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Have you ever asked yourself what VALUE you can bring to the Marine Biology job that you want so that you can help your employer succeed in ways that other candidates can't? I asked myself this very question after interviewing Dr. Andrea Marshall (Queen of the Mantas) for a Beyond Jaws episode. Andrea spoke about her SCUBA diving experience and how she completed the highest certification in SCUBA before she was 18 because she knew that she would need that skill when she was researching ocean fauna. Her words and experience inspired me to ask the same question in this episode. 

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There is no secret that the Southern Resident Orca Population in the Salish Sea is critically endangered and it faces many challenges that could lead this population to extinction. An overwhelming challenge is the population's reliance on Chinook salmon as their primary prey as the salmon population is also declining. But there is also a new question that was recently answered that could identify another challenge: Is the energy storage (fats) in Chinook salmon equal among Chinook salmon? Researchers from the University of British Columbia tested the fat content in Chinook salmon in the spring and in the Fall to find out if their lipid content was the same. We are going to talk about the results, which could help decipher management decisions for Chinook salmon and orcas, in the future.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1441_ChinookFatHelpsOrcas.mp3
Category:Orca -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is an effort to conserve the Mobulid (manta and devil rays) species (9-11 species) as most of the species are considered endangered. Purse seine nets and gill nets are the leading reason for the death of mobulids. But there is a new fishing gear hack that gives mobulids a better chance for survival if they are caught in purse seine nets. The device is called a manta grid and it could be used as a tool in the conservation tool belt for tuna fishing (or any other type of fishing) in the future. Other tools could consider pre-fishing adjustments that could give mobulid species a fighting chance at survival. We are going to discuss these tools and strategies in this episode.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1440_MantaRayGridSavesRaysFromBycatch.mp3
Category:Manta Ray -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT

One of the scariest thoughts to me is wondering how far does our plastic pandemic reach in the ocean. We know that plastics reach every part of the ocean's surface, but how far down? And is it consistently found in the deep-sea? If so, how much of the microplastic accumulates within the deep-sea organisms? So many questions would require thousands of samples from around the world which would cost several millions of dollars. The good news is our guest today, Dr. Andrew Thaler, is now the steward of such a dataset and he hopes to answer the questions above. He just needs your help to fund the pilot study.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1439_DoMicroplasticsAccumulateInDeepSeaOrganisms.mp3
Category:Deep-Sea -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Blue carbon is not just a huge buzzword in the conservation space. It's a field within conservation that could help the oceans recoup from climate change impacts while decreasing climate change. There are many start-up companies that are popping up in the space to get in on what could be a lucrative business model for the near future and a way to save the planet. However, there are still many questions that remain unanswered for the space that could have unintended negative impacts on the ocean and the planet. For example, a recent study revealed that coastal ecosystems may release methane (a more severe greenhouse gas than CO2) after absorbing CO2. We are going to discuss these effects and why it is so important to know this information.
 
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Category:Blue Carbon -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

Lolita is coming home...well maybe. The long-awaited journey home that people all over the world, especially the Lummi people (Indigenous people near the waters from which Lolita originated) closer to going home. The new owners of the Miami Seaquarium would like to release her, an NFL owner is ready to donate the funds, and local organizations are ready for her arrival. However, you may not see her home anytime soon as there are some regulations and challenges that need to be overcome before that could happen. We are going to talk about those challenges and more in this episode.
 
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Category:Orca Capitivity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The congressional hearing where the CEO of TikTok was questioned about the security of the app seemed like a total farce and there are many things that could be said about some of the conflicts of interest of the politicians in that most of them had Meta stock (a direct competitor to TikTok). However, the chair of the hearing said that she thinks the app should be banned in the United States due to safety and security concerns. The recent success of making the Willow Project go viral on TikTok showed a real promise for environmental campaigns to succeed and reach audiences with a specific message. But now, the app may not be around and this will impact creators on the app, including marine science communicators. I am going to talk about what you should do in this situation.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A new proposal by an aquaculture company to farm octopuses is raising concerns among animal activists, conservationists, and scientists about whether it is right to farm octopuses for the purpose of food. The company proposes that farming octopus will help reduce trawling practices and provide the cultural demand for octopus as certain places around the world eat octopus as part of their culture; however, others are worried about the ethical and physical problems that might arise from the farming octopus. Octopuses are sentinel beings that have been documented as feeling pain. They are also territorial animals so one would think that it would be difficult to put more than one animal in the same tank. I am going to explore the many aspects surrounding the question of whether Can Octopuses be farmed?
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1435_CanOctopusBeFarmed.mp3
Category:Aquaculture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I get asked the same thing all of the time: How do I get a job in marine biology? The first thing I say is, do you have some time to talk? Marine Biology is a career that many people want when they grow up. They watch some great documentaries and TV shows and now even social media content of scientists and conservationists sharing their work in incredible places do some amazing things. When people graduate from university/college and start to look for a job they get frustrated about a number of things: not getting a job, not getting paid enough, having to move to remote places, etc. The career isn't for everyone and there are a few things that you should consider before you jump into the pursuit of a career in marine biology. Dr. David Shiffman shared an exercise he conducts with his students so they know what to expect when pursuing this career. I want to share it with you because I think it's super important.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1434_AMarineCareerExcerciseEveryoneShouldDo.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Jobs -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is nothing better than going to a beach after a rain storm to sea the calmness of the sea and enjoy the ocean's tranquility. But, you might want to stay away from those areas after you hear what a recent study found in the ocean spray after storms near rivers where sewage is disposed of during storms. A recent study that sampled ocean spray in the air found sewage particles carrying bacteria, viruses, and potentially other nasty things in the air after a storm hit. The study becomes scary after realizing how far inland the aerosols can travel inland via ocean spray.  We are going to talk about it in this episode.
 
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Category:Water Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Red tide has hit the Florida coastline once again due to a variety of reasons that will not go away any time soon unless Florida's water quality problem is solved soon and it's affecting the local people and economy. It's not the worst red tide event that we have seen in the recent past, but it seems to be popping up year after year and that is concerning many scientists as climate change is making things worse.  We are starting to see the long-term effects of red tide, increased nutrients, and warmer waters so we are going to talk about it during this episode.
 
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Category:Red Tide -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My family and I love to travel down south to the Caribbean for vacation during the winter to get a break from the cold and lie on the beach and explore the inshore of the ocean. But there has been a massive increase in the coverage of sargassum along the coastline and the accumulation is getting to the point where trucks are working around the clock to get rid of the algae. Climate change and increased nutrients for massive rivers are the culprits to the increase in the biomass of sargassum. The problem is not going away anytime soon but something needs to be done to reduce the problem.
 
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Category:Sargassum -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Biden administration approved a controversial proposal to drill in Alaska (a project that could produce 280 million metric tons of carbon emissions/9.2 million per year)despite campaign promises of not approving any more oil projects due to climate change concerns. Many petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures were submitted and numerous comments were made on social media posts asking for people to Speak Up against the project. Former government officials said the administration was bound by the leasing contract to approve the proposal or else face a potential $5 Billion lawsuit for breach of contract. Other factors that might have influenced the decision were an energy crisis and a looming election. However, did President Biden lose the younger vote with campaign climate change promises broken?
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1430_WillowProjectApproved.mp3
Category:willow project -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Kiska the orca who was known as the loneliest orca in the world passed away due to a bacterial infection on March 10th and people around the world are angry at Marineland for their lack of effort in taking good care of Kiska. But the most frustrating part of Kiska's story is that she could have been the first orca to participate in the whale sanctuary project. Therefore, we need to intensify the efforts of retiring orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries so we don't repeat Kiska's tragedy.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1429_KiskaHasPassedAway.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:19am EDT

After 2 decades we have a UN High Seas Treaty and there is hope for protecting the ocean in international waters, but there is an important step that needs to be taken...the treaty needs to be ratified by the countries. There are great reasons to ratify this treaty, specifically 4 important actions that will help the world and its ocean. Therefore, it is time that the people of the countries who need to ratify this treaty need to tell their politicians to ratify this bill. We are going to talk about the important points of this treaty and why we should be hopeful.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1428_HighSeasTreaty.mp3
Category:High Seas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Last year, the Biden administration rolled out the most comprehensive climate bill in US history and launched the journey of climate action that was promised during the campaign. But it is now evaluating the approval of an oil and gas drilling opportunity in Alaska called the Willow Project. You may not have heard of the project because it seems to have flown under the radar, but people are talking about it on TikTok. In fact, my daughter is the person who told me about it. I wanted to find out more information on the project so I reached out to my good friend, Angelo, and he put me in touch with Jenny Rowland-Shea who has been working on this project at the Center for American Progress for a while now. Jenny tells us about the history and future plans of the project and how people in Alaska feel about it.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1427_TheWillowProject.mp3
Category:Advocacy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Open-net pen salmon aquaculture has been operating along the west coast of Canada in the Discovery islands for almost 30 years and it was supported by the government. But not everyone was happy with the results that occurred in the surrounding waters. Indigenous groups and environmentalists were noticing that there was more disease in and outside of the pens and fewer wild Pacific Salmon coming out of the Fraser river. A court ruled that many of the licenses for the aquaculture pens should not be renewed and it's finally starting to happen. We are going to talk about it in this episode of the podcast.
 
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We have heard the experts tell us time and time again that diversity and inclusion is critical for protecting the ocean and the planet. But many organizations, governments, and private companies often fail to implement policies within the workplace to foster a better environment and work culture that could lead to better conservation. I was recently contacted by a listener to tell me about a mistake that I made in referencing the terms equality and equity. The conversation developed into a great exchange of ideas that lead to this interview about implementing diversity and inclusion training and policies in the workplace. Christie Mazzeo-Pfoertner works for the New York Department of State and tells you how she personally got involved in becoming more aware of diversity and inclusion, which led to her volunteering to be on a working group for the department. We are going to talk about her journey in this episode.
 
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Science communication has the power to capture the eyes and minds of any audience and the ability to find a way to explain science is various aspects of life takes a certain skill and passion. But it's not easy to communicate the science and build an audience that will continue to come back for more. Therefore, the message has to be entertaining to get attention and you must go where the audience goes. Melissa Truth Miller is my guest today and an example of meeting an audience to communicate her science message. Melissa is a marine scientist who also has written blogs for sites like Nerdist and organizes Comic Con panels to bring science to an audience that is interested in science fiction.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1424_SciCommThroughComicConPanelsMelissaMiller.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Kelp forests have a number of benefits to the coastal oceans: They provide a habitat for a diverse set of species; they provide food for species; and, they take up carbon dioxide more than land trees. But kelp forests are at risk as a predator that used to be a problem is becoming more of a problem and eating live kelp. We need healthy kelp forests for all of their benefits including reducing climate change. Therefore, it is crucial that we discuss what will help protect them.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1423_SeaUrchinsNeedMorePredatorsToProtectKelpForests.mp3
Category:Kelp Forests -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I recently did an episode where I interviewed a great colleague and great friend, Dr. Andrew Thaler. At the end of the interview, I asked him what he was up to these days because you never know what Andrew Thaler is up to at any point and time. He let me know that he was spending his time on a climate change committee in his county. I was so proud of him because we had a similar discussion about 5 years ago and he mentioned that he wanted to do something like this. And then he said something that really hit me. He said that local government/committees is where specialists and experts can really make a difference. We are going to talk about why that statement is so profound in this episode.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1422_YouCanHelpTheOceanByHelpingYourLocalCommunity.mp3
Category:Local -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There seems to be a resurgence of tuna fish advertising as influencers show the benefits of eating tuna and try to bust myths of mercury poisoning and overfishing if you look up government standards you will find that specific tuna is safe to eat, but are the supermarkets that sell them sourcing from the right supplier? Are they making sure the suppliers are sustainably catching tuna and treating their staff right? Over a number of podcasts, I have revealed the tragedies of overfishing on the high seas including transhipping at sea and the use of fisheries slaves. I think you have the right to know if your favorite grocery store is sourcing its tuna from the right companies. Greenpeace recently released a report ranking worldwide grocery stores that sell tuna based on sustainability and human rights. I am going to go over some of those results.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1421_USGroceryStoresRankTunaFishSourcing.mp3
Category:Seafood -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

You need to know what's happening in deep-sea mining, or what's not happening in deep-sea mining. I kept hearing different stories about how close deep-sea mining was to becoming a reality. At times it concerned me and at other times I was just thinking that it was never going to happen. Over the past year, things have seemed to progress and you might be seeing more stories in the media about the topic. That is happening for a reason and it's partly due to the work of a small group of people that became a resource to the industry on both sides of the industry. My guest today is here to tell us the biggest things that have happened over the past 13 years. Dr. Andrew Thaler joins the podcast to tell us about his four years as Editor-In-Chief of the Deep-Sea Mining Observer and how it filled a gap in knowledge to the press on the latest stories in the industry.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1420_TheHistoryAndStateOfDeepSeaMining_Final.mp3
Category:Deep-Sea Mining -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

For most of my life my parents and I bought my clothes from shops in the mall in and around Toronto. We never thought of how the clothes were made and what would happen to them after I grew out of the clothes. Now that I know how wasteful my clothes are, I have been trying to find ways to buy more sustainable clothing, but I haven't had much luck finding something that I can afford or that is truly sustainable. There was always another option: thrifting. It's something that I never did before because I was being superficial. I didn't want to buy second-hand clothes as I thought I was better than that, I guess. I got over my ego this past weekend and went to a local thrift store and I can gladly say I was successful. I am going to tell you how it all went and why I think I stood in my own way to not do something.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1419_ShoppingForClothesShouldBeDifferent.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 7:14pm EDT

I posted a short video on marine mammal captivity on Instagram, Tik Tok, and YouTube Shorts. To be honest, it was an experiment. I knew the video would be a bit controversial as the captivity of marine mammals content always tends to be this way. My goal for the video was not to take a personal stance but to let viewers make their own decision based on the resources I suggested. I got some feedback just as I suspected. Some pro-releasing whales and others pro-captivity. I responded to the comments in all cases and I want to tell you about my experience.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1419_CivilDiscourseOnlineCanHelpSaveTheOcean.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

We are now in the decade of the ocean and you may or may not have heard of the term flying around that is supposed to help the oceans and lands and protect biodiversity. The term is 30 x 30. It means 196 nations have pledged to protect 30% of lands and oceans by the year 2030. It's a great goal that can help our environment and the human species from climate change, water pollution, plastic pollution, overfishing, and other human disturbances; however, the number 30 could just mean that politicians will focus on just the quantity and not the quality of the protected areas. The Center of American Progress would like to see a quality-over-quantity scenario and I am going to talk about how where the US needs to focus.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1418_30By30ConservationGoalNumber.mp3
Category:Marine Protected Areas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Whale and dolphin captivity is quite a controversial issue as there are people who are advocating for the release of every captive orca, dolphin, seal, and sea lion (along with manatees) to improve their overall health and there are people who think that these animals are treated well in marine parks and offer a great way for humans to make a connection to help save marine mammals. On which side should you fall and how do you make that decision? These are just some of the questions that you may ask yourself when the opportunity presents itself to see an orca or some other marine mammal. I am going to give you some resources that can help you make decisions for yourself so that you can live for a better ocean.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1417_3WaysToMakeDecisionOnWhaleDolphinCaptivity.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are some great people in the marine conservation world that have the potential to do some great things in the field of marine science and conservation. They are intelligent, motivated, passionate, and talented in more than just the science/policy/advocacy work. They can communicate in creative ways. Every once in a while, I have the chance to meet these individuals to speak to them about how they can use their talent and creativity to do some great things. However, imposter syndrome sets in. It can stop you in your tracks of putting yourself out there stopping you from getting your message out. I want people to get past their imposter syndrome as I did so I am going to tell you what helped me.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1416_HowToGetOverImposterSyndrome.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Corals are facing a ton of challenges in the form of human disturbances and the potential loss of corals and coral reefs will devastate 25% of the species that depend on reefs for their survival. But there are efforts to protect and restore populations in the face of challenges such as climate change, water pollution, coastal development, and over-fishing. An organization called the Great Barrier Reef Legacy, based in Australia is working to do a different type of preservation. the organization wants to collect and preserve every species of coral in the Great Barrier Reef along with the genetic diversity of each coral species. The offsite facility that will house the species will act to stabilize their existence in case the wild populations are threatened with extinction and could act as brooding colonies for restoration purposes.
 
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1414_CoralModernDayNoahsArk.mp3
Category:Coral Reef -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you ever thought about whether your marine science/conservation/policy career is having the impact that you want on the ocean? For instance, I turned to podcasting about how to protect the ocean because I wanted to reach out to individual people to tell them about what is happening with the ocean and how they can help. I decided that I would stop working for the government to follow this endeavor and I am not the only one. In today's episode, I speak with Shannon Consentino-Roush about chasing impact throughout her career. Shannon has had quite a career in national and international policy but now works as a Chief Strategic Officer for a start-up company called Finless Foods that offers plant-based and cell-cultured seafood alternatives. We are going to find out what drove her to continue to pivot towards different career choices and how she ended up as the CSO of a start-up.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1413_ChasingImpactWithFinlessFoods.mp3
Category:Sustainable Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It seems as though the media salivates any time there is a shark bite event and it's labelled as a shark attack that includes all the horrific details. The story reaffirms the fears many people have of sharks and demonizes them, but there is always a piece of the story missing that could get at the real story. For example, a recent story that is being shared is a potential white shark bite off the coast of Mexico. The headlines and the stories are focusing on where the person was bit, but not on the details of why the person was in the ocean even though there were warnings of an increased presence of sharks. I am going to talk about the real story and discuss why those stories could have better results for conservation.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1412_RealStoryBehindSharkBite.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Cameron, the famous director, was promoting his new movie, Avatar: the way of the water, which has a huge marine conservation message when he came under fire for attending one of the promotional premieres in Japan. The promotion included a dolphin show at an aquarium which infuriated many environmentalists who wanted to hear Cameron's reason for attending the premiere with a captive dolphin show. We are going to talk about James Cameron's comments and how these events are harder to navigate than people think.
 
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For years now marine biologists, conservationists, NGOs, and governments have been working to protect the oceans in places all over the world. It would make sense that the projects would be about working altogether, especially with the people that live along the coastal community. Unfortunately, that hasn’t always happened. Coastal communities have been ignored during these projects. Luckily, there seem to be more conversations around Justice and equity with environmental projects, which could lead to a better future. I am going to talk about ocean Justice and Equity in this episode.
 
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Category:Ocean Justice and Equity -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Ocean protection is a key tool in managing oceans and its resources and it requires the support of all ocean users, but the one group is often ignored or left out of the process that can play a key role in protecting the ocean effectively. Indigenous groups have been protecting their oceans and lands for thousands of years and need to be included in conservation conversations. I am joined by Humna Sharif of the National Ocean Protection Coalition and Angelo Villagomez of the Center for American Progress to discuss ways in which scientists, NGOs, and governments can support Indigenous-led conservation.
 
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Category:Indigenous -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Northern right whales have been the subject of many conservation conversations over the past couple of months due to the decisions made around lobster and crab pot support for sustainability to protect the endangered species. Northern Right whales are heavily monitored, especially in the winter during their calving season. Two calves were spotted recently off the coast of Georgia providing some hope for the endangered whales in hopes that their numbers rebound, but the population is expected to produce 23 calves per year which have not been achieved in a long time. One theory is that the whales have had to shift their feeding areas north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to find their preferred food, copepods due to climate change. Will this season be better than those in the past?
 
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2) 13 new Northern Right Whale calves in 2021 https://bit.ly/3BKFVGu
3) Northern Right Whale Food Source https://bit.ly/3jfIhH2
 
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Category:Whales -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's that time of year that is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year. Students get a holiday for at least 2 weeks, people travel to see their families, and others stay local and make plans to meet up with friends who are home for a bit and meet up for family gatherings during special days throughout this holiday season. It's also a time when we buy and give gifts to family and friends and receive some too. But we can get caught up in gift-giving and create more of a mess for the environment and the ocean. I'm going to give you 3 tips on how to make this a better holiday season for the ocean.
 
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Category:Act for the blue -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We live in an interesting time. We have access to information at our fingertips whenever we want. It's a great opportunity to learn and interact with people all over the world. Of course, there are downfalls to social media as well as there are some great advantages. Scientists have the ability to share their work with people who do not have access to peer-reviewed papers. They also provide access to criticism in their work. Criticism does not always have to lead to being canceled, but it could lead to better work. I am going to talk to you about a recent interaction I had with a listener that ended in a great way.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

If a shark dies in the ocean, where do we find its remains? Well, there could be many answers to that question, but for many sharks, you could find their teeth in one place that we know. A deep-sea graveyard was discovered off some islands in the Indian Ocean by the ocean research arm of Australia, the CSIRO. The discovery contained teeth of various shark species ranging from mako sharks to the relatives of the now-extinct megalodon shark. Although scientists don't yet know why this graveyard was in this location, they look forward to diving into the shark teeth to find out. The latest research find from the same ship discovered a new deep-sea shark species, the stripey hornshark.
 
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Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It seems to be a right of passage for people to buy or rent a home/apartment when they are ready. But have you ever thought if your home will contribute to Climate Change or help Climate Change? It's never really discussed, right? People go house hunting and discuss their needs and wants and worry as to whether they can afford their next living space. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a home that is net-negative?
 
My guest today is Aiden Vogel, the founder of Swyft Lyft, a start-up based out of Austin, Texas that is working to ensure your next living space is net-negative. We discuss how and why he came up with this idea and how he is moving it forward into a product. He's going for scale folks and he is here to talk about it.
 
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Category:Business for the environment -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, it has become more of a cesspool of racism, sexism, and misinformation than it was pre-Elon and conversations are becoming more confrontational as people are trying to defend their points of view on both sides of issues. But Science Twitter has been a staple where most people get great information from colleagues or science celebrities to learn more about science and it is now at risk. I am ranting about Twitter and how Science Twitter could be lost in the long term...and that is a shame!!!
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We will need to leverage Blue carbon (kelp, Seagrass, etc.) to help reduce climate change. Blue carbon can help absorb carbon 20 times or more than trees. There is an entire industry that is budding due to the potential revenue that may or may not end up in turning a profit. Regardless of the revenue, Blue Carbon is not in the right position to live a long, healthy life. So we need to protect the kelp forest and help solidify blue carbon to help the planet, but they are in trouble due to the consequences of years of climate change. So the question remains how do we protect blue carbon sinks?
 
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Category:Blue Carbon -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

We tend to have a perception that working as a marine biologist requires us to be a professor at a university or work in Academia. But there are more options that could lead to a more rewarding career in your marine biology field of choice. Therefore, in this episode, I am going to present to you the options available that may not be the career paths you think you need to choose even though you may think that they present more challenges.
 
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Shark populations are being targeted in international waters by fishing fleets using legal fishing gear...sort of. The gear can target sharks that are in high demand for their fins, meat, and organs. Tens of thousands of metric tons of sharks are being fished annually reducing some populations by at least 70%. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which governs tuna fisheries in those waters could vote on a proposal to ban the devices as soon as this week in Vietnam. Research has shown that banning the devices could lead to a decreased mortality of oceanic whitetips by 40.5% and silky sharks by 30.8%.
 
I am going to break down the story and show you how this vote could easily help shark populations in international waters.
 
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After two seafood certification bodies pull their support for the Maine lobster fisheries to support more protection to protect the Northern Right Whale population from extinction. There are only 340 individuals left in the population and government departments are getting desperate to protect the struggling whale population. They don't want to take any chances on whale entanglements. Is this the right thing to do? Will this protect the whale population and is it worth hurting the Maine lobster fisheries?
 
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The purpose of COP27, aside from sharing climate change information, is for specific governments to work together to formulate an agreement to help reduce climate change. The COP27 meetings ended with a new agreement that builds on the last meeting's results after negotiations almost collapsed when the EU negotiator almost walked out due to the meeting agreement at the time. So some would consider it successful. Two major agreements were reached: 1) the agreement for developed nations to pay developing nations damages for climate change consequences; and, 2) the US and China resumed climate talks. I am going to discuss these results and what it means in the near future.
 
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Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Northern Right whale population is in trouble and measures need to be taken to ensure the population does not go extinct from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Climate change is driving the whales north into the Northern US and Canada where there were 17 deaths in 2017 due to ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Canada took measures to reduce the ship's speed to half of the regulated speed during the summer of 2017. the speed increased the next year during the same timeframe. Now fishing certification organizations have removed their certification of the Maine Lobster fishery as the fishery has been deemed not to take the necessary precautions to help the Northern Right whale population. I am going to discuss what this means for the whales and the fisheries in this episode.
 
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Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Shark species are being fished unsustainably all around the world and protections in sharks need to increase to track where these species are being bought and consumed. Tracking their trade can be difficult, but one tool that is available is CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A recent vote during the 19th convention added 54 shark species on the CITES Appendix II. I am going to talk about what this means for sharks and what else can we do to further protect them.
 
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Category:CITES -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We talk a lot about the ocean on this podcast and ways that people within the field of marine science and conservation are trying to protect it, but we rarely talk about the things that you can do at home or at your work/office. I work at an office two days a week where people are in and out of the office as we work hybrid work schedules. It's a pretty great office and my company provides us with a lot of great things including coffee and food/snacks. I now have the opportunity to help shape our work policies as to how the company can be more environmentally-friendly. I have a lot of work and research to do so I am going to document it here, on the podcast.
 
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Category:Act for the blue -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Do you know that corals are living animals? Did you think they might be rocks? It's okay because you are not alone. There are many people who don't know much about coral reefs other than they are beautiful to see on TV and everyone wants to see them. But the thing is that corals are great for the oceans and coastlines. Corals form dense biodiversity and decrease wave energy to protect eroding coastlines. Reefs are critical to the ocean, but there are specific environmental and human disturbances that are causing them to degrade to the point of no return. you need to know more about them to help protect them. On the podcast today, Dr. David Vaughan joins me to discuss his new book The Secret Life of Corals: Sex, War, and Rocks that don't Roll to help you better understand corals and provide you with opportunities to help save them.
 
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Category:Corals -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

COP27 is happening in Egypt right now where world leaders are gathering to discuss how they will reduce the greenhouse gas input into the atmosphere and make promises for their respective countries...that probably won't be met. People are tired of broken promises and would like to discuss and see solutions in action. One solution can be found in the Ocean through seagrass farms that can be cultivated in the Ocean, accumulate carbon, and sunk into the depth of the ocean to drive the carbon cycle. There are many companies who are trying to accomplish this goal, but can it work, and is it good for the Ocean?
 
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Category:Climate Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode I spoke to Maria Pinto about her experience in marine science communication where she discussed her platform of choice and the type of content she enjoyed creating. Speaking with Maria inspired me to continue to level up my scicomm game so in this episode I wanted to share with you how I will be starting (re-starting) my efforts for content on YouTube. I hope that those of you who are inspired by today's episode will have enough guidance to help you start your own efforts in science communication.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

You have heard my thoughts on science communication based on my experiences which I enjoy telling you all about. But it's about time that you hear about someone else's experience in marine science communication. Maria Pinto is that person that you need to hear from because she is a marine science communicator that has experience working on multiple platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram using her knowledge of marine science to share via science communication. She discusses what it's like to be a science communicator in Europe, gaming and scicomm, and why she sticks to being creative rather than only focusing on growing her following.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Unicorns of the sea is a term used to describe the majestic and mysterious narwhal, a cetacean that is widely known for its modified tooth that grows out of its skull. I call them mysterious because research is relatively new on the narwhal. We don't know a lot about them. But we do know when they typically begin their fall migration. Dr. Courtney Shuert is here to tell us about their migration and how climate change is affecting the timing of such an important event.
 
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Category:Cetaceans -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you ever gone grocery shopping and watched people leave the store with the groceries in a bunch of plastic bags? Or watch people smoking cigarettes while lying on the beach and extinguishing their butts in the sand. It's frustrating to watch people continue to do things that don't protect the oceans. I think the change comes with the principles of psychology and behaviour change. There are certain ways to go about changing behaviour and it goes beyond spewing facts at people.
 
 
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I did a search on the web for any type of content with a topic surrounding communication for ocean conservation and I found videos, papers, and blog posts on how scientists think science communication needs to be conducted using scientific facts. But is that what audiences want to hear? Are they interested in learning about the facts? I propose that we have to find new ways to talk about the ocean that is fun and provides real ways to change the ocean.
 
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People love traveling to Mexico to enjoy the tropical weather to escape winter for a week and the high tourist area called Quintana Roo is a very popular destination. But there is a problem with some of the tourist activities such as dolphin excursions. Tourists can watch captive dolphins perform tricks or even swim with them.
 
Scientists and advocates have been trying to shut the dolphinarium industry down all over the world, but Mexico is home to approximately 10% of the 3000 held in captivity around the world. A recent vote by Mexico's government officials has banned marine mammal captivity which is a great first step in the right direction; however, I am going to talk about why so much more needs to be done to ensure this ban on captivity goes through. In other words, I am not holding my breath.
 
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Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Tonight was a tough night for me as there was an incident with a parent and the coaching staff of which I am a coach. Not only did it get heated, but it almost turned violent on the parent's part. I haven't coached for a terribly long time, but this is something that has never happened to me. It really makes me rethink coaching and gets me thinking about the work I do on this podcast.
 
I put in the work on this podcast because it makes me happy to talk about the ocean and the benefit is that I hear from listeners that they enjoy it as well. It makes be happy that I can inspire people to change and its why I target people who want to do good for the ocean.
 
Today, I am going to talk about why I love interacting with this audience and work so hard to try to provide information to help people change habits or build habits to live for a better ocean. It's also why I don't target or try to change the minds of people who don't care about helping the ocean.
 
It's the same reason why I love coaching kids with their parents who want to become better players and human beings.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

The ocean is in trouble and policy can help solve many of those problems, but there are many challenges to overcome to create or change policy. It is difficult for one organization to create policy no matter how big, therefore, coalitions are necessary to change and/or create the policies that will help save the ocean.
 
I am speaking with Jenna Valente, who is the Director of Advocacy at Healthy Ocean Coalition and a fellow podcaster, to get more information on how her organization helps others in changing policy and advocating for the ocean.
 
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Category:Policy -- posted at: 7:37am EDT

The Alaskan crab fishery was made popular by the TV show, the deadliest catch and it's worth $200 million dollars annually. But the fishery is closed this year because 90% of the population (one billion crabs) disappeared over the past two years. I will be discussing the possible culprit in this episode.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1372_WhatHappenedToOneBillionCrabs.mp3
Category:Climate Crisis -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are more people who are trying to change the way people, companies, and governments change the way they do business to reduce climate change. But the methods of some climate activists are giving the rest of the climate activists and advocates a bad name. These methods need to stop and the people doing this need to focus on more appropriate demonstrations and lobbying. I provide examples of some of the extreme behaviour that is giving the rest of us a bad reputation and what you can focus on going forward.
 
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Category:Ocean Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I grew up reading books on the ocean and I would soak up all of the textbooks that I could find, but we need more books that target the specific segments of the people to help them change their habits for a better ocean. There is a tiny trend happening where books are being targeted toward the general public, but that needs to scale and quickly. I am going to talk about the marine conservation books that speak to me and the public and the types of books that we need in circulation in the near future.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The best thing that we can do to help the ocean is to choose products and services that are good for the environment and companies are making it known that they are doing something to protect the environment. But how can you tell if companies are truly in for the environment? There are companies that are greenwashing, Starbucks for example, for profit. I am going to cover an example of a scientific publisher that is being accused of doing the same thing while publishing scientific articles and striving to contribute to climate projects.
 
 
 
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Category:Greenwashing -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is a race of innovative projects from organizations and companies to try to clean up the ocean from plastic pollution and some projects are doing a great job, Mr. Trashwheel is a great example. But the organization called the Ocean Clean Up continues to overpromise and underdeliver at the expense of the natural environment and yet the messaging continues to be pushed as the narrative that this project will be able to clean up 90% of the oceans across social media by creators from all over the world. I would like to tell you why their new idea is not good for the environment even with the good intention of cleaning up the ocean.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine protected areas work well to protect fisheries and biodiversity if the areas are not fished during protection. But what happens to the fishers during those closures? Fishers could have a tough time finding alternative income during closures in areas where they used to fish to make a living and feed their families. Indonesia may have an interesting way to combat this and might help the ocean in Indonesia. I'm going to tell your their plan and my thoughts so let's start the show.
 
 
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Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Watching climate change impacts such as major hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and ice sheets melting can be overwhelming for anyone, but it's time to act to fight climate change on every level ranging from individual actions to voting at the highest level. In this episode, I am going to talk about how to do more in your local area that needs to be done.
 
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Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The fall in Ontario is one of my favorite times of the year. It's a time when leaves change into beautiful colors, and the humid air of the summer is replaced with a crisp that is perfect under the sun making the season as close to perfect as possible. But the weather in other places could mean a visit from hurricanes, one after another. We have seen two large hurricanes hit various parts of the eastern seaboard of North America and some people are using this time to blame the victims who lost loved ones, their houses, and more. There is a better way to approach talking about the devastating impacts of climate change and it has to do with timing. In this episode, I am going to talk about how I think we should approach the timing of the climate change discussion.
 
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Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A heat wave causing an increase in sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea causes a rapid deterioration in corals that once housed vibrant red and purple coral forests that provided a ton of biodiversity along the southern French, and Spanish coasts, and along the island of Sardinia. The only thing that saves them is the depth in which they reside. We need to talk about it in this episode.
 
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Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

After looking at the news this week and seeing two hurricanes rip through various countries causing trillions in damages, it's hard not to think about climate change and how everything is getting worse. I find it difficult to know how we are doing. We hear about international agreements such as the Paris Agreement and the Convention of Biological Diversity and we expect things to get better, but every time a report is written we hear about how things keep getting worse. Wouldn't it be nice to have a way of tracking how countries, states/provinces, cities, and even companies are holding up their end of the bargain? Well, we might just have a way to do that and it's called Earth System Boundaries.
 
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Category:Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My University was and still is known as an Agricultural School. One program that was being heavily promoted at our school and in my program was that of aquaculture. I didn't know much about aquaculture before I took a class on it but it sounded like a great thing that solved food problems. Grow fish to serve as food with a growing global population that was slowly running out of resources. Aquaculture helps wild populations as it puts less pressure on fishing wild stocks. It sounded great, but there were always issues with aquaculture in Canada that I was learning about throughout my career, but I didn't really understand the issues and how they were being covered up.
 
I recently came across a podcast series called The Salmon People hosted by Sandra Bartlett that changed everything and it's a great way to learn about the history of problems in aquaculture.
 
In this episode, I will talk about the podcast and how I felt it serves as a great communication piece for Canadians and anyone else that is interested in fisheries and aquaculture.
 
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are times that we, as humans, think that we can't affect the ocean because it is so big and so deep. In fact, there used to be a saying: "The solution to pollution is dilution." But scientists and engineers realized that there is a tipping point where there is so much pollution that dilution is impossible. The same truth works for noise pollution. Noise can reach many places including the deep sea, according to a recent study. I am going to discuss why the results of this noise study should throw caution into the wind for deep-sea mining.
 
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Category:Deep Sea -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The world is changing at a rapid rate and governments are scattering to catch up with a policy to try and stop the changes. But the changes are starting to get companies to rethink their priorities from only making a profit to adding benefits to their employees and their environment. Some companies, like Patagonia, are taking their values full throttle by making the Earth its only shareholder. In this episode, I am going to discuss what I think of this shift in focus from some businesses.
 
 
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Category:For-Purpose Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are two major issues that have to do with fisheries that could affect the way you choose your sustainable seafood, but each issue can be confusing to find the information that would make it easy for you to make the best decision for you. These issues lead to confusion because you never know which information is correct. The results can affect people's lives in a negative way. In this episode, I am going to discuss the issues and show you how confusing these issues can be and why it can affect conservation and livelihoods.
 
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The US government has declared tribal salmon fisheries along the west coast failures for a number of years due to a number of factors that include everything from river pollution to climate change, but will the payments offered by the government as compensation for the failures help bring back the salmon stocks? In this episode, I will discuss how the salmon population is negatively affected and what needs to be done to help the tribal communities. 
 
 
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Category:Salmon -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and I came across a post that was retweeted by a friend of mine. The post was a graph that looked at how long it would take to break down various bags (plastic bags vs re-useable bags). It showed that plastic bags did not take the longest time to break down in a landfill. But they were more questions to be asked that talked about sustainability. Therefore, in this episode, I will discuss how we should pursue more sustainable lifestyles.
 
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Category:Sustainable -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are often times that I look at the news and hear the disasters that are happening all over the world and in my own backyard, I get overwhelmed and doubt whether we are going to be able to protect the oceans and ourselves from Climate Change. But I take comfort in the fact that there are people all over the world who are working together to protect their piece of ocean/planet. Therefore, in this episode, I will discuss how I think that we can build resilience locally to help globally.
 
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Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

For 45 years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been know for its Direct Action Campaigns that led to controversial means to stop illegal activity in the open sea. The organization was led by Captain Paul Watson, who was the face and the pride of Sea Shepherd. Paul Watson was the youngest co-founder of Greenpeace and left the organization because he wanted to do more than protest illegal wildlife events, he wanted to stop them. His vision to create a fleet of ships to act as an environmental navy was achieved and the organization was known for being a thorn in the side of whalers and illegal fishers all over the world. But now, parts of Paul Watson's organization have turned their backs on him for a path that is more scientific. So the question is, will this ruin the organization or will it make it better?
 
 
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Category:Paul Watson -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My Master's advisor used to tell me that I would be great in a technical job within the marine science and conservation field and he was right as at the time I worked in a very technical part of the field as a marine technician and a newly graduated GIS Analyst. But I always pictured myself as someone who was in charge of either a research program or a non-profit organization that helped forward marine conservation through science. It wasn't until I was 15 years into my career that I realized I could do something that I was really good at: speaking to people about my field. Opportunities opened up for me once I started to execute speaking to people about marine science and conservation.
 
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I've known that I wanted to be a marine biologist ever since I was 14 years old and dreamed of being on ships to work to protect the ocean. But I struggled to find information on the ocean as I did have access to the web at the time. There are still struggles in finding the proper information on the ocean in today's society. Access to journal articles is behind paywalls for the most part and information disseminated on social media is often in small snippets and incomplete. Therefore, comprehensive and accessible materials about ocean education could provide more people with inspiration to help protect the ocean.
 
In this episode, I will use the Massive Open Online Course, Sharks!, as an example to show how people who may not be scientists can use this knowledge to speak and live for a better ocean.
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mangroves provide protection along the coastline from erosion due to wave action and are a biodiversity haven that produces ample fisheries for local villages. But with bounty often comes increased popularity and in the case of Malampaya Sound in the Philippines, the increased popularity led to destruction and decreased fisheries. Therefore a combination of legislation and community action was necessary to mend the fisheries of the sound.
 
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Last week, I discussed how to get experience to help you get your first job in marine science and conservation; however, COVID put a wrench in many college-level students that impaired their ability to get experience. So now what do you do? In today's episode, I am going to discuss how you can move forward to start your career.
 
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A recent meeting in New York at the UN headquarters was not very productive for the High Seas. An agreement could not be met to protect the high seas in four key areas. The lack of an agreement leaves many ocean species vulnerable to overfishing, climate change, and disturbance from increased shipping traffic. An agreement will take a global effort to ensure governments respect the oceans for all of us, but it will take more effort.
 
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Category:High Seas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The UK is facing a number of beach closures due to sewage run-off as water companies are bypassing treatment and dumping raw sewage. Sewage run-off is supposed to happen on rare occasions; however, water companies are allowing run-off more than on rare occasions. Critics have suggested that the companies are choosing profits over reinvestment in the treatment plants. Could the problems faced with sewage by the UK be due to the privatization of the water utility sector?
 
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Category:Sewage Treatment -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

POV - You just graduated with your BSc in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science and you are super excited to start a new career in the field of Marine Science and Conservation, but you noticed that every job requires 3-5 years of experience, a Masters and/or a Ph.D. degree. Now you are a little deflated and you want to find out where you can find a job that you don't require a crazy amount of experience or other degrees. Well, I am going to give you some suggestions for this episode.
 
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The last 5 decades have been a rough one for the science field and it doesn't look like it's going to get better. Politicians and fringe groups are denying climate change and the scientific process around various tools to help protect people. But on the other hand, it seems as though there are more STEM programs popping up in schools at the high school and post-secondary school levels. So my question to you is: Can we get people excited about science again?
 
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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dr. Milton Muldrow Jr., Director of Natural Science Programs at Wilmington University (Delaware) joins me on the podcast today to discuss how synthetic biology can play a role in protecting the ocean. 

Milton talks about his career and journey balancing multiple jobs and opportunities with a family that led him to land a role that can help students solve ocean challenges. 

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

I launched this podcast to help people understand what is happening in the ocean and how they can help so I can stay connected to the ocean and its conservation. But I did not know that I would reach this many people when I started and it makes me want to do more in science communication.
 
In this episode, I am going to tell you the milestone I hit and why I want to continue to do the podcast...and how I would like to expand my reach through other platforms.
 
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Category:Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Explaining climate change is not a simple exercise, especially when there is so much misinformation floating around the web, and some times the material can be complex to explain, but there are ways to explain how climate change is affecting an iconic animal such as the sea turtle to get people's attention.
 
In this episode, I am going to explain how baby sea turtles can be used to explain how climate change is affecting animals in the ocean.
 
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Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are beautiful creatures and they display a number of different behaviours that we often like to watch. The behaviours are usually friendly ones such as bow riding or breaching the water giving us a spectacular show. But cetaceans are wild animals and being in the wild means every species needs to survive that is why researchers were not surprised after observing a pod of Risso's dolphins herding away a pod of long-finned pilot whales to protect the food in their habitat.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to discuss the incident and why it's important to know why these cetaceans are so protective.
 
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Category:Cetaceans -- posted at: 12:00am EDT