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Nathan and I are back together again to chat about some of the most interesting stories this week. Here are the stories that we discussed:

1) California will be giving out minor tickets for MPA boundary layers;

2) Ocean fronts attract seabirds looking for food and that can help manage coastal seabirds;

3) Philanthropy is focusing on Ocean Conservation (Yay!); and,

4) A researcher discovered how deep-sea bacteria can reduce climate change effects.

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this week's Ocean Talk Friday 

 

Direct download: SUFB_S212_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine science management -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

When you think of using satellite imagery for anything, one tends to think of spies using imagery to gather information on ones enemy to get the upper hand; however, that is not the case for Dr. Michelle LaRue. In fact, Michelle des quite the opposite. She studies emperor penguins and Wedell seals in the Antarctic through the eyes of Satellite Imagery to gather information and learn how the animals' population moves across large scales and counts the number of colonies by monitoring the patches of guano stains (yes, penguin poop!). In contrast to spies, Michelle loves to share her research.

Michelle is an active science communicator on Twitter and on Facebook where she posts contest such as "Cougar or Not?" every Friday via her Twitter feed. She also engages other social media users who tend to post "not so appropriate things" about women in science to raise more awareness that women should be treated equal in science and the workplace.

Michelle is pushing the boundaries of science by studying population dynamics of iconic species through satellite imagery. As a fellow GIS (digital mapping) and Remote Sensing ecologist, I am highly envious of her work because she gets to study the species that many people want to study from Minnesota! She still takes the odd trip to Antarctica, but for most of the year, she lives in Minnesota where she watches penguin and seals go about their activities throughout the year and answers some basic, but important questions that will help better manage each species. 

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation like Michelle

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy the podcast with Dr. Michelle LaRue 

Direct download: SUFB_S211_SatellitePenguinsWithMichelleLaRue.mp3
Category:antarctica -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

This show has grown immensely over the past month and a half. Ever since I attended the International Marine Conservation Congress and this podcast got accepted on iHeart Radio. the growth has come with many benefits. 

1) The growth of this community - I can only measure downloads to see how the podcast has grown. Since August, the podcast has doubled in daily downloads and sometimes tripled. I am quite excited about this as this is one part of the community growth: reach more people!

2) The interaction with you and the rest of the Speak Up For Blue Community - Over the past 2-3 weeks, I've asked you to schedule a call with me to find out how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation. And many of you responded. This response has gotten me crazy excited!!! I actually get to chat with anyone who wants to chat with me about the Ocean. It's the true community feel. 

When people start a podcast, they want to get as many people to listen to it as possible. However, the true measure of building a community is the interaction you get from your audience. And this is what I am glad to say is starting to come to fruition. I want to continue to build that community and you can help. 

Email me to chat about the Ocean and the ways that we can reduce our impact on the Ocean andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Are you ready to pivot to a more meaningful career? 

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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Direct download: SUFB_S210_BuildingTheSpeakUpForBlueCommunity.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

The US presidential election is less than a couple of months away and we haven't heard any of the candidates talk about their positions on science, especially Climate Change and Ocean Health.

This past week, we found out that a website called ScienceDebate.org asked the 4 candidates what their positions were on 20 specific areas in science. Each candidate answered on every theme and they are written out on the website.

Today, Nathan and I go over two positions: Climate Change and Ocean Health. We wanted to cover more themes; however, we ran out of time. So we did the best we could.

Take a listen and let us know what you think. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S209_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:science debate -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Richard Lilley and his co-founders, Benjamin Jones and Dr. Richard Unsworth, are working their butts off to make sure that you and I are talking about seagrass. I hope this interview will not only teach you about seagrass, but tell you about how much trouble they are in and why we need to ensure seagrass habitats are protected around the world.

The three scientists and co-founders created Project Seagrass as a way to facility education, research, and campaigns to protect seagrass habitats around the world. They are fairly effective at it too. Project Seagrass is everywhere: on social media; putting on conferences; and, leading in cutting edge research and conservation projects around the world. 

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard to discuss why seagrass habitats are so important and what they are doing about it.

Take a listen to the interview to find out.

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Direct download: SUFB_S208_ProjectSeagrassWithRichardLilley.mp3
Category:seagrass -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Marine Conservation saw a couple of great government moves at the end of last week. 

Orca Captive Breeding and Shows Banned in California

The state of California passed a law banning captive breeding of orcas as well as orca shows. This essentially puts a nail in the coffin to orca shows and breeding at Marine Mammal Parks such as SeaWorld in California and could pave the way for other states such as Florida and Texas to pass similar laws, which would completely get rid of shows and breeding programs for each of SeaWorld's location. 

The ban forces SeaWorld to change the way it displays orcas from an entertainment attraction to more of an education attraction and it could start the process in releasing orcas to Sea Side Marine Mammal Sanctuaries. However, SeaWorld continues to state that releasing captive bred orcas into the sea where they would be exposed to potential oil spills and other types of pollution would harm the orcas. Dr. Naomi Rose from the Animal Welfare Institute stated on The Speak Up For Blue Episode 190 that SeaWorld's position is not scientifically correct and has been disproven by the release of the orca Keiko (Take a listen to the episode for more information on Keiko).

SeaWorld announced in March 2016 that it would halt the breeding program and in January earlier that year said it would stop its orca shows. The California law ensures that SeaWorld will not go back on its word. 

President Obama Announces 1st Atlantic Marine Monument

The President was in the news a couple of weeks ago as he announced the expansion of the Hawaii National Marine Monument and last week he announced the establishment of the 1st Marine Monument in the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of New England. The Monument with protect a series of Deep Sea Seamounts and Canyons that provide great biodiversity for the area. 

The Monument will ensure the protection of biodiversity of the area and protect fisheries sustainability; however, the fishing industry does not believe the Monument takes into account the loss of income it will have on the fishing industry. 

The declaration of this Monument continues to show that this President values the Ocean and its resources as well as the need for its protection.

 

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Direct download: SUFB_S207_NewsUpdateOrcaBanAndAtlanticNationalMonumentDeclaredByObama.mp3
Category:orca -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Nathan and I are back again this week with a FULL episode of Ocean Talk Friday. Last week we only got to cover 2 stories due to a bad Skype connection (podcasting problems), but this week we were able to really bring it this week!

Today's stories include:

1) How do Shark Teeth bite (talking about adaptation);

2) Do Ocean Acidification Laboratory Studies provide the same results as field studies (hint: no);

3) The Billion Oyster Program in New York City;

4) We are only starting to protect the Ocean;

5) Millennials are the future of our oceans? 

As usual, Nathan and I dive into the articles to translate what it means to Marine Science and Conservation. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S206_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Travis Nielsen is our guest today on Interview Wednesday. He is a marine scientist and the person who was responsible for managing the logistics at the International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John's, Newfoundland. Essentially, he made sure that everyone enjoyed themselves at the conference by everything running well. And I must say that he is damn good at his job.

I met Travis at the IMCC4 and we got along great! So much so that we chatted about him coming on the very podcast to discuss what he did and how he got here. And he left a little surprise for me and you for when we recorded the podcast (You will have to listen to the podcast to find out what that surprise is!). 

I really enjoyed hearing the story of how Travis got to where he is because is describes the path that many have taken and are currently taking. It's a long a winding path, which requires you to adapt to professional and personal situations that may influence your decisions at any point in time. It's about taking risks to see what is behind door number 1 and then taking door number 2 after realizing that door number 1 wasn't for you. 

Gary Vaynerchuk, a marketing guru and celebrity, always tells people that you will need to be able to pivot multiple times throughout your career to maintain your job or to follow your passions to a meaningful career. 

Travis has done what Gary says and will continue to do it throughout his career because he has been doing it since he graduated High School. 

Are you ready to pivot to a more meaningful career? 

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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Direct download: SUFB_S205_MarineConservationEventPlanningWithTravisNielsen.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Marine Conservation is a very rewarding career and you will recall that I've said this before; however, this is not an easy field in which we work. You will soon find out that the environment is not always the top priority for governments or businesses to act unless it causes severe and consistent economic damage to the point where the cost outweighs the amount of money that someone can gain from it. Combatting this sort of stigma requires protest, which in itself can be done in many ways. 

Protests have been used to make governments and/or the public aware that a particular group of people, or a person, would like something to change or stop something for changing. Protests can be conducted peacefully and others can be conducted violently. Each type is designed to create awareness and stop something from happening. 

Sea Shepherd Society protests are done by any means necessary. Their protests are more aggressive than others. Not everyone, including me, agrees with their methods, but they are effective (do an internet search on Japanese Whaling over the past 5 years and you will notice Sea Shepherd is consistently interrupting their catches every year by ramming into whaling boats and getting in their way). 

Scientists from across Canada marched in Ottawa (the capital) to protest the attempt of the conservative Canadian government to silence its scientists. The march was peaceful and gained national media coverage bringing light to a problem affecting the environment.

Not all protests are for the environment. Recently, NFL' San Francisco 49er Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sat down during the American National anthem to protest the violence of police against minorities and the lack of action that would reduce and eventually eliminate the issue. Colin got criticized for the method in which he protested as many said that he was disrespecting the flag and the people who fought under the flag to protect his freedom. He was called spoiled, a coward among other things. Some of the media even said that he wasn't "black" enough to realize the issue that was happening and shouldn't be leading the cause in the NFL. 

However, Colin was leading a movement that would turn into others sitting, kneeling, and interlocking arms as a team. The protest spread across the NFL, one of America's biggest sports, and other sports spanning various ethnicities too. the protest went from criticizing Colin for his actions to many more people discussing the issue he was protesting in the first place. An issue that may not be solved in one day or over many years, but is now being discussed again through Colin's actions. 

Colin also pledged $1 million dollars to various charities that were working on the issues at hand and other athletes pledged undisclosed amounts in support. 

One quarterback's actions has led to a conservation continuing and some important work being supported. It started with one person and led to action. 

In another recent protest, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe conducted the largest protest in First Nation history to stop the construction of a pipeline north of there land. They were concerned about the contamination of their land and drinking water through future spills that may take place. They sued the Army Corp of Engineers, which was overseeing the construction to stop the action entirely until a proper assessment was conducted and the assessment methods were done properly. 

First Nations going up against the government is not an easy fight; however, the protest caused a temporary halting of construction until the court decided what to do. The court eventually decided to let the construction happen; however, President Obama gave an executive order to stop all construction until further notice. 

Do you think the President would have known about this situation had it not been for the protests? I think not. 

The point of this episode is to begin to lead for Marine Conservation. You don't have to protest for everything, but you don't have to wait for a group of people to support you to create change. In fact, Marine Conservation often starts with a leader inspiring people to create change. Just look at Dr. Sylvia Earle, who continues to inspire other Marine Scientists and Conservationists around the world through her work.

Become a leader for the Ocean and Speak Up For Blue!

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Direct download: SUFB_S204_LeadingByExampleForMarineConservation.mp3
Category:Leadership -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Nathan Johnson and I got together again to discuss (while fighting a bad Skype connection) some Ocean articles that we read over the past week. 

We were able to discuss 2 articles in particular:

1) Why the expansion of the Hawaiian National Marine Monument was just the beginning; and,

2) President Obama has a Hawaiian fish named after him.

Here are some articles that we didn't get to during the show that might be interesting:

1) Climate change is inhibiting the Ocean to protect us; and,

2) Oregon bans fishing for forage fish to increase their predator populations.

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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Direct download: SUFB_S203_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Brett Favaro is not only a researcher at the Marine Institute at Memorial University, but he was the co-chair of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC 2016) in St. John's, Newfoundland this past August. If you haven't figured it out yet, the IMCC 2016 was a bit life changing for me. 

Brett was kind enough to take time off his busy schedule at the IMCC to chat with me about the purpose of the conference as well as his research.

Planning and overseeing a conference as big as IMCC is not easy. Not.One.Bit! It's busy and chaotic at the slowest time. Brett and his team did a great job in planning the entire conference as well as the Oceans Online afterward. It was great to chat with him about the conference at how it met its purpose.

The research led by Brett on researching various ways to create sustainable fishing gear is quite interesting as well. He talks about Cod Pod nets that he is currently field testing for efficiency and safety with local fishing communities. Fisher people are often found to be the villains in the story due to over fishing; however, many fishing communities are very concerned about the environment and they have witnessed the changes the Oceans have undergone over the past decades. Collaborations are important when trying to find sustainable fishing solutions and that is what Brett and his team are doing.

Brett talks about how he builds relationships with the fishing community by sharing a meal and chatting to them about everyday life. It builds respect, trust and friendship, which makes working together much easier. The community is involved in many steps of the process of the research that will help them catch more cod while avoiding bycatch.

We often dismiss the work conducted by the fishing community because of their bad reputation, but the fact is, they are trying to protect the Ocean so they can live off of it and enjoy life like every body else.  

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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Direct download: SUFB_S202_IMCCPlanningAndFishingResearchWithBrettFavero.mp3
Category:fishing -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

I am pleased to announce that Ocean Talk Friday is back after a 3 week hiatus. Nathan and I got back together to discuss the latest and important topics covered in the news. Today we discussed the following topics:

1) The Hawaii National Monument expansion;

2) The economy of marine conservation;

3) Seamounts are vulnerable and we need to do something about it;

4) What to do when poverty meets marine conservation; and,

5) A celebrity donated their yatch to a marine conservation organization.

Listen to the podcast to find out who the celebrity is. 

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf

Direct download: SUFB_S201_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

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