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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Enjoy the podcast!!!

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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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 EST

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 EST

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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