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A heat wave causing an increase in sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea causes a rapid deterioration in corals that once housed vibrant red and purple coral forests that provided a ton of biodiversity along the southern French, and Spanish coasts, and along the island of Sardinia. The only thing that saves them is the depth in which they reside. We need to talk about it in this episode.
 
Link to article: https://bit.ly/3Cmdbnl
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1364_MeditteraneanHeatWaveCausingCoralsToDie.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After looking at the news this week and seeing two hurricanes rip through various countries causing trillions in damages, it's hard not to think about climate change and how everything is getting worse. I find it difficult to know how we are doing. We hear about international agreements such as the Paris Agreement and the Convention of Biological Diversity and we expect things to get better, but every time a report is written we hear about how things keep getting worse. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way of tracking how countries, states/provinces, cities, and even companies are holding up their end of the bargain? Well, we might just have a way to do that and it's called Earth System Boundaries.
 
In this episode, I am going to talk about these ESBs and the 7 gaps that exist to achieve these metrics.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1363_HoldingCitiesAndCompaniesAccountableFortheEnvironment.mp3
Category:Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My University was and still is known as an Agricultural School. One program that was being heavily promoted at our school and in my program was that of aquaculture. I didn't know much about aquaculture before I took a class on it but it sounded like a great thing that solved food problems. Grow fish to serve as food with a growing global population that was slowly running out of resources. Aquaculture helps wild populations as it puts less pressure on fishing wild stocks. It sounded great, but there were always issues with aquaculture in Canada that I was learning about throughout my career, but I didn't really understand the issues and how they were being covered up.
 
I recently came across a podcast series called The Salmon People hosted by Sandra Bartlett that changed everything and it's a great way to learn about the history of problems in aquaculture.
 
In this episode, I will talk about the podcast and how I felt it serves as a great communication piece for Canadians and anyone else that is interested in fisheries and aquaculture.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1361_TheSalmonPeople.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are times that we, as humans, think that we can't affect the ocean because it is so big and so deep. In fact, there used to be a saying: "The solution to pollution is dilution." But scientists and engineers realized that there is a tipping point where there is so much pollution that dilution is impossible. The same truth works for noise pollution. Noise can reach many places including the deep sea, according to a recent study. I am going to discuss why the results of this noise study should throw caution into the wind for deep-sea mining.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1361_NoiseStudyFindsHumanNoiseInDeepSea.mp3
Category:Deep Sea -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The world is changing at a rapid rate and governments are scattering to catch up with a policy to try and stop the changes. But the changes are starting to get companies to rethink their priorities from only making a profit to adding benefits to their employees and their environment. Some companies, like Patagonia, are taking their values full throttle by making the Earth its only shareholder. In this episode, I am going to discuss what I think of this shift in focus from some businesses.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1360_PatagoniamakesEarthTheirOnlyShareholder.mp3
Category:For-Purpose Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are two major issues that have to do with fisheries that could affect the way you choose your sustainable seafood, but each issue can be confusing to find the information that would make it easy for you to make the best decision for you. These issues lead to confusion because you never know which information is correct. The results can affect people's lives in a negative way. In this episode, I am going to discuss the issues and show you how confusing these issues can be and why it can affect conservation and livelihoods.
 
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The US government has declared tribal salmon fisheries along the west coast failures for a number of years due to a number of factors that include everything from river pollution to climate change, but will the payments offered by the government as compensation for the failures help bring back the salmon stocks? In this episode, I will discuss how the salmon population is negatively affected and what needs to be done to help the tribal communities. 
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1358_TribalSalmonFisheriesFailuresHappeningMoreOften.mp3
Category:Salmon -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and I came across a post that was retweeted by a friend of mine. The post was a graph that looked at how long it would take to break down various bags (plastic bags vs re-useable bags). It showed that plastic bags did not take the longest time to break down in a landfill. But they were more questions to be asked that talked about sustainability. Therefore, in this episode, I will discuss how we should pursue more sustainable lifestyles.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1357_HowShouldWePursueSustainableProducts1.mp3
Category:Sustainable -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are often times that I look at the news and hear the disasters that are happening all over the world and in my own backyard, I get overwhelmed and doubt whether we are going to be able to protect the oceans and ourselves from Climate Change. But I take comfort in the fact that there are people all over the world who are working together to protect their piece of ocean/planet. Therefore, in this episode, I will discuss how I think that we can build resilience locally to help globally.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1356_CommunicateLocallyToLeadToGlobalAction1.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

For 45 years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been know for its Direct Action Campaigns that led to controversial means to stop illegal activity in the open sea. The organization was led by Captain Paul Watson, who was the face and the pride of Sea Shepherd. Paul Watson was the youngest co-founder of Greenpeace and left the organization because he wanted to do more than protest illegal wildlife events, he wanted to stop them. His vision to create a fleet of ships to act as an environmental navy was achieved and the organization was known for being a thorn in the side of whalers and illegal fishers all over the world. But now, parts of Paul Watson's organization have turned their backs on him for a path that is more scientific. So the question is, will this ruin the organization or will it make it better?
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1355_PaulWatsonOutWhatWillHappenToSeaShepherd.mp3
Category:Paul Watson -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My Master's advisor used to tell me that I would be great in a technical job within the marine science and conservation field and he was right as at the time I worked in a very technical part of the field as a marine technician and a newly graduated GIS Analyst. But I always pictured myself as someone who was in charge of either a research program or a non-profit organization that helped forward marine conservation through science. It wasn't until I was 15 years into my career that I realized I could do something that I was really good at: speaking to people about my field. Opportunities opened up for me once I started to execute speaking to people about marine science and conservation.
 
In this episode, I am going to help you with ways that you can use your strengths to apply to marine science and conservation.
 
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I've known that I wanted to be a marine biologist ever since I was 14 years old and dreamed of being on ships to work to protect the ocean. But I struggled to find information on the ocean as I did have access to the web at the time. There are still struggles in finding the proper information on the ocean in today's society. Access to journal articles is behind paywalls for the most part and information disseminated on social media is often in small snippets and incomplete. Therefore, comprehensive and accessible materials about ocean education could provide more people with inspiration to help protect the ocean.
 
In this episode, I will use the Massive Open Online Course, Sharks!, as an example to show how people who may not be scientists can use this knowledge to speak and live for a better ocean.
 
Link to MOOC Sharks!: https://bit.ly/3wRkbqf
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1353_CanMOOCCoursesAsSciCommTools.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mangroves provide protection along the coastline from erosion due to wave action and are a biodiversity haven that produces ample fisheries for local villages. But with bounty often comes increased popularity and in the case of Malampaya Sound in the Philippines, the increased popularity led to destruction and decreased fisheries. Therefore a combination of legislation and community action was necessary to mend the fisheries of the sound.
 
In this episode, I will reveal what factors led to the slow increase of mangroves within the Malampaya Sound.
 
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Last week, I discussed how to get experience to help you get your first job in marine science and conservation; however, COVID put a wrench in many college-level students that impaired their ability to get experience. So now what do you do? In today's episode, I am going to discuss how you can move forward to start your career.
 
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A recent meeting in New York at the UN headquarters was not very productive for the High Seas. An agreement could not be met to protect the high seas in four key areas. The lack of an agreement leaves many ocean species vulnerable to overfishing, climate change, and disturbance from increased shipping traffic. An agreement will take a global effort to ensure governments respect the oceans for all of us, but it will take more effort.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1350_WhyCantWeAgreeTProtectTheHighSeas.mp3
Category:High Seas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The UK is facing a number of beach closures due to sewage run-off as water companies are bypassing treatment and dumping raw sewage. Sewage run-off is supposed to happen on rare occasions; however, water companies are allowing run-off more than on rare occasions. Critics have suggested that the companies are choosing profits over reinvestment in the treatment plants. Could the problems faced with sewage by the UK be due to the privatization of the water utility sector?
 
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2) https://bbc.in/3RjTdPV

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Direct download: SUFB_S1349_HowMuchSewageIsBeingReleasedToYourCoastline.mp3
Category:Sewage Treatment -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

POV - You just graduated with your BSc in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science and you are super excited to start a new career in the field of Marine Science and Conservation, but you noticed that every job requires 3-5 years of experience, a Masters and/or a Ph.D. degree. Now you are a little deflated and you want to find out where you can find a job that you don't require a crazy amount of experience or other degrees. Well, I am going to give you some suggestions for this episode.
 
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The last 5 decades have been a rough one for the science field and it doesn't look like it's going to get better. Politicians and fringe groups are denying climate change and the scientific process around various tools to help protect people. But on the other hand, it seems as though there are more STEM programs popping up in schools at the high school and post-secondary school levels. So my question to you is: Can we get people excited about science again?
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1347_CanPeopleGetExcitedAboutScienceAgain.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dr. Milton Muldrow Jr., Director of Natural Science Programs at Wilmington University (Delaware) joins me on the podcast today to discuss how synthetic biology can play a role in protecting the ocean. 

Milton talks about his career and journey balancing multiple jobs and opportunities with a family that led him to land a role that can help students solve ocean challenges. 

Milton's website: https://www.phantomecology.com/
Synthetic Biology Course: https://www.phantomecology.com/screenings

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Direct download: SUFB_S1346_HowSyntheticBiologyMayHelpTheOcean.mp3
Category:Innovation -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I launched this podcast to help people understand what is happening in the ocean and how they can help so I can stay connected to the ocean and its conservation. But I did not know that I would reach this many people when I started and it makes me want to do more in science communication.
 
In this episode, I am going to tell you the milestone I hit and why I want to continue to do the podcast...and how I would like to expand my reach through other platforms.
 
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Category:Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Explaining climate change is not a simple exercise, especially when there is so much misinformation floating around the web, and some times the material can be complex to explain, but there are ways to explain how climate change is affecting an iconic animal such as the sea turtle to get people's attention.
 
In this episode, I am going to explain how baby sea turtles can be used to explain how climate change is affecting animals in the ocean.
 
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Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are beautiful creatures and they display a number of different behaviours that we often like to watch. The behaviours are usually friendly ones such as bow riding or breaching the water giving us a spectacular show. But cetaceans are wild animals and being in the wild means every species needs to survive that is why researchers were not surprised after observing a pod of Risso's dolphins herding away a pod of long-finned pilot whales to protect the food in their habitat.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to discuss the incident and why it's important to know why these cetaceans are so protective.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1343_RissoDolphinsHerdAwayPilotWhalesToProtectTheirHabitat.mp3
Category:Cetaceans -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Canada just passed a law to ban 6 types of single-use plastics across the nation over the next 3 years in an unprecedented move to curb plastic waste, but some people think that Canada can do more, including Oceana. I am going to talk about how Oceana Canada thinks Canada can reduce plastic even more and I want to ask the question, is it too much?
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1342_CanCanadaDoBetterWithPlastic.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for overseeing the development of deep-sea mining in international waters AND protecting the ocean met to negotiate a set of regulations to determine if deep-sea mining can proceed. But scientists and environmentalists involved in the process are worried about transparency and revealing that the process is not transparent at all.
 
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When I speak to people about their careers in Marine Science and Conservation, I can sense how badly they want a job and build their careers. It's hard to describe how I can notice it, but if you have it then go after it. But there are many of you who lack the motivation to fight for a position to get what you want. You have to show that you have a passion for this field in order to be successful.
 
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A news article revealed that Kylie Jenner uses her private jet to fly 17 minutes to do daily chores such as grocery shopping to avoid traffic in LA. A sustainability firm based in the UK dug deeper to produce a list of the worst private jet offenders that were celebrities, but are we putting the blame in the right place? Celebrities are easy targets to receive hate; however, there was a report published in 2017 that revealed that 100 companies around the world are responsible for 70% of the contribution to climate change.
 
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A Greenland shark was found in the Caribbean Sea, surprising the science world and it begs the overall question: Have they always been there? But more research is needed to answer a number of questions. It also reminds us all that we know nothing of the deep sea and maybe we should hold off on opening up deep-sea mining since we don't really know the damage we could cause.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to run through some of the questions I have on the Greenland shark distribution topic and provide my thoughts on why this should really halt any plans of deep-sea mining. 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1338_DoGreenlandSharksFrequentCaribbeanSea.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Three episodes ago, I discussed how to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist. I suggested following specific scientists on social media to get accurate and recent science and conservation information. I had a few people contact me over Instagram to ask if I know where they could get more information on science and conservation in their area. A great question indeed and that seems like it could be hard to find anyone.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I will tell you how you can find out about local science and conservation issues.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1337_WhereToFindLocalScientistsToFollow.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Every year I go into Shark Week with a positive mindset in hope that it will provide some great programs and some great cinematography and I would like to hope that it won't play into the fear-mongering, but that was not the case for the first news piece that I saw from CNN (who owns Discovery). A clear promotional video starts off with fear of shark sightings and bites then into one of the dumbest things a person can do when being around a white shark. I will tell you why it was so dumb in this upcoming rant.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1336_SharkWeekIsUpToItsOldAntics.mp3
Category:Shark Week -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Shark week is back and over this week you will see some great shots of different species of sharks and some interesting behaviours, but you probably won't see much talk on the conservation of sharks and you might hear some misinformation on the species. You can take advantage of Shark Week by informing your followers (and maybe new followers) on shark conservation and where we need to focus on to increase shark awareness.
Direct download: SUFB_S1335_SharkWeekConservationNarrative.mp3
Category:Shark Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science plays an important part in understanding the trends in the ocean whether they are positive or negative and scientists also are critical in communicating their work so people can be aware of the trends, but people think that only scientists can talk about science and that is not true; therefore, by the end of this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue, I hope to convince you that you can speak up for the ocean too and give you steps that you can take to make sure you do it correctly.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1334_UseThese3StepsToSpeakUpForTheOceanIfYouAreNotAScientist.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Mississippi Delta is one powerful river that drains a large portion of the rivers in the US and two provinces in Canada, yet there are few people who know how powerful the river can be and how the land at the mouth of the Mississippi changes depending on the action that is taken by human alteration. Hakai Magazine wrote a great article on how the Mississippi River is changing and what can be done to save the land, the shrimpers, and the bottlenose dolphins that inhabitat of the ever-changing Mississippi Delta.
 
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Category:Mississippi -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sharks have had a bad reputation for decades that have lead to their harm and lack of protection for a long time, but more videos and articles are surfacing that include love for sharks. But could all of this love be dangerous for shark populations as well?
 
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Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I recently had the opportunity to interview wildlife science communicator, Forrest Galante, for my other podcast I cohost called Beyond Jaws and during the interview Forrest taught me a lot about being a science communicator through his own journey. Therefore, I am going to share some interesting tips that I picked up from Forrest that I will use as a science communicator and that you could use in your own journey.
  1. Share your passion
  2. Be persistent
  3. Do good
  4. Haters going to hate and there is nothing you could do about it

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Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is a huge push to move away from fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy to help reduce climate change, but politicians and the fossil fuel industry are always pushing for more oil and gas drilling to help the economy; therefore, authors are the centre for American Progress laid out 4 reasons why the Biden Administration should not expand offshore drilling in the proposed 5-year plan he laid out this past month...and they kinda listened.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1330_4WaysWhyTheBidenAdminShouldNotExpandOffshoreDrilling.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Government decisions whether they are from the courts, congress, senate, or the white house can inspire people to take up the arm of conservation by seeking out a job and building a career to protect the environment, but going back to school to get a science degree may not lead you to the type of change that you want. Building a career in conservation takes planning; therefore, I will teach you what you should look for in a career that could lead to change.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1329_RecentCourtDecisionsGotYouWantingAJobToMakeChange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The US Democrats have control of Congress, the senate, and the white house and they are all on the same page about climate action, but the US Supreme Court is Republican-dominated and they have made a decision that undermines the Clean Air Act and the ability for the EPA to regular emissions from the fossil fuel industry. Therefore, it's time for the government to step up and make laws that will better address the climate emergency.
 
In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be ranting about the decisions of late from the US Supreme Court and why the government needs to adapt to the stalling of the fossil fuel industry.
 
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Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I've done some work with mining companies in Ontario before as I would run studies to ensure the companies were not harming the surrounding water bodies, but during my time as a private consultant, I heard some really bad stories about mining companies harming local areas and people with toxic spills. Therefore, I was initially worried when I saw Tesla and Nickel Mine in a recent headline on Mongabay News. I was happy to hear that their mention is not tarnished by this involvement in nickel mining with the benefits that come to the community.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you about a nickel mine on a small island that could be beneficial to the local community.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1327_NickelMineInNewCaledoniaGetsBackedByTeslaAndLocalCommunity.mp3
Category:Mining -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When I grew up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had this dream that I would work in a small Pacific Islands doing marine science and conservation, but that was probably a form of parachute science and that can hurt marine conservation outcomes. Parachute science happens more often than you think and there is now a call to build in more equity in marine conservation by including local communities in the conservation plans of THEIR coastline.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to cover why diversity, equity and inclusion are the primary focus of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon.
 
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Category:Diversity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

As long as I can remember protecting the ocean has always been my number one priority Ocean conservation and the action takes time and work from many different fields and it requires the dedication of many men and women from around the world; however, it is very difficult to focus on conserving the ocean when other human rights are being taken away and need more focus.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss how recent news/events/decisions around the world and in the US (even in my home country of Canada) can affect the people's focus on the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1325_SpeakingUpforTheOceanIsHardWhenHumanRightsAreAtStake.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We have a plastic pollution problem in this world and we can't solve it unless countries put in policies to ban single-use plastics, but what will a ban look like. In this episode, I am going to describe how Canada is going to ban single-use plastics as soon as December 2022.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1324_CanadaIsBanningSingleUsePlastic.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There need to be more conversations about the ocean on the web and there are plenty of opportunities to start your science communication journey, but people still aren't getting started. Therefore, I am going to tell you the different ways how you can get started in science communication today.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1323_SciCommHowWillYouGetStarted.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are many coastal areas that have been degraded to the point that restoration is necessary, but restoration can be very expensive and is often focused on 1 type of habitat. Therefore, restoration specialists and conservationists are now focusing on restoring more than one type of habitat to increase the success of the coastal area.
 
In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be discussing how projects from different parts of the world are having success with restoring multiple habitats due to a term we call connectivity.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1322_RestoringMultipleCoastalHabitats.mp3
Category:Restoration -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Everyone loves fashion and loves to look good when they go out. Many people follow the term "Look good, feel good." But today's fashion comes at an environmental cost/price and therefore, it needs to change to more sustainable options.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For the Ocean Blue Podcast, I will be highlighting two types of ocean sources derived from an invasive species and the other from kelp.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1321_WillTheOceanLeadFashionIntoANewEra.mp3
Category:Oceanpreneur -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Protecting and conserving the ocean seems to take a back seat to other issues when talking about priorities. For example, in Canada, politicians want to protect the economy more than the environment because it has a higher priority. Often times the protection of the economy comes in direct conflict to protecting the environment. But what if the ocean had a say in this priority choice. What if the Ocean could speak to us and give humans a message.
 
Conservation International has some thoughts on what the Ocean was to say to humans.
 
In this episode, I am going to talk about a new campaign from Conservation International called Nature Is Speaking and how it should make us rethink how we protect the ocean.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1320_TheOceanIsSpeaking.mp3
Category:Speak Up -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The last part of my 3-part series interviewing fishers from the East Coast of Canada takes me to a conversation I had with Gordon Beaton who has fished along Canada's East Coast for his entire life. His uncle was a fisher and his son is now a fisher. Learn what it takes to be a fisher in Canada. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1319_GordonBeaton.mp3
Category:fishers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I continue my series of speaking to fishers from the East Coast of Canada to get to know their challengers and why fishing is such a big part of their lives.
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Direct download: SUFB_S1318_KevinSquiresAndNancyWedden.mp3
Category:fishers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Happy Oceans Day!!!

As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor.

Enjoy!

Direct download: SUFB_S1316_SoundsOfTheOceanExperience1.mp3
Category:Oceans Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Allen to discuss what life was like as a lobster fisher in Eastern Canada. 

Carl told me how young he was when he started fishing and how his life is all about fishing. 

He also discusses the work he does with the fishing union. 

 
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Category:fishers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There seems to be a day for everything these days and the oceans have a day as well, June 8th. It's a time for us to think about why we love the ocean so much and how we can better protect. There are celebrations, conferences, announcements (big and small) where governments and organizations try to stand out from one another to tell you how they are committed to protect the oceans. But the announcements are all massive agreements and commitments that don't include a very important thing, YOU!
 
In this episode, I am going to go over my thoughts about oceans week and how I think you should approach it. What you can get out of oceans week.
 
I am also going to discuss the programming that I have planned for Oceans Week for this podcast and some other things.
Direct download: SUFB_S1315_OceansWeekHowYouShouldApproachIt.mp3
Category:Oceans Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are many people that want to work in Marine Conservation, but not everyone has a degree in Marine Biology or another type of science degree; however, you don't need to be a scientist to help protect the ocean. There are many people who are working on Marine Conservation with business and arts degrees.
 
In today's episode, I am going to answer a question from a listener who wants to work in Marine Conservation and has a Psychology degree. I am going to provide some examples of how useful someone can be with a Psychology degree in Marine Conservation.
 
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There are studies that have revealed that oil companies like ExxonMobil have spent billions of dollars on campaigns that involved misleading the public on Climate Change and one Attorney General brought charges against the oil company, but will the company have to pay for their misleading ways and what will the punishment be? We need to hold more fossil fuel companies accountable for the notorious work that they conduct around the world.
 
In this episode, I will discuss why I think this trial could have severe consequences for oil companies across the states in the US.
 
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Laws in Canada make sure that marine theme parks such as Marineland cannot acquire new cetaceans (Whales or Dolphins) and they were amended in 2019 to ensure that whales and dolphins do not perform in their entertainment shows, but evidence suggests that Marineland continues to conduct the whale and dolphin shows. Therefore, Canadian laws should work faster to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals.
 
In this episode, I will discuss the video evidence that was published by Animal Justice in Canada and why I think that the laws should work faster to stop the shows from happening at all.
 
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There are many of you (including myself) that would like to help protect the ocean and we tend to fantasize ways in which we can help, but there are times when we are not focusing on the best ways we can all protect the ocean; therefore, I am going to go through the best ways that you can help save the ocean with minimal work even though it might not be the way you dreamed it would be.
 
In this episode, I am going to discuss how I had FOMO lately on ocean protection and started to focus away from the best way that I could protect the ocean (through communication). Do you go through the same thing?
 
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Sharks are an iconic ocean animal that can strike fear and wonder in anyone that sees them and they are one of those animals that everyone would like to protect; but, most shark populations around the world have experienced drastic declines in population over the past 50 years and many people do not know how to go about protecting them; therefore, Dr. David Shiffman wrote a book to help guide you to better protect sharks and oceans.
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. David Shiffman about his new book, Why Sharks Matter, to get the inside scoop on why he wrote a book that wasn't a textbook and how people can help better protect sharks.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1310_WhySharksReallyMatter_DrDavidShiffman2.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Equity, diversity, and inclusion has been the focus of many organizations in marine science and conservation and outside of the field for a number of years and there has been some small steps in the right direction made, but there are many examples of BIPOC scientists and their teams that still face racism today. Therefore, it is important to highlight some of those racist examples to show people the challenges that BIPOC scientists face in 2022.
 
In this episode, I am going to describe to you a real-life example of a hotel staff asking a BIPOC scientist and her team to leave the hotel after the scientist asked for her room to be cleaned, which she had asked for a week.
 
Link to Resources:
Tweet Thread: https://bit.ly/3G6vzC1
Dr. Tiara Moore: https://www.tiaramoore.com/
WOC Website: https://awocspace.com/


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Climate change has been deemed the biggest threat in the world by many scientists, conservationists, industries, governments, and militaries around the world and countries have made international pledges in the form of treaties to curb greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more renewable energy, but the parties that form the government in democratic countries do not adhere to the treaties or listen to what the experts are saying. In some cases, the governments have done the opposite of the advice of experts and driven the problem further.  Therefore, citizens need to demand more action on climate change from their government through voting.
 
In this episode, I am going to discuss how Australia is in one of the most important elections for climate action as described in an opinion article written by Dr. Euan Ritchie And published in the Guardian. His story is not unique when compared to my story and my country, Canada, and is also similar to other countries.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1308_ClimateAndPoliticsAustralia.mp3
Category:Climate Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about a new enzyme that can breakdown plastics in days instead of centuries and it seems very promising, but we know that it is not the complete solution and people will continue to use single-use plastics; therefore, in this episode, I offer three ways that we need to get a mass reduction of plastic use.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_E1307_DoPeopleTrulyUnderstandThePlasticPollutionProblem.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A new enzyme that can break down plastics in a matter of days and not centuries is giving people hope that we can still use plastics and not have to worry about the reduction, but the solution will only take care of a small percentage of plastic pollution. Therefore, we need to continue the pursuit of reducing our single-use plastics.
 
In this episode, I will discuss why we need to stay the course in reducing our plastic dependence.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1306_EnzymeBreaksDownPlastics.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine science and conservation has proven to help the ocean in many cases when things are done properly, but not all of it works; therefore, methods need to adapt and build on past failures.
 
In this episode, I will be talking about two conservation experiments that people don't like but could lead to a better understanding and protection of the ocean. I am going to talk about the failed experiment of keeping marine mammals in captivity at marine parks and shark tagging.
 
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There are many issues that are facing this world that have science-based solutions that are not getting solved and it's because people are taking swipes at scientists in every field, but is it because scientists and conservationists don't seem accessible to the public; therefore, I am going to tell you about my favourite tool: podcasts are a great tool to reach the public.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you how podcasts can help connect scientists and conservationists with the public to help people live for a better ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1304_HowPodcastsCanConnectScientistsWithPublicToHelpOcean.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Climate change consequences have been talked about for decades and people have been ignoring them, but know those consequences are happening and people are paying the price; therefore, it's time to talk about their impact and how we can move forward with better action.
 
In today's episode, I am going to be talking about the record low lake levels of the Lake Mead /Colorado River system and how that could affect the drinking water supply for over 20 million people.
 
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Holding Water: https://bit.ly/3959OWw Climate Change & Drought: https://bit.ly/3ylBcdC
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1303_LakeMeadColoradoRiver_LowLevels_ClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It is really difficult to find a job in marine science and conservation lately so many early career scientists search for internships before full time or temporary jobs, but is an internship in their best interest? I am a huge proponent of getting a job over an internship when possible.
 
In this episode, I discuss why early career scientists should focus on search for jobs instead of internships.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1302_InternshipVSJob.mp3
Category:Marine conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science Communication is one of the most important parts of conservation as it is responsible for getting complex information to your audience, but people are used to simple sound bites rather than long explanations; therefore, SciCommers need to adapt and get their points across easily.
 
In today's episode, I am going to be discussing how to get your point across while holding your audience's attention.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1301_HowToSpeakOnComplicatedIssuesToYourAudience.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Everyone loves food, you can tell by the number of restaurants that are in a city/town/village. There is a food network with chef battles and mouth-watering dishes. Many cultures use food as a way to socialize and build relationships. But do you ever worry about how the future of our food will be secured in a time when the world will be changing? Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions is looking at how blue food security will be affected by a number of changes including the ever-so-changing climate.
 
Dr. Michelle Tigchelaar is a climate scientist that focuses on blue food security and she joins me on the podcast to discuss a recent paper on how Climate change will affect blue foods in the future.
Direct download: SUFB_S1300_HowBlueFoodsAreAffectedByClimateChange.mp3
Category:Blue Foods -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We own a lot of stuff and we love to buy stuff, but that stuff leads to a life of waste and builds on our impact on the oceans; therefore we need to move towards a net zero impact.
 
In today's episode, I am going to provide you with an example of an organization that is moving towards net zero...the Toronto Zoo, and how the entire organization is working together to get to net zero.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1299_OrganizationsCanMoveTowardsnetZero.mp3
Category:Live For A Better Ocean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Earth day has come and gone. It's a day to reflect on how we treat the planet and many people, workplaces, and so forth work to do a clean-up in parks or other areas within their communities, but does that do the trick? Is Earth day enough to help get people to act for a better planet?
 
Today, you will be learning how you can leverage Earth Day to help the planet.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1298_HowYouCanLeverageEarthDayActivitiesIntoLongerTermAction.mp3
Category:Earth Day -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We know the problems that many of the common single-use plastics cause in the ocean and we also know that there are plenty of people working to create policies to ban these plastics, but there are more microplastics being used and are entering the environment; therefore, Joe Barnes and Elisa Davey (graduates students from American University) are going to let you know about some of the microplastics and how they are getting into the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1297_DetectingMicroplasticsInAquaticEnvironments.mp3
Category:Microplastics -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When you hear about the issues that are facing the ocean you want to help and you will do whatever you can to help the ocean, but sometimes your effort, although well intended, does not hit right; therefore, in this episode, I am going to tell you how you can maximize your efforts by doing the best actions to save the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1296_YesYouCanHelpChangeOceanPolicy.mp3
Category:Ocean Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Countries first started to map the Arctic Ocean to show that their northern continental shelf extended far enough to lay claim to the world's northernmost oil deposits and it became a race for sovereignty, but researchers took advantage of the funding to discover and explore the Arctic Ocean bottom; therefore, the researchers were able to discover that the Arctic ocean bottom is changing and it is because of warming temperatures.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1294_ArcticPermafrostMeltingIsAffectingTheBottomOfTheOcean.mp3
Category:Arctic Ocean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Graduating with a Marine Biology degree is a great accomplishment and new graduates are ready to start looking for a job with eagerness, but they quickly realize that there aren't many jobs available for new graduates...with little experience; therefore, I am going to tell you how you can stand out from the crowd and get a job after graduating.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1293_HowToGetAMarineBiologyJobOutOfUniversity.mp3
Category:Marine conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Building a connection to the ocean is crucial to getting people interested in conserving the ocean. Marine theme parks that hold orcas, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are often advertised as ways to build the connection between people and the ocean; however, what cost are we willing to spend on building the connection. 

Marine mammals are not healthy in captivity and it's time that we end this experiment. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1292_DolphinHurtsTrainerAtMiamiSeaquarium.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Smoking has been banned in most indoor public buildings and restaurants to increase the health of all people forcing smokers to move their habits outside but smokers now discard their cigarette butts on the street where they end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Therefore, more policies need to be implemented and enforced so that we keep the oceans clean.

Links:
1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721034550

2) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169534721002755

3) https://kwit.app/en/blog/posts/cigarette-butts-the-main-source-of-sea-and-ocean-pollution

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Direct download: SUFB_S1291_CigaretteButtsArealsoBadForTheOceansHealth.mp3
Category:Water Quality -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Erin Smith, Chief Sole Officer, joins me on the podcast to discuss her journey navigating the tech world to taking over and growing a thriving social enterprise that cleans up flip flops that are washed up on the beach and pay artisans to create beautiful animal pieces from them.  Buy one of their pieces and use the code SPEAKUP for 15% off. If you spend more than $250, you will receive a bracelet made by Masai women.  Connect with Ocean Sole Africa:
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Direct download: SUFB_S1290_OceanSoleAfrica.mp3
Category:Socia Enterprise -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There were two memes that inspired me to think about how we, as marine biologists, promote our field to aspiring marine biologists. We tell everyone that being a marine biologist is a great profession and brings great adventure, but we leave out some details that may help younger people make a valuable decision as to whether they should pursue their passion. It seems as though we are misleading aspiring marine biologists.

Therefore, this episode was created to help you understand the challenges and how to solve, some of them.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1289_AreWeMisleadingFutureMarineScientists.mp3
Category:Marine conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A recent oil spill that covers 18,000 square meters of the coast of Lima, Peru may result in a fine of $37 million dollars, but is it enough?

The Spanish company (Repsol) involved is not new to these offenses as it is the fourth time an oil spill has occurred in the area.

Oil companies are made of money and they may not be happy about forking over millions of dollars to pay a fine, but they can afford it. 

I think they should be sanctioned where they cannot do business for months or even years as a punishment. They could lose billions of dollars and maybe that would make them put more attention into not spilling oil. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1288_MoreAccountabilityForOilCompanies.mp3
Category:Oil Spill -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Pat Shnettler joins me on the podcast to tell me the story of what led him to co-found 12 Tides, a sustainable seafood business that sells nutrient-rich kelp chips to people who want a tasty snack that is ocean safe. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1287_12Tides.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you ever had someone say to you that they are over the bans on plastic straws or changing their behaviour to help the ocean is too hard? It's a frustrating experience, but it tells us that people are not educated on ocean issues and may not want to be.

However, we need to make sure the right information is out there so that people who want to be educated on the ocean can do their part. 

In this episode, I discuss how we can change our SciComm approach to blend in better on digital platforms and help people live for a better Ocean.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1286_NotEveryoneIsEducatedInTheOcean.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We often wait too late until we change the bad things we do in society. Climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet and we are still debating on whether it's real. 

Now, a study showed that microplastics are in the human bloodstream so are we going to do something more radical about plastic pollution so this doesn't become a bigger problem than the crisis it already is?

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You grow up wanting to be marine biologists and pursue the tough road through their undergraduate and graduate careers, but after you graduate, you can’t find a job, therefore you get extremely frustrated and sad, or maybe worse, you give up.

In this episode, I am going to show you why there is hope for you and your career by offering you one piece of advice that helped me when I was in your position.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1284_HowToGetYourFirstJobInMarineBiology.mp3
Category:Marine conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Many scientists love communicating their science to the public and they know that science communication is the key to improving conservation, but when they do SciComm they tend to not be their authentic selves causing their audience to disengage.

Therefore, in order for SciComm to be effective scientists must connect with their audience by being themselves.

In this episode, I provide advice and reasons why you should be yourself and the benefits that go along with it when doing SciComm.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1283_BeYourAuthencatedSelfWhenCommunicatingMarineScience.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mass bleaching is happening more often for longer periods of time every year causing more damage than in previous years and it looks as though coral reefs will change in composition unless something is done to help them adapt, but climate change is not a switch that can be turned on and off.

Therefore, certain adaptations will need to be taken in for the survival of coral reefs as we know them.

In this episode, I am going to tell you about a study that tests whether corals can be trained to tolerate heat.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1282_CoralsCanBeHeatTrainedForSurvival.mp3
Category:Coral Reefs -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Climate change is rearing its ugly head in many forms, including wildfires, mass coral bleaching, major glaciers and ice sheets melting, and an increase in major storms. the damage of climate change consequences are costing governments billions upon billions of dollars forcing the same governments to develop policies to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The governments are also calling on individuals to change the way they behave to also help reduce their footprint. One change is to buy an electric vehicle (EV). 

Buying an EV is not an easy step as there is a ton of misinformation out there, but it is getting easier to buy an EV as they are cheaper and more available (for the most part).

I am now in the market for an EV and in today's episode, I am sharing with you my journey to purchasing my first EV. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1281_Myjourneytobuyinganelectricvehicletoreducemyimpactonclimatechange.mp3
Category:EV -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Indigenous conservation success may not be the same for Western scientists and conservationists, yet we often approach conservation in Indigenous communities with our own preconceived notions of conservation success. 

Angelo Villagomez joins me on the podcast to discuss what Indigenous-led conservation means and how it is important to include it in marine conservation. 

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Twitter: https://bit.ly/3tkzerf
Website: https://www.angelovillagomez.com/
Website: https://www.americanprogress.org/

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Direct download: SUFB_S1280_Indigenous-ledConservation.mp3
Category:Indigenous -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dr. Nathan Robinson was part of a sea turtle research team when the team discovered that one of the sea turtles had a straw stuck up its nose. The entire ordeal was recorded and the video went viral on YouTube and contributed to the global ban the plastic straw campaign. The virality of the video changed Nathan's future career as he now focuses on how video can help identify deep-sea creatures and study the behaviour of oceanic animals. 

However, the one thing that doesn't get talked about enough was Nathan's study topic during the research expedition where the viral video was recorded. 

Nathan was studying the animals that would settle and hitch rides on the backs of sea turtles, called epibionts. He continued to study epibionts for the past ten years and recently created a database of studies and information on epibionts from all over the world. 

Nathan recently published a paper on the database and the questions that it answered. He sat down with me to discuss those answers and where he would like the epibiont database to lead other researchers in the future.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1279_StudyingTheAnimalsThatHitchARideOnSeaTurtles_Final.mp3
Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science communication is an important part of marine conservation. I dedicated my career to SciComm because I feel that telling the public of what is happening to the Ocean is crucial to changing behaviours to live for a better ocean. 

However, there are certain times where I have an smh (Shake My Head) moment as a small number of people use certain language that will certainly offend a group of people. 

In this episode, I will tell what those comparisons are and why you should avoid using them when speaking about the ocean. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1278_ComparisonsYouShouldNotUseWhenDoingScienceCommunication.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine science papers can be hard to interpret if you are not a scientist so I decided to take you through how to interpret them and where there could be some room for error.

You may or may not have read a marine science journal article in the past, but there are certain things you need to know before you read them. First off, marine science searches for the truth using the scientific process. The studies can be proven wrong down the road, but the studies go through a rigorous review process before they are published.

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Category:Marine Science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The relationship between Indigenous people and the government of Canada is terrible. the relationship with Indigenous people and commercial fishers is also terrible, especially over the past couple of years when the Mi'kmaq nation started up fishing in Nova Scotia.  There has definitely been a need to repair the relationships which will take time and a lot of effort. 

One way to repair these relationships is to conduct a study that incorporates all parties at the same table. The Apoqnmatulti'k project combines Indigenous knowledge, Western science, and local knowledge to gather information about three important marine species in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Find out why this partnership has become successful.

Mongabay Article: https://bit.ly/3ChnZT7

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I know you were expecting an episode on Marine Science and Conservation today; however, I am quite distracted by the news of the invasion of Ukraine this past week. I don't feel very inspired to podcast after watching the videos online of the war. 

So I decided to take a week off to get my mental health in check so I can come back next week with some great energy and content.

Direct download: OneWeekBreak.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Julie Kuchepatov is seeking to fight gender inequality within the seafood industry. She launched the Conch podcast where she interviews women at various levels of the seafood supply chain to tell their stories and show how women can be successful in the seafood industry. 

I chat with Julie to talk about how she started her organization, Seafood and Gender Equality, and launched her podcast. This is an interview you don't want to miss as Julie is such a great storyteller. 

Connect with Julie:

Website: https://www.seafoodandgenderequality.org/
Podcast: https://www.seafoodandgenderequality.org/theconch
Instagram: @seafood_and_gender_equality
Twitter: @sdg5forseafood

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Category:Seafood -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about a citizen science project in the Southern Atlantic Ocean targeted at recreational fishers. I'm sure some of you wanted to join that program because let's face it, it was a fun program that saved sharks.  There are thousands of citizen science projects around the world and there is a good chance that one of those projects is in your area. 

I provide tips on how to choose a citizen science program that is right for you.

Links: 
Citizen Science Association: https://bit.ly/3JDSy82

US Government CitSci Programs: https://bit.ly/3p81tXB

Canadian CitSci Programs: https://bit.ly/3scOwh9

CitSci for Students: https://bit.ly/3t7zcBI

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Category:citizen science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sharks in the southern Atlantic ocean are being protected through a citizen science program with sport fishers who regularly target sharks. Why is this a big deal you ask?

Previous to this program, sport fishers were killing the sharks that they caught due to the sharks' bad reputation. A study quantified the number of sharks killed per year as 18 sharks were caught per trip (on average), which equated to 3000 sharks per year (approximately). One sport fisher finally realized the devastation that was happening to the shark population of different species. So he spoke up. 

After many challenges, the sport fisher started a citizen science program over a decade ago, where sport fishers would tag their shark catches and release them instead of killing them. The program now boasts 150 fishers who tagged over 800 sharks. Those 800 sharks are not dead because of these fishers and the citizen science program that exists to protect them.

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Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A megaproject is proposed to move forward to build an 800 metre long pier for the island of Cozumel to accommodate four more cruise lines per day (in addition to the current 3 cruise lines per day). The pier will also be designated as a home port leading to a series of condos that will be built for cruise staff.

The proposed megaproject is a risk to the local coral reefs for which most tourists come to visits and will further restrict beach access to the local people. 

Olivia and German join me on the podcast to discuss the work they have been doing to stop the megaproject from going forward including proposing an injunction on the start of the project until a trial for a lawsuit on the project can be conducted. 

The lawsuit is against the federal government agencies that are responsible for identifying the environmental, social, and economic risks for their citizens if the project moves forward. 

Here is how you can help:

German's Links:
Website: https://www.ccrrp.org
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/www.ccrrp.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coz_coral_reef_restoration/?hl=en

Pier Activism on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/noalcuartomuelle/
Olivia's Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/askoliviarose/?hl=en

Petition:
https://www.change.org/p/conanp-no-necesitamos-una-4ta-terminal-homeport-para-cruceros-en-la-isla

Direct download: SUFB_S1272_ACruiselinePierIsRuiningCozumel.mp3
Category:Activism -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

The Ocean Clean Up Project recently released a video showing a trawl net releasing plastic pollution that it supposedly hauled from the ocean and released on the deck of a shipping vessel. However, there seemed to be some things that did not add up in the video. 

There was no bycatch from the fishing net used to clean up the plastic. The plastic was intact, which is very different than most of the plastic found at sea (microplastic), and the plastic was clean (almost looking brand new). No biofouling was present on the plastics, which is different than most other plastic items found at sea. 

Some scientists and conservationists are calling the video staged. 

What do you think?

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Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I saw a video today about how the generation known as Generation Z is battling two different lifestyles. There is the progressive lifestyle that is led by the likes of people like Greta Thunberg and there is the excessive lifestyle that is led by the likes of people such as Kylie Jenner. The former lifestyle is worried about the planer while the latter lifestyle is worried about the shallow parts of life (looks and money). 

We all want to think that we are living the progressive lifestyle, but we fall into the excessive lifestyle more than we think, at least I do more often than not. 

I guess the first step is admitting it. The next is to plan how I am going to change and that is going to require a lot of thought as to what type of lifestyle I would like to lead in the future. 

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Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Are you wondering whether you should eat aquacultured seafood products? People seem to be down on aquaculture stating that there are many environmental issues. They aren't wrong as issues such as feed for the animals, risk of invasive introductions on species, and disease have come up in the past. I wanted to know whether those issues have been addressed? Are we seeing an improvement in aquaculture?

I invited Sara Marriott, a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Emily De Sousa, a fisheries scientist and science communicator, to the show to give us an update on Aquaculture in 2022.

Links:
Sara's Twitter: https://bit.ly/3JjRlCM
Emily's Twitter: https://bit.ly/34pwoHL
Emily's TikTok: https://bit.ly/3GTtWXf

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Category:Aquaculture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

How do you define success? People often consider success as making a certain amount of money, having a family, and/or accomplishing specific goals in life. However, have you ever considered your sustainability as a measurement of success in your life? 

I saw a post on Facebook recently that posed the same question. I never really thought about how well I prioritized being sustainable in my life. It has always been an afterthought.  If I was hungry when I was out, I would just buy whatever was available at the time without searching for sustainable options. I always went for cheap clothing that I bought every 5 years. I want to be sustainable, but I need to change the way I approach it to consider it a measurement of success. 

How are you prioritizing your sustainability success?

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Category: -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Last week, we saw what really happens at sea with industrialized fishing. 100,000 dead fish were discarded from a net and floating on the ocean taking up 3,000 square meters (32,300 square feet) in size. 

The fish were discarded from the 2nd largest trawling vessel in the world. The FV Margivis can haul in 18,000 tons of fish and process at sea. 

The representatives for the ship explained that a rupture in the trawl net caused the fish to float away. The representatives said they followed EU Law and logged the event as well as reported it to their flag country, Lithuania. 

The Sea Shepherd in France recorded the floating mat of dead fish for the world to see and is pressing the EU to investigate the event to find out if the trawl was actually ruptured. 

Link to articles:
The Guardian: https://bit.ly/335r1Na
BBC: https://bbc.in/3guY4NA

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Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I found out about an organization in Canada that works with students, teachers, and volunteers to clean up plastics along beaches and wetlands and help reduce the amount of single-use plastics in Canada. 

You just know I had to get the Executive Director, Natasha Tucker, on the podcast to talk about her organization and get the details on the federal government's promise to ban certain single-use plastics in Canada.

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Website: https://bit.ly/35DFOiU
Instagram: https://bit.ly/3AYgj7z
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about the strategies, that were observed by marine mammal researchers, of orcas demonstrated to hunt blue whales in NSW, Australia. 

After publishing the episode, an audience member reached out to me on Instagram and shared a website with me that described how a pod of orcas helped whalers in Eden, Australia to hunt large baleen whales such as blue whales in the 19th century.

The whales would herd their blue whale prey into the shallow bay fr the whalers to harpoon them. Once the whale was dead, the whalers would allow a couple of days for the orcas to eat the lips and tongue before the whalers would take the rest of the whale for oil.

Such an amazing story. 

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Category:orcas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT