacob and Ollie Jones Thompson at the family farm near Rome.Â He was the 13th child of 19.Russell attended Atterberry Country School graduating in the eighth grade. He joined the National Guard in 1954, and went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1962.Â During his service he spent time on the U.S.S. Catamount and in JapanIn December 1956 Russell married Nancy Guertin in Downey, Calif.Â From this union he was blessed with two sons Curtis Alan and Gregory Scott, and three daughters Lori Lynne, Jeannie Faye and Julie Janette.Russell was a master plumber by trade but an avid fishermen by heart.Â Throughout his life he spent time in California, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Kansas.Â He retired and moved to Alaska from 2000 till 2011. In Alaska he lived his dream fishing off the coast and spending time with family and friends.Â In 2011 he moved to Missouri for a short time and recently he moved back to Wellington due to health issues.Russell was a lifetime member of the VFW #6957 in Haysville.Â He was also an active member and past president (1990-91) of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #21 in Olympia, Washington.Russell was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers: Elmer, Emmett, Glen, Bill, Delbert, and Terry; and sisters: Thelma, Leona, Beulah â€œBootsâ€, Nina, Ester and Donna.He is survived by sons Curt of McKinney, Texas, Scott (Joanna) of Caldwell; daughters; Lori (Russell) Clark of Yelm, Wa; Jeannie (Darrell ) McDevitt of Olympia, Wa; and Janette (Greg) Moser of Wellington; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.Â Brothers: Leslie Thompson of Wellington and Freddie (Dorothy)Thompson of Henriette, Ok; Sisters: Faye Teeter, of Augusta; Christie White, of Tacoma, Wa; HazelÂ (Paul)Young, of Meridian, Idaho;Â and Freda Hanson, of Kirkland, Wa.;Â many nieces, nephews, cousins and his close feline companion â€œBossâ€.Cremation has taken place and Memorial services will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Rome on Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 p.m.Â Chaplain Don Cross will officiate.A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in Russellâ€™s name.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell.