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This week we are celebrating Black In Marine Science Week so that we can show that there are many Black Marine Scientists who need to be recognized and identified. 

On today's episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am joined by Carlee Jackson, Dr. Camille Gaynus, and Alex Troutman and their mothers. We discuss what it was like for these marine scientists to grow up to follow a career in Marine Science. 

Their mothers tell us what their children did to show them that they were serious about being a marine scientist and how they learned what being a marine scientist was all about. Carlee and Camille both competed in swimming while Alex was always out back playing in the creek behind his house, turning up rocks and logs to see what creatures lie underneath. 

Now, Carlee, Camille, and Alex are marine scientists studying sharks, corals, and sea turtles, respectively. They are also co-organizers in #BlackInMarineScienceWeek. They want more black marine scientists to be seen and heard that is what this week is all about. 

I am proud that Carlee, Camille, and Alex are on today's episode. Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast is a show that I created to provide marine scientists and conservationists with a platform to talk about their work and I am very proud that I got to be a part of this week. 

Website: https://blackinmarsci.github.io/index.html

Instagram: @BlackInMarineScience - https://www.instagram.com/blackinmarinescience/
 
Twitter: @BlackInMarSci - https://twitter.com/BlackinMarSci
 

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

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Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bnkP18

The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/31P4UY6
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3f7hDJw

Direct download: SUFB_S1088_BlackInMarineScienceWeek.mp3
Category:Diversity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sometimes you need a little help if you are an Ocean predator that is always seeking food. The Ocean can be a hard place to find breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some animals are able to find their meal on their own. Others will latch themselves on another animal to feed off of them. And in the case of today's episode, some animals turn to stalk another animal in order to drum up some food. 

A researcher was studying box crabs while SCUBA diving on the Caribbean Sea when he noticed something quite peculiar in more than one instance. Razorfish and flounder were stalking box crabs, but not to eat them. They just wanted the animals that the box crabs would displace from the sand as they were moving through an area. The fish would scare the crabs to keep them moving to get more food. If the box crab stopped, the fish would get closer pretending to be their predator. 

The box crab would continue to quickly get away drumming up some more food as it escaped. 

The Ocean can be interesting at times...

Link To Article:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/caribbean-box-crabs-have-stalkers/

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/

Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bnkP18

The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/31P4UY6
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3f7hDJw

Direct download: SUFB_S1087_FishStalkiingBoxCrabs.mp3
Category:Ecology -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My recent adventure with trying to get my Provincial Government from taking away powers from Conservation Authorities to protect floodplains and protected areas from developers made me realize that I had the ability to help my local environment by becoming a local advocate. 

As I feel inspired to become a local activist, I wanted to provide you with some key advice that helped realize my potential and help you help your local environment. 

The first thing you need to do is stay aware of what is happening to your local environment. You will need to subscribe to some newsletters from local organizations (government and non-government). You may want to talk to the staff directly or just stay aware by reading their newsletter. 

The next and most important thing is to create positive relationships with local, state/provincial, and federal politicians. Whether you voted for your representatives or not, you can keep a good relationship with your local politicians. These relationships will come in handy when you would like to discuss any environmental changes to the legislation or push for a new change to better protect the environment. 

Building this relationship takes time and effort on your part because it is up to you to bring items of action to your local representatives.

Check out how I built relationships with my local politicians. 

Have you tried to build a relationship with yours?

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/

Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bnkP18

The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/31P4UY6
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3f7hDJw

Direct download: SUFB_S1086_HowToBecomeABetterLocalActivist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We all know, love, and sometimes fear sharks for their predatory nature; however, we never really feat a swordfish. We tend to be in wonder and ah when with see this fish in the wild. Maybe it is because we only see them when they are being caught by recreational fishermen when they go deep-sea fishing. Swordfish are predators and they are quite effective predators with their unique bill. 

Swordfish swim actively around their prey, which forms a "bait ball" by grouping in a ball swimming close together in the same direction in a massive ball. The swordfish jet around the bait ball at high speeds. They use their "sword", or bill, to hit a few fish out of the ball separating them from the school and stunning them. They gobble the fish up and do the process over and over until they had their fill or the entire school is gone. Scientists thought the manner in which the swordfish, and other billfish, used their bills was pretty much the only way they use it. They were wrong. 

Sharks have been washing up on beaches along the Mediterranean coastline dead with the tips of swordfishes' bills in their head or in their backs. Researchers are trying to figure out why swordfish are impaling the predator as a broken bill does not grow back. 

More research needs to be conducted to understand why swordfish are behaving in the manner. Are adults warding off attacks from predators competing for bait balls? Are juveniles impaling sharks because their bills are still growing? these are the questions being asked by researchers to get more insight. 

Why do you think this is happening?

Link To Article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/science/swordfish-stabbing-sharks.html

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

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Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bnkP18

The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/31P4UY6
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3f7hDJw

Direct download: SUFB_S1085_SwordfishKillingSharks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On Monday, I published an episode about how the Ontario Provincial Government was about to pass a bill to take powers away from the province's Conservation Authorities on making decisions as to who can build on floodplains. Currently, A Conservation Authority can deny any developer from building on a natural area due to flooding practices. The new bill will allow developers who do not like the answer to appeal the decision directly to the Minister of Natural Resources, who can overturn the verdict. 

As I posted clips from Monday's episode on social media, my local councillor in my city reached out to me to tell me that the Council, the Mayor, and the other Mayors on our region were sending a letter to the Premiere of Ontario (head of the provincial government) to tell him that they are against the action. 

It was great to hear my local government was taking action and that they reached out to me to provide updates on more than one occasion. 

I also discussed the designation of a Marine Protected Area in the Southern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Tristan da Cunha Islands. 265,347 square miles of the Archipelago's waters will be protected (90% of the water will be a Marine Protected Area.

The Marine Protected Area is part of the UK Blue Belt Programme that is designed to protect 30% of UK waters. So far, 2.7 million square miles have been protected around the world. 

Link to MPA Article:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2020/11/tristan-da-cunha-atlantic-marine-protection-zone/

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/

Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3bnkP18

The Guide To Mindful Conservation: Dancing In Pink Hiking Boots:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/31P4UY6
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3f7hDJw


The Southern Resident Orca Population is considered endangered in the US and Canada with less than 75 individuals left in the population. The reasons for this low number vary from being caught for marine theme parks such as SeaWorld in the 1960s-70s, the lack of salmon as the Orca population only eat salmon, and water pollution (including plastic pollution) that cause a build-up of toxic chemicals in their bodies. These factors require specific protections for the Orcas. 

So it is quite surprising when the Navy is approved for drills in the area frequented by the Southern Resident Orca Population off the coast of Washington State. Navy drills are not new and are normally approved to "take" 1 or 2 marine mammals per year; however, now they are approved to "take" 51 Orcas per year until the year 2027. Will the Navy "take" this many? Probably not, but if they did, it would be okay. Unfortunately for the Orca population, it would result in the extirpation. 

What is "take" you ask? To "take" a marine mammal means the attempted or actual harassment, hunting, capturing, or killing of any marine mammal. Normally, marine mammals such as Orcas are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act; however, the Navy has special approvals. Some of the drills that will be conducted will be firing torpedoes and projectiles, detonating bombs, piloting undersea drones, and using sonar. 

It seems as though animal protection in the US means nothing unless it doesn't get in the way of the military or businesses. Do you agree?

Link To Article:

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/military/article247078902.html

Register for the Mindful Conservation Conference: 
https://www.absolutelysmashingllc.com/mindful-conference

Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/

Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue

Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network:

Marine Conservation Happy Hour
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k4ZB3x
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2kkEElk

Madame Curiosity
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2xUlSax
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V38QQ1

ConCiencia Azul:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k6XPio
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k4ZMMf

Dugongs & Seadragons:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lB9Blv
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lV6THt

Environmental Studies & Sciences
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lx86oh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2lG8LUh

Marine Mammal Science:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2k5pTCI
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k1YyRL

Projects For Wildlife Podcast:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2Oc17gy
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37rinWz

Ocean Science Radio
Apple Podcast: https://apple.co/3chJMfA
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Direct download: SUFB_S1083_NavyDrillsAllowedToTakeUpTo51OrcasPerYear.mp3
Category:Southern Resident Orcas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I saw a recent change to a regulation in my home province of Ontario recently that got me very frustrated because the decision was so short-sighted. The Government of Ontario will be taking away some of the powers of the Conservation Authorities to make decisions on whether developers can build on flood plains. 

The change will allow developers to appeal decisions made by the Conservation Authorities that they are not allowed to build on a particular piece of land (generally in a flood plain or a protected area). The appeal will go directly to the Minister of Natural Resources, which generally is an economist or lawyer (not a scientist or engineer!). The change will no doubt allow developers to build more on flood plains then in the past. 

Conservation Authorities (CAs) were created in the 1950s in Ontario after the government realized deforestation and the elimination of floodplains were occurring at a rapid rate. CAs were in charge of making the decisions of who could build where and when. Each CA is in charge of a Watershed in Ontario.

Over the past 5 years, the coastal areas of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawerence River have been flooded due to climate change impacts and historically building residents on floodplain areas. The Federal Government told the Regions and Municipalities that they were not going to bail them out because of mismanagement in the future. So how will new developments that are built on floodplains be managed when the area gets flooded?

How do you suggest we stop this from happening?

Link To Article:

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/11/11/news/ford-government-take-powers-away-conservation-authorities

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There has been a breakthrough in the Lobster Fisheries conflict between the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Fishers in Nova Scotia, Canada. A conglomerate of Mi’kmaq Nations have purchased the largest seafood corporation in Atlantic Canada for a 50% stake in the company. The Mi’kmaq Nation had a partner in the deal, a company based in British Columbia called Premium Foods. The company owns a number of popular seafood brands in Canada and Internationally.

The deal marks the largest investment by Indigenous communities in the seafood industry. It also marks a huge win for Indigenous people who have been locked in a violent battle with non-Indigenous fishers over the past few months.

A group of Non-Indigenous fishers has been harassing Indigenous fishers who started fishing lobster legally and are not bound by seasonal closures as are their Non-Indigenous counterparts. Protests have turned from shouting matches to setting cars on fire as well as lobster storage houses in violent protests along the southern shores of Nova Scotia.

The Indigenous fishers have the right to fish year-round as it states in a government-indigenous treaty signed all the way back in the 1700s. The agreement was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1999.

The purchase of Clearwater is a separate matter than the local lobster fishery, but it will have a positive generational impact for the Mi’kmaq Nation.

Links To Articles:
1) https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/first-nations-chief-calls-1-billion-clearwater-deal-a-generational-acquisition-1.5181778

2) https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/seafood-giant-clearwater-convicted-gross-violation-lobster-fishery-1.4971558

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Direct download: SUFB_S1081_MikmaqNationBuys50PercentOfClearwaterSeafoods.mp3
Category:Seafood -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect, respectively, we are going to expect some change in Environmental Regulations in the US. A change in Climate Change policies including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement will have environmental impacts around the globe. Most of the changes will happen at the Federal level, so how can you help make sure these changes go into effect and how can you change yourself. 

Voting is a powerful thing. For the 5+ years I have run this podcast, I told people that voting is the biggest step in making sure you can live for a better Ocean. Voting to power officials that know and want to protect the environment is crucial in changing our ways as a planet; however, it is also the first step. 

Your new job is to make sure the politicians you elected will bring about environmental change. There are a number of ways to do this. You can work in Marine Conservation or work for an organization that engages with government officials to push through laws and policies that are environmentally responsible. 

If you don't work in Marine Conservation, you can volunteer on the Board of Directors for a small to a medium-sized organization that helps bring about change in the environment. Your skillset might be key to making sure the organization runs smoothly. You can be an accountant, in marketing, a bank teller that knows numbers, a stay-at-home-parent that is highly organized to run a household. There is always a skillset that can be used to run an organization. 

You can also be environmentally responsible at home. Making sure you're buying power goes far to protect the Ocean. By from Zero-waste stores if there is one close by, stay away from single-use plastics and refuse any plastic that you know doesn't get recycled. These are things that you can do right away (the next time you go grocery shopping for example). 

Use the change in the Presidency as an inspiration that things can change for the better, but we have to put the work in. If Stacey Abrams didn't start an organization to properly register over 800,000 voters, Georgia would have never voted for democrats. Change is hard, but it's possible if you work hard. 

Let's put the work in to be better and live for a better Ocean. You with me?

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Direct download: SUFB_S1080_HowToEffectEnvironmentalChange.mp3
Category:change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the US 2020 election as it was made official on Saturday that the electoral college will elect them as the 46th President and the First Woman Vice President in US History. And with the election comes Environmental Change...as promised.

Joe Biden made it clear during his victory speech that he will make Climate Change a priority after the US officially pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement on the day of the election. Not only will Biden re-enter the US in the Paris Accord, but he said he will make sure the US abides by the agreement. This is a staunch change from the Trump administration's strategy to ignore climate change by calling it a hoax. 

Environmental Change should come in the form of rebuilding the EPA and allowing NOAA to do what it does best: protecting the environment through research, conservation, and policies. 

Talk is cheap; however, and all of the election promises will have to be put into action. This is where YOU come in. We need people to ensure that this new administration will come through on its election promises.

What will you do to make sure they do?

Link to Article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/15-ways-trump-administration-impacted-environment/

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Direct download: SUFB_S1079_ANewUSAdministrationMeansEnvironmentalChangeIsComing.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine Scientists, Volunteers, and the Navy were responsible for saving 120 pilot whales that were found stranded earlier in the week (on Monday). The stranding marked the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Sri Lankan history. The response was swift and successful as the Navy deployed small vessels that towed the whales out from the surf into deeper water where they could recover and swim out safely without getting stuck. 

Pilot whales are notorious for mass strandings. A few months ago, there were 470 pilot whales stranded in Tasmania, Australia, where only 120 whales could be rescued. I talked about that story in episode 1061. 

Dr. Asha de Vos was part of the rescue efforts where she provided first-hand accounts of what was happening on the ground. She addressed concerns from people on Twitter who thought rescuers were being too rough with the whales; however, Asha made people aware of how hard it is to move a 3000kg whale in the surf to get it to deeper water where you don't have any footing. Asha's account provides us with a better perspective on the challenges faced by rescuers while trying to save whales. 

We are very fortunate to have the Sri Lankan Navy, Marine Scientists like Asha, and volunteers whose tireless efforts were successful in rescuing 120 pilot whales. 

Would you volunteer to rescue stranded whales?

Dr. Asha de Vos' SUFB Episodes:
1) Episode 200
2) Episode 359
3) Episode 394
4) Episode 863

Link To Article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/03/sri-lanka-rescues-120-whales-after-biggest-mass-stranding

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Direct download: SUFB_S1078_LargestMassStrandingInSriLankaHasAHappyEnding.mp3
Category:Whales -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Russia and China voted against approving 3 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the East Coast of Antarctica this past week thwarting another attempt to implement more MPAs in the region. 5 Years ago, the same 26 member committee that manages Antarctica, which includes Russia, China, the US, and others, approved the largest MPA in the Ross Sea. The vote against the 3 MPAs is disappointing, but not all hope is lost. 

3 new countries swung their vote to approve the MPAs. Uruguay, Norway, and Australia all voted for approving the MPAs as they changed their votes. This change in momentum provides hope for next year's vote. 

More hope is expected as it will be the 40th meeting of the 26 member committee called the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System. Anniversaries like this can give countries a sense of pride in the work that has been conducted over the past 60 years and could lead to a vote in the right direction. 

The quest to get these MPAs approved will continue until all of the countries are in favour. The Conservationists that are involved are very persistent to achieve their goals. They will not give up and it is why I have hope that the MPAs will get approved at some point. I think the fact that the Ross Sea MPA went through a similar process and trend enforces my hope that conservation will win out. We just can't give up. 

When do you think the MPAs will be approved?

Link To Article: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/once-again-new-antarctic-reserves-fail-win-backing

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We know very little of the Deep-Sea, including many of the habitat-forming species that provide a place for other species to find food and shelter. These Deep-Sea habitats are crucial for animals as we know that this area of the Ocean can be hard to find any habitat at all. This is why we need to do more exploration and mapping of the Deep-Sea. 

Dr. Danial Wagner (who I interviewed for SUFB 1060) was part of a team from Conservation International on an expedition to map many important areas of the Deep-Sea in order to find important areas for protection and maybe discover a new species or two...or three! 

Daniel and his team used an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) to grab the samples from the bottom of the Ocean for analysis. The team discovered 3 new Black Coral species. Black Corals are long-lived, slow to reproduce species that could possess properties that can fight cancer. Needless to say, their protection is quite important. 

Many of the survey sites where the samples were taken are part of sites that have been leased to Deep-Sea Mining companies that are getting ready to dig up the bottom of the Ocean for their precious minerals.  The act of mining will destroy bottom habitat that could include Black Coral species as well as other potentially-valuable species. 

Conservation International is proposed a 10-year moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining to map the high seas to find out if there are any important species such as the Black Coral. Protecting these special places will be important to ensure Deep-Sea mining doesn't harm important places or happen at all. 

Do you think Deep-Sea Mining should be allowed to happen?

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Direct download: SUFB_S1076_3NewBlackCoralsDiscoveredInDeepSea.mp3
Category:Deep Sea Coral Reef -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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