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In this last episode of 2017, I breakdown what you can expect from Speak Up For Blue in 2018. Here is the list:

1) New podcast shows: Marine Conservation Happy Hour, ConCiencia Azul (Speak Up For Blue in Spanish, hosted by Melissa Marquez) and Speak Up For Blue in French (Hosted by Dr. Lyne Morissette). 

2) You Tube Videos - I will be creating regular You Tube videos for 2 , maybe 3, episodes per week in 2018

3) Creating more LIVE content on a daily (weekday) basis in Facebook, Instagram and Periscope (Twitter)

4) Bringing more Marine Science content to all of the above platforms

5) Providing more Speak Up For Blue Community resources so we can all make better decisions

6) Create more incentives for the Speak Up For Blue Patreon Campaign

7) Create branded Merchandise where a portion of the profits will go towards supporting small organizations doing great work

8) Consulting as a Podcast Producer and Host for organizations who would like to create podcast content for their projects.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S414_WhatsHappeningIn2018ForSpeakUpForBlue.mp3
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As we wind down 2017 and get ready for 2018, I revisit the top 5 most downloaded podcasts of 2017:

5) Episode 285 - Ocean Talk Friday featuring Lyne Morissette

4) Episode 326 - How To Eat Sustainable Seafood with Fish Nerds Clay Groves

3) Episode 289 - Human Activities and the Ocean

2) Episode: 360 - Marine Conservation Career Struggles: 4 Perspectives (Marine Conservation Happy Hour Preview)

1) Episode: 335 Shark Science Communication with Melissa Marquez

What a year for the podcast as there were more that 120K downloads this year!!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S413_5TopEpisodesOf2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I wanted to post a shorter episode today (Merry Christmas everyone!!!) to highlight my wishes for the Marine Science and Conservation Field:

1) I would like to see people read more science papers or know more about them;

2) I would like to see people in the field be nicer to each other (eliminate sexual harassment and bias and colleagues standing up for each other);

3) I would like to see citizens, in any country, support politicians who demonstrate in ability to understand the importance of science and listen to science experts no matter the outcome;

4) I would like to see more people get involved in science communication and support those who are actively engaging in science communication; and,

5) I would like to see the Speak Up For Blue Community as well as other people supporting smaller organizations who are results-oriented.

Enjoy the Podcast and Merry Christmas!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S412_ChristmasWishListForMarineScienceAndConservation.mp3
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Climate Change has a number of consequences that affect you and I directly and indirectly. Some consequences such as increased storm frequency and intensity, we see in front of our eyes (think Hurricane Irma); however, others go unnoticed (think Ocean Acidification). 

All of Climate Change's consequences are important and are brought on by us in the form of increased Greenhouse gases (CO2). We know that CO2 can be absorbed by plants, which is why we plant trees like crazy (more because forest destruction is so rampant all over the planet). However, we often forget that CO2 is also absorbed by plants in the Ocean. In fact, most of the CO2 on the plant is absorbed by plants in the Ocean. Unfortunately, human destruction is causing harm to the plants that play such a critical role in CO2 absorption and O2 production. 

On today's Ocean Talk Friday Episode, I string an article, a conversation that I had with a bank teller this week and a guide on how you can reduce your Climate Change footprint and how they all relate to Ocean Acidification (and provide an important way you can support the reduction of climate change).

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

 

Direct download: SUFB_S411_OTF_HowTrawlingSeagrassAndOceanAcidificationAreConnected.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Coral Reefs have had it rough over the past few decades; however, the past 3 years were just devastating. Each of the last 3 years have been the hottest year on record. Coral reefs don't do very well when the Sea Surface Temperature gets too hot, they tend to bleach. For example, 93% of the Great Barrier Reef bleached over the past 3 years. It's been rough...

Coral Reef conservation is happening around the world to restore bleached reefs and protect the reefs that are healthy. There are many people helping coral reefs as well as the coastal communities that depend on them. Of course, it's difficult to know everyone doing coral reef conservation, but we try to introduce you to some of the people/organizations working hard to protect these biodiversity hot spots here in the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. 

Vic Ferguson is the founder and Executive Director of the World Federation of Coral Reef Conservation (WFCRC), a non-profit organization that mobilizes teams of volunteers to work with corals reefs around the world. 

In this interview, Vic tells me about how he founded the WFCRC and its primary function is to contribute to protecting Coral Reefs and helping people protect their coastline. He also describes an upcoming collaborative project with Ocean Guardian that will take place in the Cook Islands.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S410_CoralReefConservationWithVicFerguson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Welcome to the Ocean Update Episode where I take you through 2 stories and an opinion piece that I think are important:

1) Scientists did not find a 512 year old Greenland Shark (9:54);
2) Opinion: We have quite a bit of work as Marine Conservationists to educate the people (16:22); and,
3) US Federal Government is banning words for scientists to use (33:19).

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons.  Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S409_ConservationistsWeHaveATonOfWorkToDo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

I ask myself three questions on today's Ocean Talk Friday episode:

1) Will charging 3 men with animal cruelty deter others from hurting animals?;
2) Did Blue Planet II help save the Ocean by raising awareness? Was it designed to do that?
3) Did you know some Shrimp are injected with a chemical called CMC to make them look bigger? 

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons.  Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S408_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am EDT

Bonnie Waycott joins me on the podcast today to discuss how the Japanese aquaculture industry is recovering after the March 11th, 2011 Tsunami that devastated part of Japan. Recovery efforts are still ongoing almost 7 years later, where some families are still in temporary housing as their homes are still not back together. 
 
Japan is a country that has a bad reputation for Marine Conservation as they are synonymous with Whaling and the Cove; however, it is rare that we get an inside look at how the people in Japan live off of the sea and recover after such a devastating event that changes the history of the region. Bonnie provides us with that look as she has been studying the recovery through the eye of a journalist. 
 
Join us as Bonnie tells us about how she grew up in Japan and the UK; lived through the Japanese Earthquakes of 2011; and, works with the people of Japan to determine how they recover from a Tsunami.
Enjoy the Podcast!!! 
 
This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S407_ACountryRecoveringFromATsunamiWithBonnieWaycott.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Polar Bears have been facing a number of challenges that have played a role in decreasing their global population in the Arctic Environment. Climate change and metal poisoning have been two of the top issues facing Polar Bears. We talk about climate change and its effect on Polar Bears almost every time we discuss the marine mammals. Of  course, there are still some people who don't think Climate Change is causing any problem to Polar Bears or any other species for that matter.

Environmental Documentary Photographer, Paul Nicklen, released a video and photos of a Polar Bear on its last legs this past week and tied the dying condition to climate change. Nicklen intended for the piece to inspire people to change their behaviour to reduce/eliminate climate change; however, not everybody agreed. 

So it's time to discuss this matter on the podcast!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

 

Direct download: SUFB_S406_DidClimateChangeKillAStarvingPolarBear.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

 

Nathan Johnson joins us on the podcast today to discuss this week's top stories that we think you should know about:

Giving Small-Scale Fishing a voice on an international platform;
Regular people work to help Sea Turtles;
Countries around the world agree that Plastic Pollution in a Global Problem; and,
Arctic Countries agree to stop fishing in Arctic High Seas for 16 years so researchers can study the area.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon.  href="http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon">Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S405_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

I had the pleasure to catch up with my friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, who is a Sea Turtle Biologist, a Marine Scientist, and a Science Communicator. 
 
Nathan is known for being the scientist that pulled a straw out of an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose and 4 months later pulled a plastic fork out of another Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose about 70 km from the other site. Those videos could arguably be considered as the catalyst to the "Ban Plastic Straw" campaigns that are happening all around the world. 
 
Today, Nathan tells us how those videos changed his career path to more of a science communicator path and started the You Tube Channel called "The Wandering Biologist." Check out the podcast then go to his channel and subscribe for some incredible videos of Ocean and other animals.
 
Enjoy the Podcast!!!
 
This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S404_MarineScienceCommunicationWithNathanRobinson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Science Communication (SciComm) is a great tool for Scientists and Conservationists to use to reach the public. It provides Scientists with the power to drive their own message straight from their own mouths, especially now with social media tools such as podcasting and online videos available to anyone that has a message to provide an audience.

However, traditional media such as TV Networks and Newspapers still reach an established and large audience that may not be available to people who are just starting out in Science Communication. Unfortunately, you never know what will be the final product when you use that type of media as they have creative control and it seems as thought they will do anything for a click. 

Dr. Alexander Pyron learned that lesson the hard way. I discuss his opinion piece in the Op Ed of the Washington Post in which he now regrets writing and says the Post added words that he did not write...words that could cost him his career and ruin his reputation as a Scientist. 

I do discuss some great news in the Arctic in terms of fisheries and scientific research and cover a weird article about the Chinese Navy shredding jellyfish in the Ocean to protect their Aircraft Carriers.

Enjoy the Podcast!!! 

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

I will be adding a live Q&A at least once a month for people who have questions for their building their career in Marine Science and Conservation. All you have to do to is become a Patreon Contributor for a minimum of $1 USD per month to gain access. Not only will you be getting advice on your career, but you will also be supporting my effort to make people aware of all things Ocean! Contribute to our Patreon Campaign


This week on Ocean Talk Friday, I cover 3 stories:

1) The Science of The Climate Change Denier's Strategy to confuse people;
2) President Trump is reducing the area in National Monuments and allowing mining and commercial fishing in the protected areas; and,
3) A lobster in New Brunswick had the Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw opening a larger conversation of how bad plastic pollution has gotten around the globe

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

I will be adding a live Q&A at least once a month for people who have questions for their building their career in Marine Science and Conservation. All you have to do to is become a Patreon Contributor for a minimum of $1 USD per month to gain access. Not only will you be getting advice on your career, but you will also be supporting my effort to make people aware of all things Ocean! Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

 

Direct download: SUFB_S402_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

SEA Change Clothing Co. is a company on a mission to change the way we make decisions when we buy our clothes to reduce plastic pollution.

Most shirts and sweaters are made with micro-plastics and every time we wash our clothes, some of those micro-plastics come off the clothes and are added to our waterways. However, Sea Change Clothing is pure organic cotton so there are no micro-plastics in the shirt.

In addition to reducing plastics in clothing, Sea Change Clothing's mission is to pick up 3 lbs of plastic for every item sold. 

I had the opportunity to chat with Sea Change Clothing's founder, Brennan Fitzgerald, to find out all about him and his company. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Support Speak Up For Blue's Efforts to build a platform to raise awareness for Marine Science and Conservation and help you live for a better Ocean. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

 

Direct download: SUFB_S401_SellingForASEAChangeWithBrennanFitzpatrick.mp3
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Ocean Update today is a special one...400 EPISODES here on The Speak Up For Blue Podcast!!! I take some time to Thank You for helping me get there and helping me build this fantastic community!!!

I also talk about how the Media needs to stop throwing sharks under the bus and start to help their reputation. Specifically, I talk about the spear fisherman that was bitten by a white shark and how the Washington Post said that the guy was "ambushed" by a white shark. Just ridiculous!

Other news that I talk about is the ocean reserve Mexico declared to protect their "Galapagos of North America." 

I also talk about a new restoration technique being used to help bring back the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Support Speak Up For Blue's Efforts to build a platform to raise awareness for Marine Science and Conservation and help you live for a better Ocean. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign


Ocean Talk Friday is all about dealing with human issues (as much of marine conservation is!). I start off today by talking about a 210,000 gallon oil leak of the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last week as well as some news about the Keystone XL pipeline construction.

Next I talk about how we should use science communication for conservation via the Blue Planet II series and their assumption that a pilot whale calf died of toxins related plastic pollution in its mother's milk and how one scientist (and some conservative websites) picked up on the inaccuracy. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Support Speak Up For Blue's Efforts to build a platform to raise awareness for Marine Science and Conservation and help you live for a better Ocean. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Direct download: SUFB_S399_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
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Dr. Craig McClain is on the podcast. This is his second time on the podcast as he was on our second ever episode, so this is really special.

Craig is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and the Chief Editor of DeepSeaNews.com. 

Craig is on the podcast to chat about OCEANSDOTCOMM, which is an innovative concept he has been wanting to do for a very long time. OCEANSDOTCOMM will be a game changer in Science and Conservation Communication. What is it? Well, you will have to listen to the episode to find out. 

After you listen, go here to apply to OCEANSDOTCOMM.

Enjoy The Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Support Speak Up For Blue's Efforts to build a platform to raise awareness for Marine Science and Conservation and help you live for a better Ocean. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Direct download: SUFB_S398_OceansDotComm.mp3
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I cover 3 unrelated topics this week. The first story is a tragedy, the second is a call to action and the third is a congratulatory story...kind of...let me explain.

Here are the topics for today:
1) 4 Sperm Whales Die After Being Stranded In Indonesia (13:51)
2) Opinion: We Need To Change The Way We Live (23:23)
3) Trump Delays Lifting Trophy Hunting Import Ban After Huge Backlash

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An article came out this week where over 15,000 scientists agreed upon on thing: we are screwing up this planet royally. But don't let the title fool you, the authors highlight 9 things that either went wrong or are going wrong. The optimism is to look at the first thing the authors go over: The Ozone Layer. The paper highlights that, as a planet, we overcame ozone depletion and made it strong again. It took change and a Global Effort in how we approached using products such as aerosols, but it worked. 

Listen to the other 8 things the authors highlight. Many of them are connected and changes can cause change.

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Direct download: SUFB_S396_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Products that are good for our health and the environment actually exist!!! I know, right! Today, on the podcast, I have Caroline Duell, founder of All Good Products, which sell products such as lotions and sunscreen that are created from natural ingredients. For example, their sunscreen is reef safe because it is made from natural ingredients and lacks oxybenzone, which is deadly to corals. 

Take a listen to find out how Caroline discovered her path by providing people what they wanted and how she creates products that solve people's problems in addition to being good for the environment.

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Direct download: SUFB_S395_AllGoodProductsWithCarolineDuell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I comment on a recent article from Oceans Deeply where Dr. Asha de Vos commented on how the Marine Science and Conservation field needs to move away from Parachute Science and support more long term local initiatives in developing countries. Find out what Parachute Science is all about and why we need to stop.

Also on the show, we talk about how Climate Change is decreasing the Walrus population in Alaska and how the recent denial of making them Endangered Federally is a slap in the face by the current federal administration to people seeking to reduce/eliminate Climate Change.

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Direct download: SUFB_S394_ParachuteScienceAndWalrusesLosingToClimateChange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan joins us on the podcast today to discuss some major stories that are roaming around the Marine Conservation World this week.

Here is the breakdown of the stories:
1) Can we really save the Vaquita? (6:01)
2) Is Sea Shepherd Society turning over a new leaf with combating IUU Fishing? (36:48)
3) An Update form Edd's project in Mexico looking at the affects of Land Use changes in the Province of Quintana Roo, Mexico (50:15)

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Direct download: SUFB_S393_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Vaquita -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

Dr. Austin Gallagher is someone who never stops in this Marine Science and Conservation Industry. He conducts research on sharks and other predators all over the world, he founded and leads a non-profit organization called Beneath The Waves; and, he is now a social entrepreneur that quenches your thirst with Tempo, an all organic no sweetener sparkling tea that is built to be good for the Ocean.

I am truly honoured to have Austin as my guest today where he tells us about all of his ventures including working with his team to tag hammerhead sharks in Japan with a free diver and professional surfer. 

You.Do.Not.Want.To.Miss.This.Episode!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S392_MarineScienceAndEntrepreneurismWithAustinGallagher.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today's Update episode cover two stories and an opinion piece that I have about something that people freak out on way too much. 

There is so much news out there that it was tough to pick just 3 things, but I thought these would be the ones that weren't getting the attention that they should. 

Today I discuss the following:
1) Menhaden fish catches will be reduced to ensure their sustainability (8:40);
2) My Opinion on a post that went down in a Facebook Group about Marine Careers where one person got hate thrown at them for asking people to collaborate with them on a Marine Conservation Blog and why I like the idea (18:04); and,
3) Octopuses were found walking on the sand in fairly large numbers and it has scientists baffled (34:18).

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Direct download: SUFB_S391_OceanUpdate.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast again this week for another instalment of Ocean Talk Friday. Today we talk:

1) Volvo Award goes to Canadian Economist for High Seas Fishing Study;
2) The expansion of an Antarctic Network of Marine Protected Areas does not go ahead...yet;
3) A weird sailing story from two women who were rescued after 90 days stranded at sea, but their stories don't correlate with true accounts; and,
4) More countries collaborate to protect sharks across borders.

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Direct download: SUFB_S390_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

Ret Talbot is a Freelance Fisheries Jounalist, and a friend of Speak Up For Blue, who has recently released a podcast of his own called Beyond Data. It's a podcast about fisheries, the data behind them (or lack thereof) and their story. Ret will explore the stories of fish we know and some we may not knew existed like his first episode on the oyster toadfish in New York. 

Ret stopped by the podcast to tell us why he moved into podcasting and why he thought is was important to focus on fisheries in each episode. 

Check out Ret's Podcast Beyond Data 

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Direct download: SUFB_S389_BeyondDataWithRetTalbot.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

On this week's instalment of Ocean Updates, we tackle the last ditch efforts of the collaborative, Mexican-led group, of VaquitaCPR to try to save the last 19 individuals of the endemic Vaquita. If you read the story, you wouldn't think that it was a success as VaquitaCPR caught and had to release the first Vaquita, but the team thinks it was a success. 

Other stories that I am covering today include my thoughts on industry funded fisheries research with a focus on Dr. Ray Hilborn, who is often thought to be a tool of the fisheries industry, but is he looking out for fish or his funders pockets. 

Finally, I found out about a EU fisheries program that gives out yellow and red cards to evaluate countries based on their efforts to reduce/eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S388_CountriesGetYellowCardsForBadFishing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Lyne Morissette, marine mammal scientist and science communicator extrodinnaire, joins us on the podcast today to discuss her takeaways from the 22nd Biennial Conference for the Society of Marine Mammals. That means she gets to spend more than 5 days listening and talking about whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, polar bears and more!!! It's a dream come true!!!

Lyne's highlights were the talks of the Northwest Atlantic Right Whales and what we will do about them, hearing about the Vaquita (only 19 left!!!), and the fusion of collaboration among various professions such as art and conservation. 

By the way, the conference was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in true Canadian fashion, the entire conference took place on a hockey rink. The conference shirts were hockey jerseys! 

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Direct download: SUFB_S387_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Marine Mammals -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

Open Access to Science is crucial to sharing information across the world. If you think about it, the entire scientific process is all about one scientists being able to duplicate an experiment of a study based on the methods outlined in a paper. However, sharing literature is not always possible.

As our guest today, Nick Wehner from OCTO (Open Communications for The Ocean), will describe to us, many scientific papers that would help Marine Conservationists to their jobs better are stored behind a paywall in the journals in which they are published. The paywall makes it difficult for scientists who do not have expensive subscriptions to the journals to access the important information. 

Nick is here to tell us about a solution that OCTO is going to release on November 14th. You don't need to be a scientist or have an expensive subscription to get access to this literature. 

Enjoy the Podcast!

Here are some links to the articles that we discussed on the podcast:

1) A paper on the usage of primary journal articles by environmental managers (which is behind a paywall...how ironic!!!)
2) A paper describing the impact of Open Access Literature
3) A paper on the history and future of peer review

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Direct download: SUFB_S386_MarXivOpenAccessMarineConservationArticlesWithNickWehner.mp3
Category:Open Access -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

As always, there is quite a bit going on in Marine Science and Conservation field so it's a good thing that the Speak Up For Blue Podcast is here to keep you updated. Here are the stories for today:
1) Open Acces Week (3:34)
2) Salmon populations may be decreasing for many reasons (8:28)
3) Scientists travel too much by plane to go to conferences/meetings (23:00)
4) Master Chef technique used to safely transport Sea Turtle Eggs (30:40)

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Nathan Johnson is back again for another Ocean Talk Friday episode. Nathan makes a special announcement about his career and how being a co-host of the Ocean Talk Friday Episodes helped him attain this new goal. 

We also talk about some articles that we thought you should know about:
1) Countries pushing for another MPA in the Antarctic;
2) Nuie, island in the South Pacific, declares MPA protecting 40% of its ocean; and,
3) Engineers try to replicate the camouflage ability of the Octopus (pretty cool!).

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Direct download: SUFB_S384_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Marine Conservation is great when we see things like water quality policies and Marine Protected Areas implemented into law by governments; however, enforcing those policies on the Ocean is a huge challenge. It takes a number of tools and experts to create a Management Plan that will deter and prevent future problems. 

Paul Whitaker, from KSAT, is our guest on the podcast today and he is leading projects that track oil spills and illegal fishing on the Ocean around the world, including Easter Island and Gabon

Paul gives us the breakdown of how Satellites can help us identify oil spills on the water and identify ships that are fishing illegally with other tools such as AIMS that enhances management and enforcement to further protect the Ocean.

Check out the podcast for more details.

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The New York Times wrote a great article of fishers in Maine, USA who were diversifying their lone revenue stream of fishing lobsters by farming oysters and kelp. You might wonder, "Why in the world would they want to do that?" 

Apparently, they say they cannot rely on income based on the seasonal fluctuation of wild stocks anymore. The lobster fishery seems to be doing quite well; however, many fishers are cautious in believing that the stock can sustain its population size with the changing temperature and the potential for disease in warming seas.

Listen to the episode to find out more.

Also on the Program:
1) Mexico ready to create the largest Marine Reserve in North America; and,
2) Marine Insurance companies teaming up with Oceana to make it harder for Blacklisted fishers to get insurance for their boats to combat over fishing.

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Direct download: SUFB_S382_FishersTurnToSeaFarming.mp3
Category:fishing -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Climate Change has really been on my mind these days, specifically the people who have been affected by the Hurricanes in Small Island communities such as Barbuda, Dominica, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The magnitude and extent of the damages incurred by these communities are evidence that we are not prepared for the intensity of storms that seem to be occurring more often. 

It's time we have a conversation and share some ideas to find more solutions. I will start and I would encourage you to continue the conversation in our Facebook Group.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Direct download: SUFB_S381_OceanTalkFriday_ALittleChat.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Seagrass monitoring projects are crucial to the overall health of coastal systems as seagrass beds all around the world are habitats of great biodiversity...and biodiversity make habitats more resistant to degradation. Unfortunately, monitoring projects are hard to start and maintain because it's difficult to find people to do the work on a consistent basis and it's difficult to find money to pay for the program. In comes community programs, or Ocean Citizen Science Projects.

Fiona West is the manager of the Broome Community Seagrass Program in the Kimberley Region of Northwest Australia. Her program has been in place for 11 years (that's a lot of data) that functions based on the work of citizen scientists (locals and tourists) who want to take care of the environment in this part of the world. The program is part of the Seagrass Watch program, an international program that provide citizen science programs with protocols and analysis support for their region.

Fiona describes how the program works and how the Aboriginal People and the Australian government have bee working together to establish a great program monitoring trends in this part of the world. 

Listen as Fiona speaks passionately about Broome Bay and the people who protect it.

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Direct download: SUFB_S380_BrromeCommunitySeagrassMonitoringProjectWithFionaWest.mp3
Category:seagrass -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Shark advocates and scientists strive for the same cause: protect sharks from their rapid global decrease in population. However, advocates and scientists don't always agree on the methods. Some people want all finning and fishing of all sharks to stop completely. Others feel it's more realistic to have some sustainable shark fisheries and want to ban finning altogether. A current proposed bill in Congress that will ban finning of any kind is testing the relationship among some advocates and scientists. 

Debate on the methods of science, conservation and protection is healthy. What is NOT healthy is the personal attacks after heated debates online. Personal attacks do not help move ideas forward. They do the opposite. They further divide the rational line of compromise and agreements. 

I discuss this in our second story of this episode because advocates are personally attacking a researcher for their stance on the proposed bill to ban the sale of all fins in the US. 

Listen to the podcast and let me know how you feel this issue could have been solved in our Facebook Group.

Also on the podcast: 
1) Thousands of fish, including 1,000-2,000 leopard sharks die in San Francisco Bay; and,
2) An alliance is formed to track the distribution line to eliminate illegal fishing in our global seafood market.

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Direct download: SUFB_S379_ProtectingSharksAndThePeopleWhoStudyThem.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

We continue our introduction to the Octo (Open Communications for The Ocean) team this week as John Davis, Nick Wehner and introducing Sarah Carr join me for Ocean Talk Friday to discuss the articles that were published in the latest Marine Environment And Management (MEAM) edition. 

Today we discuss:
1) How social science is implemented in Marine Conservation projects by looking at a number of examples;
2) Why science is an important component of Ecosystem-Based Management (and what science is crucial); and,
3) We get an update on where Marine National Monuments stand in the Trump era.

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Octo's website

Open Channels Website

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Direct download: SUFB_S378_OceanTalkFriday_OctoEdition.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Open Communications For The Oceans (Octo) has become a partner of Speak Up For Blue and we will now work together as a team to further share Marine Science and Conservation to help live for a better Ocean. As you know, Speak Up For Blue is designed to raise awareness about Ocean Issues in the public and let people know about all of the wonderful people and projects going on around the world. I hope that the information inspires you to help protect the Ocean in any way that you can. 

Octo is focused on supporting the Marine Science and Conservation community by helping them do their jobs with shared tools and resources as well as platforms to help share information.

Together we are going to try to increase our reach to help more people and further protect the Ocean.

This interview with John Davis and Nick Wehner, from Octo, will let you get to know our new partners.

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Direct download: SUFB_S377_OpenCommunicationsForTheOcean.mp3
Category:Octo -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

It's not everyday where you realize your dreams, especially in the field of Marine Science and Conservation. However, it has happened to me today as this is the first day that I am working full time on Speak Up For Blue and getting paid for it. That's right, Speak Up For Blue has it's first sponsor at the Partner Level. That sponsor is Octo (Open Communications for The Ocean). 

This opportunity allows me to do what I haven't been able to do in the past, which is to build a Marine Science and Conservation Media Company. 

Find out all of the details in this episode.

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Category:Entrepreneur -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Shark finning, the act of removing a shark's fin at sea and discarding their mangled body overboard for them to die, is a terrible act and the reason why many marine conservation organizations are trying to ban finning and fins in many countries around the world, including in the US. 

There is a proposed bill that is in Congress right now that is proposing the possession and sale of shark fins in the US. It seems as though its a good plan, right? Well, at least two shark scientists think its a bad idea. How could they you ask? Take a listen to the podcast to find out what they wrote in a peer reviewed journal article in Marine Policy.

Also on the show, I talk about a cool adaptation of the electric eel and how it wards off hungry predators like crocodiles and cats.

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Direct download: SUFB_S375_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

I tell a story about my trip with some friends to the Buffalo Bills game last Sunday. It was crazy hot!!! The Bills stadium ran out of bottled water by half time and wouldn't give us regular tap water. It sucked because it was crazy hot!!! So hot!!! And no water equals not a great day until more bottled water showed up. 

I want to know why we never see tap water in public anymore?!?!?!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Graduate student life is fun when you look back on it after 15 years. You realize that you had so many freedoms and you didn't have to worry about the "real world" yet; however, the real world hits you as a graduate student because you have to pay bills, tuition, and live life with a very low salary. Some people accept that part of life and hope for the best, while others go out and work for extra money to be able to pay for their bills (rent, food, etc.). 

An article on NatureJobs.com seems to suggest that every graduate student should have a side hustle/job to make ends meet and provide a few tips to accomplish this goal. The problem is they never talk about how difficult it is to have a side hustle. 

I talk about my experience trying to have a side hustle and the sacrifices I had to make and the conflicts it caused (often with my supervisor). Take a listen and let me know what you think in our Facebook Group (link below).

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Direct download: SUFB_S373_ShouldGraduateStudentsGetASideJobToHelpMakeEndsMeet.mp3
Category:Graduate Student -- posted at: 8:22am EDT

We are featuring another episode of the Marine Conservation Happy Hour where Dr. Scarlett Smash recounts her and her husband's experience of evacuating the state of Florida along with millions of other people. Let's just say water and gas were in limited quantity and it was hot and sticky. I will let Smash tell you the rest.

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Direct download: SUFB_S372_OceanTalkFridayMarineConservationHappyHour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

There are quite a few spectacular things that go on at the International Marine Conservation Congress every year; however, one of my favourites is the Tales From The Sea. 

It's an event that goes on in a theatre where Marine Scientists and Conservationists stand up in front of an audience and tell them a story about an experience during their life that involves the Ocean in some sort of way. 

Today, you are going to hear 3 of those stories that I loved hearing. You can listen to the stories in this episode and you can go watch the episode as it was filmed in front of a live audience.

I'm sharing these stories because it's a great way for you to connect with more people who work in the Marine Science and Conservation fields.

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Direct download: SUFB_S371_TalesFromTheSeaAtIMCC.mp3
Category:Tales From The Sea -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today's stories have a couple of things in common: 1) All stories are about invertebrates and, 2) You have to find out at the end of the episode. 

I thought I would pick these stories to discuss because I wanted to cover something a little different to show you that there are some great discoveries and some concerns that need to be addressed in Marine Science and Conservation.

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Dr. Ed Hind-Ozan joins me on this episode of Ocean Talk Friday to discuss how conferences benefit people in the field of Marine Science and Conservation. Conferences are great for networking, collaborating on future projects and sharing information about different projects and strategies for the Ocean's best interest. 

Ed is the chair of the International Marine Conservation Congress that will take place in Malaysia in 2018 and shared his experience at the past conferences. 

We took the time to discuss some of the papers that were published recently from discussions and sessions arising from the IMCC 4 meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland. Here are the stories that we covered today:
1) Conch fisheries management
2) Geovisualizations Paper 1 and Paper 2
3) Gender Inequality at Marine Conservation Conferences

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Direct download: SUFB_S369_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

The Canadian Government has a long relationship with the First Nations groups across Canada; however, the relationship sucks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to reconcile Canada's relationship with First Nations groups in Canada. He's been Prime Minister for almost 2 years, but hasn't done much to help...in fact, people say he's done the opposite. An article in the National Post covers a story where the Canadian Government gave the opportunity for a number of First Nations groups to bid on 25% of the quota for Arctic Surf Clam.

I also talk about a study that provides 3 ways that the East Coast of the US is sinking and will be prone to flooding. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S368_FishingQuotasAndWhoShouldGetThemAndUSEastCoastIsSinking.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida over the weekend reeking havoc in different counties across the state as it did across many Caribbean Islands. As people in the path of Irma checked in as safe on social media and shared pictures and videos of what they witnessed, an interesting thing popped up in some of the videos.

Two people shared pictures and videos of the ocean water missing along their coasts. One person's video in Long Island, Bahamas showed water missing from his dock as far as the eye can see. The other video shows a manatee that was stranded due to the lack of water caused by the hurricane. Listen to the podcast to find out why this happened.

Here are some links if you would like to help out:
1) Global Giving Fund
2) Turks & Caicos - This was set up by Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan.

The second story I cover today is about a study showing why fish eat plastic that is plaguing our Ocean. I talk about the study and the results and how it affects humans as predators. 

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Nathan Johnson joins us on Ocean Talk Friday after a busy summer. Today we talk about the following articles:

1) Canada designates it's largest conservation area (not an MPA, but similar);
2) Hawaiian National Monument gets an award for doing great work;
3) Can Aquaculture supply the world with seafood in a sustainable way; and,
4) NASA is using satellites to help understand Antarctica ecology

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Direct download: SUFB_S366_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Raising Ocean Awareness through any means may not be enough to be successful at conserving and protecting the Ocean. I know! I was surprised to hear that as well. We often watch documentaries or participate in campaigns that try to raise awareness of Ocean issues, but they are not as effective (all of the time) in doing what is necessary: Change the behaviours of people to protect the Ocean from harm. 

The documentary "Chasing Coral" is a prime example. The movie did a great job to explain and highlight the devastating impact rising sea surface temperatures (from climate change) are having on corals; however, the film did not tell people how they could change their behaviour to reduce their contribution to climate change. The result was a whole lot of people feeling depressed about the Ocean without any guidance on how to change what was happening. 

Brian Day knows how to use a tool that is used by Coke to make them a corporate giant. The tool is called marketing and it's purpose is to change people's behaviour for a specific result. In Coke's case, they would like people to drink their product to make them feel happy. In the Ocean's case, Brian wants people to change a certain behaviour to stop the action the people were taking to further harm the Ocean. Sounds like common sense, right?

Unfortunately, not everyone one or every organization uses marketing in an effective way to change the world for social good, i.e. Social Marketing. Brian knows how to though and it works under the right circumstances.

Brian explains how to use social marketing to change people's behaviour around the Ocean to protect it in this episode.

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Direct download: SUFB_S365_ChangingBehaviourAroundTheOceanWithBrianDay.mp3
Category:Social Marketing -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Whale sharks are one of the most iconic species in the world. As the largest fish, people are so captivated by their sight that they will travel thousands of miles just to get a glimpse of them in the wild. However, these sharks are also Endangered according to the IUCN Red List and you might be surprised to know that there isn't much known about these amazing fish. Especially, their population sizes and where they like to go.

A paper led by Jennifer McKinney estimated the population size and connectivity of the whale shark population in the Western And Central Atlantic Ocean (WSA) using software that identified individual whale sharks by the spots on their backs. 

I discuss how the pattern of spots on whale sharks in images taken by citizen scientists can be used to identify individual sharks and contribute to the scientific study.

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Direct download: SUFB_S364_LearningAboutWhaleSharksFromTheirSpots.mp3
Category:Whale Sharks -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Marine Conservation Careers seems to be on your mind as we covered it on a couple of episodes over the past week. Last Friday, we heard from 3 generations of Marine Conservationists on the challenges we faced in our career. It wasn't meant to scare you. It was meant to prepare you for the future (if you want a marine conservation career). 

I address some comments that I received on the episode from last week and build on what I hope will be a more inspiring message. 

I also discuss some comments I received from our Facebook Group on last episode where I covered how Climate Change made Hurricane Harvey worse. 

Here are the shows where I discuss Marine Conservation Careers in more detail:

1) Choosing You Marine Conservation Career
2) How to Become an Influencer for Your Marine Conservation Career
3) How To Volunteer to Get Experience in Marine Conservation
4) 5 Important Strategies to Implement When You Search for a Marine Conservation Job
5) How To Write A Cover Letter for a Marine Conservation Job
6) Writing a Resume to get a Marine Conservation Job
7) Preparing for the Interview for a Marine Conservation Job
8) Options for Your Marine Conservation Career
9) 3 Reasons to Attend a Marine Conservation Conference

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Direct download: SUFB_S363_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm, has left Houston and the surrounding areas and is now heading for Louisiana as a tropical storm; however, the imprint it left on Houston was devastating. A Politico article said Harvey was the 3rd 500-year storm in as many years leaving 40-60 inches of rain, which flooded various parts of the city. Authorities are still dealing with the floods and trying to rescue people from their homes. People whose live are changed forever. 

As we donate to support efforts to help Harvey's victims, we look at how this storm was so devastating. There were 3 causes that contributed to Harvey's destructive ability that I talk about during the podcast. I apologize for my tone during this podcast as I am frustrated at the lack of preparedness of governments who face climate change impacts, but refuse to acknowledge them.

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Direct download: SUFB_S362_HurricaneHarveyMadeWorseByClimateChange.mp3
Category:Hurricane Harvey -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Two crazy pieces of news to cover today. Last week was a big week in crazy news. A Fish Farm in Washington blames the eclipse on stronger tides and currents and breaking nets, releasing Atlantic Salmon into the Pacific Coast.

Our Second piece of crazy news is a politician in Cape Cod is now taking aim at Great White Sharks after a white shark preyed upon a seal near a beach in front on beach goers. He scared and wants to kill any white shark that comes near a beach.

Two crazy news pieces for your money as we try to add sanity to your Ocean World.

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Marine Conservation Careers is a dream that all of us have that work, or are trying to work, in this field. Two episodes ago, I discussed an article on the struggles people were having trying to get a job. Many of the problems that arose were unpaid internships, pay for work experience and lack of funding. I got some feedback from the Facebook Group on the episode, which was good, but said that I implied that I didn't think people were doing enough.

My point of the episode was to offer tips that could help you set yourself apart from the rest of the pack that is seeking jobs; however, I never realized that the yips may not work for everyone and my experience in Marine Conservation Careers is very different from may other people. 

I wanted to get other people's perspectives who are in the field to give more of a well rounded account of what we have been through building a career in Marine Conservation. I found the people.

As some of you may already know, I am producing another podcast show called Marine Conservation Happy Hour, where I get together with @Craken_MacCraic  and @DrScarlettSmash  to talk about the different aspects of Marine Conservation.

This episode we talk about Marine Conservation Careers with special guest @marinebrit  to discuss our journeys through the mythical word of building our careers. Three generations of Marine Conservationists open up and rant about the past and present situations and hope for a better future.

While having some drinks over the internet happy hour...

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Direct download: SUFB_S360_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Blue whales are the largest animals on the planet and Dr. Asha de Vos studies a unique population that occurs in the Northern Indian Ocean. She has pioneered marine mammal research and conservation in her home country of Sri Lanka and is inspiring the next generation of Marine Scientists and Conservationists all over the world. 

Now, Asha launched Oceanswell as the next part of her evolution to building her legacy. Oceanswell is a non-profit organization that is designed to support other marine scientists to become leaders in their community and further Marine Science and Conservation in their own countries.

Listen to Asha discuss everything from blue whales to discovering a new whale species occurring in the Northern Indian Ocean to her exciting new organization.

Oceanswell Twitter

Oceanswell Facebook

Oceanswell Instagram: @oceanswell

Oceanswell You Tube 

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Direct download: SUFB_S359_OceanswellWithDrAshadeVos.mp3
Category:Oceanswell -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Sea otters can eat a variety of prey (up to 50) according to an article that photo-documented a sea otter eating a giant Pacific octopus off the coast near Juneau, Alaska. The sea otter had some pups with her, which begs the question as to why sea otter would take the risk of eating an octopus.

I talk about the dangers of eating live octopus in the Ocean and how other animals are dying because of it.

I also introduce social marketing and how it is used to change human behaviours around the ocean.

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I read a great article on the Mongabay website that inspired me to discuss it on today's installment of Ocean Talk Friday. The article was about how hard it is for young people to build a career in Conservation. It dives into many of the issues that I see everyday while I consult with people about building their careers: 1) High student debt with low paying jobs; 2) Only unpaid internships available; 3) Often times, people have to pay to earn experience; and, much more. 

The fact is, building a career in Conservation is one of the hardest things to do in your life. It's not as easy as getting a 4 year degree, graduating and getting hand picked for a job. The reality is that there is more competition for less jobs because of reduced funding (don't forget the fact that every once and a while a government administration will come along and halt any hiring).

I felt it necessary to do this podcast because there are ways to help you achieve your dream (it's not a guarantee, but it gets you closer). I tell you the story of my struggle to build my career and how I got to where I am today so that you can learn from my mistakes and understand that there is a process to follow that will help your chances of getting a job and building that career.

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Drones in Marine Conservation is quite the hot topic these days. They provide Marine Scientists and Conservationists with so many advantages when studying the marine environment at a much lesser cost than the traditional means of monitoring trends in marine species. For example, the grey seal population off Cape Cod can be counted using video and images collected from a drone compared to scientists renting a plane to do aerial surveys, which could cost 10s of 1000s of dollars. Drones provide more possibilities too.

I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. David Johnston, who is the Director of the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing group at the Duke Nicholas School of Environment. He joined us on the podcast to tell us about the Marine Conservation work that he is doing using drones. The work has taken him and his team all around the world. 

Take a listen to find out how this wonderful technology can help further Marine Science and Conservation.

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Direct download: SUFB_S356_DronesForMarineConservationWithDrDavidJohnston.mp3
Category:drones -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

There are two protected River Sharks in the Adalaide River in the Northern part of Australia, the Speartooth Shark (Critically Endangered) and the Northern River Shark (Endangered). A new study has revealed a potential conservation issue in the river with the sharks and the interactions with recreational anglers who are targeting another fish called the Barramundi. 

Researchers have some important questions to ask to determine how many sharks are being caught and is it becoming a problem for the populations of both species, who use the river as a nursery area. 

I talk about the implications to the conservation of these species and the mitigation techniques the authors propose to maintain the recreational fishery for Barramundi and reduce incidental catch with the protected River Sharks.

I also discuss a listener email that I received on my position of eating meat and trying to reduce my impact on climate change.

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Direct download: SUFB_S355_ShouldWeBeEatingMeatAndRiverSharkScienceConservation.mp3
Category:River Sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I am doing a solo Ocean Talk Friday as I wrap up a busy week. In this episode I cover a great article on Coral Reef Restoration from Mongabay News and a new paper out on Why Conferences Matter co-authored by a number of friends of the Speak Up for Blue Podcast. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S354_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Sharks are a diverse type of animal with over 400 species with more being found and identified every year. Dr. Dave Ebert is a shark scientist who has been responsible for discovering and naming over 40 species with his team.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dave for this episode on all of his experiences finding sharks, good and bad, as well as how he was able to secure a PhD in South Africa.

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Direct download: SUFB_S353_TheSearchForLostSharksWithDrDaveEbert.mp3
Category:Lost Sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Sharks are a diverse type of animal with over 530 species with more being found and identified every year. Dr. Dave Ebert is a shark scientist who has been responsible for discovering and naming over 40 species with his team.

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Dave for this episode on all of his experiences finding sharks, good and bad, as well as how he was able to secure a PhD in South Africa.

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Direct download: SUFB_S353_TheSearchForLostSharksWithDrDaveEbert.mp3
Category:Lost Sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Brexit negotiations are underway for the break up of the UK from the European Union. Fisheries has come to the forefront of the media hype surrounding the negotiations. A recent article in NBC News identifies the hopes and concerns of various players within the UK fishing industry and how the potential reality may look for each component within the industry.

For example, the UK fishers are looking forward to catching more fish without competition from other EU fleets; however, the UK seafood exporters are worried about the taxes that will be implemented once the independent UK experts their products to the EU (consisting of 50% of their business). Finally, policy analysts, such as Griffin Carpenter, are concerned about the future of the now replenished fish stocks (due to stricter quota management by EU policy) under new management of the UK.

I discuss the article and the different points of view discussed in the article. I also discuss the numerous videos and pictures of recreational fishers and potential abuse of fish out at sea.

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Direct download: SUFB_S352_TheDisconnectBetweenUKFishersAndEUPolicy.mp3
Category:brexit -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

Nathan Johnson is back again to chat with me of all thing Ocean. We had some great topics today. Here they are:

1) 5 Ways Underwater Drones are Helping Protect the Oceans;
2) The Federal Government is Opening Comment to Allow Oil and Gas Exploration in Marine Sanctuaries;
3) A Shark Beer to Help Protect Sharks; and,
4) Scientists Discover a New Shark Species.

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Direct download: SUFB_S351_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Tourism in tropical areas that are based on Ocean services such as beaches, swimming, diving, snorkelling, fishing, and more are very popular in many places around the world. One such area that has benefited from tourism is Quintana Roo, Mexico. The area has seen an explosion of its tourism industry over the past decade as it has become a hot spot for North Americans and Europeans. However, the fast expansion of the tourism industry has caused some environmental problems including loss of habitat and a decrease in water quality. The local communities would like to improve their environment and a team of experts are working on developing a framework to provide the local communities with a way to better manage the environment in the face of tourism.

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan and Marisol Flores are a part of that team. They wanted to share their project with the Speak Up For Blue audience to make you aware of what it going on. Take a listen to the podcast as my guests describe their project, the challenges and the positive way people are participating in the project.

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A shark being dragged across the water while tied to a boat surfaced in an Instagram video about a week ago. The video quickly went viral to the point where the abusers were identified along with where they lived. The abusers now seek extra police protection because of death threats they received via social media. Many people think they deserve the threat. I just want to see them charge with some type of animal abuse charge, but that may not happen.

There may not be specific laws that fall under what these idiots did to these poor animals. The shark that was dragged was dead and the remainder of its body was photographed by the abusers and the images sent to "Mark The Shark", a notorious shark fisherman who is hated by many conservationists. Even he thought the video and pictures were disrespectful. 

I talk about how infuriating it is to watch these abusers potentially get away with abuse and I ask you, the audience, if there is a general, common sense, law that protects animals (any animal) against these types of abuses.

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Marine Science Communication has to be done properly to gain trust of your audience and inspire them to do more for the Ocean.

I talk about an example where Marine Conservation communication was misleading and could cause damage to the efforts of Conservation.

Listen to the episode to find out how you can make better strides in Ocean Conservation.

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Direct download: SUFB_S348_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

Dr. Judith Weis spent a good part of her career working on Salt Marshes as a Professor and Researcher at Rutgers University. She is here to talk about Salt Marshes, their importance and how we need to manage them in the face of Climate Change.

Judith literally wrote the book on Salt Marshes (with Coauthor Carol Butler). I wanted to have her on the program so she can share how salt marshes play a role in protecting shorelines in the Northeastern US (and other places around the world) They may not be as pretty as coral reefs, but their shoreline protection, nursery habitat function, and sediment stabilization functions are extremely important. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S347_ManagingSaltMarshesWithDrJudithWeis.mp3
Category:Salt Marsh -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Did the race of Phelps vs a Great White Shark do Marine Conservation some good? That is the question that many people asked before the premiere of Shark Week 2017. Discovery debuted its annual shark week with an episode pitting Olympic Great, Michael Phelps, versus a Great White Shark. Some say that this was a pointless exercise as sharks are way faster than humans. Others thought that Phelps was the best swimmer over any species. I think it made for great promotion, television and a great chance to educate viewers on the speed of sharks.

Also on the show, I answer the question some of the group members asked: How can I contribute to Marine Conservation in my career even of I am not a scientist.

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Direct download: SUFB_S346_PhelpsLosesToWhiteSharkButIsItAWinForConservation.mp3
Category:shark week -- posted at: 9:39am EDT

Nathan Johnson is back for Ocean Talk Friday to discuss nutrients in the Bay of Bengal past the tipping point, the United Nations International Treaty of the High Seas and Our Thoughts on Chasing Coral the Documentary.

Here are the links to the articles we discussed:
1) Run-Off from Fertilizers has made Bay of Bengal Reach 'Tipping Point', say experts
2) New Rules Urgently Needed to Protect Our Ocean, Scientists Warn
3) Fate of High Seas at Stake at U.N. Meeting
4) 'Chasing Coral': Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans 

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Direct download: SUFB_S345_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean inspired my guest, Claire Hughes, to clean up beaches on Grand Cayman Island and start a movement. Claire is a teacher and mother who is done with plastic pollution and is helping raise awareness of the ill effects plastic has on our society.

Claire is a great example of how the ocean can inspire people to do great things!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S344_BeachCleanUpsWithClaireHughes.mp3
Category:Ocean Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Researchers have reviewed several hundred studies to find the best way people can reduce their Climate Change Footprint. There is one way that had the biggest reduction impact, but are you ready to do it?

I also talk about the importance of science and how many people are still fighting against science. Some people are trying to confuse people in the confidence in science results and the interpretation. What does this do? It takes away the need for science and allows for people to distort the truth of trends in the Ocean. I talk about why we need to trust science, especially when it comes to Marine Science and Conservation.

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Dr. Lyne Morissette is back on OTF to talk about what she's been up to and where she's been (hint: she's been to some amazing places). During the podcast, we discuss the following:

1) Lyne's Canadian Coast to Coast to Coast Scientific Cruise;
2) Lyne's trip to Reunion Island and the major issue of shark conflicts with human users; and,
3) A New Brunswick man dies trying to rescue a Right Whale from a fishing net.

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Direct download: SUFB_S342_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Josh Laughren, Executive Director of Ocean Canada, joins me on the podcast to discuss why there shouldn't be a fishery for cod opened just yet.

In 1992, a moratorium on cod fishing was implemented that changed Newfoundland and Labrador forever. Gone were the days of teaching the next generation to fish for cod and here were the days of hard financial times and leaving their "Rock" for more opportunities across Canada in the oil and gas industry. 

Now the cod have rebounded and people are wondering if we can fish them again. Two researchers at Memorial University disagree and so does Oceana Canada.

Josh is here to tell us why.

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Direct download: SUFB_S341_ContinuingWithTheCodConversationWithJoshLaughren.mp3
Category:Cod -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Imagine a terrestrial animal changes its diet in order to survive along the rugged coast of British Columbia. Scientists have discovered have genetically differentiated population of wolves, dubbed Sea Wolves, that derive 90% of the diet from the sea. Is this just a way of survival from their inland wolf cousins or do these wolves just enjoy the sea that much more?!?!?

Also in the program, a PhD student has discovered that young bonnethead sharks are eating seagrass so much so that their diet composes over 50% of the sea veggies. Scientists wonder if the young sharks are just learning how to eat animals within the seagrass as the diet composition of seagrass decreases when they get older.

Finally, did you ever wonder how scientists feel about what climate change is doing to our Oceans? Dr. John Bruno wrote an opinion pice in the New York Times about how depressed he feels after years of conducting coral reef research in Belize and all over the world. 

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Ed Hind-Ozan joins us on the show to talk plastic pollution, ocean oaths, climate change maps our future and can we fish cod again. It's always great to have Ed on the show to give us his perspective from a Social Science point of view and the point of you from a UK perspective. That's right...we are going across the pond for this episode. 

Worldwide perspective matters!!!

Here are the articles that we cover today:
1) Popsicles made from 100 different polluted water sources grab world's attention
2) Ocean conservation needs a Hippocratic oath - we must do no harm
3) Mapping the potential economic effects of climate change
4) What if the cod came back? The push to reinvent Newfoundland and Labrador's fishery

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Direct download: SUFB_S339_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Climate Change adaptation can be a complex beast to understand, once you get past whether there is a debate that it is caused by humans. There are two major aspects on how we need to deal with Climate  Change: 1) How can we reduce the factors (Carbon) that cause Climate Change; and, 2) How do we adapt to its consequences. 

There were two reports released by climate scientists and economists recently that deal with the ways mentioned above. 

The first report involves what we have to do, as a human population, within the next 3 years to stop Climate Change from making irreversible changes to our planet.

The second report involves how the consequences of Climate Change could potentially shape the US economy in the future.

I talk about both reports in the episode to go a bit deeper into how we need to wake up as a species and get things done.

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Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Does it make sense to allow Oil and Gas Exploration within the boundaries of a Marine Protected Area and still call it protected? Trudeau's government thinks it does. I break down how this situation doesn't necessarily depict a Marine Protected Area, but it does describe a management area within a Marine Park. Perhaps the government of Canada is going about designating MPAs the wrong way? 

Take a listen and find out how.

Also on the show...there are these "Gummy Bear-Like" organisms that are frustrating the hell out of fishers along the US Pacific Coast...find out how during this episode.

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We have a special guest named Kyle Massie joining us on Ocean Talk Friday as part of our Patreon Campaign Contributor rewards. Kyle and I are going to go through the top articles of the week in Marine Science and Conservation so that you can be updated on what's happening in the Ocean.

Here is a list of the articles that we decided to pick:

1) Update on the restoration of the Indonesian Reef (covered by Mongabay);
2) Will Phelps be faster then a white shark in a race during Shark Week;
3) Orcas eating white sharks in South Africa;
4) Seismic survey guns found to reduce zooplankton population by 64%

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Direct download: SUFB_S336_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Melissa Marquez joins us on the podcast today to really ignite the show. We talk about shark conservation, women in science, science communication and entrepreneurship in the Marine Science and Conservation Field.

We talk about how Melissa started a shark education organization during an undergraduate course, which expanded into 50 states and got transplanted to multiple countries; how she and her husband moved across the world to New Zealand to do a Masters degree to study deep sea sharks, rays and chimeras; how she overcame challenges as a minority woman in science; and, how she merged her shark research and women and science challenges into a TEDx Wellington talk that rocked the house!!!

This is a must listen podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S335_SharkScienceCommunicationWithMelissaMarquez.mp3
Category:Shark Conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Do you think Celebrities should be Advocates for the Ocean? The question came up off of a story I wrote about involving a woman celebrity being objectified while doing a documentary to raise awareness for sharks.

In other News:

Rick Perry went before a US Senate Committee to discuss energy and climate change. Senator Al Franken asked Perry about his thoughts on Climate Change to which Perry replied that there was nothing wrong with being a skeptic. I take the time to discuss one of the points Perry brings up where Franken describes as "you just described the scientific process."

Also in the News:

Videos have been popping up showing sea lions jumping on the dive platforms of moving recreational fishing boats in Mexico. It's become quite the tourist attraction. The sea lions do this because they get fed. There are so many things wrong with this "attraction" that I dedicated a portion of the show to describe the dangers to humans and the sea lions. 

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Nathan and I chat about growing mangroves to protect coast, problems with MPA process in Canada, Zombie Worms and Mussels and Sponges break down oil

 

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Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Climate Change is rearing its ugly head as one of its consequences is the rapid heating of the Antarctic Ice Sheets turning them to slush. El Nino changed the wind patterns of the continent so that they could not keep the ice sheets cool as warm water moved in along the coastline. There is a 300,000 square mile slush pile that used to be ice. I discuss what that could mean for our ocean in the future.

I also discuss how Orcas are stalking fishing boats in Alaska stealing 10,000 s of pounds of fish and wasting fuel as the fishing boats try to lose the orcas in a chase for who gets the fish.

Finally, I talk about some heat relief for the global coral reef habitats of the Oceans. How will they be able to heal before the net El Nino event?

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The Shark Week Schedule for 2017 has been announced and there are some shows to which I am looking forward and others that perpetuate sharks as serial killers (which is false!!!). I review some of the synopses of the episodes announced during this episode. 

I also go over an infographic released by the Save San Francisco Bay Organization that deals with the problem of cigarette butt littering. One of the most preventable forms of litter out there. 

Finally, I talk about an article in the Guardian that discusses the affect of tourism on Antarctica and how some researchers are seeing changes in habitat due to the presence of invasive species of plants and insects.

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This is a special Ocean Talk Friday Episode where I have two colleagues and friends that would like to introduce you to a new podcast we've been working on called Marine Conservation Happy Hour. It's a podcast where we get together after work (virtually, of course) and talk about what's happening in our respective fields over a few drinks. It's something that we've been working on for a while and I find our chemistry is growing. 

Today, we discuss a few stories that are centred around marine mammals. The first two stories deal with the removal of regulatory tools and advice to protect Marine Mammals. The Federal Government has defunded the Marine Mammal Commission, which is a body of independent scientists that make decisions on marine mammal protections in the face of government projects.

We also talk about the US Federal Government taking away important protections for Marine Mammals on the West Coast. The ban on drift nets has now been removed making marine mammals vulnerable to getting caught and drowning in the nets. Not a good choice. You will hear how the fishing industry was for the drift net ban in the first place. We chat about why this happened and what will be the consequences. 

We talk Vaquita and the potential solutions that people are trying to put in place to reverse the rate of extinction of the cutest species on the planet. I get a little silly with one of my proposals.

Finally, we end on a good note. We talk about the increase of Humpback Whales in the New York City area. This is a great success story that my friends, Dr. Smash and Dr. Craken gobbled up. 

All in all I hope you enjoyed this episode of OTF where we feature the Marine Conservation Happy Hour. Things get a little crazy and loud near the end...could be the drinks talking. But we had some fun doing this. I hope you did as well!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S330_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Griffin Carpenter joins me on the podcast to talk about fisheries policy pre and post BREXIT. Yup! I said it! We are going to talk about BREXIT and how it will affect fisheries management for the UK and the European Union. I know there are many things to consider regarding the UK separating from the EU, but for our podcast we deal about Ocean management so we will discuss sustainable fisheries management. 

Griffin provides some great insight into the current structure of EU Fisheries Policy and how it will change and the issues that may arise in the future. 

Here is some more info that were mentioned in the podcast:

1) How BREXIT will impact fisheries policy

2) Griffin's Twitter

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Direct download: SUFB_S329_FisheriesPolicyAfterBREXITWithGriffinCarpenter.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Taking a conversation from the Facebook group to here in the podcast, I talk about why shark researchers catch sharks through a hook and a line. It's a controversial issue that looks at what is best for the overall health of shark populations.

In the second half of the show I highlight some great conservation success stories that is hitting the media over the past week. I start by talking about the increase in juvenile white sharks in Southern California and the increase in humpback whale sightings in New York Harbour and of its coast. Two great conservation successes stemming from long term implementation and maintenance of some great regulations in the US, which confirms that need for implementing great, science-based policies that will protect the environment.

Head over to the Facebook Group as we chat about proposed regulations that may or may not help reduce our effect on Climate Change. This entire week, I'm going to be posting on different ways various governments have proposed to reduce climate change and whether they have worked. Come on over and help us out!

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Direct download: SUFB_S328_ScienceMethodsMatterAndSoDoRegulations.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Nathan Johnson joins me again to discuss World Oceans Day; UN Oceans Week Conference; Funding Priorities; The Importance of Ocean Festivals; and, Exploring Easter Island.

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Direct download: SUFB_S327_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

Have you ever wondered what sustainable really means and how you can eat sustainable seafood? Clay Groves, host of the Fish Nerds Podcast, has an idea.

Clay Groves has spent a long time fishing, guiding and cooking fish to understand what it means to eat sustainably. He's judged sustainable seafood competitions and was invited by the Virginia Aquarium to speak on Sustainable Seafood...and podcasting for the environment. 

Take a listen to find out what Clay has to say.

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Ocean Day is this Thursday, which is a time to reflect on what we can do to help our Oceans. I have a solution and I talk about it during this episode. 

I also talk about Cities and States resisting against Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord. How can they do that and still follow the Paris Accord? I will chat about that as well.

Finally, I answer a question that was posed to me in the Fish Nerds Facebook Group about how cod are recovering and how to we know when they have fully recovered. A great question that I take the time to answer with a well timed article.

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It's been a tough couple weeks for the US environment as Trump's budget defunded key coastal programs such as the Coastal Zone Management Program and the Sea Grant Program. He also announced that the US will start the procedure to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Nathan Johnson and I talk about the benefits of the CZMP and the Sea Grant programs and what will be lost with the defunding. We also talk about how Trump and his administration did not fully understand the report where they cite why the US doesn't benefit under the Climate Change Agreement. 

We also rant...a little bit...for good reason.

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Direct download: SUFB_S324_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Paris Climate Change Agreement -- posted at: 8:21am EDT

The Government of Canada recently made some ambitious goals to protect 10% of their coasts by 2020. I speak to Dr. Rodolphe Devillers to discuss the challenges the Canadian Government and other governments face when establishing Marine Protected Areas.

Some of the challenges we discuss:
1) Will protected areas only be designated where human activity is absent to implement them faster?
2) Should the MPAs designated be connected ecologically?

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My family trip to the Grand Cayman was wonderful, but I do have some concerns over the ecotourism on the island and how it might protect the Ocean and its inhabitants.

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Direct download: SUFB_S322_GrandCaymanEcoTourismAndControllingExpectations.mp3
Category:Grand Cayman -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I discuss 2 issues that have come up in the past week: 1) Iron Fertilization and  2) How to act around sea lions and other wildlife.

 

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Direct download: SUFB_S321_IronFertilizationAndHowToActAroundAnimals.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:57am EDT

Daisy Kendrick was troubled by the fact that her friends were not aware of Ocean issues, so she decided to create marketing campaigns that target where other organizations aren't...the gaming community.

Today, you are going to here from someone who is quickly becoming a successful non-profit entrepreneur that is working to change the behaviour of how we use plastic.

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I made a mistake on the Adult Film star getting bitten (or not bitten) by a shark, Preserve Committee in Cape Cod is suspended by Trump and a dolphin is rescued by a stranding network.

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Someone in the Speak Up for Blue Podcast Facebook Group asked if there was a difference between US and Canadian Ocean Management. I attempt to explain how the two countries are different and similar. Hopefully, I do a good job.

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Direct download: SUFB_S318_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Andrew Wright joins me on the podcast to recount a workshop he attended to help protect the Taiwanese White Dolphins. Andrew provides a great description of the importance to workshops to help with species management. The Taiwanese White Dolphin face a number of issues that continue to threaten the status of the population.

Workshops, like the one Andrew describes, bring experts and local communities together to help identify and implement solutions to species ocean issues.

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Is the increase of Grey Seal Population on Cape Cod causing problems with humans? I was asked to answer a question as to whether the science says Grey Seals are preventing the cod stocks in the Northeast from recovering. I answer this question using a Canadian example.

Who Should Lead the Ocean Conservation Movement? Bill Nye has been undergoing heavy criticism from the non-scientific AND the scientific community as to whether he should lead the Climate Change science movement. Should he be a leader? Is he harming the movement? I also address this during the show.

Trump trumps the EPA Again! He is at it again. Replacing scientific experts with fossil fuel industry representatives...ugh!

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