Wed, 26 April 2023
The How To Protect The Ocean Podcast has always been a podcast for people that wanted to learn about living for a better ocean and about the people who were out there working and protecting the ocean. It meant that I would help tell the stories or bring on people who worked in the same field who would tell their stories about protecting the ocean through marine conservation. But, I came to realize that I learn a lot from you, the person in my audience on your challenges and successes in protecting the ocean during your daily life. So I would like to invite you on the podcast to share your story to help your fellow audience members how they could live for a better ocean. Sign up below to be interviewed on my podcast.
Book your interview time: https://calendly.com/sufb/sufb-interview
Mon, 24 April 2023
Ecotourism can bring about some great benefits by educating visitors about the natural habitats found in a particular place and providing a revenue-generating service for local people. The type of ecotourism can range from kayak tours of mangroves to whale watching and can provide some great opportunities for tourists to connect with the wilderness. But some types of ecotourism can be considered dangerous and have checkered pasts which can make it difficult for new operations to open up in new places. A Great White Shark ecotourism company that is being operated by a shark scientist named Dr. Neil Hammershlag is running into criticism from scientists about the concern for the safety of the sharks and the people as well as concern for the fact that the company will be generating revenue while stating their intentions to study the science of the sharks. I discuss these concerns for this business venture on this episode.
Link to article: https://bit.ly/3V4y0fJ
Fri, 21 April 2023
I wanted to share the most recent episode of the Beyond Jaws podcast to share the great story of Dr. Oscar Sosa who took the knowledge he gained from his graduate work in Japan back home to Mexico to build a great research program.
I'm sharing this episode because I wanted to show you that not all researchers have a straight path to what you might consider success. Each shark scientist, including Oscar, has their own unique path that is a product of their personality.
Enjoy the episode!
Wed, 19 April 2023
I tell a true story about the events that led the Canadian government to replace an entire environmental science sector in 2015 after changing a crucial environmental protection law to speed up the construction of a pipeline. The story reinforces the need to vote for politicians that want to protect the environment including the ocean.
Direct download: HTPTO_E1445_HowAGovernmentCanRuinTheirEnvironment.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Mon, 17 April 2023
There are a number of climate models that could predict the intensity of the upcoming El Nino this year (2023). Some articles are predicting that we are going to have a Super El Nino, which could have devastating effects to many vulnerable areas around the world and the clean up from the damage could be in the billions of dollars. The last El Nino event was in 2015-2016 and it was considered a super El Nino, where the surface temperatures in the Eastern Pacific exceeded 2C. There were 15 major weather events that year that exceeded $46 billion in damages. Of course, the models could be wrong as the results ranged from catastrophic to "wimpy."
Link to article: https://bit.ly/41ueefw
Fri, 14 April 2023
I wanted to create another episode on based another portion of the conversation that my cohost, Dr. David Ebert, and I had with Dr. Andrea Marshall on the Beyond Jaws podcast. We discussed how she funds most of her revenue and that it helped her organization fund its scientific programs on manta rays and other megafauna.
If you are planning on starting your own non-profit or marine science business, then this episode is for you!
Direct download: HTPTO_E1443_OneOrganizationsRevenueGenerationHelpsFundTheirResearch.mp3
Category:Act for the blue -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Wed, 12 April 2023
Have you ever asked yourself what VALUE you can bring to the Marine Biology job that you want so that you can help your employer succeed in ways that other candidates can't? I asked myself this very question after interviewing Dr. Andrea Marshall (Queen of the Mantas) for a Beyond Jaws episode. Andrea spoke about her SCUBA diving experience and how she completed the highest certification in SCUBA before she was 18 because she knew that she would need that skill when she was researching ocean fauna. Her words and experience inspired me to ask the same question in this episode.
Direct download: HTPTO_E1442_TheOneQuestionYouShouldAskYouselfBeforeYouApplyForAMarineBiologyJob.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Career -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Mon, 10 April 2023
There is no secret that the Southern Resident Orca Population in the Salish Sea is critically endangered and it faces many challenges that could lead this population to extinction. An overwhelming challenge is the population's reliance on Chinook salmon as their primary prey as the salmon population is also declining. But there is also a new question that was recently answered that could identify another challenge: Is the energy storage (fats) in Chinook salmon equal among Chinook salmon? Researchers from the University of British Columbia tested the fat content in Chinook salmon in the spring and in the Fall to find out if their lipid content was the same. We are going to talk about the results, which could help decipher management decisions for Chinook salmon and orcas, in the future.
Link to article: http://bit.ly/43gUi1E
Fri, 7 April 2023
There is an effort to conserve the Mobulid (manta and devil rays) species (9-11 species) as most of the species are considered endangered. Purse seine nets and gill nets are the leading reason for the death of mobulids. But there is a new fishing gear hack that gives mobulids a better chance for survival if they are caught in purse seine nets. The device is called a manta grid and it could be used as a tool in the conservation tool belt for tuna fishing (or any other type of fishing) in the future. Other tools could consider pre-fishing adjustments that could give mobulid species a fighting chance at survival. We are going to discuss these tools and strategies in this episode.
Link to article: http://bit.ly/40OM8vz
Wed, 5 April 2023
One of the scariest thoughts to me is wondering how far does our plastic pandemic reach in the ocean. We know that plastics reach every part of the ocean's surface, but how far down? And is it consistently found in the deep-sea? If so, how much of the microplastic accumulates within the deep-sea organisms? So many questions would require thousands of samples from around the world which would cost several millions of dollars. The good news is our guest today, Dr. Andrew Thaler, is now the steward of such a dataset and he hopes to answer the questions above. He just needs your help to fund the pilot study.
Link to Experiment: https://experiment.com/projects/establishing-a-baseline-for-microplastic-accumulation-in-deep-sea-animals-using-an-historical-sample-archive?s=discover
Direct download: HTPTO_E1439_DoMicroplasticsAccumulateInDeepSeaOrganisms.mp3
Category:Deep-Sea -- posted at: 12:00am EST
Mon, 3 April 2023
Blue carbon is not just a huge buzzword in the conservation space. It's a field within conservation that could help the oceans recoup from climate change impacts while decreasing climate change. There are many start-up companies that are popping up in the space to get in on what could be a lucrative business model for the near future and a way to save the planet. However, there are still many questions that remain unanswered for the space that could have unintended negative impacts on the ocean and the planet. For example, a recent study revealed that coastal ecosystems may release methane (a more severe greenhouse gas than CO2) after absorbing CO2. We are going to discuss these effects and why it is so important to know this information.
Link to article: http://bit.ly/3KaX9Ak