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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the closure of Point La Jolla and nearby Boomer Beach in San Diego due to harassment of sea lions by humans. The city council voted in support of a year-round closure to protect these animals. Andrew shares a personal story about his family trip to San Diego and their desire to see sea lions in La Jolla. 

Tune in to learn more about the importance of living in harmony with animals and taking action to protect the ocean.

Link to article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/09/21/human-harassment-sea-lions-san-diego-beach-closure/70918871007/

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In this episode, the city council's decision to support a year-round closure of Point La Jolla and nearby Boomer Beach is discussed. The closure was implemented due to the harassment of sea lions by humans. Point La Jolla is known for its sea lion rookery, but the actions of certain individuals were negatively impacting the sea lions and their habitat. The closure was put in place to protect the sea lions and allow them to live undisturbed. To enforce the closure, a gate will be installed, and signs will be posted. Additionally, fireworks will be prohibited in the area. The decision to implement the year-round closure followed months of proposals and discussions. The aim of the closure is to develop a comprehensive coastline management plan that prioritizes the protection of sea lions and other marine life. However, there were opposing views, such as those expressed by Bob Evans, president of the nonprofit La Jolla Parks and Beaches, who argued for the need for an environmental impact report to support any management plans.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1512_SeaLioneachInLaHollaClosedYearRound.mp3
Category:Marine Mammals -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of accurate science communication. He emphasizes the need for researchers to ensure their facts are correct and to access scientific literature for accurate information. Andrew admits to occasionally falling for rumors or unproven theories but emphasizes the importance of correcting any inaccuracies. The episode focuses on speaking up for the ocean and taking action to protect it.

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In this episode, Andrew emphasizes the crucial role of science communicators in providing valuable information to their audience. He stresses the importance of having a solid background knowledge and expertise in the subject matter when engaging in science communication through various platforms such as digital media, educational pieces, or classroom volunteering.

Andrew highlights the challenge of not always having immediate access to digital information when communicating with a live audience or in a classroom setting. In such situations, science communicators must rely on their own knowledge and expertise to ensure the accuracy of the information they provide. If they encounter a question they cannot answer, it is acceptable to respond with "I'll get back to you" and follow up later.

Andrew emphasizes the need for science communicators to conduct thorough research and ensure the accuracy of the information they share. They emphasize the importance of relying on verified facts and avoiding rumors or unproven theories. Science communicators should strive to provide the most up-to-date and reliable information available.

Overall, this episode underscores the responsibility of science communicators to bring value to their audience by providing accurate and reliable information. It emphasizes the importance of having strong background knowledge, conducting thorough research, and maintaining integrity in science communication.

When communicating with a live audience, science communicators must be well-prepared and knowledgeable, especially when quick access to information is not available. This is particularly important in situations where digital platforms are not accessible for immediate information retrieval. In such cases, science communicators must confidently address the topic at hand and possess a solid background knowledge. They should be able to respond to audience questions with accurate information. If uncertain about an answer, it is acceptable to say, "I'll get back to you" and follow up later. However, it is ideal to conduct thorough research beforehand and be well-versed in the specific topic being discussed, as well as related topics. By being well-prepared, science communicators can ensure the provision of accurate information to their audience and maintain the integrity of their communication.

In this episode, Andrew emphasizes the importance of honesty and transparency when communicating information, particularly in the field of science. They highlight the acceptability of responding with "I don't know" if one does not have the answer to a question. Instead of fabricating an answer or speculating, it is better to promise to provide the audience with the correct information later. This approach demonstrates integrity and ensures the sharing of accurate information. The host also emphasizes the significance of conducting thorough research and possessing a strong background knowledge of the topic being discussed, especially when speaking in front of a live audience or classroom where quick access to information may not be feasible. By admitting when one does not know something and committing to finding the answer, credibility can be maintained, and accurate information can be provided to the audience.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1511_WhyScienceIsSoComplextToCommunicate.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of "How to Protect the Ocean," host Andrew Lewinn discusses the mystery surrounding the disappearance of great white sharks in False Bay. He explores theories such as whether they were eaten, moved elsewhere, or if their food supply ran out. Andrew reveals that the mystery has been solved and dives into the conservation success stories of great white sharks in various regions around the world. The episode highlights the iconic nature of great whites and their population growth in protected areas. Andrew also mentions South Africa's role in capturing stunning footage of great white sharks breaching the water to catch seals.

Tune in to learn more about these fascinating creatures and how to advocate for ocean conservation.

Articles mentioned in this episode:
https://hakaimagazine.com/news/south-africas-missing-sharks-have-been-found/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308597X20306370

 

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In this episode, the disappearance of great white sharks in South Africa, particularly in False Bay, is discussed. This disappearance has sparked concerns and led to various theories about the cause. The episode explores theories such as whether the sharks were eaten, if they relocated to another area, or if their food supply depleted. The decline of white sharks is described as dramatic, fast, and unprecedented, highlighting the urgency to understand the situation.

Furthermore, the episode reveals that the mystery of the great white shark disappearance in False Bay has been solved. Recent research indicates that the sharks did not perish but instead migrated across South Africa. The study found that the white shark population had shifted eastward. This shift is attributed to the presence of orcas, which are predators that influence the movement and habitat selection of their prey. It is suggested that the orcas pose a threat to the great white sharks, prompting them to relocate in order to avoid being hunted.

Overall, the episode delves into the disappearance of great white sharks in South Africa, the theories surrounding their vanishing, and the recent research suggesting that the sharks have relocated due to the presence of orcas.

Additionally, the episode mentions the phenomenon of great white sharks leaping out of the water, known as Air Jaws, which was filmed and documented in South Africa. This footage of great white sharks breaching to capture seals served as the inspiration for the creation of Shark Week by Discovery. Shark Week has become a popular television event for over 20 years, featuring episodes that explore sharks and their behavior. The episode suggests that Shark Week has greatly benefited from the filming of these episodes in South Africa, solidifying its significance in the entertainment industry.

There are concerns regarding the fishing industry in South Africa, specifically the shark meat industry, and its potential contribution to unsustainable fishing practices and the decline of great white sharks. The episode highlights that one of the greatest threats to sharks in South Africa is the shark meat industry, which exports a substantial amount of shark meat to European and Asian markets. It is suggested that Australia indirectly supports these unsustainable practices by consuming shark meat in their fish and chips market. The episode emphasizes the necessity for increased transparency within the fishing industry to track the destination of these products and address their potential impact on shark populations.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1510_SouthAfricanGreatWhiteSharkAbscenceMysterySolved.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the latest climate news, including a climate protest and a political figure spreading misinformation about climate change and storms. Andrew also shares a personal anecdote about watching his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers, and how his dog helps him cope with the anxiety during games. Tune in to learn about climate change and how you can take action to protect the ocean.

Links to articles discussed in this episode:
1) https://www.politico.com/news/2023/09/20/desantis-2024-climate-change-00117078
2) https://www.reuters.com/fact-check/drop-climate-related-disaster-deaths-not-evidence-against-climate-emergency-2023-09-19/

More details:

Andrew is often accompanied by his Husky Samoyed named Nacho during recordings. Nacho acts as a service dog for the host, particularly when he watches his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers. Andrew shares that Nacho has a keen sense of his anxiousness during games and tries to alleviate it by staying close and being petted. Occasionally, Nacho may become a bit noisy and howl or grunt if the host stops petting him. Despite these occasional outbursts, the host finds Nacho's behavior endearing and appreciates having him as a service dog while watching the 49ers.

During the episode, the host discusses attending a recent conference related to their day job in public sector software. They aim to share their experience and provide valuable tips on networking at conferences, especially for individuals who may not know many people in attendance. The host emphasizes the significance of building networks and expanding one's connections as a means to advance their career.

Furthermore, Andrew highlights the significance of voting for politicians who prioritize addressing the climate crisis. He mentions a mass protest in North America, particularly in the US and Canada, urging President Biden to halt the approval of new oil and gas leases and projects. Andrew stresses the need for individuals to stay informed about politicians' actions across the political spectrum and make informed decisions for the benefit of the climate and the planet. The episode also acknowledges the power of protests and organized movements in influencing politicians to reconsider their stances and listen to public concerns. Andrew encourages listeners to engage with their elected representatives and continue advocating for meaningful change regarding climate change.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1509_WhyVotingForClimateChangeIsSoImportant.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the often overlooked issue of plastic pollution in our lakes, focusing on the Great Lakes and city centers like Chicago and Toronto. He highlights the common misconception that plastic pollution is solely an ocean problem, and emphasizes the need to address plastic pollution in all bodies of water. The episode explores new research that reveals the extent of plastic pollution in lakes and emphasizes the importance of speaking up for the ocean by taking action to combat this issue.

Link to article: https://www.thecooldown.com/outdoors/great-lakes-microplastics-water-pollution/

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Direct download: HTPTO_S1508_GreatLakesPlasticPollution.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew is joined by Margaret Spring to discuss the pressing issue of plastic pollution. Margaret shares updates on a UN treaty and highlights the research and programs conducted at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The conversation explores the actions needed from countries, companies, and individuals to reduce plastic use.

Tune in to learn more about the impact of plastic pollution and how we can all contribute to protecting the ocean.

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Margaret Spring joins Andrew on the podcast to discuss Ocean Plastic Pollution. She has a background in science, initially pursuing a degree in marine science. However, she realized that she could make a greater impact on the environment and the ocean by pursuing a career in law. Margaret believed that becoming a lawyer would allow her to effectively translate scientific knowledge and communicate it to others. She also mentioned the need to translate scientific findings for their expert colleagues. Despite acknowledging the challenges and intense training required to become a lawyer, Margaret remained committed to using her love for science and expertise in law to advocate for ocean justice and the protection of the ocean. She also highlighted their experience working in organizations like the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Center for International Environmental Law, which provided them with a better understanding of policy and politics.

During the episode, Margaret emphasized the importance of incorporating a business focus into the intersection of science and policy. She highlighted the efforts of her organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in this regard, noting that they have been integrating business practices into their operations even before the guest's arrival. Margaret stressed the need to realistically assess the environmental impact of their operations, particularly on the ocean, and effectively communicate this information to visitors and audiences.

Margaret also mentioned that their organization's credibility is enhanced by her commitment to modeling change and conservation. As a nonprofit organization, they rely on donations and contributions, but they also strive to conserve resources and manage expenses. They acknowledged the need to continuously improve their work and demonstrate tangible change. Additionally, Margaret acknowledged the fortunate position of their organization in California, a state with progressive policies in certain areas.

Furthermore, Margaret recognized that the business aspect of conservation is often overlooked in discussions about marine biology and marine conservation. She believed that in the future, the business perspective will play a significant role in leading conservation initiatives, particularly in addressing issues like plastic pollution. By integrating a business focus into the intersection of science, policy, and conservation, she believed that they can have a greater impact and drive major policy changes that benefit everyone.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Plastic Pollution Resources: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/act-for-the-ocean/plastic-pollution/what-we-do

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1507_MargaretSpringOceanPlastics.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin is joined by Bonnie Monteleone, the executive director of the Plastic Ocean Project. They discuss the fight against plastic pollution in the ocean and explore the innovative methods used by Bonnie's organization. They delve into the chemistry and makeup of plastics, as well as the importance of working with businesses to promote sustainability.

Tune in to learn more about the inspiring efforts to combat plastic pollution and protect our oceans.

Plastic Ocean Project Website: https://www.plasticoceanproject.org/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1506_PlasticOceanBonnieMonteleone.mp3
Category:Ocean Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Andrew encourages you to reflect on your personal connection to the ocean and what made them fall in love with it. He shares his own experience of falling in love with the ocean through watching Jacques Cousteau films and emphasizes the power of visual storytelling in documentaries. Andrew discusses the accessibility of technology and social media today, urging listeners to embrace the opportunity to create their own mini documentaries about the ocean.

The episode highlights the importance of personal storytelling and making a connection to the ocean through these films.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1505_ThePowerOfVisualStoryTellingInShortFilms.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew interviews Jess Fuji, the sea otter program manager and principal investigator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They discuss the sea otter program at the aquarium, which includes research on the wild population, as well as the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or orphaned otters. Jess shares her experience working with sea otters and the importance of their conservation.

Tune in to learn more about these fascinating creatures and the efforts to protect them.

Monterey Bay Sea Otter Program: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/sea-otter-program-timeline

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1504_MontereyAquariumSeaOtterJesseFujii_1.mp3
Category:Sea Otter -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew interviews Andy Dehart, the president and CEO of the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. They discuss Andy's journey through the marine biology career and his work at the center. The episode focuses on sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education, highlighting the unique aspects of the Marine Life Center. Tune in to learn more about the amazing work happening at this Florida-based organization.

Loggerhead Marine Life Center: https://marinelife.org/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1503_AndyDeHart.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of podcasting for organizations in environmental and marine science and conservation. He emphasizes the power of podcasting as a mode of communication to reach a wide audience and promote action for the ocean. Andrew highlights the longevity and impact of podcasting, and encourages listeners to take advantage of this underappreciated platform.

If you or your organization is interested in launching a podcast for your organization, please contact me to discuss the next steps: https://www.speakupforblue.com/contact/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1502_WhyYourConservationOrganizationNeedsAPodcast.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Alex, a representative from the organization Just Stop Oil, joins Andrew Lewin to discuss climate activism. They explore the positive and negative perceptions of Just Stop Oil and the urgency of addressing climate change in the face of devastating wildfires, hurricanes, typhoons, flooding, and droughts.

The conversation delves into the effectiveness of protests in driving government action and the role of organizations like Just Stop Oil in promoting change. Tune in to gain insights into the world of climate activism and the importance of protecting the ocean.

Links to articles: https://www.socialchangelab.org/news/just-stop-oil-protests-are-likely-building-support-for-moderate-climate-organisations%2C-survey-reveals

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1501_JustStopOil.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this special episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue podcast, host Andrew Lewin celebrates reaching the milestone of 1500 episodes. He expresses gratitude to the audience for their support over the past 10 years and acknowledges the help he has received along the way. Andrew is joined by Nathan Johnson for an Ocean Talk Friday segment, reminiscing about their early podcasting days. Tune in to hear about the journey and the importance of protecting the ocean.

Articles Discussed in this Episode:
Pacific Corals and Heat Tolerance: https://news.mongabay.com/2023/08/hope-but-no-free-pass-as-pacific-corals-show-tolerance-to-warming-oceans/

Windmills and their affect on sea animals: https://newsreadeck.com/article/iflscience/how-do-large-wind-farms-impact-sea-life/a14da46cf81cf5eab1cd8683a09d8118/?articleURL=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuaWZsc2NpZW5jZS5jb20vaG93LWRvLWxhcmdlLXdpbmQtZmFybXMtaW1wYWN0LXNlYS1saWZlLTcwNDYx

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1500_OceanTalk.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:17am EDT

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