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The major problem with battling overfishing on the high seas is that it is difficult to track vessels due to the lack of transparency in vessel registration. The results of a new study are hoping to change this problem by creating a global database of the global fishing fleet that can help tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Analysis of the data found that 20% of high-seas fishing was likely unregulated and that reflagging of vessels mainly occurred in East Asia, West Africa, and Eastern Europe. The researchers plan on making the dataset publicly available so that authorities have access to timely information.
 
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Sitting on a beach surrounded by sand and the ocean is probably one of the best feelings in the world. Travelers from all over the world flock to coastlines every year to lie on beaches and cool off in the adjacent ocean. However, there is nothing worse than finding litter on the beach, especially cigarette butts.  For years, people cleaning beaches have found cigarette butts were the items picked up the most along Florida's coasts. As a result, the Florida legislature passed a bill that gave the municipalities the power to vote to enact their own local bans. Now coastal municipalities are taking action along coastal Florida. We are going to talk about the significance of the bans in this episode.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1410_NoButtsAllowedOnFloridaBeachesCigarettes.mp3
Category:Beaches -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is so much content out there that is better produced, better audio, better video, and better communicated than mine, but I still have a following and listeners who say they love my content. I must admit, there are times that I want to up my game and make better-produced content to try and bring in more listeners and followers; however, the reality is that I have restrictions in time, money, and sometimes skill set. I continue to make content regardless of the restrictions and my own fears of imposter syndrome because I know there is someone out there that is going to discover my content and turn to live for a better ocean. And I am here to tell you that you can do the same.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1409_YourConservationMessageDoesNotHaveToBeSpecial.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The health of ocean habitats is a delicate balance of the presence of the right species and the proper conditions. When things are out of balance the health of habitats can be at stake. Coral reef habitats act as a host for a diverse amount of species of invertebrates and vertebrates; however, the reefs are sensitive to physical and chemical changes which we often discuss on this podcast, but we rarely discuss the biological changes that can occur including the presence of predators and prey. There is an interesting article that reveals a decline of reef sharks that could affect the health of coral reefs.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1408_ReefSharkDeclineCoralReefHealth.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Now that straws are banned in most places and single-use plastics are also on their way to being banned in many places it's time to move the focus on to other items...clothing. Don't you worry because I am not talking about a ban on clothing, but a ban on throwing out clothing because it can be recycled? The State of Massachusetts has banned throwing out clothing and other textiles in the trash forcing people in the state to recycle them instead. The ban on clothes in the trash comes at the heels of landfills in the state increasing drastically to the point where much of the trash gets shipped out to other states (over 50% of the trash in New Hampshire belongs to Massachusetts!). I will discuss the pros and cons of this policy in the episode.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1407_ClothesTrashBanMassachusetts.mp3
Category:Sustainable -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

What would you think if I told you that conservationists and managers have improved the health of oceans and land on small islands by eradicating invasive rats? Researchers are now focusing on managing the biodiversity of the land-sea interaction on small islands to help protect biodiversity and the evidence points to success. Many of the studies focus on eradicating invasive species (such as rats) to protect seabirds and crabs that traverse both land and the sea.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1406_EradicatingRatsSmallIslandsHelpOcean.mp3
Category:Small Islands -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When a government tells its people that it is opening up its coasts to oil and gas leasing like the Trump Administration did from 2016-2020, there are quite a few things that happen behind the scenes that we don't realize until it is too late and it is difficult to fix the changes (or they get ignored). For example, The Trump administration opened up a swath of habitat along the shelf break on the Northern Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development. The same swath is the habitat of a critically endangered whale called the Gulf of Mexico whale (Rice's whale). You would think that the Biden administration would take the area away from the oil and gas industry; however, the National Marine Fisheries Service did not do anything to change the rule. This example proves that the laws and regulations are very difficult to change for the better
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1405_USGovOilGasWhale.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I did an interview recently on my other podcast that I cohost called Beyond Jaws with Guy Stevens who is the Founder of the Manta Trust. We talked about how he started studying manta rays after he received his Bachelor's Degree in Science. He just started studying them while working for an ecoresort in the Maldives. He used what was around him to follow his passion not knowing where it would take him. Now, Guy operates a globally recognized NGO that has done some great work on manta and devil rays. This example could be you.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1404_JustStartYourMarineConservationJourney.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's difficult to tell now but some of the heat waves that we have experienced over the past couple of years were thought to be impossible 50 or 60 years ago and we are now seeing natural disasters around the world that are being caused by two or more consequences from climate change (drought brought on by extreme heat waves and lack of rain for extended periods of time). The new scientific field that tracks climate change-attributed disasters will help inform policymakers on how to handle coastal management, reservoirs, and aquifers in this new future if we are not able to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the century.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1403_ClimateChangeAttributedNaturalDisasters.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Visiting Antarctica might be on your bucket list and it would be a fun thing to do, but is it in the best interest protecting its environment? That is the question that conservationists are asking after a noticeable increase in vessels visiting the most Southern continent. They are worried that too many tourists could lead to the introduction of invasive species and/or diseases like the avian flu. A cap in tourists may be necessary to control the increase of tourists.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1402_TouristnumbersAntarcticaIncrease.mp3
Category:Tourism -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's a new year and many creator-focused businesses are gearing up and executing plans for 2023, including myself. I've made some personal resolutions and business resolutions for this podcast and my business. My goal has always been to reach more people so my plans will continue to increase my reach for the audio podcast and introduce more content for other digital platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram. My word for 2023 is "Execute" so it's time to create.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1401_HowIPlanToProtectTheOceanIn2023.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Are you looking to Speak Up For The Ocean in 2023? Then this episode is for you. I've been doing this podcasting thing for over 7.5 years and over that time I covered a lot of stories and I've seen various ways that people and organizations disseminate their marine conservation messages. But there is an increasing percentage of the audiences that are not listening to the messages or find the messaging elitist. Therefore, I am going to provide you with a list of things that you can do to help get your conservation message across to your audience.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1400_5WaysToSpeakUpForTheOceanBlueIn2023.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

James Cameron, the famous director, was promoting his new movie, Avatar: the way of the water, which has a huge marine conservation message when he came under fire for attending one of the promotional premieres in Japan. The promotion included a dolphin show at an aquarium which infuriated many environmentalists who wanted to hear Cameron's reason for attending the premiere with a captive dolphin show. We are going to talk about James Cameron's comments and how these events are harder to navigate than people think.
 
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