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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the recent COP28 and its outcomes. The major headline from the convention was the agreement to phase out fossil fuels, but there is little else to report. Andrew goes on to share five key takeaways from the Climate Change Summit, highlighting potential historic moments while emphasizing the need for continued work. The episode is sponsored by Conservation Careers, a platform that offers resources for those interested in conservation careers. Andrew also mentions taking a communications for conservation course through Conservation Careers and expresses his enthusiasm for it.

Tune in to learn more about the outcomes of COP28 and how you can take action to protect the ocean.

Link to article: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/cop28-summit-summary-deal-key-points-b2462598.html

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In this episode, the host emphasizes the significance of incremental progress in conservation efforts, even if they may not be as fast or aggressive as desired. The host acknowledges that while these small steps may not immediately lead to the desired significant changes, they are crucial for progress to occur. It is emphasized that these small building blocks need to be a global effort, with the world approaching conservation together.

The host draws a parallel between these small building blocks and the process of establishing a marine protected area. It is acknowledged that the initial boundaries may not be perfect and the management structure may not be the strongest, but it is essential to define the boundaries and start implementing management measures. Over time, improvements can be made, such as expanding the no-take reserve area, as exemplified by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of incremental progress in conservation and recognizes that although it may not be as fast or aggressive as desired, it is still necessary and contributes to the overall goal of environmental protection.

The episode also delves into the significance of the COP meetings in addressing climate change and fostering global collaboration. While the host may not be a huge fan of COP, it is acknowledged that these talks are necessary. It is emphasized that even though the progress made at these meetings may not be as fast or aggressive as desired, they serve as essential building blocks for addressing climate change on a global scale.

The host mentions that the COP28 meeting in the United Arab Emirates had both positive and negative aspects. While some attendees felt exhausted and frustrated by the talk and "BS" that occurs, the episode highlights the positive outcomes that can arise from these meetings. For instance, major hotels converting to more sustainable practices demonstrate that progress can be achieved through collaboration and the exchange of ideas with investors, companies, and stakeholders.

Overall, the episode suggests that despite the flaws and negativity associated with COP meetings, they play a crucial role in bringing together different parties to discuss and address climate change. They provide a platform for global collaboration and the exchange of ideas, ultimately contributing to progress in tackling climate change as a global entity.

According to the podcast transcript, one of the key takeaways from COP28 is the significant presence of attendees linked to the fossil fuel industry at the summit. The transcript reveals that climate groups' analysis shows a record number of 2,456 individuals from the fossil fuel industry in attendance.

The podcast also highlights controversies surrounding the COP28 president, Sultan Ahmad al-Jabir, who is the CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. Prior to the summit and during its opening days, over 130 legislators from the US and EU called for his removal. Additionally, he had to address backlash over comments questioning the need to phase out fossil fuels by emphasizing that he and the UAE respected climate science.

This information raises concerns about the influence of corporate interests, particularly from the fossil fuel industry, on climate action at COP28. The significant number of attendees linked to the fossil fuel industry prompts questions about the extent to which their interests may impact the negotiations and decisions made at the summit.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1542_COP28Results.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 importance of personalized communication from conservation organizations. He shares his frustrations with generic emails and constant donation requests, emphasizing the need for organizations to understand their audience's preferences and provide value beyond just asking for money. Andrew also reflects on his own journey in communications and his passion for using his skills to work with conservation organizations.

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The podcast host is currently enrolled in a Conservation Communications course offered by Conservation Careers. This online video course provides valuable knowledge and experience in communication strategies specifically tailored to the field of conservation. The host highly recommends the course, as it covers all the necessary tactics and strategies needed to excel in conservation communications. They are amazed by the success stories of individuals who have secured jobs after completing the course. Topics covered in the course include developing a communications plan, crafting engaging copy for conservation projects, securing press and media coverage, building and engaging social media audiences, creating content to support conservation initiatives, and measuring the effectiveness of communication activities. The host encourages listeners interested in a career in conservation and communications to visit the Conservation Careers website and sign up for one of their courses. As an added bonus, they provide a discount code for a 33% discount on any training course at Conservation Careers.

During the episode, the host suggests that an effective communication strategy involves allowing people to become familiar with the organization and the individuals working there. They believe that the people involved in these organizations are remarkable, passionate, and genuinely care about the environment. By showcasing the individuals and their projects, the host believes that it strengthens the organization's message.

The host emphasizes the importance of showcasing the people and projects to help the audience understand the magnitude of the problems at hand and how the proposed solutions can make a difference. This approach aims to establish a connection between the audience and the organization by humanizing the work being done. By getting to know the individuals involved, the host believes it fosters trust and engagement with the organization.

Additionally, the host highlights the significance of involving the community in the communication process. This goes beyond simply asking for donations and extends to seeking feedback, ideas, and stories from the audience. By actively involving the community, the host believes it creates a stronger and more supportive network. This engagement can take various forms, such as participating in call-to-action campaigns, signing petitions, or contacting relevant government representatives.

Overall, the host suggests that by allowing people to become acquainted with the organization and its members, and by actively involving the community in the communication process, it can lead to more effective communication and garner greater support for the organization's goals.

In the episode, the host delves into the importance of establishing an emotional connection between individuals and the conservation cause. They emphasize that this emotional connection can be a powerful tool for decision-making and community building.

The host explains that when people feel emotionally connected to a place or cause, it significantly influences their decision-making process. They note that this emotional connection can tug at the heartstrings of decision-makers, making them more inclined to take action. By highlighting the emotional connection between individuals and the conservation cause, it becomes easier to rally support and secure the necessary resources for implementing conservation projects.

Furthermore, the host suggests that celebrating both the successes and challenges of conservation projects can contribute to building a sense of community. By sharing achievements, people feel a sense of accomplishment and are motivated to continue supporting the cause. Additionally, by acknowledging setbacks and seeking assistance, it creates an opportunity for community engagement and collaboration. This fosters a stronger sense of community and encourages active participation in finding solutions.

The episode also touches on the role of social media and content creation in establishing emotional connections and building community. The host expresses frustration that many organizations do not fully utilize social media and content creation to connect with people and share their conservation efforts. They firmly believe that social media and content creation can be powerful tools for building emotional connections and generating support for conservation projects.

Overall, the episode highlights the importance of establishing an emotional connection between individuals and the conservation cause. By doing so, it can influence decision-making, foster community building, and ultimately lead to greater success in conservation efforts.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1541_HowOrganizationsCanDoBetterInSciComms.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the surprising connection between whales, dolphins, and climate change. He shares insights from COP28 in Dubai, where the critical role of ocean animals in reducing greenhouse gases was highlighted. Lewin explores how these marine mammals can capture and store carbon, shedding light on the importance of protecting them for the sake of the environment.

Tune in to discover the unexpected ways in which whales and dolphins contribute to the fight against climate change.

Link to article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/whales-dolphins-could-help-save-31624331

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According to the podcast episode, whales and dolphins possess the remarkable ability to combat climate change by capturing and storing carbon. This topic is currently being discussed at COP28 in Dubai, where the critical role of ocean animals, particularly marine mammals like whales, in capturing and storing carbon to fight climate change is being highlighted. The episode also emphasizes that protecting whales and dolphins can effectively reduce greenhouse gases. The whale and dolphin conservation group advocates for recognizing these ocean giants as a solution to the climate change crisis, with a role just as crucial as rainforests. The report "Whales in Hot Water" warns that climate change is adversely affecting whale populations by undermining their health and reproductive capabilities. It identifies warming oceans as a significant threat to numerous animal species.

Dr. Sylvia Earle stresses the importance of safeguarding ocean habitats and draws attention to the damage caused by climate change. She firmly believes that an ocean teeming with whales and dolphins can play a vital role in combating climate change. Dr. Earle argues that it is imperative for people to comprehend the potential loss if habitats continue to be destroyed. She urges action at COP28 to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of climate change on oceans and the potential of healthy oceans to mitigate climate change.

The episode also explores the connection between a healthy ocean and the well-being of marine animals. It emphasizes that protecting the ocean from various threats, including climate change, is essential for maintaining healthy populations of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. Additionally, thriving populations of phytoplankton, corals, seagrasses, mangroves, and salt marshes contribute significantly to reducing climate change.

The episode highlights the decline in krill populations, which serve as a major food source for baleen whales in the Southern Ocean. The decrease in krill has resulted in changes in animal migration patterns and prey selection. The WDC report underscores the need to protect these animals and emphasizes the role of whales and dolphins as a lifeline in the battle against climate change.

Overall, the episode underscores the significance of preserving ocean habitats and addressing climate change to ensure the well-being of marine animals and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The podcast actively encourages listeners to share their thoughts on protecting marine mammals and to take action for ocean conservation. The host expresses a desire to hear from listeners about their strategies for protecting whales, dolphins, and marine mammals in their respective countries. Furthermore, the host encourages listeners to share the podcast with others who may have an interest in learning more. This indicates that the podcast aims to engage its audience and inspire them to actively participate in protecting marine mammals and conserving the ocean.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1540_WhalesAndDolphinsCanHelpWithClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin interviews Jonathan Lenato, a flip-flop artist from Ocean Sole. They discuss the process of carving flip-flops into artistic pieces and the importance of reusing them. Jonathan shares his passion for the business and the eye-opening nature of their products. Listeners gain insight into the environmental impact of flip-flops and how Ocean Sole is making a difference. Join the conversation and learn how everyday items can be transformed into beautiful works of art while helping to protect the ocean.

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Ocean Soul is a company that specializes in producing a wide range of products, with a particular focus on sculptures of wildlife and marine animals. However, they have also expanded their product line to include home items like cushions and stools. They even create sculptures of domestic animals such as dogs and cats. The company takes pride in offering a diverse range of products, boasting over a hundred different items to cater to various customer preferences and interests.

The skilled carvers at Ocean Sole rely heavily on their memory and previous experience when creating their products. Their expertise is such that they can often craft pieces without the need for reference photos or drafts. For instance, when carving giraffes, they can rely solely on their memory to guide them, knowing exactly what to do.

Nevertheless, there are instances where reference photos are necessary, especially when clients make specific requests. In such cases, the carvers may need to consult specific photos or drafts to ensure they capture all the necessary details accurately.

Overall, while the carvers primarily rely on their memory and experience, they are also adaptable and willing to use reference photos when needed to meet the specific requests of their clients.

The process of creating Ocean Sole's products involves several steps. It begins with gathering flip-flops and die-cutting them to create blocks. These blocks are then joined together and meticulously carved using a knife to shape the desired features, such as the body, legs, ears, and other intricate details. After carving, the products undergo a smoothing process using sandpaper, which reveals the curve of the knife. Once the smoothing is complete, the various parts, such as the ears, eyes, and tails, are assembled, and the product undergoes a balancing process.

Following the assembly and balancing, the products go through a thorough quality control process. This involves checking the positioning of all the details, such as the eyes and ears, and ensuring overall balance. If any issues are found, adjustments are made to meet the required standards.

Once the quality control is complete, the products are washed with powder soap and disinfected, ensuring they are ready for sale or storage. The entire process requires skill and craftsmanship, with the carvers considering themselves as artists. Unfortunately, the episode does not provide specific information regarding the time it takes to complete each step or the overall duration of the process.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1539_OceanSoleCarverJonathan1.mp3
Category:Ocean Sole -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin dives into the controversial topic of deep-sea mining. While the focus has been on COP28, Andrew shifts the conversation to the recent developments in deep sea mining. He highlights reports from Greenpeace and mining websites that discuss countries and companies eager to start testing or continue testing deep-sea mining. Andrew raises questions about the viability and financial motivations behind these efforts.

Tune in to learn more about the potential impacts of deep-sea mining and how it may affect our oceans.

Links to article:
1) https://www.miningweekly.com/article/a-showdown-over-deep-sea-mining-is-taking-place-in-the-pacific-2023-11-28
2) https://www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/64213/norways-greenlight-for-deep-sea-mining-in-the-arctic-shatters-international-credibility/
3) https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/08/02/deep-sea-mining-heres-which-countries-oppose-and-support-the-controversial-practice

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The host of the podcast, Andrew Lewin, has recently launched a daily newsletter dedicated to providing valuable information about the ocean. This newsletter serves as a complementary resource to the podcast episodes, ensuring that listeners stay up to date with ocean-related news that may not be covered in the show. Describing it as an "information highway," the host encourages listeners to access the newsletter either through the podcast or by subscribing to receive it directly in their inbox every weekday morning. Stressing its significance, the host emphasizes that the newsletter is a valuable tool for staying informed about ocean-related matters and urges listeners to sign up for it.

Excitingly, the podcast host announces the inclusion of job postings in the newsletter. These job opportunities are specifically related to the ocean and provide details about their locations and the organizations offering them. The host expresses enthusiasm for this new addition and hopes that it will gain traction among the audience. The overarching goal of the podcast and the host's company, Speak Up For Blue Media and Communications, is to inform listeners about ocean-related developments, empowering them to advocate for the ocean and take action towards its betterment. By signing up for the newsletter, which is sent every weekday morning, listeners can stay up to date with the latest information and job postings related to the ocean.

The podcast, titled "How to Protect the Ocean," and its host's company, Speak Up For Blue Media and Communications, are dedicated to educating listeners about the state of the ocean and inspiring them to become advocates for its preservation. Andrew Lewin emphasizes the importance of speaking up for the ocean and encourages listeners to actively engage and make a difference. The podcast aims to raise awareness about various ocean-related issues, including deep-sea mining, and foster meaningful conversations and discussions among its audience. Additionally, the host mentions a newsletter that listeners can subscribe to, ensuring they receive regular updates and information about the ocean. Overall, the podcast and the host's company are committed to educating and empowering listeners to protect and conserve the ocean.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1538_SomeCountriesAreLookingAtTestingDeep-SeaMining.mp3
Category:Deep-Sea Mining -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the recent court ruling that has put Canada's plastic ban in jeopardy. Anthony, a plastics campaigner from Oceana Canada, joins us to shed light on the significance of the ruling. The court deemed the plastics being banned as non-toxic, which raised questions about the effectiveness of the ban. Anthony explains that the ruling challenges the listing of plastics as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which serves as the foundation for the ban. He emphasizes that the ban is still in effect as the government plans to appeal the ruling. However, during the appeal process, no new regulations are expected to be implemented. Anthony highlights the need for strong regulations and encourages individuals to get involved at the local level by advocating for bylaws that ban single-use plastics in their communities. He also mentions the upcoming Global Plastics Treaty negotiations as an opportunity to address plastic pollution on a global scale.

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The episode delves into the concept that spending time in nature can foster a deeper appreciation for the environment and a stronger desire to protect it. Both the host and guest express their belief in this idea, highlighting that when people immerse themselves in nature and form a connection with it, they are more inclined to safeguard it. The guest provides examples of individuals who engage in activities like hunting, fishing, or hobbies that involve being in the environment, and how they become advocates for preserving oceans and lands. The host concurs with this perspective, emphasizing that the more time people spend in nature, the more they develop a love for it and a commitment to its protection. They also underscore the significance of organizations like Oceana in nurturing this appreciation for nature and the environment.

The podcast episode also addresses the disconnect between the scientific community and policy-making when it comes to addressing environmental issues. The speaker expresses frustration with the scientific community's focus on monitoring and reporting environmental degradation without taking practical steps to effect change. They believe that there is a lack of communication and collaboration between the scientific world in academia and the policy world that shapes environmental decisions.

To bridge this gap, the speaker shares their personal experience of transitioning from academia to working on data and policy at WWF Canada. They specifically mention their work on freshwater health assessments and their efforts to protect the Great Lakes from flawed environmental policies. One example they highlight is the absence of regulation on road salt, which they argue has devastating effects on freshwater ecosystems.

The speaker also discusses their current role at Oceania Canada, where they work on the plastics campaign. They emphasize the importance of making science-based decisions and applying valuable research findings to policy-making. They mention their ability to engage with academics and read academic papers, which allows them to integrate the worlds of science and policy.

Overall, the episode suggests the need for improved communication and collaboration between the scientific community and policymakers to effectively address environmental issues. The speaker's personal experiences underscore the importance of incorporating science into practical policy-making and making evidence-based decisions.

In the episode, the speakers emphasize the significance of habituating people to new processes and ways of interacting with their surroundings in order to bring about sustainable changes. They stress that implementing drastic changes all at once can be met with resistance and pushback. Instead, they propose a gradual approach, starting with smaller, more manageable changes.

One example mentioned in the episode is the plastic movement, which originated from the issue of plastic straws and their impact on sea turtles. The speakers argue that beginning with small changes like these helps people adjust to new ways of doing things. They also note that these smaller changes are often the ones most widely discussed and covered in the media.

The speakers also discuss the idea of effecting change on a larger scale by starting at the local level. They encourage individuals to engage in local politics and advocate for bylaws that ban single-use plastics at sports venues, for instance. They believe that by initiating change at a local level, individuals can have a broader impact and inspire others to follow suit.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of habituating people to new processes and ways of interacting with their surroundings to bring about sustainable changes. It emphasizes that change is a gradual process and that starting with smaller, manageable changes can be more effective in the long run. Additionally, the speakers encourage individuals to get involved in local politics and push for larger-scale changes to combat plastic pollution.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1537_OceanaCanadaPlasticsAnthonyMerante.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, host Andrew Lewin explores the world of electric vehicles, but with a twist. Instead of focusing on road transportation, he delves into the realm of electric boat motors and boats. He interviews Ben Sorkin, the CEO of Flux Marine, who discusses their mission to reduce pollutants in the water and atmosphere through the use of electric motors. With COP 28 and environmental concerns in the spotlight, Flux Marine is one of the companies pushing for change. Tune in to learn more about their efforts to make boating more sustainable and protect our oceans.

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In this episode, the host emphasizes the significance of listener reviews and feedback for the podcast. By sharing their thoughts and reviews, listeners can help others make informed decisions about whether or not to listen to the podcast. The host also appreciates constructive feedback as it aids in the improvement of the podcast. Specifically, the host asks listeners to review the podcast on platforms like Apple Podcasts or Spotify, as it not only helps others understand the podcast's content but also benefits the podcast as a whole. Additionally, the host expresses gratitude towards listeners who take the time to review the podcast and encourages them to reach out through a video or on social media platforms like Instagram.

During the episode, the host mentions that links to Ben's company, website, and social media will be provided to make it easier for listeners to access more information. This demonstrates the host's desire to facilitate connections between listeners and Ben's work, encouraging further exploration and potential engagement with his company through various platforms.

The guest, Ben Sorkin, discusses his company, Flux Marine, and their innovative technology and initiatives aimed at improving the environment and enhancing experiences in boating and water activities. As the CEO of Flux Marine, Sorkin explains that their primary goal is to develop electric marine propulsion systems that offer the best boating experiences in the world.

Sorkin's passion for boating and the environment is evident as he shares his background and how the intersection of boating and the environment has been integral to his life. Growing up boating and having a love for engineering and working for an environmental education center, Sorkin was driven to think about the technology that could be developed to make boating more sustainable and enjoyable.

The host acknowledges the hard work and innovation that Flux Marine brings to the industry. He recognizes that entering this industry is not easy and requires frustration, investment, and experimentation. However, he appreciates the efforts of Flux Marine in providing a better and more sustainable way to enjoy boating.

Furthermore, the host emphasizes the importance of being on the water and connecting with nature. Whether it's freshwater or ocean water, being on the water always offers fun and different adventures. The host expresses excitement about the idea of experiencing these adventures with an electric motor from Flux Marine.

In conclusion, this episode highlights Flux Marine's commitment to developing innovative technology that not only improves the environment but also enhances the overall boating experience. The company's focus on sustainability and creating better experiences aligns with the guest's personal values and passion for boating and the environment.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1536_EVBoatsMotors1.mp3
Category:Electric Boats -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the controversies surrounding COP28, and the climate change talks taking place in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, known for its oil and gas production, has raised concerns as leaks suggest discussions on increasing fossil fuel production rather than reducing it. Andrew emphasizes the need for collective action and challenges the influence of the fossil fuel industry.

Tune in to stay informed on the latest news and controversies from COP28.

Links to articles:
1) https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0gw5km0
2) https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/sultan-al-jaber-the-uae-oil-boss-steering-cop28/ar-AA1kANVx

In this episode, the host actively encourages listeners to engage with the podcast by providing feedback and sharing their passion. They provide two ways for listeners to reach out: sending emails through the website speakupforblue.com and leaving voice messages by clicking on the microphone icon on the website. This convenient and direct communication allows listeners to easily share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas with the host.

The host expresses a genuine interest in hearing from listeners and emphasizes the importance of their feedback. They specifically mention their desire to hear the passion in listeners' voices and encourage them to leave voice messages. This demonstrates the host's appreciation for the input and perspectives of their audience.

By actively encouraging feedback and engagement, the host aims to foster a community of involved and passionate listeners. They want to understand what listeners enjoy about the podcast, why they listen to it, and what they gain from it. This valuable feedback helps the host tailor future episodes and content to better meet the needs and interests of their audience.

Overall, the host's commitment to creating an interactive and listener-focused podcast is evident through their encouragement for listeners to send emails or leave voice messages. They value and appreciate the input of their audience, making the podcast responsive to feedback.

In this episode, the host highlights the importance of reducing fossil fuel dependence and promoting renewable energy. They mention Clean Energy Canada, a program in Canada that focuses on reducing the use of fossil fuel technologies and implementing alternative energy sources like heat pumps for residences instead of oil heating. The host also emphasizes the significance of sending skilled negotiators to international climate change meetings, such as COP28, to reach agreements that promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel production. This urgency to transition to renewable energy technologies is crucial in mitigating the impacts of climate change and protecting the planet.

The host also emphasizes the need to include oil and gas representatives in climate conversations for a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. They explain that excluding these leaders from the talks may make them feel left out and excluded. The host argues that involving these representatives in the discussions is necessary for a successful transition to low-carbon energy processes. They mention that the president, Jabbar, supports this inclusion approach and wants oil and gas representatives to be part of COP28. Additionally, the host highlights that Jabbar, as the leader of COP28 and a chief executive in the oil industry, has been collaborating with oil and gas companies to reduce emissions. They mention that over 20 companies have committed to emission reductions at COP28, and a final deal on this commitment is expected to be announced at the conference. The host acknowledges that concerns may arise regarding potential conflicts of interest due to Jabbar's involvement in the oil and gas industry. However, they also recognize the significant role of money in these meetings and the potential for influential industry leaders to drive substantial outcomes.

Direct download: HTPTP_E1535_COP28IsItAJoke.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 Canadian government's ban on single-use plastics. He explains that the ban includes items such as straws, grocery bags, and takeout containers. However, he highlights a recent court ruling that may jeopardize the ban. The ruling states that these items should not be classified as toxic, potentially undermining the ban's effectiveness. Lewin delves into the importance of this classification and how it could impact the future of the plastic ban.

Tune in to learn more about the government's efforts to protect the ocean and how listeners can take action.

Link to article: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/federal-court-quashes-cabinet-order-underlying-single-use-plastics-ban-1.6648375

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In this episode, the discussion revolves around the harmful effects of plastic pollution on both the environment and human health. The host emphasizes the pervasive presence of plastic in our daily lives, including in our food, salt, and air. Of particular concern are microplastics, tiny particles of plastic that can be found in various types of food. The urgent need to halt the production and distribution of plastic is underscored as a crucial step in addressing this issue.

Plastic pollution is described as a universal problem that affects everyone, regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, or age. While the immediate effects may not be apparent, the long-term consequences can be detrimental to our well-being. The episode stresses the importance of taking action to combat plastic pollution and highlights Canada's efforts in implementing a ban on single-use plastic items such as straws, grocery bags, and takeout containers.

However, this ban in Canada faces potential challenges due to a recent court ruling that dismissed the classification of plastic as toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. This setback is seen as a significant obstacle in the fight against plastic pollution. The episode raises questions about how the government will respond to these challenges and emphasizes the ongoing need for collective efforts to address plastic pollution and safeguard both the environment and human health.

The episode also mentions that the Canadian government is aware of the plastic pollution crisis and is actively considering taking action. The host states that the government is carefully reviewing a federal court judgment and strongly considering an appeal. Additionally, they highlight the government's commitment to collaborating with provinces, territories, civil society, and industry to tackle plastic waste and pollution. The host emphasizes the urgency for the government to overcome the challenges posed by plastic pollution and take decisive action. It is evident that the Canadian government is cognizant of the issue and actively working towards finding solutions to address the plastic pollution crisis.

Oceana Canada is mentioned as an organization calling on industry leaders and governments across the country to join forces in ending plastic pollution at its source. The podcast transcript highlights Oceana Canada's plea for action and support from industry leaders and governments in their fight against plastic pollution. The host encourages listeners to visit Oceana Canada's page to learn more about their plastic campaign. Furthermore, the host expresses their intention to invite a representative from Oceana Canada to discuss the setback in detail on the podcast. The overall message conveyed is that Oceana Canada is actively engaged in efforts to end plastic pollution and seeks support from industry leaders and governments to achieve this crucial goal.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1534_CanadasSignleUsePlasticBanAtRisk.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew interviews Bernie Geiss, Founder of Cove Contuinity Advisors Inc. and a representative from a B Corp business. They discuss the importance of the B Corp certification and how it impacts not only the environment but also local communities and employees. Bernie shares his company's focus on conserving relationships and the environment. 

Tune in to learn more about the B Corp program and the positive impact it has on protecting the planet and oceans.

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Bernie Geiss had an unconventional educational journey. After dropping out of high school in grade 12, they embarked on a five-year travel adventure. During their travels, they had the opportunity to learn meditation from Buddhist teachers and renowned instructors in India. Upon returning to Canada, they sought a means to make a living and achieve self-sufficiency. Drawing from their background in studying philosophy, they found the topic of death to be comfortable and intriguing. This led them to view life insurance as a fascinating tool. One of the reasons they decided to pursue a career in life insurance was the fact that it did not require them to return to university or college. They also noted that professional designations in the life insurance industry were not offered through universities, which further motivated them to take shortcuts and attain these designations independently. Their goal was to build self-sufficiency for themselves and assist the individuals they worked with.

Bernie's exposure to meditation and their philosophical studies influenced their decision to enter the life insurance field. They perceived life insurance as an intriguing tool due to its connection to discussions about death, a topic they were comfortable with. Additionally, their strong desire for self-sufficiency and independence drove them to explore various career options. Ultimately, they chose life insurance as it provided an avenue for achieving self-sufficiency without the need for further formal education.

The speaker's pursuit of a career in life insurance was driven by their aspiration for self-sufficiency and the ability to align their work with their personal values and principles. They aimed to establish self-sufficiency for themselves and extend it to the individuals they served. Recognizing the value of life, disability, and critical illness insurance in times of crisis, such as the loss of a loved one or a disability, they believed these tools could provide crucial support. While the speaker acknowledged anecdotal stories of how insurance had positively impacted people's lives, the focus of the discussion was not on these stories. Instead, they emphasized how insurance allowed them to maintain their independence and avoid working for others. By becoming an independent broker, they were able to build their business based on their own philosophy and values, rather than conforming to someone else's. The speaker attributed their comfort with the concept of death to their background in studying philosophy, which further fueled their interest in life insurance. They chose this career path as they believed it offered a means to achieve self-sufficiency. Additionally, they expressed a desire to take shortcuts and avoid returning to university or college to obtain professional designations, as these were not available through universities anyway. In summary, the speaker's decision to pursue a career in life insurance was rooted in their pursuit of self-sufficiency and the opportunity to work in alignment with their own values and principles.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1533_BernieGeiss.mp3
Category:B Corp -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, host Andrew Luen explores the importance of science and conservation communication in changing behaviors to protect the ocean. He discusses the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the consumer frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, emphasizing the need to rethink our behavior and prioritize conservation.

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Bernie's company is actively making a positive impact on the world through various environmental and local projects. The podcast transcript highlights how Bernie's team is involved in environmental initiatives and reconciliation projects with indigenous groups, demonstrating their commitment to improving the environment and making a difference in the community. Moreover, the podcast emphasizes that Bernie's team genuinely enjoys their work, indicating that the company's focus on these projects has fostered a positive culture within the team. Overall, Bernie's company is effectively leveraging their business to contribute to environmental and community initiatives, showcasing their dedication to creating a positive impact on the world.

In this episode of the podcast, the host explores the crucial role of science communicators in promoting alternatives to harmful consumerism. The host specifically emphasizes the negative consequences of materialistic behaviors, particularly during events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They shed light on how the commercial aspect of these events encourages people to purchase products that may harm the environment or exploit those involved in their production.

The host suggests that science communicators have a responsibility to encourage individuals to consider alternatives to material goods. Instead of simply discouraging the purchase of consumer products or gifts, they should promote experiences such as family trips or volunteering for charities. By focusing on these alternatives, science communicators can help shift the perspective from materialistic consumption to more sustainable and meaningful actions.

The host acknowledges the challenge science communicators face in addressing these issues without sounding negative. They emphasize the importance of presenting alternatives in a positive light, rather than solely discouraging certain behaviors. Instead of saying "don't buy this because it affects the environment," science communicators should focus on suggesting actions that benefit the environment, such as choosing eco-friendly products or engaging in activities that promote conservation.

Overall, this episode highlights the significant role of science communicators in promoting alternatives to harmful consumerism. By encouraging individuals to think beyond material goods and consider more sustainable actions, science communicators can help protect the environment and drive positive change.

In the episode, the speaker underscores the importance of considering the environmental impact of our purchases and only acquiring what is truly necessary. They draw attention to the consumerism associated with events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where people are enticed to buy discounted items without fully considering the environmental consequences. The speaker questions whether the convenience of acquiring more stuff, particularly from large online retailers like Amazon, outweighs the negative impacts on the environment and local communities.

They suggest that as science communicators, it is crucial to discuss alternatives to the materialistic mindset that often surrounds these shopping events. They advocate for a shift in behavior and mindset, encouraging individuals to reflect on their true needs and support small businesses that contribute to local economies. The speaker argues that instead of focusing on accumulating more possessions and wealth, individuals should prioritize making a positive impact on the world and their communities.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the need for individuals to be mindful consumers, considering the environmental consequences of their purchases and making choices that align with their values and the well-being of the planet.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1532_SciCommSpeakingThePublicsLanguage.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the often overlooked consequence of climate change: ocean acidification. He explains what ocean acidification is, its impact on the oceans, and explores potential solutions. This important issue is rarely discussed in the media, making it crucial for listeners to be informed and take action.

Link to article: https://greencoast.org/ocean-acidification-solutions/

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In this episode, the host discusses the significance of utilizing alternative modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, or public transport, to decrease carbon emissions from cars. The host emphasizes that these alternative transportation methods not only benefit the environment but also promote personal health.

While the host acknowledges that electric vehicles (EVs) are a viable option for transportation since they don't consume fossil fuels and therefore don't contribute to carbon emissions, they also encourage the use of walking, cycling, or public transport. These options are not only environmentally friendly but also promote physical activity and overall well-being.

Furthermore, the host highlights the concept of reducing food miles as a means to minimize transportation-related carbon emissions. They suggest consuming locally grown foods and eating locally, as most meals in the US travel over 1,500 miles to reach consumers. By purchasing and consuming local and seasonal food, individuals can reduce the energy and CO2 emissions associated with food transportation.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the importance of utilizing alternative modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, or public transport, to reduce carbon emissions from cars. It also promotes the idea of eating locally and consuming locally grown foods to minimize transportation-related carbon emissions.

In this episode, the host emphasizes the significance of eating locally grown foods as a way to reduce the transportation of food and the associated carbon emissions. The host explains that most meals in the US travel over 1,500 miles to reach our plates, and this transportation by road, rail, or air consumes energy and releases CO2, with air freight being the most polluting. By choosing to eat locally, such as shopping at farmer's markets or local groceries, individuals can significantly reduce the distance that food needs to travel.

The host emphasizes the benefits of consuming seasonal food that is available in and around our area. By doing so, we can switch to foods that are readily available and do not require long-distance transportation. This not only reduces carbon emissions but also allows individuals to connect with the food in their local communities.

Additionally, the host mentions the concept of "food miles," which refers to the distance that food travels from the farm to the consumer. By reducing food miles through the consumption of locally grown foods, individuals can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint associated with food transportation.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the importance of eating locally grown foods as a way to reduce the transportation of food and the associated carbon emissions. By making conscious choices and opting for seasonal and locally sourced food, individuals can play a significant role in mitigating the environmental impact of the food industry.

In this episode, the host discusses the importance of repair, reuse, and recycling to decrease carbon emissions from manufacturing new products. The host points out that often, items are discarded instead of being repaired due to the high cost of fixing them or the convenience of buying new ones. However, the host emphasizes the need to shift this mindset and prioritize repairing more things, such as iPhones or mobile phones, instead of immediately disposing of them.

By repairing and reusing items, the host explains that we can significantly reduce the amount of CO2 emitted during the manufacturing process of new products. This is because manufacturing new products requires energy and resources, which contribute to carbon emissions. By extending the lifespan of products through repair and reuse, we can minimize the need for new production and therefore reduce the associated CO2 emissions.

Additionally, the host acknowledges the importance of recycling certain items. While recycling is often seen as a solution to reducing waste and carbon emissions, the host acknowledges that it can sometimes be misleading, as not all items are equally recyclable. However, the host encourages listeners to prioritize refusing single-use plastics and other non-recyclable items whenever possible. By refusing and reusing items that are difficult to dispose of, we can further contribute to reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural environments.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the importance of repair, reuse, and recycling as strategies to decrease carbon emissions from manufacturing new products. By adopting these practices, we can extend the lifespan of items, minimize waste, and decrease the energy and resources required for new production, ultimately leading to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1531_OceanAcidification.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, we have exciting news from Papua New Guinea. They have established two new marine protected areas spanning 16,000 square kilometers, making it one of the largest community-led efforts of its kind. The process took seven years and involved over 9,000 people from 100 indigenous communities. These protected areas are a significant victory for Papua New Guinea, indigenous peoples, and endangered marine species like sharks, rays, and turtles. This achievement sets an example of successful community and government partnership on the path to achieving the global 30 by 30 target.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, the host discusses the importance of ratings and reviews in helping new listeners decide whether to tune in. Listeners are encouraged to leave ratings and reviews on platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other favorite podcast apps. The host specifically asks for feedback on why listeners enjoy the podcast and their overall experience. By sharing their thoughts, listeners can help others understand what to expect and potentially have the same positive experience.

To further engage with the audience, the host suggests reaching out on Instagram and sharing a screenshot of their rating and review. It is emphasized that the host does not take offense if listeners don't love the podcast, but they want to provide transparency and help potential listeners make informed decisions.

Moving on, the episode delves into the concept of contributing to ocean conservation commitments (OCCs) as a way for individuals to directly support marine protected areas (MPAs) and initiatives. OCCs are highlighted as a new funding model that has revolutionized conservation efforts. By financially supporting a specific square kilometer of an MPA for 20 years or more, individuals can have a direct impact on its management and success.

The host draws a parallel to platforms like Patreon, where creators update their supporters on project progress. Similarly, supporters of OCCs would want to stay informed about the management of the MPAs they are supporting. The host acknowledges that OCCs provide an opportunity for individuals who may feel frustrated or unable to support larger initiatives to contribute to ocean conservation.

However, the host also emphasizes the need for trust, fail-safes, and reporting mechanisms to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the OCC model. The example of the island of Nui is mentioned as a case study to understand how the OCC model works and how people respond to supporting such initiatives.

Listeners are invited to share their thoughts on the OCC business model and encouraged to listen to the episode for more information. Contact information is provided for leaving comments, ratings, and reviews, which can help others understand the value of the podcast and why they should give it a listen.

Lastly, the episode celebrates the establishment of two new marine protected areas in Papua New Guinea. These MPAs cover an impressive 16,000 square kilometers, equivalent to 1.5 million hectares. Not only is this one of the largest MPAs in terms of size, but it is also significant because it was established through a community-led process.

The process of establishing these MPAs spanned seven years and involved the participation of over 9,000 people from more than 100 indigenous communities. This community-led approach ensures that local communities have rights and a say over their lands and seas. The establishment of these MPAs is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the efforts of everyone involved.

Furthermore, the creation of these MPAs in Papua New Guinea contributes to the global goal of protecting and conserving at least 30% of the Earth's land and seas by 2030, known as "30 by 30." While there is still progress to be made to reach this target, the establishment of these MPAs in Papua New Guinea is a step in the right direction.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of marine protected areas and their positive impact on biodiversity and conservation efforts. It also highlights the significance of community involvement and the crucial role that indigenous peoples play in managing and safeguarding their lands and seas.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1530_TwoMPAsEstablishedInPapuaNewGuinea.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of science communication in academia. He highlights the changing landscape of communication, including the rise of social media and digital channels. Lewin emphasizes the value of having good communication skills and investing time in science communication. He recalls how research used to receive coverage on traditional media platforms, such as TV shows and newspapers, and the impact it had on people's interest.

Tune in to learn more about how researchers can effectively share their work on university channels and advocate for a better ocean.

Link to article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0290504#sec001

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The host of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast encourages listeners to engage with the show in various ways. He appreciates those who listen to every episode and invites them to provide comments and feedback on the podcast's content and performance. Additionally, he encourages listeners to connect with him on Instagram at How to Protect the Ocean. The host also requests that listeners leave a rating and review on popular podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts or Spotify. By actively participating in the podcast community through comments, feedback, and social media interaction, listeners can contribute to the growth of the show.

In one episode, the host emphasizes the significance of science communication within universities and urges researchers to dedicate more time to sharing their research. The host acknowledges the evolving landscape of science communication at universities and stresses the importance of researchers understanding its relevance. They highlight the need for researchers to possess strong communication skills and be willing to invest additional time in science communication. The host suggests that researchers can increase the visibility of their research by collaborating with their university's central communications office. They advise researchers not to wait for the university to promote their work, but rather to proactively develop a science communication strategy to publish their research through the university. The host also mentions that science communication can be a valuable learning experience for PhD, postdoc, and master's students, as it allows them to collaborate with the university's central communications office. Overall, the episode emphasizes the value of science communication for researchers within universities and encourages active engagement in sharing their research.

The host of the podcast emphasizes the importance of listeners leaving ratings and reviews on their preferred podcast platforms. They highlight how these ratings and reviews contribute to the organic growth of the podcast. By leaving positive ratings and reviews, listeners can help attract new audience members who are interested in similar topics, such as the ocean. The host also expresses appreciation for listener feedback and engagement, as it helps improve the podcast and provide valuable information. Alongside leaving ratings and reviews, listeners are encouraged to engage with the host on social media, particularly on Instagram at "How to Protect the Ocean." This demonstrates the host's value for interaction and communication with their audience.


In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the recent victory in the Hawaii Supreme Court, where they rejected Big Oil's appeal to avoid going to trial. This decision is significant as it allows the court to hold oil and gas companies accountable for their role in climate change. Andrew highlights the devastating consequences of climate change in Hawaii, particularly the wildfires that caused loss of life and property. This episode emphasizes the importance of taking action to protect the ocean and combat climate change.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, the host discusses a significant development in the legal battle between oil and gas companies and their connection to climate change. The Hawaii Supreme Court has rejected the appeal from Big Oil companies to avoid going to trial. This decision is seen as a win for those advocating for action on climate change and holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their role in contributing to global warming.

The lawsuit, filed in 2020, accuses major oil and gas companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and Sunoco of knowingly promoting fossil fuel products that pose a threat to the world's climate. The plaintiffs argue that these companies engaged in deceptive campaigns to downplay the link between their products and global warming, as well as the resulting environmental, social, and economic consequences.

Chief Justice Mark Rectilwad, in his majority opinion, stated that the oil companies' attempt to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis of regulating emissions fell short. He emphasized that the lawsuit does not seek to regulate emissions or seek damages for interstate emissions. Instead, the plaintiffs' complaint aims to challenge the promotion and sale of fossil fuel products without proper warnings, aided by a sophisticated disinformation campaign.

The court's decision means that the case will proceed to trial, allowing for further examination of the allegations and the gathering of evidence through the discovery process. Matthew Gonser, the executive director of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, expressed support for the court's decision and pledged to continue pursuing the case in a trial court where it was initially filed three and a half years ago.

This development in Hawaii highlights the growing efforts to hold oil and gas companies accountable for their role in climate change. It sets a precedent for similar lawsuits and legal actions in other regions where communities have been impacted by the consequences of global warming. The outcome of this trial will be closely watched as it may have implications for future litigation against fossil fuel companies and their responsibility for addressing climate change.

In addition to discussing the legal battle, the episode also addresses the importance of reviews for the How to Protect the Ocean podcast. Host Andrew Lewin encourages listeners to leave ratings and reviews on platforms like Apple Podcasts or Spotify. These reviews not only provide valuable feedback but also help others discover the podcast. Lewin explains that when people are looking for an ocean or conservation podcast to listen to, they often rely on recommendations and ratings. By leaving a review, listeners can contribute to the podcast's visibility and help it reach a wider audience. The host even invites listeners to share a screenshot of their review with him, expressing his excitement to hear their feedback.

Overall, this episode emphasizes the significance of the court's decision in holding oil and gas companies accountable for their actions related to climate change. It also highlights the importance of reviews in providing feedback and helping others discover and enjoy the How to Protect the Ocean podcast.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1528_OilCompaniesLoseAppealOnTrailInHawaii.mp3
Category:Climate Justice -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew discusses the myths and misconceptions surrounding clean energy in Canada. Joined by Jana Elbrecht, a policy advisor with Clean Energy Canada, they aim to debunk these narratives and shed light on the benefits of renewable energy. They explore topics such as the cost-effectiveness of transitioning to clean energy and the impact of carbon taxing.

Tune in to learn more about the importance of clean energy and why it deserves recognition in Canada.

Links mentioned in the episode:
1) https://www.cer-rec.gc.ca/en/data-analysis/energy-markets/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles/provincial-territorial-energy-profiles-canada.html
2) https://cleanenergycanada.org/media-brief-addressing-common-myths-around-renewable-power/
3) https://cleanenergycanada.org/report/a-clean-bill/
4) https://cleanenergycanada.org/households-in-nova-scotia-can-save-up-to-11000-a-year-by-choosing-clean-energy/

In this episode, the guest explores the concept that failing to reach certain targets can actually be seen as an opportunity for growth and acceleration of plans. This perspective is crucial as it promotes a positive mindset and a willingness to learn from setbacks.

The guest emphasizes the importance of not perceiving failure as an ultimate defeat, but rather as a chance to reassess and adjust strategies. They suggest that when targets are not met, it provides an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and identify areas for improvement.

By reframing failure as an opportunity, both organizations and individuals can approach setbacks with a growth mindset. Instead of becoming discouraged or giving up, they can utilize the experience to learn, adapt, and develop new strategies to achieve their goals.

The guest also highlights the significance of accelerating plans when faced with failure to meet targets. This involves taking decisive action to address the gaps and shortcomings that led to the failure. It may entail implementing new technologies, adopting innovative approaches, or seeking partnerships and collaborations to expedite progress.

Overall, this episode underscores the importance of viewing failure as an opportunity for growth and the acceleration of plans. By embracing this mindset, individuals and organizations can overcome setbacks and continue working towards their goals with renewed determination and resilience.

Furthermore, the episode emphasizes the need for more widespread and informative discussions surrounding climate change and clean energy. Both the host and guest express their appreciation for having the opportunity to discuss these topics on the podcast, as they believe that this type of information is not often discussed on a level that reaches a wide audience. They express a desire to have more conversations like this to help people understand the progress being made toward clean energy and addressing climate change.

The guest, Jana Alberts, mentions that there is a faction in Canada (and likely elsewhere in the world) that opposes taking action on climate change. However, she believes that this opposition stems from a lack of understanding and awareness of the opportunities that clean energy presents. She emphasizes that transitioning to clean energy could be a great opportunity for Canada, especially considering the country's already high percentage of clean electricity compared to other countries like Germany.

The host also expresses frustration with a narrative that undermines the positive aspects of clean energy. They aim to use the podcast as a platform to dispel myths and narratives that may undermine the benefits of clean energy. They firmly believe that clean energy is a viable solution and want to provide informative discussions to counteract any misinformation or doubts surrounding it.

During the episode, the host addresses the existence of myths and narratives that manipulate people into thinking that clean energy is ineffective, which they find frustrating. They wanted to dedicate this episode to debunking these misconceptions and providing accurate information about clean energy. They express frustration with the narrative that pushes against the positive aspects of clean energy.

One of the myths discussed in the episode is the belief that clean energy is expensive. The host asks the guest, Jana Alberts, about the cost of transitioning to clean energy, specifically in terms of purchasing solar panels for roofs or electric vehicles (EVs). Jana explains that the opposite is true and that clean energy is actually becoming more affordable. She points out that this is a common myth they often encounter.

Another myth mentioned is the concern about the intermittency of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. The host asks Jana about the common worry of what happens if the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine. Jana addresses this by highlighting countries like Denmark, which have a high share of renewable energy in their electricity generation without experiencing blackouts or major issues. This example challenges the myth that renewable energy is unreliable.

Overall, the episode aims to debunk these myths and provide accurate information about the effectiveness and affordability of clean energy.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1527_CleanEnergyCanadaJanaElbrecht.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of influencers and celebrities speaking up for the ocean and climate change. He starts off by highlighting Kim Kardashian's new product, a bra where part of the proceeds go to 1% for the planet. Andrew emphasizes that the involvement of celebrities in climate change discussions is significant and explores why it matters. He reflects on a time when climate change wasn't a widely discussed topic and emphasizes the role of social media in raising awareness.

Tune in to learn more about the power of celebrity influence and how we can all contribute to protecting the ocean.

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According to the podcast episode, social media algorithms have a bias towards short-form and entertaining content, which limits the visibility of real-world examples and work on campaigns for social and environmental justice. The transcript highlights that social media platforms often prioritize content that is more about screen time and entertainment value, while limiting the visibility of stories and solutions related to injustices. As a result, important information and projects related to social and environmental justice may not be widely promoted or shared on these platforms.

The episode emphasizes the need to elevate those who engage in local grassroots activism and share real-world examples and work. It suggests that algorithms do not prioritize the sharing of information on specific projects and injustices, potentially hindering the dissemination of important information. This limitation is seen as problematic because some of these stories and projects may be difficult to digest but need to be addressed and changed.

The transcript also highlights the imbalance in how online activism is valued higher than offline activism. Grassroots organizers and organizations have relevant data and case studies showcasing how injustices were fought and what was demanded, but social media platforms may limit the visibility of these stories and solutions. This suggests that the algorithms used by social media platforms may not effectively promote or prioritize content related to social and environmental justice, potentially hindering the impact of grassroots activism and the dissemination of important information.

Many climate influencers rely on advertising and promotional agreements to fund their work and support their teams and families. The podcast transcript mentions that these influencers, including the host himself, share and promote product ads to secure funding models that sustain their work. Advertising or promotional agreements provide financial support for their efforts, allowing them to fund their teams and even support their families. This suggests that the role of an eco-influencer has evolved beyond simply informing people about sustainable products. It now includes elements of entrepreneurship, storytelling, and thought leadership. However, finding businesses or companies willing to fund climate-related messages can be challenging, as it is not always seen as a profitable endeavor. This difficulty in securing funding is similar to the host's experience in podcasting, where finding a business model that works and obtaining sponsorships from sustainable companies is a constant struggle. Nonetheless, advertising and promotional agreements remain crucial for many climate influencers to continue their important work in raising awareness and advocating for action on climate change.

According to the episode, the role of an eco-influencer has evolved beyond simply promoting sustainable products. In addition to advocating for more sustainable choices, eco-influencers now engage in entrepreneurship, storytelling, and thought leadership. This means that they not only promote sustainable products but also collaborate with academic institutions to communicate climate science and work with organizations to drive their message. They utilize various forms of media, such as videos, photos, and illustrations, to effectively communicate their message and engage their audience. This evolution in the role of eco-influencers highlights the importance of raising awareness about climate change and inspiring action, rather than solely focusing on product promotion.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1526_TheRoleOfClimateInfluencers.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the controversial topic of the pilot whale and white-sided dolphin hunts in the Faroe Islands. He highlights a recent report by marine conservation organizations that questions the claims of these hunts being humane, sustainable, and integral to the local culture. Join Andrew as he delves into the debate surrounding these hunts and explores the implications for ocean conservation.

Links to articles:
1) https://www.awionline.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/Unravelling-the-Truth-Whale-Killing-in-the-Faroe-Islands.pdf

2) https://www.ktoo.org/2023/07/14/78-pilot-whales-were-slaughtered-near-a-cruise-ship-carrying-marine-conservationists-in-europe/

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The host of the show repeatedly encourages listeners to leave a message and a review, emphasizing the importance of sharing their thoughts on the episode. He expresses a genuine desire to hear from the audience, as well as highlighting the value of their feedback for potential new listeners. The host provides various avenues for listeners to get in touch, including Instagram, the podcast's website, and even voicemail. Additionally, he reminds listeners to follow or subscribe to the podcast for regular updates on new episodes. Overall, the host actively values and encourages listener engagement and feedback.

The episode delves into the controversial topic of the Faroe Islands' drive hunts for pilot whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. It raises thought-provoking questions about the claims of these hunts being humane, sustainable, and integral to the local culture. The episode references a report titled "Unraveling the Truth, Whale Killing in the Faroe Islands" by a coalition of marine conservation organizations, which challenges these claims.

Throughout the episode, the controversy surrounding the Faroese drive hunts and the opposition they face is highlighted. Criticism or attempts to cancel the hunts often result in backlash from those who participate in and profit from them. Defenders argue that the hunts are deeply rooted in their culture and have been practiced for centuries. They also claim that the hunts are carried out as humanely as possible and that the populations of the hunted animals are sustainable.

However, the episode presents counterarguments to these claims. It suggests that while modern hunting techniques have made the hunts more efficient, they may not necessarily be humane. The methods used to chase, secure, and kill the whales and dolphins would not be permitted in the killing of livestock or other animals in most countries. A review of these techniques concludes that they are ethically and morally unacceptable, considering the sentient nature of these animals.

Furthermore, the episode questions the sustainability of the hunts. It highlights that the technology used allows for the capture of larger numbers of whales and dolphins, potentially harming their populations. Concerns are also raised about the consumption of the hunted animals, particularly regarding high mercury levels in their meat. The episode suggests that consuming whale meat may not be advisable due to these health risks.

Overall, the episode critically examines the Faroese drive hunts for pilot whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. It challenges the claims of cultural significance, sustainability, and humane practices, presenting arguments and evidence that question the validity of these claims.

In addition, the host invites listeners to share their thoughts on the Faroese drive hunt and encourages them to reach out through Instagram or the podcast's website. He expresses a genuine interest in hearing what listeners think about the hunt and whether they believe it should continue or be stopped. The host acknowledges the challenges of having a dialogue with hunters and locals as outsiders, but suggests finding ways to engage in conversation and understand their perspectives. He also asks for suggestions on how to initiate a dialogue and learn why the hunters continue to hunt, as well as what can be done to stop the hunt. The host welcomes different viewpoints and encourages listeners to participate in online petitions and support organizations working towards ending the Faroese hunt.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1525_FaroeIslandsWhaleHuntUpdate.mp3
Category:The Faroe Islands -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the progress and next steps for the High Seas Treaty. He highlights the significance of the treaty being signed by over 80 countries and emphasizes the need for more countries to join. The episode explores what comes next in the process of getting the high seas protected and emphasizes the importance of collective action for a better ocean.

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In this episode, the host encourages listeners to actively participate by leaving a voice message and sharing the episode to raise awareness and foster optimism for the ocean. The host expresses a genuine desire to hear the voices of the listeners and urges them to spread the episode among their colleagues, family, and friends. Emphasizing the importance of optimism and hope for the ocean, the host highlights the significance of spreading awareness as a means to inspire others and contribute to the protection of the high seas.

The episode underscores the crucial role of understanding the genetics of the ocean, species, habitats, and ecosystems in effectively safeguarding them. The host emphasizes the indispensability of genetic resources and the need to gather information about the genetics of the ocean. This information is vital for conducting impact assessments and monitoring the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The host stresses the importance of identifying what requires protection and the continuous monitoring necessary to assess the efficacy of MPAs and impact assessments. Additionally, the episode underscores the significance of genetic biodiversity and genetic materials in preserving overall biodiversity and the planet. The host highlights the necessity of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system to support the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreement, which aims to protect biodiversity beyond countries' exclusive economic zones. The host expresses optimism and hope that by safeguarding the ocean and its genetic resources, a positive impact can be made, ensuring the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

Furthermore, the host discusses the signing of the high seas treaty, a significant achievement in early 2023. While over 80 countries have signed the treaty, the host emphasizes the need for more countries to join. The treaty's purpose is to protect the high seas, referring to the ocean beyond each country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The host underscores the importance of safeguarding the high seas due to the current lack of sufficient management, oversight, and enforcement in this area.

A key component of the high seas treaty is the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs). These designated boundaries within the ocean aim to prevent extractive activities such as oil and gas extraction, deep-sea mining, and fishing, providing protection to marine ecosystems and biodiversity. The host emphasizes the necessity of increasing the number of MPAs in the high seas to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

The episode also highlights the need for environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in the high seas. EIAs are conducted to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of proposed projects or activities. The host points out the lack of impact assessments on larger projects in the high seas, which have been carried out without proper barriers or management. The high seas treaty seeks to address this issue by promoting the implementation of impact assessments to ensure the sustainable development of the high seas.

Additionally, the host underscores the importance of genetic resources in the high seas. Genetic resources refer to the genetic material of marine organisms that can be utilized for scientific research and the development of new drugs. The host emphasizes the need for more genetic resources in the high seas and suggests that the high seas treaty can facilitate access to and sharing of these resources for the advancement of science and conservation efforts.

Overall, the episode highlights the signing of the high seas treaty as a significant step towards protecting the high seas. However, the host emphasizes the need for further action in terms of establishing more protected areas, conducting impact assessments, enforcing regulations, and accessing genetic resources. These actions are crucial for ensuring the long-term sustainability and conservation of the high seas.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1524_HighSeasTreatyWhatsNext.mp3
Category:High Seas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin emphasizes the importance of spreading awareness about ocean conservation and protection. He highlights the negative connotation surrounding these efforts and emphasizes the need to bring hope and optimism back into the conversation. Andrew discusses the role of communication in spreading awareness and instilling belief in the possibility of protecting the ocean. He concludes by exploring how to foster hope and optimism in our efforts to protect the ocean.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, the host emphasizes the importance of effectively communicating the need to protect the ocean in order to inspire hope and belief in the possibility of positive change. The host acknowledges the negative connotation surrounding ocean protection and conservation, and the lack of awareness about what needs to be done. Therefore, spreading awareness and increasing optimism is crucial.

The host draws a parallel between movies, particularly in sci-fi genres, where hope is a major theme. Characters rely on hope to overcome challenges, even in the face of the end of the world. Similarly, protecting the ocean requires optimism and hope. By effectively communicating the importance of ocean protection, individuals can regain their hope and believe that positive change is possible.

Science communication is highlighted as a key tool in spreading awareness about ocean protection. The host acknowledges that while talking about science communication is easy, implementing effective strategies can be challenging. However, it is emphasized that it starts with each individual. By taking action and actively engaging in science communication, individuals can contribute to spreading awareness and inspiring hope in others.

The episode concludes with a call to action, urging listeners to start their science communication journey right away. The host encourages individuals to seek help if needed and emphasizes the importance of taking action now. By starting the conversation and actively participating in science communication, individuals can play a role in protecting the ocean and promoting a more optimistic and hopeful outlook for the future.

The episode discusses the challenges of implementing effective science communication. The host acknowledges that while it is easy to talk about the importance of science communication and what needs to be done, actually implementing these strategies can be difficult. The host mentions that it is not easy to do and that it can be a struggle for many people.

One challenge mentioned is finding the right platform for science communication. The host suggests picking a digital platform, such as social media, videos, or podcasts, but acknowledges that it doesn't need to be perfect or great. The important thing is to start and be consistent, as improvement will come over time.

Another challenge mentioned is the fear or discomfort that some individuals may have when it comes to science communication. The host shares experiences of working with clients who initially struggled with podcasting but eventually became more comfortable with it. This highlights the need for individuals to overcome their fears and step out of their comfort zones in order to effectively communicate science.

Overall, the episode emphasizes that implementing effective science communication can be challenging, but it is important to start and take action. It encourages individuals to spread awareness, connect with their audience, and provide hope and optimism through their communication efforts.

In the episode, the host emphasizes the importance of having a drive to continuously improve and pivot in order to be more effective in ocean conservation efforts. The host acknowledges that implementing ocean conservation measures can be difficult and challenging. It requires time, effort, and a level of dedication that may not always be incentivized in our jobs or lives. However, the host emphasizes that this drive to protect the ocean is what fuels their passion and mission.

The host shares that they started the podcast because they wanted to stay connected and up-to-date with the latest news, projects, and people in the ocean conservation field. They recognized that finding a full-time job in ocean conservation was challenging, so they took it upon themselves to create a platform where they could continue to be involved and make a difference. This drive to stay engaged and informed demonstrates the host's commitment to continuously improving their understanding and impact in ocean conservation.

The host also highlights the need to be open to pivoting and adapting in order to be more effective in ocean conservation efforts. They mention the importance of shifting strategies when needed and being willing to embrace change. This flexibility and willingness to adapt is crucial in a field that is constantly evolving and facing new challenges.

Overall, the episode emphasizes that having a drive to continuously improve and pivot is essential in making a meaningful impact in ocean conservation. It requires dedication, perseverance, and a commitment to staying informed and adaptable. By continuously striving to be better and more effective, individuals can contribute to the protection and conservation of the ocean.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1523_HowToGetBetterAtScienceCommunication.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses marine protected areas (MPAs) and their importance in preserving the ocean. He explores the concept of designing MPAs for both representative and distinctive areas, highlighting the need to protect not only expected habitats but also unique ecosystems like upwellings and gyres. The episode also touches on the goal of protecting 30% of land and ocean by 2030 and the role of MPAs in addressing climate change.

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The episode highlights the significance of protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 as part of the decade of the ocean. It emphasizes that all countries committed to this goal should have 30% of their exclusive economic zone safeguarded by the end of the decade. The episode stresses the need to protect the right areas for the right reasons, taking into account climate change and its impacts when designing marine protected areas (MPAs). It argues for prioritizing MPAs with higher resilience to climate change to ensure long-term protection. The episode also emphasizes the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding these areas, rather than reactive responses to climate change. It acknowledges the cost and resources required for designing and implementing MPAs, urging governments to allocate sufficient funding for their establishment. The episode concludes by urging listeners to share it with others who could benefit from learning about marine protected areas and emphasizes the urgency of meeting the 30% protection target by 2030.

According to the episode, marine protected areas (MPAs) are effective in environmental protection when properly designated and managed. The host mentions that MPAs can regulate fishing and prohibit extractive activities within their boundaries, safeguarding biodiversity and commercially viable fishery species. The effectiveness of MPAs has been documented in peer-reviewed journals. However, it is crucial to ensure proper management to prevent any extractive activities. The episode also highlights that MPAs are a significant tool in ocean conservation and can be planned similarly to land areas. The traditional approach to designating MPAs has evolved, with a focus on selecting areas that meet biodiversity criteria, including genetic diversity, species populations, and habitat diversity. The episode also mentions the importance of considering the impacts of climate change on MPAs and conducting further research to identify the best areas for future protection.

The episode encourages listeners to share it with others who would benefit from learning about marine protected areas. The host emphasizes that marine protected areas are an important tool in the conservation of the ocean and can be used to plan the ocean, just as we plan on land. The host also underscores the need to intensify efforts in protecting marine protected areas, given their cost and time-consuming nature. By sharing the episode, listeners can help raise awareness about the importance of marine protected areas and inspire others to take action in protecting and conserving the ocean.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1522_MPAForClimateChange.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Area -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew interviews Travis, the owner of Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp in Costa Rica. They discuss the importance of sustainable tourism and how Travis incorporates environmental considerations and learning about the local community into his business model. Travis shares his philosophy of giving back to Mother Ocean and emphasizes the need to give more than we take. This insightful conversation highlights the intersection of business and environmental responsibility in the tourism industry.

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The podcast episode delves into the significance of giving and receiving, particularly in relation to the ocean and nature. The host and guest engage in a discussion about how humans often take from the ocean and nature without giving back, emphasizing the need for a shift in mindset towards greater giving. They highlight the ocean's continuous generosity, providing us with smiles, tears, oxygen, and food, among other things. The episode stresses the importance of humans reciprocating this generosity by appreciating and protecting the ocean and nature.

Additionally, the episode touches on the concept of generosity within their surfing curriculum, where surfers are taught not only the skills and knowledge to surf safely but also the importance of giving back to the ocean and the community. Furthermore, the episode briefly mentions the significance of incorporating the principles and values of yoga into one's life beyond just physical exercise, taking the practice off the mat. Overall, the episode underscores the importance of giving and receiving in maintaining a harmonious relationship with the ocean and nature.

In the episode, the hosts explore the deeper philosophy of yoga, going beyond its physical exercise aspect that is often marketed and sold in the Western world. They emphasize the importance of understanding the values and principles of the eight limbs of yoga and applying them to one's life beyond the mat. The hosts note that their approach to yoga differs from many resorts in Costa Rica, where yoga teachers are typically foreigners.

However, they consider themselves fortunate as the wife, a Costa Rican native and yoga teacher, has traveled extensively to learn about yoga philosophy. This allows her to infuse a unique Costa Rican spirit and touch into the yoga practice, creating a deeper and more authentic experience. The hosts also highlight how yoga sessions foster a sense of connection and community among participants, enabling them to feel more connected to those around them. Overall, the hosts emphasize the importance of embracing the deeper philosophy of yoga and integrating it into one's life beyond the physical aspect.

The episode emphasizes the transformative power of yoga in cultivating connections and a sense of community among individuals. The speaker notes that while traveling to a foreign country may not involve interacting with many people, practicing yoga together can create a strong bond and a feeling of connection. The speaker personally feels more connected to those they have practiced yoga with, attributing this sense of connection to the adrenaline rush and positive feelings experienced during and after a yoga session.

Furthermore, the episode highlights the benefits of practicing yoga in a beautiful location like Costa Rica. The speaker describes it as an incredible way to experience life for a week or two. The serene environment of such a scenic place, combined with the practice of yoga, enhances the overall experience. The speaker also emphasizes that their wife, a yoga teacher, possesses a deep understanding of yoga philosophy and incorporates her Costa Rican spirit and touch into her teachings. This unique blend of yoga philosophy and the tropical setting of Costa Rica offers participants a more immersive and enriching experience.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1521_BhodiSurfAndYoga1.mp3
Category:B Corp -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this podcast episode, the topic of orcas and underwater noise is explored. Andrew Lewin = expresses excitement about discussing this often overlooked issue and introduces Rachel Aronson, the Executive Director of the Quiet Sound program. They highlight the program's goal of protecting endangered southern resident killer whales from the impact of commercial vessels. The decision to establish Quiet Sound as a collaborative effort within Washington Maritime Blue is explained. The episode also touches on the Orca Task Force and its role in addressing the population decline of southern resident killer whales.

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In the episode, the speaker discusses the importance of recognizing when a conflict is ripe for mediation and the significance of considering the parties' readiness and alternatives to a negotiated agreement. They mention that not every conflict is ready for mediation and highlight the concept of the "ripeness moment," which refers to the point when people are emotionally and mentally prepared to engage in the mediation process.

The speaker emphasizes the need to assess the readiness and willingness of the parties to participate in mediation. This involves gauging their level of commitment, openness to dialogue, and willingness to explore potential solutions. Without the ripeness moment, mediation may be unproductive or even detrimental to the resolution of the conflict.

Additionally, the episode introduces the concept of the Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) in mediation. BATNA refers to the alternative course of action that parties will pursue if the mediation process does not lead to a satisfactory agreement. The speaker stresses the importance of coaching the parties in thinking through their BATNA, as it helps them evaluate the potential outcomes and consequences of not reaching an agreement through mediation.

The episode also highlights the significance of taking emotions out of conflicts and finding ways to work together in the future. The speakers emphasize the importance of living in hope that a resolution can be reached and relationships can be rebuilt, rather than resorting to mudslinging and losing trust. This approach requires empathy for all stakeholders involved.

To illustrate these points, the speakers provide an example of conflicts between the government and the fishing community. They emphasize the need for empathy towards the fishing community, who are trying to make a living, while also finding a balance that allows both parties to achieve their goals - the fishing community can sustain their livelihoods and the environment can be protected. This requires understanding and cooperation from all sides.

Overall, the episode underscores the importance of recognizing the ripeness moment for mediation, considering alternatives, and approaching conflicts with empathy and a focus on future collaboration.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1520_OrcasAndUnderwaterNoise2.mp3
Category:Orca -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This episode of the podcast delves into the topic of striving for perfection in marine science and conservation. The host reflects on their own journey and the challenges faced in pursuing a career in this field. The episode also addresses personal reflection and the need to reassess goals and directions in life. The host shares a personal experience of losing their father and how it has influenced their perspective on life and their professional choices. Despite the somber tone, the episode ultimately reinforces the importance of the podcast as an effective means of communication and advocacy for ocean conservation.

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The summer was tough on corals due to bleaching caused by high ocean temperatures. However, a researcher in Florida is trying to help by using crabs to eat the algae that cover the corals and hinder their growth. This ambitious plan involves breeding a quarter of a million Caribbean king crabs each year.

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The summer presented significant challenges for corals as they experienced widespread bleaching events caused by high ocean temperatures. In Florida waters, temperatures soared above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to extensive coral bleaching. Coral bleaching occurs when corals expel the algae, known as zoanthellae, that reside within their tissues. These algae are vital for the growth and survival of corals as they provide them with food through photosynthesis. When the algae leave the coral skeleton, the corals lose their color and become bleached, appearing white. Prolonged bleaching can ultimately result in the death of corals.

Coral reefs play a crucial role in the ecosystem by providing essential habitats for fish, protecting shorelines, and serving as a food source for fishers. Protecting coral reefs is vital for our survival in numerous ways. However, the escalating impacts of climate change pose a significant threat to coral reefs worldwide. Climate change, with its rising sea surface temperatures, is causing more frequent and severe bleaching events. This trend is deeply concerning as corals require optimal conditions to grow and thrive. If corals are unable to grow, critical habitats will be lost, leading to dire consequences.

While individuals may feel limited in their ability to directly address climate change and its impacts on corals, there are still actions that can be taken to help protect and support these vulnerable ecosystems. Researchers suggest that reducing other stressors on corals, such as improving water quality and minimizing coastal development, can have a positive impact. High nutrient waters and sedimentation can harm corals by blocking sunlight and inhibiting their growth. By taking steps to minimize these stressors, individuals can contribute to the overall health and resilience of coral reefs.

In the episode, Dr. Jason Spadaro, a researcher at Moat Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in the Florida Keys, is leading an ambitious plan to breed a quarter of a million Caribbean king crabs each year. The purpose of breeding these crabs is not for seafood consumption, but rather to help coral reefs survive by consuming algae.

Corals are photosynthetic and symbiotic animals that rely on a type of algae called zooxanthellae to reside within their skeleton. However, when algae overgrows the corals, it blocks their access to sunlight, ultimately leading to their demise. This is where the crabs come in. Research conducted by Dr. Spadaro revealed that reefs with crabs had approximately 85% less algae compared to reefs without crabs. The crabs consume the algae, which aids the corals by removing the algae that covers them and inhibits their growth.

The need for crabs to consume algae is particularly crucial due to the challenges faced by coral reefs, such as high sea surface temperatures and nutrient pollution, which promote algae growth. Additionally, overfishing of herbivorous fish and diseases affecting urchins have resulted in a decline in the number of animals that naturally consume algae on the reefs. This lack of algae-eating animals has created an imbalance where the algae is not being sufficiently controlled.

To address this issue, Dr. Spadaro is working on introducing Caribbean king crabs to the Florida Key Reefs. He has established breeding facilities in both Sarasota, Florida, and the Florida Keys, with approximately 100 crabs in the Keys and 200 in Sarasota. By breeding and releasing these crabs into the reefs, he aims to increase the number of algae-consuming animals and help maintain a healthy balance between corals and algae.

The host of the podcast is currently recording the episode at his parents' house to assist in taking care of them. He explains that his mom has recently contracted COVID and is isolating in the basement, while his dad is immunocompromised. The host is staying with his parents to ensure his dad remains as healthy as possible and to provide assistance during this time. This personal situation has resulted in the host recording the episode late at night on a Thursday to ensure that the episodes can still be published on time.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1518_HelpingCoralWithCrabs.mp3
Category:Coral Reef -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of effective communication when it comes to research papers that make drastic headlines. He highlights a recent research paper that predicted the halt of a crucial circulation in the Atlantic, causing catastrophic global consequences. However, a new paper contradicts this prediction, suggesting that such an event is unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future. Andrew emphasizes the need for clear and accurate communication to avoid misleading or alarming the public.

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Link to article: https://theconversation.com/the-atlantic-oceans-major-current-system-is-slowing-down-but-a-21st-century-collapse-is-unlikely-214647

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Within the episode, Andrew explores how podcasts offer a unique platform for in-depth discussions and a deeper understanding of topics compared to other mediums such as blog posts or videos. They emphasize that within a concise 15-minute timeframe, they can effectively convey a wealth of information about a topic's history, related papers, and surrounding controversies. By avoiding misleading headlines, podcasts contribute to responsible journalism.

Moreover, Andrew highlights the ability of podcasts to delve deeper into a subject by featuring interviews with experts or individuals directly involved in the topic. He even contemplated the possibility of interviewing oceanographers who conducted the research papers or facilitating debates between different perspectives. This capacity for conversation and insights from experts fosters meaningful discussions and enhances understanding.

Furthermore, Andrew acknowledges that podcasts, along with video podcasts and blog posts, possess the advantage of conveying the speaker's passion and tone. Listeners can directly hear from scientists and researchers, gaining a sense of their thoughts and emotions towards the science and their own work. This audio aspect of podcasts enhances the overall experience and engagement with the content.

In conclusion, this episode highlights how podcasts provide a platform for more in-depth discussions, expert interviews, and a better understanding of topics compared to other mediums like blog posts or videos.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1517_AMOCCommunication.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew is joined by Brendon Pasisi and Mael Imirizaldu to discuss ocean conservation commitments. They dive into the Blue Nature Alliance and its importance in empowering conservation efforts. Brendon introduces the concept of Ocean Conservation Commitments and how government, businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals can support Marine Protected Area efforts in the Nuie Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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In this episode, the speakers delve into the topic of how technology has revolutionized the ability of individuals to express their opinions and create content. They highlight the past dominance of broadcasting networks like Fox, CBC, CNN, and CBS as the primary platforms for documentaries and radio programs, limiting access to those within these networks. However, the emergence of podcasting and YouTube has democratized content creation, allowing anyone to share their perspectives and opinions. This shift has resulted in a more diverse range of voices being heard.

While acknowledging the benefits of this democratization, the speakers also address its drawbacks. They acknowledge that not all opinions expressed may serve the greater good. Nevertheless, they maintain an overall positive outlook on the ability for everyone to have a platform to share their thoughts and ideas.

Furthermore, the speakers explore how technology has facilitated direct support for creators and projects. They highlight platforms like Patreon, which enable individuals to financially support specific creators, as well as charitable foundations that allow contributions to projects outside of larger charitable organizations. This direct support has provided independent creators with increased opportunities and resources to continue their work.

Overall, this episode underscores how technology has democratized the ability for people to express their opinions and create content. It has opened up new avenues for sharing ideas and has empowered individuals to directly support creators and projects.

In this episode, the speaker emphasizes the importance of implementing conservation measures to prevent the overuse of natural resources and protect the environment. They acknowledge that human nature, driven by the desire for a more Western standard of living, has placed increased pressure on the environment. Technological advancements have enabled humans to exploit natural resources more extensively, necessitating the need for conservation measures.

The speaker highlights the existence of customary practices and traditions that demonstrate respect for the environment and resource provision. For instance, they mention the placement of tupples in certain areas of the ocean or sea, effectively prohibiting access for up to a year. This exemplifies a recognition of the need to limit human impact on the environment.

However, the speaker also acknowledges that conservation measures are now more critical than ever due to factors such as climate change. They emphasize the importance of incorporating resilience into environmental management to ensure the sustainability of natural resources. By implementing conservation measures, it is possible to prevent resource overuse and safeguard the environment for future generations.

The episode also discusses the role of individuals in supporting conservation efforts. While voting for governments that prioritize conservation is important, the speaker recognizes that this choice may be limited in certain circumstances. However, individuals have the power to contribute to conservation through personal choices, such as donating money to organizations and governments dedicated to protecting the environment. This sense of personal control and contribution instills hope and a sense of purpose in individuals striving to preserve the ocean.

Overall, the episode emphasizes the necessity of conservation measures to prevent the overuse of natural resources and protect the environment. It highlights the role of individuals and governments in supporting and implementing these measures, ultimately working towards a sustainable future.

In this episode, the importance of building sustainable economic development in the blue economy, particularly through tourism, is mentioned. However, the speaker emphasizes the need for this development to be carried out in a manner that avoids negative impacts on marine resources and the environment. They stress the significance of supporting a sustainable level of tourism that does not lead to increased exploitation of marine resources. It is crucial to avoid overharvesting and ensure that the number of visitors does not have a detrimental effect on the environment.

The speaker also emphasizes the uniqueness of the location and the importance of preserving its natural beauty and resources. There is a clear recognition of the potential negative consequences of unsustainable tourism and a strong desire to protect the marine environment.

Additionally, the episode discusses the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and the necessity of finding innovative ways to support economic development in the blue economy. The previous model of sustainable financing, reliant on tourism fees, was greatly affected by the lack of tourists during the pandemic. This highlights the importance of exploring alternative methods of support that do not solely rely on tourism.

Overall, the episode suggests that while economic development in the blue economy, particularly through tourism, is important, it should be approached with sustainability in mind to avoid negative impacts on marine resources and the environment.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1516_OceanConservationCommitments.mp3
Category:Ocean Conservation Commitments -- posted at: 7:20pm EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew and Jen Dianto Kemmerly from the Monterey Bay Aquarium discuss the Seafood Watch program. Jenn, the Vice President of Global Ocean Conservation, shares her journey to working with the program and the importance of making informed choices when it comes to seafood. They discuss the challenges of finding sustainable seafood and how the Seafood Watch app helps consumers make better choices.

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The podcast episode emphasizes the importance of sustainability in the fishing industry and highlights how individuals can play a role in promoting sustainability by asking for sustainable seafood options. Andrew Lewin, the host, discusses the dire situation in some cases, where fish populations are overfished and other species and ecosystems are impacted. This calls for action to ensure the long-term health of the environment and the fishing industry. Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly explains that consumer demand can drive sustainability, as individuals can ask questions about the sustainability of seafood and express their preference for environmentally responsible sourcing. In fact, over 85% of the largest retailers and restaurant groups in the US have commitments to sourcing from environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations, showing that consumer demand can have a significant impact on industry practices. By caring about sustainability and asking for sustainable seafood options, individuals can contribute to the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

According to the episode, social media has become a valuable tool for communicating information about sustainable seafood and engaging with interested individuals. In the past, organizations like the aquarium relied on traditional methods such as handing out paper pocket guides to educate the public about sustainable seafood. However, with the rise of social media, they now have a new and effective way to reach a larger audience.

Social media platforms provide a means for organizations like the aquarium to share information and updates about sustainable seafood practices. By utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, they can communicate directly with individuals who are interested in this information. This allows them to engage with their audience and provide ongoing updates and educational content.

One of the benefits of using social media is that it allows for continuous engagement with the audience. By posting content regularly, organizations can ensure that their message continues to show up in front of their followers. This increases the likelihood that individuals will continue to engage with the content and stay informed about sustainable seafood practices.

Additionally, social media provides an opportunity for organizations to address specific questions or concerns that individuals may have. By responding to comments and messages, they can provide personalized information and guidance. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who may have specific dietary restrictions or concerns about the environmental impact of certain seafood choices.

Furthermore, social media allows organizations to collaborate with other stakeholders and influencers in the sustainable seafood movement. Celebrity chefs and other influential figures can help amplify the message and reach an even wider audience. By partnering with these individuals, organizations can leverage their platforms and increase awareness about sustainable seafood practices.

Overall, social media has revolutionized the way organizations communicate about sustainable seafood. It provides a platform for ongoing engagement, personalized communication, and collaboration with other stakeholders. By utilizing social media effectively, organizations can reach a larger audience and promote the importance of responsible seafood sourcing to ensure the long-term health of our oceans and coastal environments.

In the episode, it is discussed that the market has the power to drive demand for sustainable seafood. This means that consumers, whether they are dining out or shopping for seafood, have the ability to make a difference by asking questions and showing that they care about sustainability. By inquiring about the sustainability of the seafood they are purchasing, consumers can influence the decisions of restaurateurs and retailers.

The podcast highlights that if enough people start asking these questions and expressing their concerns about sustainability, businesses will take notice. In fact, over 85% of the largest retailers and restaurant groups in the US have made commitments to sourcing from environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations. This demonstrates that consumer demand for sustainable seafood has already driven significant changes in the industry.

The importance of this market demand for sustainable seafood is emphasized throughout the episode. It is stated that without a persistent, loud public voice demanding sustainable and environmentally responsible seafood, the opportunity for improvement in the industry would be lost. Market pressure is crucial in driving these improvements and ensuring that seafood is sourced in a way that does not deplete fish populations, harm other species, or damage ecosystems and habitats.

The episode also mentions that the market demand for sustainable seafood has led to partnerships between the marine conservation community, businesses, and seafood industries in various countries. These partnerships aim to help seafood suppliers make improvements in their practices to meet the market demand for sustainability. Examples of such projects include working in Chile to improve farm salmon production and in Vietnam to improve tiger shrimp production.

Overall, the episode highlights the power of the market in driving demand for sustainable seafood. By expressing their concerns and making sustainable choices, consumers can contribute to a healthier environment and industry by ensuring the long-term sustainability of seafood resources.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1515_SeafoodWatch.mp3
Category:Seafood -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin tackles the challenge of communicating hope in the face of a changing climate. Despite the recent onslaught of natural disasters and extreme weather events, Lewin emphasizes the importance of maintaining hope and optimism for the future. He discusses the need for science and conservation communicators to convey messages of hope and explores how to convince people that there is hope in our climate future.

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The episode emphasizes the crucial role of science communicators and conservation communicators in instilling hope and creating a better future for the planet. Andrew acknowledges the challenges and difficulties faced in the climate crisis, but emphasizes the importance of continuing to spread messages of hope and optimism. He highlights that hope can be found in various forms, such as in movies and through the concept of "ocean optimism." Andrew suggests that hope is the answer to addressing the climate crisis and emphasizes the need for effective communication of this hope. It is mentioned that articles and individuals like the "Garbage Queen" can play a significant role in moving things forward and solidifying a better future. Andrew firmly believes that with collective efforts and the involvement of people from all walks of life, a better future for the planet is possible. The episode encourages listeners to actively engage in conversations about climate hope and science communication, emphasizing the importance of sharing thoughts and ideas to foster positive change.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1514_ClimateHope.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In today's episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the devastating discovery of 100 dead river dolphins in the Brazilian Amazon River. Despite the pro-environment efforts of the current government, climate change continues to pose a threat to the region. The dolphins were found in Lake Tefe, where a significant population resides. The episode emphasizes the importance of monitoring other factors such as water quality to help increase the resiliency of the Amazon River ecosystem and the animals that use it.

Link to Article: https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/01/americas/amazon-river-dolphins-dead-temperatures-drought-intl-hnk/

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the devastating impact of climate change on ecosystems, specifically highlighting the deaths of a hundred river dolphins in the Amazon River. He emphasizes that climate change is causing significant changes and threats to these ecosystems, not only leading to the deaths of dolphins but also starting to affect humans. Andrew urges listeners to hold their government officials accountable, especially in places where they have the power to make a difference. The message is clear: climate change is here, and it is crucial to ensure the health and resilience of ecosystems by taking action and covering all bases.

Andrew uses the issue of plastic pollution, which is prevalent in every part of the ocean, rivers, and lakes, as an example of maintaining healthy water quality by preventing plastic from entering the ocean. The toxins from plastic pollution are impacting the health and resilience of animals such as dolphins, orcas, turtles, sharks, and various fish species. Andrew expresses concern about the long wait for a UN treaty to end plastic pollution, as the problem is urgent and requires immediate attention.

Andrew highlights the importance of regular water quality monitoring and maintaining ecosystem health in order to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife. He stress that when discussing climate change, it is necessary to consider the entire ecosystem as a whole. This includes holding individuals and organizations accountable for maintaining good water quality, as poor water quality exacerbates the negative effects of climate change. Andrew uses the examples of coral reefs and seagrass beds to illustrate this point.

Andrew also mentions the issue of inconsistent funding for water quality monitoring, which has led to gaps in data collection. This lack of consistent monitoring poses a challenge for maintaining ecosystem health, both on land and in water, especially in the face of climate change. He argues that if governments have a clear understanding of the state of rivers, lakes, oceans, and surrounding land, they can make better decisions and take more immediate action to protect vulnerable species such as river dolphins.

Additionally, Andrew highlights the increasing susceptibility of dolphins to droughts and higher temperatures. He emphasizes that maintaining water quality is crucial in order to mitigate the negative impacts of these climate-related factors on dolphin populations. Andrew acknowledges that droughts are inevitable and time-sensitive, making it even more important to prioritize water quality management and ecosystem health.

In conclusion, the episode emphasizes that regular water quality monitoring and maintaining ecosystem health are essential for addressing the impacts of climate change and protecting wildlife. Consistent monitoring allows for a better understanding of the state of ecosystems and enables governments to make informed decisions and take timely action. By prioritizing water quality management, we can mitigate the negative effects of climate change and protect vulnerable species from further harm.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1513_100RiverDolphinsDeadInAmazon.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 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. 

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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.

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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.

Detailed Description

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the growing anti-fossil fuel movement and its potential impact on the environment. He highlights the demonstrations, social media campaigns, and political discussions surrounding the issue. The episode also addresses the current state of the planet, including forest fires, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events, emphasizing the need to speak up for the ocean and take action to protect it. Tune in to learn more about how people are standing up for the planet and what individuals can do to make a difference.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1499_TheAntiFossilFuelMovement.mp3
Category:Climate Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the devastating news of Tokitae's passing at the Miami Seaquarium. Tokitae was the last orca captured from Puget Sound in the 1970s and was set to be returned to her home before her health declined. Andrew explores the implications of Tokitae's death on orca conservation efforts and the profound impact it has had on the Lummi Nation, who have cultural ties to orcas. Tune in to learn more about this somber event and discover how you can take action to protect the ocean.

Most recent Tokitae episode: https://www.speakupforblue.com/show/speak-up-for-the-ocean-blue/show-72/

King 5 Seattle News Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLQHU_cxXJw

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1498_TokitaeIsDead.mp3
Category:Orca -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, host Andrew Lewin interviews Anupa Asokan, the senior advocate for the Oceans Division of the Nature Program for the NRDC. Anupa shares her unique career path in marine science and conservation, highlighting the different positions she has held and the various organizations for which she has worked. This episode challenges the notion of following a specific career path and emphasizes the importance of finding one's own niche. The conversation also delves into the topic of marine protected areas. Tune in to learn about Anupa's journey and gain insights into advocating for the ocean.

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Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We are all witnessing the consequences of climate change that are destroying the lives of people all over the world. Wildfires in Maui and in Canada are revealing the consequence of not speaking up for the ocean and the planet. In this episode, Andrew discusses why it's so important to start communicating environmental science and conservation in hopes that it reaches audiences that can help with conservation efforts to prevent the devastation that we are witnessing today. 

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1496_OceanConservationCommunication.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin is joined by Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt, CEO of the John Numenen Foundation, to discuss the work being done to address eutrophication in the Baltic Sea. With contributions from multiple countries, including Finland, they explore the challenges and efforts being made to reduce eutrophication through collaboration with foresters and farmers. Tune in to learn more about the Baltic Sea and the ongoing efforts to protect its health and ecosystem.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the incredible story of marine biologist Mario Moscatelli and his 30-year-long fight to protect Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. Despite facing adversity, pollution, and death threats, Mario's dedication to the cause has never wavered. The episode explores a new documentary by Mongabay News that tells Mario's story and sheds light on the challenges faced by marine biologists working to make a positive impact. Tune in to learn more about Mario's journey and the importance of protecting our oceans.

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Link to article with the Documentary (10 min): https://news.mongabay.com/2023/08/video-rio-de-janeiros-defender-of-mangroves/

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses a strategy that nonprofit organizations in the ocean science and conservation field should adopt to gain more attention and support from viewers. He emphasizes the importance of effective communication and shares his experience in digital communication and building a loyal audience. Tune in to learn how to speak up for the ocean and take action for a better future.

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In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the devastating wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, and their link to climate change. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the connection between wildfires and climate change, not only in Hawaii but also in other parts of the world. The episode explores the impact of the wildfires on the local community, including the destruction of homes, displacement of thousands of people, and the loss of cultural and environmental landmarks. This thought-provoking episode sheds light on the urgent need to address climate change and take action to protect our oceans.

Link to Axios Articles:
https://www.axios.com/2023/08/10/maui-wildfire-hawaii-climate
https://www.axios.com/2023/08/10/hawaii-maui-wildfires-2023-what-to-know

Donate to Maui Wildfire Relief Efforts: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1492_MauiFiresHowTheyStarted.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, I dive into the question of whether Environmental Activism works to change the minds of people and/or governments. I use the organization called Just Stop Oil as an example because its members have been making headlines in the news, on opinion shows, and in videos all over social media. Many of the clips show angry people who are affected by the protests from the organization. The organization has a purpose of getting the government to stop its support of the fossil fuel industry by not approving any new oil and gas projects in the UK. Tune in to hear Andrew provide examples of organizations and individuals who have used activism to inspire millions and other organizations that have not been very successful. 

I want to note that I hope to have a representative from Just Stop Oil on the podcast to ask them how they plan to invoke an action from the UK government through their protests as well as other strategies. Follow/subscribe to the episode so you don't miss the upcoming interview episodes.

Link to BBC profile of Just Stop Oil: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63543307

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1491_DoesActivismWorkJustStopOil.mp3
Category:Activism -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of funding for conservation and science-related projects. He explores various ways to obtain funding, such as self-funding, selling products and services, and gaining attention on social media or TV. The host highlights two organizations that have successfully garnered attention through their appearances on Shark Week, ultimately helping to fund their projects. He emphasizes the significance of attracting attention and securing funding to support ocean conservation efforts. Tune in to learn more about how individuals and organizations can make a name for themselves and attract attention, eyes, and money to their work.

Direct download: HTPTO_E1490_WorkingInTVToGetAttentionOnYourResearch1.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In today's episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin provides an update on deep sea mining. With the increasing talk about this controversial practice, Andrew addresses the confusion surrounding its current and future status, as well as the countries that support or oppose it. He also shares a link to a critical interview on the history of deep-sea mining. Tune in to stay informed and learn how to speak up for the ocean.

Mongabay News Article: https://news.mongabay.com/2023/08/the-deep-sea-is-vital-to-protect-the-ocean-qa-with-frances-herve-berville/

Dr. Andrew Thaler's episode on Deep-Sea Mining: https://www.speakupforblue.com/show/speak-up-for-the-ocean-blue/show-55/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1489_DeepSeaMiningPostponedForTwoYears.mp3
Category:Deep-Sea -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, host Andrew Lewin welcomes Michael Aw, a renowned conservation photographer, to discuss his second career and retirement pursuit of working to protect the ocean. Michael shares how he uses his photography to raise awareness and inspire action for ocean conservation. The episode highlights the importance of pursuing one's passion and finding ways to make a positive impact on the environment. Tune in to learn more about Michael's inspiring journey and how you can contribute to protecting the ocean.

Links:
https://awtimate.michaelaw.com/bio
https://www.instagram.com/oceangeographic/
https://www.facebook.com/OceanGeographic/
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1488_MichaelAW.mp3
Category:Photography -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Andrew Lewin welcomes Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš (Founder and Executive Director of Azul) and Kat So (Research Associate for the Centre of American Progress) on the podcast to discuss the results of the Upwell conference.  They highlight the value of collaboration and interaction and the importance of hearing from people in conservation that are not normally heard. which is often lacking when reading journal articles or documents. 

Links:
https://www.americanprogress.org/events/upwell-a-wave-of-ocean-justice/
https://www.oceanjusticeforum.info/
https://azul.org/en/who-are-we/
https://twitter.com/AzulDotOrg
https://twitter.com/kaaatso
https://www.americanprogress.org/article/cap-co-hosted-event-centers-ocean-justice/

https://atmos.earth/ocean-conservation-latino-heritage-azul/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1487_UpwellUpdate.mp3
Category:Inclusion, Equality -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of "How to Protect the Ocean," host Andrew Lewin discusses the effects of climate change on the snow crab population in Alaska. He explores how over a decade of warming has impacted the Arctic Sea and the Bering Sea, leading to significant changes in the local community and future fisheries. Tune in to learn more about the undersea effects of climate change and how we can take action to protect the ocean.

Link to article: https://hakaimagazine.com/features/how-ocean-warming-is-killing-a-prime-alaska-crab-fishery/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1486_SnowCrabPopulationClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, host Andrew Lewin interviews Amanda Horn, who left her successful career in marketing to pursue her passion for the ocean. Amanda shares her story of quitting her job, moving to Indonesia to become a dive master and learn citizen science protocols, and starting a company that promotes water and plastic reduction in shaving. Andrew and Amanda discuss her journey and the importance of taking action to protect the ocean. Don't miss this inspiring conversation!

Websites:
www.gololess.com
www.wearebodiesofwater.com

Direct download: HTPTO_E1485_AmandaHornGolessSustainableStartUp.mp3
Category:Sustainable Companies -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of speaking up for the ocean and how listeners can get involved in science communication. Andrew highlights the power and impact of sharing information about the ocean, emphasizing the need for reliable and accurate communication in today's world.

Listeners are encouraged to take action and become advocates for the ocean by utilizing various platforms and opportunities for science communication. Tune in to learn more about the significance of speaking up for the ocean and how you can make a difference.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1484_WhyScienceCommunicationIsSoImportant.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin dives into the recent events involving sea otter "841" in the Santa Cruz area. This sea otter made headlines for biting surfboards and "attacking" a surfer, although no one was harmed. The episode explores the behavior of sea otters as wild animals and the need to find a balance between appreciating their cuteness and understanding their natural instincts. Tune in to learn more about the fascinating world of sea otters and what we can do to protect them.

Marine Mammal Commission information on Sea Otters: https://www.mmc.gov/priority-topics/species-of-concern/southern-sea-otter/

Sea Otter bites surfboard: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jul/12/sea-otter-surfing-santa-cruz-california

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1483_SeaOtterAttacksSurfBoard.mp3
Category:Sea Otter -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin is joined by Thomas Sagimo and Tilda Bouloux from Ocean Sole. They discuss the company's efforts in creating sustainable products that benefit both the environment and the people involved in production. Ocean Sole specializes in transforming flip flops into functional art pieces. The episode explores the importance of companies who would like to clean up the environment while supporting local communities and encourages listeners to support Ocean Sole's mission.

Audience members get 15% off their cart total using the code SPEAKUP.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1482_OceanSoleBeachCleanUpKenya.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the importance of authenticity and staying true to oneself as a science communicator. He shares a cautionary tale about an influencer on social media who faced backlash for not being true to herself. Andrew emphasizes the need for content creators to be authentic and genuine in their online presence, especially when advocating for the ocean. He encourages listeners to speak up for the ocean and offers advice for aspiring content creators. Tune in to learn more about the power of staying true to yourself in science communication.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1481_InfluencerCaughtScammingBeachCleanUp.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Andrew discusses two significant news stories related to the ocean. The first is the alarming increase in sea surface temperatures, with some areas hitting 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This comes amidst a trend of record-high temperatures and extreme weather events. The second news item is the emergence of a revised strategy to reduce global shipping emissions, reflecting an increase in the industry's climate ambition. Andrew ponders whether these efforts are too late in the face of ongoing environmental challenges. Tune in to learn more about these developments and how to take action for a better ocean.

Links to Articles:
1) Sea Temperature Increase: https://bit.ly/44o38L2
2) Shipping Emissions Strategies: https://bit.ly/3ryJsp8

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In this episode of the "How to Protect the Ocean" podcast, Dr. Ido Sella, a marine biologist, shares his journey of starting a company called E-Concrete. EConcrete specializes in building a unique type of concrete for seawalls and underwater structures that supports the growth of bacteria, algae, and microorganisms. Dr. Sella explains the importance of this work and how it contributes to marine conservation. Join host Andrew Lewin as they discuss the impact of business and entrepreneurship on protecting the ocean. Tune in to learn more about this innovative approach to marine conservation.

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Website: https://econcretetech.com/
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1479_ECONCRETE_DrIdoSella.mp3
Category:EcoBusiness -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin gets inspired by a podcast where a celebrity radio and podcast personality talks about his career. The celebrity emphasizes the importance of building a diversified portfolio of businesses and podcast networks, even if ownership is not in everything. Andrew reflects on how science communicators in the marine science and conservation field often expect instant success but highlights the importance of patience and continuous effort. He encourages listeners to keep publishing and getting their message across, regardless of occasional setbacks. Tune in to hear Andrew's thoughts on the podcast that sparked this inspiration.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1478_StartSlowAndBuildInSciComm.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin explores a fascinating discovery that challenges what scientists know about octopuses and their reproduction. Contrary to the belief that octopuses are solitary animals, this new discovery reveals a new finding that reshapes our understanding of these creatures. Tune in to learn more about this incredible revelation and how it is reshaping the way we think about octopuses.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1477_OctopusReproductionMightHaveChanged.mp3
Category:biodiversity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin interviews Hannah Tait, the CEO of Action for Dolphins. Hannah shares her journey from watching the documentary "The Cove" to dedicating her life to dolphin protection. She discusses her advocacy and activism work, including campaigns to end dolphin hunting, remove shark nets, and end captivity and harmful wild dolphin feeding. This episode highlights the power of documentaries to inspire action and make a difference in the world.

Links:
Website: https://www.afd.org.au/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actionfordolphins/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1476_HannahTait.mp3
Category:Dolphins -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, the host explores the importance of in-person conversations and two-way communication in the world of content creation. The guest, Paola Espitia, shares her experience in science communication and building a career in interacting with people on cruise lines. The conversation sparks a desire in Andrew to find ways to engage with listeners in person and have more interactive discussions. Tune in to discover the value of face-to-face interactions in building relationships and gaining immediate feedback.

Paola Espitia of @olapicreative is making media that moves. After almost two decades of coral research, Paola realized she could make a bigger impact on the ocean by using her voice, so she became a Speaker at Sea aboard world-class cruise lines including Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic fleet. To further advance ocean conservation initiatives, Paola co-founded the media agency, Ola’pi Creative with her husband. During this Ocean Decade, Ola’pi Creative is committed to helping 1,000 emergent ocean leaders with messaging, media production, and marketing to create a ripple effect that inspires action for the ocean we want.

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Website: www.olapicreative.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/@olapicreative
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LinkedIn: www.Linkedin.com/in/paola-espitia-a4bbaa39/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1475_FindingNewAudiencesPaola.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, Andrew explores the urgent need for small island nations to answer the question of what happens to their nation if sea level rise and storm surges take over their land. He discusses the options that are being discussed by these nations and the progress being made, or lack thereof, in addressing this issue. Tune in to learn more about the challenges faced by these nations and how we can take action to protect our oceans.

Link to article: https://bit.ly/3JCH33f

2:48 Impact of sea level rise. 
6:21 Small island states in trouble. 
9:12 Statehood and Climate Change. 
13:06 Vulnerability to flooding events. 
17:20 Conservation journey and interviews.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1474_CanAStateBeAStateIfSeaLevelRiseTakesOver.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you heard these myths about marine conservation careers? Myth #1: You only need a degree in biology or marine science to work in this field. Myth #2: Marine conservation jobs are only for scuba divers. Myth #3: This field is only for those who want to work with marine mammals. The truth is that diverse skills are needed in marine conservation. It takes more than just scientific knowledge to protect our oceans and the creatures that call it home. My guest, Alvise Ca'Zorzi, will share insights on how to diversify your skillset and explore career paths in marine conservation.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the abundant opportunities that await you in the field of marine conservation.

  • Learn about the significance of marine conservation finance in protecting our oceans.

  • Uncover unique self-financing methods that guarantee well-maintained marine protected areas (MPAs).

  • Understand the crucial role of mooring management in preserving marine environments.

  • Explore the diverse skill set needed to excel in marine conservation efforts.

My special guest is Alvise Ca'Zorzi

Meet Alvise Ca'Zorzi, a 27-year-old Italian-Brazilian who grew up on a Spanish island and now works in marine conservation finance for a company called Blue Seeds. With a background in international relations and project management, Alvise proves that you don't have to be a scientist to make a difference in the marine conservation space. His passion for diving and exploration led him to pursue a unique conservation journey working with mooring systems in the Mediterranean to protect seagrasses from anchor damage.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1470_ConservationJourney_AlvisCaZorzi.mp3
Category:Conservation Story -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode of the "How to Protect the Ocean" podcast, host Andrew Lewin interviews Melissa Hobson, a science communicator who writes for marine conservation. The episode focuses on speaking up for the ocean and the importance of taking action to protect it. Lewin discusses the evolution of his podcast from "Speak Up for Blue" to "How to Protect the Ocean" to better communicate its purpose. Hobson shares insights on her career and the value of science communication in marine conservation. Overall, the episode emphasizes the need for individuals to get involved and make a difference in protecting the ocean.

[00:02:08] Writing for marine conservation.
[00:03:14] Science communication career opportunities.
[00:07:52] Discovering a love for diving.
[00:12:37] Scuba Diving Magazine Feature.
[00:18:51] Marine Mega Foundation. [
00:20:59] Non-scientific roles in conservation.
[00:23:14] Early career opportunities and finances.
[00:27:19] Going full-time freelance.
[00:32:58] New scientific papers.
[00:35:13] Making workplace topics interesting.
[00:40:16] Freelance writing diversification.
[00:43:30] Pursuing passions while balancing finances.
[00:48:08] Careers in conservation writing.
[00:51:39] Ocean Hero's fundraising success.
[00:56:11] Meandering career in conservation.

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Website: www.melissahobson.co.uk
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melpud/

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1472_MelissaHobson.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

On this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, host Andrew Lewin discusses the category 4 heatwave that the UK is currently experiencing. He explains that sea surface temperatures in some areas are 4 to 5 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term average for mid-June, which could have negative effects on the environment and important fish species like cod and mackerel. Lewin emphasizes the importance of taking action to protect the ocean and prevent further increases in sea surface temperatures.

Link to article: https://bit.ly/44lB6j5

[00:00:00] Ocean Heatwave Affects Fish. 
[00:03:35] Fish and Water Stratification. 
[00:07:19] Climate change and marine life. 
[00:10:34] Interacting with politicians about climate change.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1471_OceanAroundUKExperienceCategory4Heatwave.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Do you want to ensure a thriving planet for future generations of flora and fauna? Are you committed to preserving our natural ecosystems for years to come? If so, I have good news: there is a solution. By implementing long-term conservation efforts, we can achieve the result of a sustainable and healthy environment. Through measures such as habitat protection, sustainable resource management, and conservation education, we can ensure that our planet remains vibrant and full of life. It's up to us as environmentalists to take action and advocate for these efforts, to ensure a better future for all. Let's work together towards the result of a thriving, resilient planet.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Realize the critical importance of enduring conservation measures for our planet's well-being.

  • Investigate the innovations and improvements of recent conservation technologies.

  • Tackle and overcome preconceptions about adopting green lifestyles and practices.

  • Recognize and applaud the ongoing achievements in the field of conservation.

  • Grasp the value of engaging with listeners and raising consciousness about environmental issues.

We need to be more positive about this world in conservation.

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

The Importance of Branding in Science Communication
Branding plays a crucial role in science communication as it helps creators convey their mission, vision, and the reasons behind their content creation. A well-defined brand facilitates the connection between the audience and the creator, enabling the delivery of meaningful and impactful messages. It's essential to understand the marketing and branding side of science communication while creating content on various platforms, such as TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram, to improve engagement and reach. I discuss my initial fear of the term branding. However, I realized that I already had a brand, and that brand is how I communicate my vision through content creation. I acknowledge the recent growth in science communication and stress the importance of finding a balance between content creation and branding to build a stronger community and maintain audience engagement.

How to Incorporate Branding in Your Content
Incorporating branding into your content involves being strategic with your marketing and communication efforts. Ensure that every piece of content represents your mission, vision, and core values while consistently providing valuable information to the audience. It's vital to consider audience feedback, adapt content as needed, and be authentic while creating and delivering brand messages. I talk about the importance of reinforcing your brand's message and reminding yourself of why you create content. I challenge myself by questioning if my podcast will benefit the audience and provide value. By staying aligned with my branding strategy, I deliver meaningful content while keeping the essence of my brand intact. Ultimately, branding helps to maintain the creator's focus on delivering quality content that aligns with their vision.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1469_WhatIsYourScienceCommunicationBranding_2.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas
MPAs have been proven to be an influential tool for marine conservation, with evidence showing improvements in biodiversity, habitat restoration, and fish stock regeneration within these protected zones. However, the effectiveness of MPAs can be limited by factors such as inadequate funding, weak enforcement, and lack of stakeholder involvement. Andrew Lewin believes that despite these challenges, MPAs remain vital for protecting the oceans. He discusses how well-managed MPAs contribute to the regeneration of fish stocks, bringing long-term ecological and socioeconomic benefits. Lewin also emphasizes the need for verified and validated research supporting MPA effectiveness, mentioning a recent study on large MPAs' impact on established fisheries.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Visit Hakaimagazine.com to read Brian Owens' article on Marine Protected Areas (https://bit.ly/3NiwGlY).

  • Support the establishment and management of Marine Protected Areas by advocating for the inclusion of all ocean stakeholders in the planning process.

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Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

As a wide-eyed child, Andrew Lewin dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. He spent countless hours poring over books and documentaries, consumed by his passion for the ocean. And so it was that he set off on a path of scientific research, determined to make a difference in the world. But as he journeyed through his career, something unexpected happened. Andrew discovered his inner entrepreneur, and with it, a newfound desire to create sustainable businesses that solve the ocean's problems. Now, he's on a mission to inspire the next generation of environmentally-conscious entrepreneurs, to ensure that the future of our planet's oceans is a bright one.

Importance of Sustainable Business for Ocean Conservation
Implementing sustainable business practices in the marine science and conservation industry is of paramount importance as it can directly contribute to maintaining the health of our oceans. While environmentally responsible practices are essential, sustainability should extend beyond just environmental stewardship and encompass economic and social factors as well. This holistic approach is crucial to fostering a symbiotic relationship among people, the environment, and the economy, which can ultimately have significant benefits for marine conservation. Andrew Lewin echoes this sentiment in the episode by emphasizing the significance of sustainable businesses that benefit both people and the planet. He urges listeners to explore and develop eco-friendly business ideas and to share their innovative concepts within the field. To illustrate the potential impact, Lewin gives an example of Be Good, a company that produces sustainable herbal sunscreens, showcasing how a sustainable business can directly contribute to ocean conservation.

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

Do you want to establish yourself as a credible and reliable source of information for your audience? Are you looking to gain their trust and increase your influence? As a science communicator, you understand the importance of accurate information in your field. And that's exactly what I'll be sharing with you - the solution to achieving your goal of becoming a trusted resource for your audience. By establishing yourself as a reliable source, you can build a loyal audience that will use your messages as a resource.  This not only helps to build your credibility but also increases your audience's trust in you. Join me as we explore the importance of science communication and how it can help you achieve your desired outcome - building a loyal and engaged audience.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore the undeniable impact of reliable information in podcasts centered around science.

  • Delve into authentic experiences that demonstrate the need for accuracy in scientific storytelling.

  • Appreciate the power of podcasts as a channel for increasing interest in scientific knowledge and the environment.

  • Recognize the rewards of gaining credibility by consistently creating evidence-based content.

  • Stimulate your desire to create a podcast dedicated to dependable science communication that makes a difference.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1466_UseYourPodcastToBustMyths.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, we'll explore the real-life effects of MPAs on fishing communities, and uncover the critical role of sustainability in the industry. Get ready to learn how to adapt and thrive in this evolving landscape.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can influence the fishing industry and its sustainability practices.

  • Delve into the real-life impacts of MPAs on various fishing communities, using the powerful case study of Revillagigedo National Park and the Mexican Industrial Fishing Fleet.

  • Understand the critical role of transparency in catch data, helping to ensure a thriving and well-managed ecosystem.

Link to article: https://bit.ly/3NnwSl7

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1465_MPADoesNotHarmFishing.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you heard these myths? That pursuing your passion won't pay the bills, that environmental activism is only for the wealthy, or that storytelling is just a hobby? As an aspiring conservationist or environmental activist, it's easy to feel discouraged by these misconceptions. But our guest, Andi Cross, is here to share the truth. Through her experience in storytelling and human connection, she has learned that pursuing your passion can not only be financially sustainable but can also make a positive impact on the planet. In this podcast, Andi will share her insights on how to use storytelling and human connection to create change and make a difference in the world.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover invaluable insights on ocean conservation and the role marine biology plays in preserving our oceans.

  • Understand the importance of collaborative efforts and collective action in preserving our oceans.

  • Get inspired to pursue your passion for making a positive impact on our planet through ocean conservation.

My special guest is Andi Cross

Andi Cross is a passionate conservationist with a unique journey in connecting people with nature. After a successful career as a growth strategist in corporate America, Andi decided to pursue her lifelong love for the ocean full-time. Leaving her high-rise office job and uprooting her life, Andi has stepped into a new world, creating unforgettable experiences for people through the expedition, Edges of Earth. Now a skilled dive master, Andi shares her passion for our abundant planet and its wonders while encouraging aspiring conservationists to dive into their dreams and make a significant impact on the world.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Visit Andi Cross's website, Edges of Earth, to learn more about her expeditions and how you can join in on the adventure.

  • Follow Andi Cross on social media to stay updated on her latest expeditions and conservation efforts.

  • Take action in your own community by finding local conservation organizations to support and get involved in their efforts to protect the ocean and the environment.

Edges of Earth: Exploring Marine Conservation and Sharing Stories
Edges of Earth is a unique initiative that sends a team of storytellers on a two-year voyage to 50 remote locations to learn about and document the vital work being done in ocean conservation. This program aims to transform the conversation surrounding marine conservation by sharing uplifting stories and positive news, showcasing the incredible work of dedicated individuals on the front lines of ocean protection. By harnessing the power of storytelling and human connection, Edges of Earth strives to inspire others to join in these important efforts, creating awareness and driving positive change in the world. During the podcast, Andi Cross shares her experience of conceiving the idea for Edges of Earth during a trip to Fiji, where she met knowledgeable locals working to conserve marine life and felt compelled to help share their stories. Through her platform, she's using her skills in storytelling and business to make a significant impact on ocean conservation. Her journey from Manhattan to Perth and the development of WildPalm, which funds Edges of Earth, demonstrates Andi's dedication, passion, and resourcefulness in bringing her extraordinary vision to life.

Finding Your Passion and Impact: Andi Cross's Journey
Embarking on a journey of self-discovery and aligning your passions with a meaningful profession can often lead to a greater sense of fulfillment in life. Identifying your interests and strengths can provide a valuable starting point for transitioning from a career that may no longer resonate. By taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone, you might discover new pathways and opportunities to make a positive impact on the world around you. Andi Cross has shown incredible personal growth and determination in her journey from corporate Manhattan to remote Perth, Western Australia, adapting her skills and interests in business and marketing to benefit marine conservation endeavors. By embracing change, pursuing her love for the ocean, and establishing partnerships that align with her values, Andi has successfully forged a new and meaningful path that not only positively impacts our planet but serves as an inspiration to others seeking greater purpose in their lives.

Pursuing a Life of Adventure and Purpose: Andi Cross's Tips for Taking Risks and Building Personal Confidence
Taking calculated risks and embracing change can lead to a life full of adventure and purpose. By stepping out of our comfort zones and delving into the unknown, we can gain invaluable experiences, knowledge, and personal growth. By allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and flexible, we open up to new opportunities and challenges that can ultimately lead to a fulfilling and rewarding life. Andi Cross encourages risk-taking and personal confidence through her own experiences in uprooting her life from Manhattan to Perth and diving headfirst into the world of marine conservation. Her journey is a testament to the power of taking bold risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. With a focus on personal growth, Andi is an example of how redefining your path and embracing change can create a life of adventure and purpose.

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

Join host Andrew Lewin as he shares his journey of using podcasting to speak up for the ocean and how you can help bring about more awareness of the ocean and protect it for future generations.

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In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore the power of podcasting in developing both your personal and career journey.

  • Grasp the significance of protecting our oceans and promoting steps to preserve marine ecosystems.

  • Delve into the ocean podcasting landscape, highlighting the need for varied viewpoints and consistent content.

  • Get valuable pointers on initiating an engaging ocean-themed podcast, including selecting a niche and partnering with like-minded individuals.

  • Find out how podcasting could open up new avenues for professional growth and unforeseen career paths.

As a marine biologist, Andrew Lewin has spent years studying and observing the many challenges facing our oceans. Determined to make a difference, Andrew turned to podcasting as a means of raising awareness and inspiring change. With a wealth of experience in both science communication and podcast production, Andrew is the perfect guest to provide valuable advice for those interested in starting their own ocean-themed podcast. Learn from his journey and discover how to find your niche, collaborate with others, and use your podcast to make a positive impact on the world's oceans.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Subscribe to the How to Protect the Ocean podcast to stay informed about ocean issues and how to take action.

  • Vote for representatives who prioritize the environment and the ocean.

  • Start your own ocean-focused podcast to share your voice and knowledge.

  • Support organizations and initiatives that work to protect the ocean through donations or volunteering.

  • Reduce your personal impact on the ocean by using sustainable products, reducing plastic use, and supporting local and sustainable seafood.

  • Educate yourself and others about ocean issues and solutions through books, documentaries, and social media.

  • Take part in beach cleanups and other community events to directly contribute to ocean conservation efforts.

  • Advocate for ocean-friendly policies in your local government and community.

  • Purchase from companies that prioritize sustainability and ocean conservation.

  • Encourage others to take action and raise awareness about ocean issues in your personal and professional networks.

Getting Exposure and Opportunities through Podcasting
One of the most significant benefits of podcasting lies in its potential to create professional networks and provide exposure to new opportunities. By interviewing guests and collaborating with organizations, podcasters can forge relationships within their industries. These connections can lead to job or contract offers and other potential collaborations that can enrich one's professional journey. In Andrew Lewin's experience, his podcast has allowed him to build a vast network of professionals within the ocean conservation community. These connections have led to unexpected opportunities, such as collaborations with large organizations and invitations to events related to marine biology and ocean conservation. Moreover, the exposure gained through podcasting has helped Lewin advance his career and establish himself as a thought leader in his field.

How to Get Started with Podcasting
To start podcasting, a strong foundation needs to be established; this includes identifying a niche, creating quality content, and having a solid plan in place. Potential podcasters should choose a theme that resonates with their values or interests, and focus on finding ways to engage with their audience. Collaboration is also essential– forging connections with other podcasters, organizations, and professionals can lead to increased outreach and success. Andrew Lewin encourages aspiring podcasters to take advantage of the support and resources available, such as his communication coaching program. This platform enables participants to launch their own podcasts while receiving guidance and mentorship from Lewin. Additionally, he recommends using libsyn.com, a hosting platform, to set up a podcast account and streamline the launch process. By following Lewin's advice and embarking on the podcasting journey, individuals can contribute to the ongoing effort to raise awareness and protect our oceans for future generations.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1463_SUFBPodcasting.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Investigate the vital discussions on diversity and ocean justice from the Upwell conference.

  • Contemplate the existing gaps in diversity within ocean conservation and advocacy circles.

  • Acknowledge the essential role played by marginalized communities in conservation endeavors.

  • Comprehend the complex intersection of ocean justice with environmental and economic aspects.

  • Consider how adaptive management continuously reshapes our views on conservation achievements.

My special guest is Angelo Villagomez, Anupa Asokan

Angelo Villagomez is an experienced ocean advocate with a focus on well-designed and implemented marine protected areas. Currently working for the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, Angelo has spent years advocating for ocean conservation and has an extensive background working with coastal communities in the Caribbean and Pacific. As an avid scuba diver and a passionate voice for ocean justice, Angelo is committed to making the conservation field more inclusive and diverse.

Anupa Asokan is a dedicated conservationist with a diverse background in film, fisheries management, and marine protected areas. As a passionate surfer and paddleboarder, Anupa's love for the ocean runs deep. Currently working as a policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council, her focus is on the promotion of sustainable fishing practices and the establishment of marine protected areas. Anupa's unique skill set allows her to effectively communicate the importance of ocean justice and work towards a more inclusive conservation community.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Register for the Upwell: A Wave of Ocean Justice conference on June 7th at 12:30 PM Eastern time through the link in the show notes.

  • Attend the conference virtually to learn about ocean justice and the different aspects of what it means.

  • Watch the conference live on YouTube to hear from speakers and participate in the forum where marginalized voices can be highlighted.

  • Check out the Ocean Justice Forum to learn more about the movement and join the conversation.

  • Support organizations that are working towards ocean justice, such as NRDC and the Pew Charitable Trust.

  • Advocate for diversity and inclusion in the ocean conservation movement, especially at the leadership level.

  • Take action to protect the ocean in your local community, such as supporting marine protected areas and sustainable fishing practices.

Ocean Joy Justice in Action
Ocean recreation is an often-overlooked component of ocean conservation. Activities such as surfing, diving, and exploring marine life offer more than just enjoyment; they create meaningful connections between people and the ocean environment, shaping the public's perception of the marine landscape and inspiring efforts to preserve and protect these waters. During the podcast, Anupa Asokan discusses her involvement in a panel about experiencing joy and fun in ocean activities and how these experiences can enhance one's everyday life. However, she also brings attention to the lack of representation of diverse ethnic backgrounds in these joyous encounters and the need to make these activities more inclusive. By expanding these opportunities to connect with the ocean for all, conservation efforts can encourage a truly diverse community that values and protects shared ocean environments.

Every Coastline Needs a Hero
Local heroes can play a crucial role in conservation efforts, contributing unique knowledge to the cause and mobilizing communities to work together. These individuals, deeply rooted in the areas they call home, can spearhead efforts to protect and preserve their coastal environments. They demonstrate a profound understanding of the challenges they face and are essential participants in developing sustainable solutions tailored to their community's needs. In the podcast, Angelo Villagomez and Anupa Asokan stress the importance of supporting local heroes, who can make substantial positive changes to their environment and influence meaningful progress in conservation. They encourage everyone to help uplift these local voices and recognize their talents and expertise in finding innovative ways to address conservation at the grassroots level. By emphasizing the importance of empowering local heroes the discussion highlights a vital aspect of making conservation initiatives more diverse and equitable.

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Conference Agenda: https://bit.ly/3oMGM6p

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1462_Upwell1.mp3
Category:Ocean Justice -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Meet Jaelen Myers, an inspiring marine biologist who has turned her love for aquatic life into a successful academic career. Hailing from Illinois, Jaelen completed her undergraduate degree in environmental biology and furthered her education with a master's in reproductive physiology in fishes. Today, Jaelen is pursuing her PhD at James Cook University in Australia, where she dives deep into the world of stingrays and their ecological importance. As a gifted science communicator, Jaelen shares her knowledge and experiences with a wide audience, inspiring future generations to protect the ocean.

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

Northern Right Whale Threats
The North Atlantic right whale is an endangered species, and its presence near lobster fishing areas can pose a threat to the whale population. The main concerns are ship strikes and entanglement with fishing lines, which have both been responsible for injuries and fatalities among these majestic creatures. As the northern right whales venture higher and further north in Canada, the task of managing their interactions with human activities becomes increasingly challenging. Recognizing the importance of prioritizing the protection of these endangered species, cautious methods are being employed to mitigate any potential harm caused by the fishing industry. During the podcast, I discussed how sightings of Northern right whales in the vicinity of Prince Edward Island prompted the temporary closure of a lobster fishing area. With high stakes, it is crucial to strike a balance between preserving these whales' well-being, preserving the fishermen's livelihood, and maintaining the environment's delicate balance. Fishermen in the region have been doing their part to achieve this balance by working with the Department of Fisheries Oceans to adopt eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

Economic Consequences
The temporary closure of the lobster fishing area represents a setback for local fishermen who rely on their catch to make a living. The peak lobster season is ongoing, and the closure may have a significant financial impact on the affected fishers. Despite the potential economic consequences, the preservation of an endangered species has to be prioritized. The challenge lies in finding alternative solutions that can successfully mitigate whale interactions without hampering the fishermen's livelihood. The possible economic repercussions of the temporary closure were acknowledged. The podcast highlighted the importance of finding new management methods and solutions to address the issue. By working together, all parties involved can explore and implement innovative approaches that ensure sustainable fishing practices without compromising marine ecosystems and the vulnerable northern right whales.

Closure Details
The closure of the portion of the lobster fishing area 24 applies to waters 18 meters deep, with shallower waters remaining open for fishing activities. The Department of Fisheries Oceans has granted a 96-hour window for the removal of fishing gear, and the closure will persist for 15 days. However, if no subsequent sightings of right whales occur in the area, the closure may be lifted sooner, allowing fishermen to resume their activities.

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

Join Inaki Ruiz on his journey to save the oceans, but be prepared for the unexpected twist that will leave you inspired and questioning what more you can do to make a difference.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Decipher the significance of environmental engineering in addressing climate change issues.

  • Realize the importance of spreading knowledge about climate change's effects on marine life.

  • Harness the power of youth-driven actions and solutions for change.

  • Simplify intricate scientific ideas for a wider, non-specialist audience.

  • Advocate for cycling as a sustainable alternative to tackle congestion and lower emissions.

My special guest is Inaki Ruiz

Introducing Inaki Ruiz, a dedicated environmental engineering student from Mexico City, who's making a difference in the world of sustainability. While initially enrolled in civil engineering, Inaki's passion for the environment led him to switch majors and co-found an ocean awareness organization with his classmates. Currently studying in Puerto Rico on an exchange program, Inaki continues to broaden his knowledge and understanding of environmental issues. As an advocate for sustainable transportation, Inaki is well-equipped to discuss the benefits of cycling as a way to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions.

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

I discuss the unusual behavior of a sub pod of critically endangered orcas off the coast of Spain. Since 2020, these orcas have been ramming sailboats, causing damage and even sinking vessels in 3 cases. The motive behind these events remains a mystery, but some theories suggest that the noise from boat engines or a traumatic event involving the orcas may be triggering this behavior. I talk about the various interactions between orcas and boats worldwide, emphasizing that orcas have not harmed humans in the wild. However, the recent incidents in Spain have raised concerns for both boat safety and the welfare of the orcas. To protect both parties, there may be a ban on certain boat types in the area. I will update you on any new events or policies that come from these events.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1458_OrcasSink3BoatsNearStraitofGibraltor.mp3
Category:Orcas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Thao Nguyen is a travel content creator with a background in marine conservation. She shares her inspiring journey, from doing graduate work on Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia to working in renewable energy to pursuing her passion for marine conservation. She discusses her transition into content creation, focusing on travel and marine conservation, and explains how she aims to inspire others, especially solo female travelers, to explore the world sustainably. Tune in to hear Thao's unique experiences and her perspective on being a creator in the travel industry while benefitting marine conservation and local people.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1457_ConservationStory_ThaoNguyen.mp3
Category:Conservation Story -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Are you tired of feeling frustrated and powerless in the face of misinformation about climate change? Have you been told to simply recycle and turn off the lights, only to see little progress toward a sustainable future? It's time to take action by recognizing fallacies and promoting productive conservation conversations. Join us in this episode as we explore the benefits of transitioning from fossil fuels, uncover ditactics, envision a sustainable economy, and gain the skills to detect fallacious arguments. Let's combat misinformation and work towards a healthier planet together.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the long-term advantages of replacing fossil fuels with more sustainable energy sources.

  • Expose the diversion tactics utilized to sidetrack focus on climate change problems.

  • Contemplate the steps required to establish an economy resilient against environmentally damaging practices.

  • Understand the impact of effective communication by scientists and policymakers in lessening fossil fuel consumption.

  • Enhance your skills in discerning fallacious arguments that impede conservation progress.

 

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Reduce your personal use of fossil fuels by using public transportation, biking, or walking whenever possible.

  • Support companies that prioritize sustainability and have transparent supply chains.

  • Educate yourself and others on the red herring fallacy and how to identify and challenge diversion tactics in conversations about climate change and ocean protection.

  • Advocate for government policies that prioritize reducing the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to a sustainable economy.

  • Support and invest in research and development of alternative energy sources and carbon sequestration technology.

  • Take action on a local level by participating in beach cleanups, supporting local conservation organizations, and advocating for environmental protections in your community.

Cutting Through the BS
It is critical to pierce through the obfuscation and challenge manipulation tactics in environmental conversations, specifically addressing fallacies such as red herrings. By maintaining a keen awareness of these deceptive approaches and calling them out, individuals can ensure that conversations remain focused on the relevant issues, contributing to meaningful progress in combating climate change and protecting our oceans. In his podcast episode, Andrew Lewin emphasizes the importance of identifying and challenging the diversion tactics and fallacies used to sidetrack essential discussions about climate change and environmental conservation. He encourages listeners to be aware of these tactics in conversations and to remain steadfast in focusing on the central issues at hand. By cutting through these distractions, one can facilitate a more productive and impactful conversation surrounding environmental issues.

Call to Action
Individuals, communities, and governments must take action to recognize fallacies, maintain focus during conversations, and work together to address the pressing environmental issues we face. By sharing experiences, knowledge, and stories, we can inspire others and promote a united effort toward environmental conservation and responsibility. Andrew Lewin asks listeners to share their thoughts on the impact of fallacies in conservation efforts, inviting open conversation and encouraging community building through shared experiences. He emphasizes the importance of inspiring others by sharing personal conservation journeys and challenges encountered in their efforts. Through open dialogue, collaborative thinking, and a unified focus on the environmental challenges we face, meaningful progress toward sustainability can be made.

Focus on Transitioning to a Sustainable Economy
Shifting the focus of the conservation debate to emphasize the importance of transitioning to a sustainable economy is essential in addressing the impacts of climate change. By placing attention on renewable energy sources, sustainable practices, and eco-friendly developments, individuals, communities, and entire nations can work together to create a future that minimizes harm to our environment while fostering economic growth. Andrew Lewin encourages science communicators, climate activists, and policymakers to concentrate on reducing fossil fuel use and supporting companies and technologies striving for sustainability. He calls for empathetic and focused conversations that consider the multifaceted impact of climate change on our planet, emphasizing that this transition to a sustainable economy is crucial in the quest to protect our oceans.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1456_ManipulationOfTheFossilFuelIndustry.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Just when I thought I understood the delicate balance between nature and human intervention along coastlines, the Dunes project revealed an unexpected twist that left me stunned. Get ready for a jaw-dropping revelation that will challenge everything you thought you knew about protecting our vulnerable shorelines.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the critical role of sand dunes in safeguarding coastlines against erosion.

  • Uncover the objectives of the Dunes project in pinpointing vulnerable zones and preparing for erosion.

  • Realize the vulnerability of European nations to climate change and coastal flooding.

  • Delve into the history of human-environment interactions in coastal areas across the globe.

  • Find inspiration to take a stand in safeguarding our oceans for future generations.

If we can't do that [prepare for the vulnerability of coastal communities], those coastal communities are at risk and we don't know which ones will be more at risk than others. And these are people's livelihoods that we're talking about. - Andrew Lewin

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Share your thoughts on coastal flooding and erosion on Instagram at @howtoprotecttheocean (https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG).

  • Book a conservation journey interview with Andrew Lewin through the calendar link: https://calendly.com/sufb/sufb-interview

  • Check out the Dunes project article on phys.org (https://bit.ly/3nDEpSR) for more information on how sand dunes can act as a barrier against erosion and flooding.

  • Consider using natural systems, such as sand dunes, to protect against erosion and flooding rather than human-altered systems.

  • Prepare for climate change and adapt to the consequences by identifying vulnerable areas and fortifying them with natural or human-altered systems.

  • Show appreciation for mothers and the sacrifices they make for their families.

Building on Past Successes
Looking back at successful conservation efforts is vital in shaping the future of environmental protection. Understanding the factors that have contributed to these victories can offer valuable lessons and inspiration for future initiatives. In the podcast, Andrew Lewin expresses excitement for upcoming episodes, which will delve into past successes and challenges facing conservation efforts. By hearing from experts in ocean conservation, marine biology, and related fields, Lewin hopes to inspire others to take action and build on previous accomplishments, ultimately achieving positive results in protecting our oceans.

Challenges in Conservation
The numerous challenges facing ocean conservation can seem insurmountable. However, understanding these obstacles and learning how to navigate them is key to protecting our coastlines and the marine ecosystems they support. Throughout the podcast, Andrew Lewin speaks passionately about the threats to our oceans and emphasizes the importance of overcoming these challenges. He calls listeners to action, encouraging them to take simple steps such as reducing single-use plastic to make a difference. By highlighting the successes and obstacles in conservation efforts, Lewin’s podcast promises to offer valuable insights and advice that can inspire and guide coastal residents in their own battles to protect the ocean.

Dune's Evolution
Understanding the evolution of sand dunes is vital to protecting coastlines from erosion. By learning how dunes have formed and developed over time, coastal residents can adapt their strategies to better suit the changing landscape. The interactions between humans and their coastal environments have left their mark on dunes, shaping their past and future evolution. During the podcast, Andrew Lewin discusses the international span of the Dunes project, which is researching coastal regions across countries like France, Portugal, the UK, Brazil, Mozambique, North America, and New Zealand. By examining the history of human-environment interactions in these coastal areas, the Dunes project aims to gain insights into how dunes have evolved and will continue to act as barriers against erosion in the face of climate change.

 

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1455_SandDunesCoastalErosion.mp3
Category:Sand Dunes -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sargassum, a type of giant seaweed, has been washing up on the shores of Florida earlier than ever before. Sargassum is a brown algae that forms large mats or blobs in the ocean, and its excessive presence can have detrimental effects on marine ecosystems and coastal communities. The seaweed can disrupt tourism, damage coral reefs, and deplete oxygen levels in the water, leading to the death of marine life. I covered the causes behind the increase in sargassum blooms, including climate change and nutrient pollution from agricultural activities in other episodes. In today's episode, I explore the opportunities and challenges of disposing of sargassum in Key West.
 
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Direct download: HTPRO_E1454_FloridasSargassum.mp3
Category:Sargassum -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Canada has implemented a ban on single-use plastic products as part of its goal to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. However, environmentalists are concerned about the increasing use of paper packaging as a substitute. Nicole Rycroft, the founder of Canopy, a nonprofit organization working to protect forests, warns that the shift to paper is leading to deforestation and forest degradation. She estimates that over three billion trees, including old-growth and endangered trees, are logged annually to produce paper-based products. In addition to deforestation, the production of paper requires significant amounts of energy and water. While paper is more biodegradable and easier to recycle than plastic, the grade of paper affects its recyclability. Furthermore, when paper ends up in landfills, it decomposes and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The paper industry is exploring alternative solutions such as using agricultural waste like straw, hemp, flax, tomato stems, and banana peels to make sustainable single-use products. Biodegradable resins are also being used but are often expensive and have limited applications. Waste policies should transition away from a single-use model, and consumers are encouraged to choose reusable packaging whenever possible to achieve more sustainable outcomes.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1453_PlasticToPaperCanada.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Indigenous communities in Hawaii are reviving an ancient stewardship and conservation system known as ahupua'a. The system divides the islands into long wedges running from the mountains to the ocean and allows for the holistic management of resources. Three communities—Hā'ena, Heʻeia, and Kaʻūpūlehu—have successfully restored ahupua'a practices and co-manage resources with government and private landowners. They have established Indigenous and community-conserved areas (ICCAs) within their territories, leveraging rights and resources previously taken from them. The communities' efforts have led to positive outcomes such as increased fish populations and recognition for innovative conservation initiatives. The success of these communities serves as an example of embracing Indigenous culture and conservation practices for the benefit of both humans and nature.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1452_HawaiiLocalConservation1.mp3
Category:Indigenous -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Google has been found to have monetized videos promoting climate crisis misinformation on YouTube as recently as April 2023, according to a report by the Climate Action Against Disinformation coalition. The report highlights 100 videos denying that greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning fossil fuels are responsible for climate change, as well as 100 videos featuring deceptive content on tackling climate change. Google updated its policies in October 2021 to prohibit ads and monetization of content contradicting the scientific consensus on climate change. However, examples of videos violating this policy still ran with preroll advertising for a mosquito lamp.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1451_GoogleMonetizesClimateChangeDenierVids.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

Transport Canada has announced 10 measures to protect the critically endangered southern resident orcas off the British Columbia coast, including mandatory speed zones in two areas near Swiftsure Bank, fishing closures, and interim sanctuary zones. Commercial and recreational salmon fishing will be banned this summer and fall throughout the waters of the southern Gulf Islands. From now until May 31, 2024, vessels are required to stay at least 400 meters away from all orcas in southern B.C. coastal waters. However, cetacean researcher and senior research scientist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Lance Barrett-Lennard, said the measures need to go much further to help the animals thrive, including much broader fishing restrictions throughout their critical habitat.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1450_ProtectionsForOrcas.mp3
Category:Orcas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A new book argues that the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, human geography, political science, psychology, and sociology, are key to effective conservation. Conservation Social Science: Understanding People, Conserving Biodiversity argues that human behaviour is often overlooked when it comes to developing conservation solutions, which ultimately require changing the way people interact with the environment. Effective conservation requires understanding the consequences for species and ecosystems, as well as people and their livelihoods. Conservationists can navigate key questions that surround establishing a protected area by using a political science lens, such as who has the power to make the rules and whose voices are underrepresented. The answers to these questions have profound implications for both nature and people. The book also calls for impact evaluation, an approach that can help us understand how the design and management of a conservation project affects not only species and ecosystems but also the lives and livelihoods of local people who depend on them.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1449_SocialScienceAndMarineConservation.mp3
Category:Human Behavior -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1448_IWantToHearYourConservationStory.mp3
Category:Community -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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.

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1447_GWSharkEpiditioninNovaScotia.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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!

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1446_BeyondJaws_OscarSosa.mp3
Category:Basking Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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. 

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1445_HowAGovernmentCanRuinTheirEnvironment.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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."

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Direct download: HTPTO_E1444_SuperElNino.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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!

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