Fri, 30 September 2022
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.
Link to article: https://go.nature.com/3UPXg8U
Direct download: SUFB_S1363_HoldingCitiesAndCompaniesAccountableFortheEnvironment.mp3
Category:Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Wed, 28 September 2022
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.
Podcast Link: https://bit.ly/3SyKD00
Mon, 26 September 2022
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.
Link to article: https://bit.ly/3fiwSEu
Fri, 23 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1360_PatagoniamakesEarthTheirOnlyShareholder.mp3
Category:For-Purpose Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Wed, 21 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1359_InformationAroundLobsterFisheriesAndSalmonAquacultureAreCausingWarOfWords.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Mon, 19 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1358_TribalSalmonFisheriesFailuresHappeningMoreOften.mp3
Category:Salmon -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Fri, 16 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1357_HowShouldWePursueSustainableProducts1.mp3
Category:Sustainable -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Wed, 14 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1356_CommunicateLocallyToLeadToGlobalAction1.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Mon, 12 September 2022
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?
Direct download: SUFB_S1355_PaulWatsonOutWhatWillHappenToSeaShepherd.mp3
Category:Paul Watson -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Fri, 9 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1354_WorkInMarineScienceConservationByDoingWhatYouAreGoodAt.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:40am EDT
Wed, 7 September 2022
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
Mon, 5 September 2022
Community support and legislations proves helpful in restoring mangroves for small villages in the Philippines
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1352_CommunitySupportAndLegislationToHelpRestoreMangrovesInPhilippines.mp3
Category:Mangroves -- posted at: 12:00am EDT
Fri, 2 September 2022
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.
Direct download: SUFB_S1351_COVIDMadeItDifficultToFindExperienceHereISHowYouCanGetMoreAndGetAJob.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT