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I talked about how the Marine Conservation Community views Boyan Slant's Ocean Clean Up project before and I even touched on my frustrations as to how mainstream media outlets haven't shown the criticisms to their audience.

FINALLY, a mainstream media platform showed the criticisms to their audience. And it made me happier to see it. I hope this type of journalism persists with this topic because the audience really needs to hear both sides. 

Check out the podcast for my thoughts and how proud I am of Deep Sea News and Southern Fried Science as their articles were used in this story.

Check out the video on CBC's website here

Listen to the episode and go to our Facebook Group to let me know what you think.

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Patima Tungpuchayalkul was this year's awardee for the Jairo Mora Sandoval Award at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5). Patima was given the award for the work she has done freeing fisheries slaves in Southeast Asia. The events that happened after the award was given was a great example of how the award was supposed to work.

Listen to the episode to find out what happened.

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Direct download: SUFB_S520_ResultsOfEarningTheJairoAward.mp3
Category:Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Sea Turtle populations are endangered for all 7 species and there are groups working very hard to ensure their survival; however, a summer red tide event in Southwest Florida is causing high mortality on Sea Turtles that are way above the normal mortality rates for these species. 

The average number of Sea Turtle deaths in one year in the Southwest Florida area in 30-35; however, conservation groups have already collected 53 sea turtles in June and July alone (in the Sannibel Island area). 

There seems to be no end in sight as the red tide season usually occurs during the winter, where cool water from the mainland breaks up the red tide blooms. The current bloom won't be broken up by cool water as it is summer and practitioners are worried that the red tide could last until the winter. 

Sometimes, we have to deal with bad news...not my favourite part of the job.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

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Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S519_MassSeaTurtleMortalityInSouthwestFloridaDueToRedTide.mp3
Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Nassau Grouper populations have been dwindling since the 1950s and the fisheries collapsed in 1990. Since then, marine scientists and conservationists have been working tirelessly to try and revive the fishery. 

Island nations throughout the Caribbean have been monitoring their local populations to find ways to help revive the fishery along each island. 

The Cayman Islands have recently shown a successful case with positive growth in local populations using a collaborative model that included government, non-profit organizations and academia. 

A written article suggested by @WhyOceansMatter (Matt Teibohl) and written by Ben Shouse from the Lenfest Ocean Fund talked about the collaborative process that helped make this project successful.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

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The North American Congress for Conservation Biology happened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this past week and I had the honour of attending. The conference was mostly focused on terrestrial research and conservation; however, there were some great talks. Unfortunately, I learned some lessons while attending a conference in my hometown.

For one, when a conference is in your hometown, you have to make sure you commit to attending the conference like there is nothing else going on. 

Second, I didn't plan the conference like I normally do. I didn't look at the program the week before for the names of the speakers and make a list of people I wanted to meet. Networking is a big part of my plans and I work hard to ensure I meet the right people. 

I was able to meet some people at the socials that went on for the conference, which was wonderful, but planning ahead would have allowed me to do a better job to meet more people.

Listen to the episode to find out the rest of the highlights of the conference.

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Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S517_NACCBHighlights.mp3
Category:Conference -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

If California can reduce its Greenhouse Gas emissions to pre-1990 levels, then why can't other states/provinces and countries do it as well. We are in a time where we need to make changes to our energy uses and California has worked hard to make those changes. Not only did they make those changes, but they did it while growing their economy by 26% since 2004. 

So why can't others do it as well?

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Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

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I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

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There is a huge movement to ban plastic straws in cities across North America and other places in the world; however, some people have been pointing out that it will not save the Ocean. 

An article was recently published in the National Post (a Canadian Newspaper) that pointed out a number of reasons why the straw ban will not protect the Ocean as there are other problems with Ocean Plastic Pollution that we know are a bigger problem for the Ocean (waste management in different parts of the world and ghost fishing nets). 

In this episode, I let you know that I agree with some of the article, but I also feel strongly that we need the plastic straw bans on the world to make people think about how we use plastic. 

I also feel we need to rephrase how we propose the plastic straw ban. 

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Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S515_NoBanningStrawsWillNotSaveTheOcean.mp3
Category:Ocean Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Great White Sharks are the species that EVERYONE wants to know about. We know Shark Week loves their Great White Sharks, but I find they always cover the same kind of thing. So I thought that I would ask my buddy Dr. Dave Ebert whether he would be interested in coming on again to discuss why there were so many more Great Whites in Northern California.

Dave was happy to record another episode about sharks...because he loves sharks. So we had a great discussion. Take a listen!!!

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

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I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

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As Shark Week is on it's way, I thought it would be great to get our friend of the podcast, Dr. Dave Ebert (aka @lostsharkguy) on the podcast to discuss his journey to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka to discover more sharks.

If you are not familiar with Dave's work, he discovers and studies new shark, ray and chimera species. It's quite amazing what his team has accomplished over the past few decades and will accomplish in the next few decades as well.

If you like sharks, take a listen to this episode as Dave journeyed to Sri Lanka to discover new sharks.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

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Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

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Direct download: SUFB_S513_FindingNewSharksInSriLankaWithDrDaveEbert.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Shark Week has been running for 29 years and this year will be its 30th year running as it had educated, inspired, scared and trick many people over its tenure. Shark Week seeks to educate and entertain; however, 3 years ago, Discovery (the company who puts on Shark Week) focused more in the entertainment rather than the education. 

There was a period of a few years where the programming focused more on fake documentaries rather than education on sharks. For example, the was a program that said the megalodon existed and was targeting humans. Discovery barely told the audience that the episode was fake. It caused a lot of fear and a lot of anger from shark biologists, such as Dr. David Shiffman.

David joins me on the program today to discuss the 30-year Legacy of Shark Week as we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly parts of that legacy. We also go through some of the interesting previews of this week's programming. Finally, we discuss our favourite shows over the past couple for years (as Discover got their act together) and some of the show we would like to see based on new research. 

Sponsor: Do you like Speak Up For Blue, or ConCiencia Azul, or Marine Conservation Happy Hour? If you are an avid listener to any or all 3 shows, consider supporting us to help us continue to build our platform of Ocean Awareness and Helping People Live For A Better Ocean by contributing to our Patreon Campaign. $1 or more dollars will get you access to our Patreon Feed as well as other great incentives. Click here to become part of the community now!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

Become par to the Speak Up For Blue Nation by joining our Patreon Campaign

I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

Subscribe to Marine Conservation Happy Hour and ConCiencia Azul

Direct download: SUFB_S512_SharkWeek30thAnniversaryWithDavidShiffman.mp3
Category:shark week -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

One of the great things about the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group is that people who are facing marine science and conservation problems can post in the group and other people (scientists/conservationists) can provide some advice best on past experiences and their expertise in the subject matter.

A recent post by a member named Emma provided a similar opportunity for advice to be given by other members in the group.

The organization for which Emma volunteers posted a graphic photo of an injured loggerhead sea turtle that was trying to nest and lay her eggs, but was hit by a boat propeller before she got to the beach. The turtle died of her injuries before she could get to the beach and lay her eggs. 

Emma was searching for advice from other members of the group as to how the organization can move forward with this issue. Ideally, the organization would want to stop the motorized water sports from occurring during nesting season; however, the industry needs to make money within 6 months to survive for the entire year; therefore, stopping the water sport activities may be futile. 

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan and Loch Land offered a few suggestions that seemed like the proper avenue to take. 

Listen to the podcast to find out what those avenues are.

Sponsor: Do you like Speak Up For Blue, or ConCiencia Azul, or Marine Conservation Happy Hour? If you are an avid listener to any or all 3 shows, consider supporting us to help us continue to build our platform of Ocean Awareness and Helping People Live For A Better Ocean by contributing to our Patreon Campaign. $1 or more dollars will get you access to our Patreon Feed as well as other great incentives. Click here to become part of the community now!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

Become par to the Speak Up For Blue Nation by joining our Patreon Campaign

I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

Subscribe to Marine Conservation Happy Hour and ConCiencia Azul

Direct download: SUFB_S511_WorkingWithTourismToProtectSeaTurtles.mp3
Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission decided in April to consider limiting Land-based shark fisheries occurring along its coasts in order to protect swimmers and sharks alike.

The initiation of this policy change came to be because of the number of pictures and videos posted on social media with people posing with sharks that they reeled in out of the water, where the sharks can't breathe, dragged them across rough terrain such as sand and/or concrete and posed for pictures with their catch in painful positions for the shark. 

Many of the pictures had hammerhead sharks in them, which are a protected species in Florida State waters due to the species' sensitivity to being caught with a hook and line. 

Dr. David Shiffman, a friend of the podcast, was on this podcast recently to discuss the policy changes and how there was a need for change in the policies and enforcement. He is happier now that the Commission is considering possible restrictions.

Take a listen to the podcast for the possible restrictions being considered.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

Become par to the Speak Up For Blue Nation by joining our Patreon Campaign

I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

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Direct download: SUFB_S510_LandBasedSharkFishingRestrictionsPutForth.mp3
Category:Land-Based Shark Fishing -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Alissa Barnes of the Dakshin Foundation discovered 7 hermaphrodite bigeye houndsharks of the East Coast of India at a Port of Odhisa during a survey of fishers. The survey was to determine whether a gear change was the cause of a decrease in sharks and rays catches.

The discovery is rare in sharks; however, it is not the only time hermaphroditism was discovered in sharks. A 2005 study found a large proportion of longhead catsharks were hermaphrodites and a study in the 1990s also discovered bigeye houndsharks to be hermaphrodites not far from where the 7 sharks were caught in 2017. 

Alissa is super curious about how this occurred and wants to find how whether the cause is human-related or otherwise.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

Become par to the Speak Up For Blue Nation by joining our Patreon Campaign

I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

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Direct download: SUFB_S509_HermaphroditicSharks.mp3
Category:Hermaphrodite Sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Conferences in the Marine Science and Conservation fields are super important in sharing information, establishing collaborations, networking for your career and your work; however, conferences for some have been a nightmare that included sexual harassment, being passed up for talks and feeling isolated within a conference. 

Many societies that put on conferences are trying to become better at attracting great scientists who would normally not attend due to the negative aspects I mention above. Establishing a Code of Conduct, Hiring a Safety Officer, ensuring there is more diversity in the keynote and plenary speakers.

The system is far from perfect and we are reminded of that every once and a while after someone does what happened recently at a Conference. 

Take a listen to find out what they did and never do it!!!

Sponsor: Solid Sun Logistics specializes in skin care and UV protection for outdoor enthusiasts like you and me. Solid offers a complete 3-step skin care system to keep you on the water all day, day in and day out. Use any of the products individually, or get the Essentials Kit for the complete sun protection and skin rehabilitation experience.

Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

Become par to the Speak Up For Blue Nation by joining our Patreon Campaign

I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

Do you know we launched more Ocean Related Podcasts?

Subscribe to Marine Conservation Happy Hour and ConCiencia Azul


The Columbian government have dispatches the army to protect migrating Black Land Crabs who travel to the coast from the dry, dense forests on the Island of Providencia to lay eggs and where the larvae develop in the Ocean for a few weeks after which they migrate back to the forests where they become adults. 

Tourism has shot up over the past few decades adding pressure to the survival of the black crabs as the crustaceans are delicacies on the island. The decrease in population has left fishers and businesses that rely on the crab fishery as its primary source of income out fo work. 

The Columbian army is dispatched to ensure that the crab migration is not interrupted by hunters and fishers to allow for a more sustainable food and income source.

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Solid donates 5% of the revenue of the sale to Ocean Conservation Organizations that you can select.

Add SUFB15 at checkout for an extra 15% off of your order.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Donate to the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award to Fund 5 more brave Marine Conservationists

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I would love to hear your opinion on this episode. Join the Facebook Group to chime in.

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Oceana has written a report blasting countries such as Italy, France, Malta and Greece for not enforcing fisheries regulations. The report called out Italy, specifically because they allowed over 10,000 hours of trawling in a MPA that was designed to protect young hake. 

The Oceana report stated that 90% of the Mediterranean is overfished and countries need to step up their efforts and put protection into action rather than just committing to protect fisheries. 

Oceana used AIS to track boats in the study area, but noted that many foreign-flagged ships did not have AIS, which would up the estimate significantly.

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Basten Gokkon wrote a great article on Mongabay News that was an interview with one of the plenary speakers at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia. the presenter is named John Aini, who founded the Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guinea. 

The subject of the plenary and interview that John gave was about decolonizing conservation, which means conservation needs to work towards conserving the marine environment that line up with the needs of the local or indigenous community. 

Here is a link to the article/interview: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/07/decolonizing-conservation-qa-with-png-marine-activist-john-aini/

In this episode, I reiterate the need for conservation to address the local community rather than the agenda of International NGOs.

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Category:Decolonizing Conservation -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Nurse sharks have been in the news lately, but not for good reasons. There have been two incidents in the recent weeks that have been published where two people have been bitten by nurse sharks. 

The first person was feeding a nurse shark in Australia. Her hand was sucked into the mouth of the shark who was trying to eat the bait set out for it to eat.

The second person decided that they would swim within a school of nurse sharks, floating on her back, to get a great pic for her social media. 

I talk about how these incidences and viral news stories can have a potential negative effect on the population on nurse sharks in the future because of the bad decisions that a few people make.

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The Canadian Government recently implemented a 200 m minimum distance for any ship in the area of Orcas. They also chopped the Chinook Salmon quota by 35%. The government is doing this because the Southern Resident Orca population only has 75 individuals (estimated) left. The Orca population relies heavily on Chinook Salmon for their diet and they won't diversify their diet. 

An article in the Toronto Star highlighted an important factor that face the Orca population: the Orcas are around ships 85% of the time. The government recognizes that the Orca populations are in need of help, but are the measures taken too late or too extreme?

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We all dreamed about this day, but now that Scott Pruitt has resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is it really what we want? As Scott Pruitt leaves office, Andrew Wheeler replaces him. Unfortunately, they are the same person in terms of beliefs (climate change deniers) and supporting fossil fuels. 

It comes down to the fact that Scott Pruitt did not resign due to bad policies as everyone, including the President, made comments as to how great of a job Scott did while in office. Pruitt is leaving because his scandals caught up to him and he could not handle the pressure from the media and public. 

Andrew Wheeler used to work for a coal lobby group. The same lobby group that allegedly wrote the new policies for Scott Pruitt to implement. 

So out with the old and in with the, um...old!!!

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The Second Part of my conversation with Andrew Thaler on the last 10 years of Marine Science and Conservation Communication. 

If you are someone who has been doing SciComm in the same field, how have you noticed the field has evolved?

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500 EPISODES!!! I can't believe the time has finally come where the Speak Up For Blue Podcast has reached 500 episodes!!! What do I do to celebrate? I announce that I will be posting from 3 times a week to 7 times a week. More frequency will result in shorter episodes, but that doesn't mean I won't be diving deep into the topics of each episode. Some episodes, like today's, will be a 2-parter. 

Today's episode, Andrew Thaler joins me to help celebrate the 500th episode as we record together from the Singapore Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport on a 22 hour layover. 

We reflect on our efforts to communicate Marine Science and Conservation over the past 10 years. We look at how it started and how it has evolved over time. We also look at how it has changed both of our lives. 

Check out Part 1 of this 2-Part episode on Marine Science and Conservation Communication. 

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A global whale shark study that used bathymetry (depth profiles), as a way to identify potential favourite habitats, along with whale shark sightings revealed a preferred habitat for the largest fish in the sea. 

Whale sharks are often found in areas with shallow shelfs with steep drop offs that bring cold nutrient-rich waters to the surface (upwellings) as a food source for the whale sharks. 

Source: https://theconversation.com/whale-sharks-gather-at-a-few-specific-locations-around-the-world-now-we-know-why-98502

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Last year, the North Atlantic Right Whale population lost 19 individuals in the US and Canada due to ship strikes and/or fish gear entanglement. It was a surprise in Canada as Right Whales sightings were rare in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; however, with Climate Change heating up the sea, many species northern boundaries are expanding. 

The Government of Canada took some major initiatives to stop the deaths of the endangered whales as they decreased ship speed in the Gulf and closed down certain fishing areas in the Spring of 2018. 

There hasn't been a reported death of Right Whales this Spring yet, which leads us to believe the restrictions by the Government of Canada are working. 

Unfortunately, the fishing community in the areas where fishing has been closed during these times are not happy. They say it's going to affect their revenue for the year without any compensation.

In this episode, I ask you if we should be prioritizing the protection of whales over fishing communities and whether that is a viable long-term strategy?

Source:

1) Efforts To Protect Northern Right Whale Working

2) Right Whale forces Canadian island to ban fishing

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After 2 years of preparing, making travel arrangements, preparing presentations, renting podcasting equipment, getting vaccinations and finally, attending the conference...IMCC5 is officially over. 

Before I spend my time looking at planning for the next IMCC in Kiel, Germany, I wanted reflect on my time at the conference in Kuching, Malaysia.

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Lionfish have invaded most, if not all, of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean. They have become a huge problem for fishing communities and tourist industries. 

There are many people, organizations and governments who are trying to eradicate Lionfish from their regions promoting them as a fishery for seafood.

My guest today is Phil Karp, who is spearheading an effort of awareness of the Lionfish invasion as well as management through empowering women to start a business as jewelry makers of Lionfish pieces.

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Dr. Judith Weis and I got to sit down face to face at IMCC5 to discuss an ongoing conversation we have had for about a month online. The conversation centred around plastic pollution and the way we are trying to deal with the waste we produce with it. 

During the conversation we talk about the meetings and groups with which Judith is involved on plastic pollution management on the ocean and we discuss how merchandisers are creating clothes out of recycled plastic from the Ocean (is that a good thing?).

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Category:Plastic Pollution in the Ocean -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

This is Part 2 of the COMPASS "The Art Of Story Telling" Workshop at IMCC5, where 9 people attended a pre-conference workshop on how to communicate their own science and conservation to the public. 

I talk to more of the workshop attendees about their experience and how they will use the skills they gained in the future work.

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Category:COMPASS -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

COMPASS is a communication organization that helps scientists tell the public their research through engaging ways. They held a 2-day pre-conference workshop at IMCC5 with 9 delegates. I had a chance to sit down with some of the delegates to discuss their experience with the workshop and how they will continue to use what they learnt in the work going forward.

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Category:Art of Storytelling for Science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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