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Indonesia is home to the largest coastline in Asia and one of the most biodiverse areas in the Ocean, including the number of marine mammal species that occupy the coastline and deeper sea either for food, call it home or use the island as a migration area to get to their next location.

Unfortunately, the marine mammals don't always swim off into the sunset as they tend to strand quite a bit along the coastline of Indonesia. The citizens that live along the coastline do not always know how to help the stranded marine mammals and if they try to help, they could be doing more harm than good. 

The Government of Indonesia has been in the process of running trainings and workshops to help empower the local coastal communities to help when a stranding event occurs. 

Check out the episode for more detail.

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Direct download: SUFB_S771_IndonesiaTrainsCitizensForStrandingRescue.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Stranding -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

It FINALLY HAPPENED!!! The Canadian Government has upped its Marine Protected Area Standards to exclude some extractive industries from MPA boundaries. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out more details.

Share your thoughts on this monumental decision for Canada and the Ocean in our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S770_CanadianMPAsNowHaveBetterStandards.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

A new study from researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is out concluding that climate change impacts marine species has twice the impact than on land species. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out why.

What do you do to reduce your impact on Climate Change? Share your strategies in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Imagine walking up and down the beach on a peaceful morning enjoying the sunrise with your significant other, or may even your family. You enjoy the calmness that is brought by the gentle waves hitting the sandy shore. As the sun lightens the sky, you quickly realize that there are a number of objects along the beach ahead of you. It's a number of dead dolphins...cue horror movie-like music. 

This is happening up and down the coast of Peru right now. Over 3,000 dead dolphins have washed ashore and the culprit might be oil and gas exploration. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out how this happens. 

Do you think the cause of the dead dolphins is oil and gas exploration? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S768_3000DeadDolphinsWashUpAlongCoastalPeru.mp3
Category:Dolphins -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Have you ever wondered what marine conservation looks like in Asia, specifically China? I sat down with Marcy Trent Long, who is the host of the podcast Sustainable Asia, to find out what is happening in the environment in China. 

Take a listen to find out about Marcy's Journey and how she finds ways to communicate environmental issues in China in a country where it can be difficult to communicate in general.

Sustainable Asia Podcast

Let us know what you think of Marcy's podcast in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S767_SustainableAsiaWithMarcyTrentLong.mp3
Category:Sustainable Asia -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have created a Global Coral Reef map covering 65,000 square kilometers that is available for free to the public.  

The dataset was collected over a 10-year period as researchers traveled to over 1,000 coral reefs in 15 different countries. 

I talk about the amount of work that has to go into creating a dataset that uses satellites and field data during this episode. Take a listen.

Links:

Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine And Atmospheric Science

Project Seagrass

How do you think the map will be used for conservation? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S766_GlobalCoralReefMapForConservation.mp3
Category:Coral Reef -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

I had the wonderful pleasure of sitting down with Janis Searle Jones, the CEO of the Ocean Conservancy, to discuss how the Ocean Conservancy started working to prevent trash (debris and plastics) from entering the Oceans. Their work started with the launch and growth of the International Coastal Clean-Up, which removes 2.5 million pounds of trash every year. Now the Ocean Conservancy has a Trash Free Seas program that works to prevent plastic pollution from entering the Ocean.

My discussion with Janis involves how the Ocean Conservancy works in collaboration with other non-profit organizations and the private sector to address plastic pollution and create a more circular economy. 

Take a listen to the podcast to find out more details about the Ocean Conservancy's Program and how Janis became CEO of the organization.

How would you approach the private sector while discussing plastic pollution? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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There is a great article in Hakai Magazine involving the questions as to whether every seal should be rescued. Normally, we think of seal rescues as helping a sea rehabilitate from an injury from fishing gear or being shot by humans; however, in the Netherlands, people are rescuing seal pups when the pups are alone on the beach; however, there is a problem with that process. Sometimes the pups are not abandoned all of the time. 

Mother seals will leave their pups alone on the beach after a few weeks old to forage for food. They feed the pups the food when they get back. The foraging could take up to 24 hours. 

So there is a big controversy surrounding the issue of seal rescue in the Netherlands. Listen to the episode to find out more information.

Do you agree with rescuing every pup you see "abandoned?" Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S764_DoAllSealsNeedRescuing.mp3
Category:Seal Rescue -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Happy Earth Day!!!

I am joined by Angelo Villagomez. He is the man who started the #30EarthMonthHeroes to get people to highlight the people who they admire in the fight to conserve our planet, on land and in the sea.

Angelo and I discuss why he started the hashtag and some of the results he has observed since April 1st. 

Check out the hashtag by clicking here: #30EarthMonthHeroes

What are you doing for Earth Day? Share your experiences in our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S763_30EarthMonthHeroes.mp3
Category:Earth Day -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Last week the world witnessed a fire that destroyed most of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Two days after the fire was put out, there were $700 million Euros donated by billionaires and governments to restore the cathedral.

The question that crossed the minds of many people was: Why can't mobilize the same amount of money for environmental issues such as Climate Change?

I rant about this on this episode.

Do you agree with me? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S762_NotreDameCathedralVsTheEnvironment.mp3
Category:Notre Dame Cathedral -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

The Great White Shark is a predator there is no doubt about that; however, is it THE apex predator? In other words, is there something else that hunts down the Great White Shark? There is and this animal is the Apex predator of the Ocean. 

This animal has been known to hunt Great White Sharks off the coast of South Africa and off the West Coast of the United States. 

Can you guess what this animal is? Listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S761_GreatWhiteSharksAreAfraidOfOrcas.mp3
Category:Great White Sharks -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Horseshoe crabs are amazing to see along the beaches from Maine to Florida. We often see them in the touch tanks at public aquariums. They are cool looking with their armored shell and prehistoric look. In fact, they are prehistoric. They have been around for 450 million years with little change in their looks. 

Humans have found an important use for them as well and that alone fuels the need to protect these prehistoric species. 

Listen to the episode to find out why. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S760_WeNeedToProtectHorseshoeCrabsAndHereIsWhy.mp3
Category:Horseshoe Crabs -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Teresa Iglesias, a biologist at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, recently co-authored a paper on whether cuttlefish can dream. Teresa and her team observed Rapid Eye Movement (REM) in cuttlefish during an experiment that also occurs in mammals and other vertebrates. REM in humans is what scientists think leads us to dream. Of course, it is difficult to provide evidence that cuttlefish dream, the possibility of it happening is more real than we might have thought before this study.

Link to study: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cuttlefish-are-dazzling-but-do-they-dream/

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Direct download: SUFB_S759_DoCuttlefishSleep.mp3
Category:Cuttlefish -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

The Endangered Right Whale population has been through a lot of survival problems since its population started to decline in 2010. There are now an estimated 411 individual whales left and less than 100 breeding females. It's not a good sign. 

Two years ago, we lost 17 individuals from the population after many of them died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence due to either ship strikes or fishing gear entanglement. Things were not looking good for the population; however, in 2018, we didn't have any reported mortalities and this year we have observed 7 Northern Right Whale Calves in there wintering location around Jacksonville, Florida

You bet researchers and conservationists are keeping a close eye on the mother and calf pairs. 

Listen to the episode for more details and share your thoughts on what the calves mean for the Northern Right Whale Population in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S758_RightWhaleCalvesSpottedInCapeCodBay.mp3
Category:Northern Right Whale Calf -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

I am joined by Dr. Stacy Baez, who works with the PEW Charitable Trust on their Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Program. Stacy and I discuss the work that PEW does all around the world to support the discussion, strategies, and implementation of Marine Protected Areas. 

Stacy's job involves traveling to different countries and speaking to governments as well as other stakeholders about the benefits of MPAs and help them to understand how MPAs could help their local situation. 

Warning: There are times where I speak too much during the interview (I apologize for that). I tend to get excited and sidetracked when discussing MPAs. Dr. Baez answered every question with fantastic answers and I am proud to publish this episode.

Share your thoughts on the status of MPAs around the world in our Speak Up for Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Links mentioned during this episode:

PEW Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Program

Angelo's Post On PEWs Blog

Paper: Large Marine Protected Areas - Status

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Direct download: SUFB_S757_PEWResearchKeyToLargeMarineProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:PEW -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Fauna and Flora International has reported that zero leatherback sea turtles nested along the beaches in the Rio Escalente Chacocente Wildlife Reserve this past season. A result that has the scientists at FFI worried about the future of Leatherback Sea Turtles in the Eastern Pacific that once had 30-40 female individuals nest on the same beaches in the 1980s. 

The rapid decline has been attributed to a boom in turtle and egg poaching during the 80s and 90s as well as adults getting killed in legal and illegal fishing nets. 

5-10 individual female turtles nested on the same beaches in 2018. Researches are puzzled as to why the turtles did not return and hope to find ways to get sea turtles back to the beach. 

Listen to the episode to find out we the female to male sea turtle ration is also worrying marine scientists in this region.

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We see Marine Protected Areas being designated left, right, and centre. We always hear about the percentage of the area of the Oceans that are being designated. There is a reason for that. It's because of the Convention Of Biological Diversity at the meeting in Aichi, Japan (Target 11) that calls for nations to protect 10% of the Ocean. 

A recent paper calls out nations for focusing too much on the percentage instead of evaluating the type of biodiversity that is being protected. 

Check out the episode to listen to the details.

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Direct download: SUFB_S755_MPAsQualityOverQuantity.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

We have witnessed many floods around the world lately. It's Spring, so the snow melts in the temperate parts of the world, which causes more water to run. When you add Spring rainfall into the mix, then you get even more water running everywhere. 

Traditionally, the extra water would flood in areas known as floodplains. The floodplains tend to be natural areas that would get flooded every once and a while, but wouldn't harm anyone...until humans started to develop on them.

Find out why governments do not want to help the people who buy or build homes in floodplains by listening to this episode.

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Direct download: SUFB_S754_DontBuildYourHomesInFloodPlains.mp3
Category:Floodplains -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

If Anemones and their close relatives, corals, don't have a tough enough time with climate change consequences that cause mass bleaching, they seem to also be dealing with taking in microfibres

Microfibres enter the ocean through "shedding" during the laundry cycle, enter into the sewage treatment system and get into local waterways that will empty into the ocean, eventually. 

The microfibres could be from nylon, polyester, and polypropylene materials. Take a look and the tags on your clothes and see if these materials are on them. Chance are they are there because they are quite common. 

Listen to the episode to find out about the study that discovered this possibility. Share your thoughts on how you buy your clothes to prevent microfibres from getting into the Ocean in our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S753_AnemonesTakeInMicrofibres.mp3
Category:Microfibres -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

I received an email this morning that inspired this episode. I get asked many times how people can change careers to one that is in Marine Conservation. It's not easy and for many, it can be scary. 

I provide some advice for those of you who want to change your careers to Marine Conservation. 

I would be more than happy to help you with your career. I also offer coaching services for those who are really ready to go after the career they want.

Feel free to ask questions about your career in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S752_SwitchingToACareerInMarineConservation.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Belize has doubled the amount of No-Take Marine Protected Areas in its waters to boost biodiversity and protect fisheries from future fishing pressure. 

The new No-Take MPAs as located in waters that range from 200-3000 metre deep and includes a coral reef complex called the Corona Reef. Corona Reef has been identified as an aggregation area of commercially important finfish species. The MPAs are not under significant fishing pressure at the moment; however, investments have been made to build larger boats and better gear that will handle the new depth range. 

The MPAs are designed to pro-actively protect the finfish species before the aggregation areas are depleted due to overfishing.

The No-Take MPA increase puts Belize at 12% of its coastal and marine waters over the 10% goal outlined in the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Do you think this is good forward thinking by the Belizean Government? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S751_BelizeNearlyDoublesNoTakeMPAInDeeperWaters.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

There is nothing better than watching a nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough. The graphics delight my eyes and Attenborough's voice soothes my soul! It's why I was so excited that Netflix released its Original Series called Our Planet (Available Now!). 

I started watching the series and I was quite surprised to see a graphic scene at the end of the second episode entitled Frozen Planet. One of the final scenes showed Walruses falling off cliffs along the Alaskan shores as they were trying to get back in the water. I don't know Walruses could climb? I definitely didn't know that they can't climb back down.

It's a graphic scene that had me wondering. Luckily, there is an article that explains part of the story. I discuss it in this episode.

Listen to the episode to find out why these animals fall off cliffs.

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Direct download: SUFB_S750_WhyAreWalrusesFallingoffCliffsInOurPlanet.mp3
Category:Walruses -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

For decades the Queensland Government has been authorizing the killing of a list of sharks that may pose harm to bathers along the beautiful beaches of the Great Barrier Marine Park. The Shark population has since decreased due to the ignorant killings.  Sharks would be caught on baited drum lines and government contractors would go and shoot the sharks. 

The Humane Society launched a lawsuit in collaboration with other Marine Conservation Organizations, including Law Organizations to stop the senseless killing. Even the science says killing sharks will not offer better protections against bathers. 

The courts have ruled in favor of the sharks as they sided with the scientific evidence that proves shark cullings do not work to protect bathers. 

Drum lines may still be used; however, the sharks will have to be released almost immediately as well as tag all great white sharks, bull sharks, and tiger sharks. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S749_SharksProtectedInGreatBarrierReef.mp3
Category:Shark Protection -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

S-203 is a Bill in Canada that will make marine mammal captivity illegal in Canada. The bill is set to be presented in the House of Common before the House is released for summer. The Vancouver Aquarium and Marineland are the only two facilities that currently hold marine mammals. The current cetaceans in the facilities are grandfathered in; however, they cannot take on any more animals after the bill is implemented. A fine of $200,000 for each violation will be enforced if the facilities do not abide by the new law.

Do you agree with the ban? Share your thoughts in the Speak UP For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S748_CanadaSetToPassBanOnMarineMammalCaptivityBill.mp3
Category:Marine Mammals -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Nick Wehner joins me on the podcast today to discuss the use of the p-values in Marine Science studies. Statistical Societies have been telling the science community to be careful of only using the p-values as a way to measure significance as that is not always enough; however, it seems as though the scientific community has not changed its ways in its use of the p-value. 

What say you? Share your thought in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Links Associated with this Episode:

Open Communications For The Oceans

MarXiv

American Statistical Association's Statement on p-Values: Context, Process, and Purpose

Summary of the Above Article in Nature

Impact of Criticism of Null‚ÄźHypothesis Significance Testing on Statistical Reporting Practices in Conservation Biology

Improving the transparency of statistical reporting in Conservation Letters

Learning more open research methodology

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Direct download: SUFB_S747_SignificanceOfPValuesIsItEnough.mp3
Category:Conservation Statistics -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

This has been an interesting week for Climate Change in Canada. The Federal Government roled out the Carbon Tax for Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, then the government released a report that Canada was warming more than what we initially thought, and then the Environment Commissioner came out with a scathing report saying that the government was not doing enough about reducing Climate Change.

I posted a number of these articles on social media and I read the comments on my posts as well as others. I was very surprised to see the lack of support for anything that was proposed to reduce Climate Change from people in my friends' network as well as many others that were not in my network. 

How do we reach those people and what message do we give them to help us? Share your thoughts in the Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S746_WhereWeAreWithClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

I am very happy to present this interview I had with Erica Moulton, Director of STEM at St. Petersburg College and fellow Oceanpreneur. We chat about all her projects that she has on the go because they each contribute to Marine Conservation in different ways. 

Erica's Director position at the college offers students a chance to get a feel for the hands-on work it will take for various jobs in STEM so there are no surprises in the future after the students graduate. Students get a taste for the field during their time at the college.

Erica's for-profit business sells kits to schools and other groups to build their very own PVC Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). People of all ages have a chance to learn how to use technology for underwater exploration and learn to troubleshoot problems that arise in the field.

Erica's Center For Ocean Exploration is a Citizen Science program that works with the community to help clean up beads in Local Bays after a parade where plastic beads are given out to people for free. The beads end up in the bay from improper disposal. 

As you can see, Erica is a rockstar Oceanpreneur who is very busy. During the Interview, Erica discusses how she doesn't watch TV so these ventures keep her busy. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S745_MarineConservationAsAnOceanpreneur.mp3
Category:Oceanpreneur -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Maxime Ducker, the founder of OurGoodBrands.com, joins me on the podcast to discuss her work profiling and promoting great brands that do social and environmental good. 

Maxime provides us with information on Social Enterprise trends in the social impact sectors. We discuss 4Oceans, the Fashion Sector, and the Zero Waste Living sector.

Consider visiting OurGoodBrands.com to find out more about trends in the social enterprise sectors that could help you live for a better Ocean.

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Direct download: SUFB_S744_ProfilingGoodBrandsWithMaximeDucker.mp3
Category:social enterprise -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

I published an episode on herring fishers in British Columbia that were harassing sea lions, who were also catching herring. the trouble was, the herring were being caught by sea lions while in the fisher's gill nets. I asked the question "Who has priority over the herring?"

I felt bad for both sides of the issue (the fishers and the sea lions), but as a conservationist, I tended to side with the sea lions. To get a feel for how fishers thought about the issue, I asked some recreational fishermen in the Fish Nerds Podcast group last week. I was happy to find that I got responses!

Check out the episode for the responses and let me know what you thought of them in the Speak Up For Blue Ocean Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S743_WhatFishNerdsThinkOfTheSeaLionIssueInBC.mp3
Category:Sea Lions Herring -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

Canada has finally implemented its Carbon tax for the remaining provinces who hadn't yet implemented the Federally mandated program. The Provinces had a chance to implement their own carbon tax; however, Conservative leadership in the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan refused to abide by the plan. Therefore, the Federal government instituted its own Carbon Tax for the provinces. 

There are many people in Canada who hate paying taxes and have many reasons for opposing the tax. All in all, people don't think it's going to work and/or they don't trust the governments to manage the money.

I go through the top 10 myths of the Carbon Tax for Canadians and provide the true facts proving each myth wrong. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S742_TheCarbonTaxInOntarioIsInPlace.mp3
Category:Carbon Tax -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

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