Fri, 29 October 2021
I answer a listener voicemail on today's episode. Laura asked if an organization's work, named Coral Vita, is worth supporting. She wanted to know if the work they do is helpful to coral reefs.
Coral Vita recently won the Earthshot Prize as they were recognized for the coral reef restoration work that they do in the Bahamas. However, not every organization that wins a prize does work that will have a net benefit in the local region that they work.
Coral Vita is one of those organizations that DO have a net benefit, locally. I discuss why in the podcast.
Link to Coral Vita:
Direct download: SUFB_S1228_AreCoralRestorationOrgsGoodForCoralReefs.mp3
Category:Coral Reef -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Wed, 27 October 2021
I answer a listener question from a voicemail I received about how people who communicate science can get their message across to their target audiences about Climate Change.
There is a long history of messaging about climate change and how scientists were late to the game in getting the message out about a topic that is affecting all of us today.
I discuss why scientists were late to the game to speak out about climate change and how today's social media tools are allowing more scientists to discuss their research and projects easier than ever.
Mon, 25 October 2021
I received a question from Josie Greenston who asked me (I am paraphrasing):
Where do I begin with helping with the Ocean? There are so many things that are harming the ocean (climate change, over-fishing, plastic pollution, etc.) that I don't know where to begin helping the Ocean.
Josie asks a great question that I've heard before. I wanted to take this episode to address how people can help the ocean with various levels of available commitment.
You can choose any one of the options or combine them depending on your interest and commitment level.
Fri, 22 October 2021
I see many people profess to go Zero Waste and I think it's great; however, I have trouble relating to them because they are oftentimes at different life stages than I am. They are single or a two-person household, which makes it easier to change their lifestyle choice than it is with a family with kids. Or it was just one of the many excuses I use to procrastinate more on changing my lifestyle.
Well, I can't use my family as an excuse anymore because of the Zero Waste Family. They are a family that has dedicated years of their life to live a Zero Waste lifestyle as a family unit. I had the pleasure of interviewing them to help them promote their journey on going Zero Waste and to promote their episode on the new NBC show, Home Sweet Home.
The premise of the show is to take two different families have them switch homes to live each other's lifestyle and see what it's like to step outside of your life. It's a great concept for a TV show, especially when one family is the Zero Waste Family.
Check out the program on NBC Friday, October 22nd, 2021 @ 8 pm ET/PT.
Connect with the Zero Waste Family:
Direct download: SUFB_S1225_ZeroWasteFamilyAndTheirHomeSweetHome.mp3
Category:Zero Waste -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Wed, 20 October 2021
The Blob, a massive heatwave in the Pacific Ocean raised the average sea surface temperature by 2-4C and changed the distribution of some species.
The Blob raised the temperature in cooler waters as well as the direction of currents. These changes allowed for species in the south to move north as their habitat was suitable.
New species could outcompete species that are already found in the northern waters. They could grow and reproduce faster, which will cause some resident species to disappear from the area.
There will be a Blob 2.0. The question is will the research currently being conducted allow for the prediction of where species will move to and settle next?
Mon, 18 October 2021
Last episode (Episode 1223), I spoke to Virginia Schutte and Bethann Merkel about their approach to Science Communication that they discuss on their new podcast called Meteor.
During the interview, I talked about how I just launched Speak Up For The Ocean Blue with minimal planning because I just wanted to start doing the "fun part" of my SciComm. I now realize that I would do things differently if I were to start over today.
I talk about 8 steps I would take if I was going to launch a Sci Comm platform today.
Direct download: SUFB_S1223_WhatIWouldDoIfIStartedToSciCommToday.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Fri, 15 October 2021
I am a huge advocate for science communication (scicomm). It's important for audiences to understand what science is doing for our society and how we are affecting it. However, scicommers like myself do not have a formal community where I can exchange ideas and experiences with other people who are in a similar position as me...until now!
Virginia Schutte and Bethann Merkel join me on the podcast to talk about their newly launched podcast, called Meteor, that exists to help build a community of practice for Science Communicators.
The episode is one of my favourite episodes that I have ever recorded for this podcast. If you are a midcareers scicomm person then this is the episode for you.
Direct download: SUFB_S1222_TheSciCommConversationWeAllNeedToHaveMeteorPodcast.mp3
Category:science communicator -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Wed, 13 October 2021
There was a great article on Mongabay News (link below) that asked the question as to whether marine biologists should work for natural resource companies that would like to mine the deep sea.
It's a more complicated question than you might think as marine biology is not well funded for governments, non-profit organizations, and academia. There are companies that have a vested interest that would like to utilize marine biologists to characterize the deep-sea habitat for their own purpose. The decision to work with deep-sea mining companies weighs heavily on every marine biologist. Most of us would like to protect the Ocean, but are we doing so when working for companies that are exploiting it.
On the other hand, it's difficult to find a good-paying job in Marine Biology. Natural Resource companies pay well and the biologists get to work in their field.
Direct download: SUFB_S1221_ShouldMarineBiologistsWorkForNaturalResourceCompanies.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Fri, 8 October 2021
The one thing that I love about doing this podcast is the fact that I can talk to people who have done amazing things in Marine Conservation. Sometimes, people are supported by large organizations/companies that help them get on their way to launching these amazing conservation projects. Other times, the people start the projects on their own and create something really special.
In today's episode, I speak with Ted Cheeseman who co-founded the site HappyWhale.com, a website that tracks humpback whales that have been identified by photos taken from citizen scientists from all over the Pacific Ocean. There are over 60,000 photos in the database spanning decades.
Wed, 6 October 2021
A listener named Sydney Stauffer asked me to create an episode on my thoughts on swim-with-dolphin programs that are held with dolphins in captivity. She heard the episode with Stephanie Stack (e1214) about swim-with-whales in the wild and wanted me to discuss the captivity aspect of swimming with dolphins.
Sydney was concerned that we don't discuss the captivity programs, especially the smaller companies that we see in tourist destinations such as the Caribbean. Tourists participate in these experiences because they think the animals want to participate, but that is not the case. The captive dolphins do not have a choice.
A captive dolphin that has to undergo human swimming encounters multiple times per day (10-20 on the small end) is not comfortable interacting with that many humans who do not know how to properly interact with a dolphin. Dolphins can (and have!) get aggressive with humans who pay a lot of money to have a dream-come-true encounter with the cetacean.
Education is the number one solution in getting people to stop frequenting the swim-with-dolphin encounters.
Direct download: SUFB_S1219_DiscoveryCoveSwimWithDolphinProgram.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Mon, 4 October 2021
Did you hear the Brittany Spears may not be under conservatorship anymore and her father was removed as the head of said conservatorship? Wait...what? You are probably wondering what Brittany Spears has to do with marine conservation. You are right, it really doesn't, but the reason I know what is happening with Brittany Spears is because of a documentary on her that was centred around her conservatorship.
Documentaries can inspire audiences to support a pop star that is going through something personal or can help shut down orca shows at SeaWorld. They are powerful tools for storytelling that can turn the tide on many aspects of environmental conservation issues.
In this episode, I discuss three documentaries that invoked different behavior changes, in good and not-so-good ways.
Fri, 1 October 2021
A study is underway in Mozambique to study the distribution ranges of two species of wedgefishes family (bottlenose wedgefish and bowmouth guitarfish) to help better manage their population.
The species are considered critically endangered due to the fin-trade industry. The fish are either sought for their fins through catching them individually or as bycatch. The fin-trade can yield more money for the rays' fins that will bring in more revenue for the fishers than the meat from the rest of their body.
The study employs a new tactic in Mozambique, where it uses acoustic and satellite tags to track the wedgefishes in close and long ranges.
The results from the study will inform policy to help better protect these fishes in marine protected areas or through quotas (or both!).
Link to Beyond Jaws Podcast: https://www.speakupforblue.com/show/beyond-jaws/