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Canada just passed a law to ban 6 types of single-use plastics across the nation over the next 3 years in an unprecedented move to curb plastic waste, but some people think that Canada can do more, including Oceana. I am going to talk about how Oceana Canada thinks Canada can reduce plastic even more and I want to ask the question, is it too much?
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1342_CanCanadaDoBetterWithPlastic.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for overseeing the development of deep-sea mining in international waters AND protecting the ocean met to negotiate a set of regulations to determine if deep-sea mining can proceed. But scientists and environmentalists involved in the process are worried about transparency and revealing that the process is not transparent at all.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I will provide you with more information on the process and what it could mean for the deep sea.
 
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When I speak to people about their careers in Marine Science and Conservation, I can sense how badly they want a job and build their careers. It's hard to describe how I can notice it, but if you have it then go after it. But there are many of you who lack the motivation to fight for a position to get what you want. You have to show that you have a passion for this field in order to be successful.
 
In this episode of Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to tell you what you can do to show the hiring managers that you have a passion for Marine Science and Conservation so you will get hired and start your career down the right path.
 
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A news article revealed that Kylie Jenner uses her private jet to fly 17 minutes to do daily chores such as grocery shopping to avoid traffic in LA. A sustainability firm based in the UK dug deeper to produce a list of the worst private jet offenders that were celebrities, but are we putting the blame in the right place? Celebrities are easy targets to receive hate; however, there was a report published in 2017 that revealed that 100 companies around the world are responsible for 70% of the contribution to climate change.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss why we should be tackling both and think about the way we need to change how we do business in the future.
 
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A Greenland shark was found in the Caribbean Sea, surprising the science world and it begs the overall question: Have they always been there? But more research is needed to answer a number of questions. It also reminds us all that we know nothing of the deep sea and maybe we should hold off on opening up deep-sea mining since we don't really know the damage we could cause.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to run through some of the questions I have on the Greenland shark distribution topic and provide my thoughts on why this should really halt any plans of deep-sea mining. 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1338_DoGreenlandSharksFrequentCaribbeanSea.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Three episodes ago, I discussed how to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist. I suggested following specific scientists on social media to get accurate and recent science and conservation information. I had a few people contact me over Instagram to ask if I know where they could get more information on science and conservation in their area. A great question indeed and that seems like it could be hard to find anyone.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I will tell you how you can find out about local science and conservation issues.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1337_WhereToFindLocalScientistsToFollow.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Every year I go into Shark Week with a positive mindset in hope that it will provide some great programs and some great cinematography and I would like to hope that it won't play into the fear-mongering, but that was not the case for the first news piece that I saw from CNN (who owns Discovery). A clear promotional video starts off with fear of shark sightings and bites then into one of the dumbest things a person can do when being around a white shark. I will tell you why it was so dumb in this upcoming rant.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1336_SharkWeekIsUpToItsOldAntics.mp3
Category:Shark Week -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Shark week is back and over this week you will see some great shots of different species of sharks and some interesting behaviours, but you probably won't see much talk on the conservation of sharks and you might hear some misinformation on the species. You can take advantage of Shark Week by informing your followers (and maybe new followers) on shark conservation and where we need to focus on to increase shark awareness.
Direct download: SUFB_S1335_SharkWeekConservationNarrative.mp3
Category:Shark Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science plays an important part in understanding the trends in the ocean whether they are positive or negative and scientists also are critical in communicating their work so people can be aware of the trends, but people think that only scientists can talk about science and that is not true; therefore, by the end of this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue, I hope to convince you that you can speak up for the ocean too and give you steps that you can take to make sure you do it correctly.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1334_UseThese3StepsToSpeakUpForTheOceanIfYouAreNotAScientist.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Mississippi Delta is one powerful river that drains a large portion of the rivers in the US and two provinces in Canada, yet there are few people who know how powerful the river can be and how the land at the mouth of the Mississippi changes depending on the action that is taken by human alteration. Hakai Magazine wrote a great article on how the Mississippi River is changing and what can be done to save the land, the shrimpers, and the bottlenose dolphins that inhabitat of the ever-changing Mississippi Delta.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1333_CanTheMissDeltaBeReengineeredToSaveIt.mp3
Category:Mississippi -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sharks have had a bad reputation for decades that have lead to their harm and lack of protection for a long time, but more videos and articles are surfacing that include love for sharks. But could all of this love be dangerous for shark populations as well?
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1333_CanLoveForSharksTurnBad.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I recently had the opportunity to interview wildlife science communicator, Forrest Galante, for my other podcast I cohost called Beyond Jaws and during the interview Forrest taught me a lot about being a science communicator through his own journey. Therefore, I am going to share some interesting tips that I picked up from Forrest that I will use as a science communicator and that you could use in your own journey.
  1. Share your passion
  2. Be persistent
  3. Do good
  4. Haters going to hate and there is nothing you could do about it

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Direct download: SUFB_S1331_LessonsInSciCommFromForrestGalante.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There is a huge push to move away from fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy to help reduce climate change, but politicians and the fossil fuel industry are always pushing for more oil and gas drilling to help the economy; therefore, authors are the centre for American Progress laid out 4 reasons why the Biden Administration should not expand offshore drilling in the proposed 5-year plan he laid out this past month...and they kinda listened.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1330_4WaysWhyTheBidenAdminShouldNotExpandOffshoreDrilling.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Government decisions whether they are from the courts, congress, senate, or the white house can inspire people to take up the arm of conservation by seeking out a job and building a career to protect the environment, but going back to school to get a science degree may not lead you to the type of change that you want. Building a career in conservation takes planning; therefore, I will teach you what you should look for in a career that could lead to change.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1329_RecentCourtDecisionsGotYouWantingAJobToMakeChange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The US Democrats have control of Congress, the senate, and the white house and they are all on the same page about climate action, but the US Supreme Court is Republican-dominated and they have made a decision that undermines the Clean Air Act and the ability for the EPA to regular emissions from the fossil fuel industry. Therefore, it's time for the government to step up and make laws that will better address the climate emergency.
 
In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be ranting about the decisions of late from the US Supreme Court and why the government needs to adapt to the stalling of the fossil fuel industry.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1328_SupremeCourtDecisionEPAClimateCrisis.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I've done some work with mining companies in Ontario before as I would run studies to ensure the companies were not harming the surrounding water bodies, but during my time as a private consultant, I heard some really bad stories about mining companies harming local areas and people with toxic spills. Therefore, I was initially worried when I saw Tesla and Nickel Mine in a recent headline on Mongabay News. I was happy to hear that their mention is not tarnished by this involvement in nickel mining with the benefits that come to the community.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you about a nickel mine on a small island that could be beneficial to the local community.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1327_NickelMineInNewCaledoniaGetsBackedByTeslaAndLocalCommunity.mp3
Category:Mining -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When I grew up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had this dream that I would work in a small Pacific Islands doing marine science and conservation, but that was probably a form of parachute science and that can hurt marine conservation outcomes. Parachute science happens more often than you think and there is now a call to build in more equity in marine conservation by including local communities in the conservation plans of THEIR coastline.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to cover why diversity, equity and inclusion are the primary focus of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1326_MarineConservationEquityInclusionForSuccess.mp3
Category:Diversity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

As long as I can remember protecting the ocean has always been my number one priority Ocean conservation and the action takes time and work from many different fields and it requires the dedication of many men and women from around the world; however, it is very difficult to focus on conserving the ocean when other human rights are being taken away and need more focus.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss how recent news/events/decisions around the world and in the US (even in my home country of Canada) can affect the people's focus on the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1325_SpeakingUpforTheOceanIsHardWhenHumanRightsAreAtStake.mp3
Category:Policy -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We have a plastic pollution problem in this world and we can't solve it unless countries put in policies to ban single-use plastics, but what will a ban look like. In this episode, I am going to describe how Canada is going to ban single-use plastics as soon as December 2022.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1324_CanadaIsBanningSingleUsePlastic.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There need to be more conversations about the ocean on the web and there are plenty of opportunities to start your science communication journey, but people still aren't getting started. Therefore, I am going to tell you the different ways how you can get started in science communication today.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1323_SciCommHowWillYouGetStarted.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are many coastal areas that have been degraded to the point that restoration is necessary, but restoration can be very expensive and is often focused on 1 type of habitat. Therefore, restoration specialists and conservationists are now focusing on restoring more than one type of habitat to increase the success of the coastal area.
 
In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be discussing how projects from different parts of the world are having success with restoring multiple habitats due to a term we call connectivity.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1322_RestoringMultipleCoastalHabitats.mp3
Category:Restoration -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Everyone loves fashion and loves to look good when they go out. Many people follow the term "Look good, feel good." But today's fashion comes at an environmental cost/price and therefore, it needs to change to more sustainable options.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For the Ocean Blue Podcast, I will be highlighting two types of ocean sources derived from an invasive species and the other from kelp.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1321_WillTheOceanLeadFashionIntoANewEra.mp3
Category:Oceanpreneur -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Protecting and conserving the ocean seems to take a back seat to other issues when talking about priorities. For example, in Canada, politicians want to protect the economy more than the environment because it has a higher priority. Often times the protection of the economy comes in direct conflict to protecting the environment. But what if the ocean had a say in this priority choice. What if the Ocean could speak to us and give humans a message.
 
Conservation International has some thoughts on what the Ocean was to say to humans.
 
In this episode, I am going to talk about a new campaign from Conservation International called Nature Is Speaking and how it should make us rethink how we protect the ocean.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1320_TheOceanIsSpeaking.mp3
Category:Speak Up -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The last part of my 3-part series interviewing fishers from the East Coast of Canada takes me to a conversation I had with Gordon Beaton who has fished along Canada's East Coast for his entire life. His uncle was a fisher and his son is now a fisher. Learn what it takes to be a fisher in Canada. 

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

I continue my series of speaking to fishers from the East Coast of Canada to get to know their challengers and why fishing is such a big part of their lives.
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Direct download: SUFB_S1318_KevinSquiresAndNancyWedden.mp3
Category:fishers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Happy Oceans Day!!!

As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor.

Enjoy!

Direct download: SUFB_S1316_SoundsOfTheOceanExperience1.mp3
Category:Oceans Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Allen to discuss what life was like as a lobster fisher in Eastern Canada. 

Carl told me how young he was when he started fishing and how his life is all about fishing. 

He also discusses the work he does with the fishing union. 

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

There seems to be a day for everything these days and the oceans have a day as well, June 8th. It's a time for us to think about why we love the ocean so much and how we can better protect. There are celebrations, conferences, announcements (big and small) where governments and organizations try to stand out from one another to tell you how they are committed to protect the oceans. But the announcements are all massive agreements and commitments that don't include a very important thing, YOU!
 
In this episode, I am going to go over my thoughts about oceans week and how I think you should approach it. What you can get out of oceans week.
 
I am also going to discuss the programming that I have planned for Oceans Week for this podcast and some other things.
Direct download: SUFB_S1315_OceansWeekHowYouShouldApproachIt.mp3
Category:Oceans Week -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There are many people that want to work in Marine Conservation, but not everyone has a degree in Marine Biology or another type of science degree; however, you don't need to be a scientist to help protect the ocean. There are many people who are working on Marine Conservation with business and arts degrees.
 
In today's episode, I am going to answer a question from a listener who wants to work in Marine Conservation and has a Psychology degree. I am going to provide some examples of how useful someone can be with a Psychology degree in Marine Conservation.
 
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There are studies that have revealed that oil companies like ExxonMobil have spent billions of dollars on campaigns that involved misleading the public on Climate Change and one Attorney General brought charges against the oil company, but will the company have to pay for their misleading ways and what will the punishment be? We need to hold more fossil fuel companies accountable for the notorious work that they conduct around the world.
 
In this episode, I will discuss why I think this trial could have severe consequences for oil companies across the states in the US.
 
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Laws in Canada make sure that marine theme parks such as Marineland cannot acquire new cetaceans (Whales or Dolphins) and they were amended in 2019 to ensure that whales and dolphins do not perform in their entertainment shows, but evidence suggests that Marineland continues to conduct the whale and dolphin shows. Therefore, Canadian laws should work faster to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals.
 
In this episode, I will discuss the video evidence that was published by Animal Justice in Canada and why I think that the laws should work faster to stop the shows from happening at all.
 
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There are many of you (including myself) that would like to help protect the ocean and we tend to fantasize ways in which we can help, but there are times when we are not focusing on the best ways we can all protect the ocean; therefore, I am going to go through the best ways that you can help save the ocean with minimal work even though it might not be the way you dreamed it would be.
 
In this episode, I am going to discuss how I had FOMO lately on ocean protection and started to focus away from the best way that I could protect the ocean (through communication). Do you go through the same thing?
 
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Sharks are an iconic ocean animal that can strike fear and wonder in anyone that sees them and they are one of those animals that everyone would like to protect; but, most shark populations around the world have experienced drastic declines in population over the past 50 years and many people do not know how to go about protecting them; therefore, Dr. David Shiffman wrote a book to help guide you to better protect sharks and oceans.
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. David Shiffman about his new book, Why Sharks Matter, to get the inside scoop on why he wrote a book that wasn't a textbook and how people can help better protect sharks.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1310_WhySharksReallyMatter_DrDavidShiffman2.mp3
Category:Sharks -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Equity, diversity, and inclusion has been the focus of many organizations in marine science and conservation and outside of the field for a number of years and there has been some small steps in the right direction made, but there are many examples of BIPOC scientists and their teams that still face racism today. Therefore, it is important to highlight some of those racist examples to show people the challenges that BIPOC scientists face in 2022.
 
In this episode, I am going to describe to you a real-life example of a hotel staff asking a BIPOC scientist and her team to leave the hotel after the scientist asked for her room to be cleaned, which she had asked for a week.
 
Link to Resources:
Tweet Thread: https://bit.ly/3G6vzC1
Dr. Tiara Moore: https://www.tiaramoore.com/
WOC Website: https://awocspace.com/


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Climate change has been deemed the biggest threat in the world by many scientists, conservationists, industries, governments, and militaries around the world and countries have made international pledges in the form of treaties to curb greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more renewable energy, but the parties that form the government in democratic countries do not adhere to the treaties or listen to what the experts are saying. In some cases, the governments have done the opposite of the advice of experts and driven the problem further.  Therefore, citizens need to demand more action on climate change from their government through voting.
 
In this episode, I am going to discuss how Australia is in one of the most important elections for climate action as described in an opinion article written by Dr. Euan Ritchie And published in the Guardian. His story is not unique when compared to my story and my country, Canada, and is also similar to other countries.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1308_ClimateAndPoliticsAustralia.mp3
Category:Climate Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about a new enzyme that can breakdown plastics in days instead of centuries and it seems very promising, but we know that it is not the complete solution and people will continue to use single-use plastics; therefore, in this episode, I offer three ways that we need to get a mass reduction of plastic use.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_E1307_DoPeopleTrulyUnderstandThePlasticPollutionProblem.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A new enzyme that can break down plastics in a matter of days and not centuries is giving people hope that we can still use plastics and not have to worry about the reduction, but the solution will only take care of a small percentage of plastic pollution. Therefore, we need to continue the pursuit of reducing our single-use plastics.
 
In this episode, I will discuss why we need to stay the course in reducing our plastic dependence.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1306_EnzymeBreaksDownPlastics.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine science and conservation has proven to help the ocean in many cases when things are done properly, but not all of it works; therefore, methods need to adapt and build on past failures.
 
In this episode, I will be talking about two conservation experiments that people don't like but could lead to a better understanding and protection of the ocean. I am going to talk about the failed experiment of keeping marine mammals in captivity at marine parks and shark tagging.
 
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There are many issues that are facing this world that have science-based solutions that are not getting solved and it's because people are taking swipes at scientists in every field, but is it because scientists and conservationists don't seem accessible to the public; therefore, I am going to tell you about my favourite tool: podcasts are a great tool to reach the public.
 
In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you how podcasts can help connect scientists and conservationists with the public to help people live for a better ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1304_HowPodcastsCanConnectScientistsWithPublicToHelpOcean.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Climate change consequences have been talked about for decades and people have been ignoring them, but know those consequences are happening and people are paying the price; therefore, it's time to talk about their impact and how we can move forward with better action.
 
In today's episode, I am going to be talking about the record low lake levels of the Lake Mead /Colorado River system and how that could affect the drinking water supply for over 20 million people.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1303_LakeMeadColoradoRiver_LowLevels_ClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It is really difficult to find a job in marine science and conservation lately so many early career scientists search for internships before full time or temporary jobs, but is an internship in their best interest? I am a huge proponent of getting a job over an internship when possible.
 
In this episode, I discuss why early career scientists should focus on search for jobs instead of internships.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1302_InternshipVSJob.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science Communication is one of the most important parts of conservation as it is responsible for getting complex information to your audience, but people are used to simple sound bites rather than long explanations; therefore, SciCommers need to adapt and get their points across easily.
 
In today's episode, I am going to be discussing how to get your point across while holding your audience's attention.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1301_HowToSpeakOnComplicatedIssuesToYourAudience.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Everyone loves food, you can tell by the number of restaurants that are in a city/town/village. There is a food network with chef battles and mouth-watering dishes. Many cultures use food as a way to socialize and build relationships. But do you ever worry about how the future of our food will be secured in a time when the world will be changing? Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions is looking at how blue food security will be affected by a number of changes including the ever-so-changing climate.
 
Dr. Michelle Tigchelaar is a climate scientist that focuses on blue food security and she joins me on the podcast to discuss a recent paper on how Climate change will affect blue foods in the future.
Direct download: SUFB_S1300_HowBlueFoodsAreAffectedByClimateChange.mp3
Category:Blue Foods -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We own a lot of stuff and we love to buy stuff, but that stuff leads to a life of waste and builds on our impact on the oceans; therefore we need to move towards a net zero impact.
 
In today's episode, I am going to provide you with an example of an organization that is moving towards net zero...the Toronto Zoo, and how the entire organization is working together to get to net zero.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1299_OrganizationsCanMoveTowardsnetZero.mp3
Category:Live For A Better Ocean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Earth day has come and gone. It's a day to reflect on how we treat the planet and many people, workplaces, and so forth work to do a clean-up in parks or other areas within their communities, but does that do the trick? Is Earth day enough to help get people to act for a better planet?
 
Today, you will be learning how you can leverage Earth Day to help the planet.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1298_HowYouCanLeverageEarthDayActivitiesIntoLongerTermAction.mp3
Category:Earth Day -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We know the problems that many of the common single-use plastics cause in the ocean and we also know that there are plenty of people working to create policies to ban these plastics, but there are more microplastics being used and are entering the environment; therefore, Joe Barnes and Elisa Davey (graduates students from American University) are going to let you know about some of the microplastics and how they are getting into the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1297_DetectingMicroplasticsInAquaticEnvironments.mp3
Category:Microplastics -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

When you hear about the issues that are facing the ocean you want to help and you will do whatever you can to help the ocean, but sometimes your effort, although well intended, does not hit right; therefore, in this episode, I am going to tell you how you can maximize your efforts by doing the best actions to save the ocean.
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1296_YesYouCanHelpChangeOceanPolicy.mp3
Category:Ocean Action -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Countries first started to map the Arctic Ocean to show that their northern continental shelf extended far enough to lay claim to the world's northernmost oil deposits and it became a race for sovereignty, but researchers took advantage of the funding to discover and explore the Arctic Ocean bottom; therefore, the researchers were able to discover that the Arctic ocean bottom is changing and it is because of warming temperatures.
 
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1294_ArcticPermafrostMeltingIsAffectingTheBottomOfTheOcean.mp3
Category:Arctic Ocean -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Graduating with a Marine Biology degree is a great accomplishment and new graduates are ready to start looking for a job with eagerness, but they quickly realize that there aren't many jobs available for new graduates...with little experience; therefore, I am going to tell you how you can stand out from the crowd and get a job after graduating.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1293_HowToGetAMarineBiologyJobOutOfUniversity.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Building a connection to the ocean is crucial to getting people interested in conserving the ocean. Marine theme parks that hold orcas, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are often advertised as ways to build the connection between people and the ocean; however, what cost are we willing to spend on building the connection. 

Marine mammals are not healthy in captivity and it's time that we end this experiment. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1292_DolphinHurtsTrainerAtMiamiSeaquarium.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal Captivity -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Smoking has been banned in most indoor public buildings and restaurants to increase the health of all people forcing smokers to move their habits outside but smokers now discard their cigarette butts on the street where they end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Therefore, more policies need to be implemented and enforced so that we keep the oceans clean.

Links:
1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721034550

2) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169534721002755

3) https://kwit.app/en/blog/posts/cigarette-butts-the-main-source-of-sea-and-ocean-pollution

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Direct download: SUFB_S1291_CigaretteButtsArealsoBadForTheOceansHealth.mp3
Category:Water Quality -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Erin Smith, Chief Sole Officer, joins me on the podcast to discuss her journey navigating the tech world to taking over and growing a thriving social enterprise that cleans up flip flops that are washed up on the beach and pay artisans to create beautiful animal pieces from them.  Buy one of their pieces and use the code SPEAKUP for 15% off. If you spend more than $250, you will receive a bracelet made by Masai women.  Connect with Ocean Sole Africa:
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Direct download: SUFB_S1290_OceanSoleAfrica.mp3
Category:Socia Enterprise -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There were two memes that inspired me to think about how we, as marine biologists, promote our field to aspiring marine biologists. We tell everyone that being a marine biologist is a great profession and brings great adventure, but we leave out some details that may help younger people make a valuable decision as to whether they should pursue their passion. It seems as though we are misleading aspiring marine biologists.

Therefore, this episode was created to help you understand the challenges and how to solve, some of them.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1289_AreWeMisleadingFutureMarineScientists.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A recent oil spill that covers 18,000 square meters of the coast of Lima, Peru may result in a fine of $37 million dollars, but is it enough?

The Spanish company (Repsol) involved is not new to these offenses as it is the fourth time an oil spill has occurred in the area.

Oil companies are made of money and they may not be happy about forking over millions of dollars to pay a fine, but they can afford it. 

I think they should be sanctioned where they cannot do business for months or even years as a punishment. They could lose billions of dollars and maybe that would make them put more attention into not spilling oil. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1288_MoreAccountabilityForOilCompanies.mp3
Category:Oil Spill -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Pat Shnettler joins me on the podcast to tell me the story of what led him to co-found 12 Tides, a sustainable seafood business that sells nutrient-rich kelp chips to people who want a tasty snack that is ocean safe. 

Buy 12 Tides Kelp chips here:
https://12tides.com/

Connect with 12 Tides:
https://www.instagram.com/12tides/

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Direct download: SUFB_S1287_12Tides.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurship -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you ever had someone say to you that they are over the bans on plastic straws or changing their behaviour to help the ocean is too hard? It's a frustrating experience, but it tells us that people are not educated on ocean issues and may not want to be.

However, we need to make sure the right information is out there so that people who want to be educated on the ocean can do their part. 

In this episode, I discuss how we can change our SciComm approach to blend in better on digital platforms and help people live for a better Ocean.

Sign up for the Duke Environmental Communications Certificate Course called: Building and Online Community through Audio Storytelling: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx

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Direct download: SUFB_S1286_NotEveryoneIsEducatedInTheOcean.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

We often wait too late until we change the bad things we do in society. Climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet and we are still debating on whether it's real. 

Now, a study showed that microplastics are in the human bloodstream so are we going to do something more radical about plastic pollution so this doesn't become a bigger problem than the crisis it already is?

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You grow up wanting to be marine biologists and pursue the tough road through their undergraduate and graduate careers, but after you graduate, you can’t find a job, therefore you get extremely frustrated and sad, or maybe worse, you give up.

In this episode, I am going to show you why there is hope for you and your career by offering you one piece of advice that helped me when I was in your position.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1284_HowToGetYourFirstJobInMarineBiology.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Careers -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Many scientists love communicating their science to the public and they know that science communication is the key to improving conservation, but when they do SciComm they tend to not be their authentic selves causing their audience to disengage.

Therefore, in order for SciComm to be effective scientists must connect with their audience by being themselves.

In this episode, I provide advice and reasons why you should be yourself and the benefits that go along with it when doing SciComm.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1283_BeYourAuthencatedSelfWhenCommunicatingMarineScience.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Mass bleaching is happening more often for longer periods of time every year causing more damage than in previous years and it looks as though coral reefs will change in composition unless something is done to help them adapt, but climate change is not a switch that can be turned on and off.

Therefore, certain adaptations will need to be taken in for the survival of coral reefs as we know them.

In this episode, I am going to tell you about a study that tests whether corals can be trained to tolerate heat.

Link to article: https://bit.ly/3KYI8Ar

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Direct download: SUFB_S1282_CoralsCanBeHeatTrainedForSurvival.mp3
Category:Coral Reefs -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Climate change is rearing its ugly head in many forms, including wildfires, mass coral bleaching, major glaciers and ice sheets melting, and an increase in major storms. the damage of climate change consequences are costing governments billions upon billions of dollars forcing the same governments to develop policies to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The governments are also calling on individuals to change the way they behave to also help reduce their footprint. One change is to buy an electric vehicle (EV). 

Buying an EV is not an easy step as there is a ton of misinformation out there, but it is getting easier to buy an EV as they are cheaper and more available (for the most part).

I am now in the market for an EV and in today's episode, I am sharing with you my journey to purchasing my first EV. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1281_Myjourneytobuyinganelectricvehicletoreducemyimpactonclimatechange.mp3
Category:EV -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Indigenous conservation success may not be the same for Western scientists and conservationists, yet we often approach conservation in Indigenous communities with our own preconceived notions of conservation success. 

Angelo Villagomez joins me on the podcast to discuss what Indigenous-led conservation means and how it is important to include it in marine conservation. 

Link for Angelo:
Twitter: https://bit.ly/3tkzerf
Website: https://www.angelovillagomez.com/
Website: https://www.americanprogress.org/

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Direct download: SUFB_S1280_Indigenous-ledConservation.mp3
Category:Indigenous -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dr. Nathan Robinson was part of a sea turtle research team when the team discovered that one of the sea turtles had a straw stuck up its nose. The entire ordeal was recorded and the video went viral on YouTube and contributed to the global ban the plastic straw campaign. The virality of the video changed Nathan's future career as he now focuses on how video can help identify deep-sea creatures and study the behaviour of oceanic animals. 

However, the one thing that doesn't get talked about enough was Nathan's study topic during the research expedition where the viral video was recorded. 

Nathan was studying the animals that would settle and hitch rides on the backs of sea turtles, called epibionts. He continued to study epibionts for the past ten years and recently created a database of studies and information on epibionts from all over the world. 

Nathan recently published a paper on the database and the questions that it answered. He sat down with me to discuss those answers and where he would like the epibiont database to lead other researchers in the future.

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Instagram: https://bit.ly/3q3i6Uz
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Direct download: SUFB_S1279_StudyingTheAnimalsThatHitchARideOnSeaTurtles_Final.mp3
Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Science communication is an important part of marine conservation. I dedicated my career to SciComm because I feel that telling the public of what is happening to the Ocean is crucial to changing behaviours to live for a better ocean. 

However, there are certain times where I have an smh (Shake My Head) moment as a small number of people use certain language that will certainly offend a group of people. 

In this episode, I will tell what those comparisons are and why you should avoid using them when speaking about the ocean. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1278_ComparisonsYouShouldNotUseWhenDoingScienceCommunication.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Marine science papers can be hard to interpret if you are not a scientist so I decided to take you through how to interpret them and where there could be some room for error.

You may or may not have read a marine science journal article in the past, but there are certain things you need to know before you read them. First off, marine science searches for the truth using the scientific process. The studies can be proven wrong down the road, but the studies go through a rigorous review process before they are published.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1277_MarineScienceShouldNotShowBias.mp3
Category:Marine Science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The relationship between Indigenous people and the government of Canada is terrible. the relationship with Indigenous people and commercial fishers is also terrible, especially over the past couple of years when the Mi'kmaq nation started up fishing in Nova Scotia.  There has definitely been a need to repair the relationships which will take time and a lot of effort. 

One way to repair these relationships is to conduct a study that incorporates all parties at the same table. The Apoqnmatulti'k project combines Indigenous knowledge, Western science, and local knowledge to gather information about three important marine species in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Find out why this partnership has become successful.

Mongabay Article: https://bit.ly/3ChnZT7

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I know you were expecting an episode on Marine Science and Conservation today; however, I am quite distracted by the news of the invasion of Ukraine this past week. I don't feel very inspired to podcast after watching the videos online of the war. 

So I decided to take a week off to get my mental health in check so I can come back next week with some great energy and content.

Direct download: OneWeekBreak.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Julie Kuchepatov is seeking to fight gender inequality within the seafood industry. She launched the Conch podcast where she interviews women at various levels of the seafood supply chain to tell their stories and show how women can be successful in the seafood industry. 

I chat with Julie to talk about how she started her organization, Seafood and Gender Equality, and launched her podcast. This is an interview you don't want to miss as Julie is such a great storyteller. 

Connect with Julie:

Website: https://www.seafoodandgenderequality.org/
Podcast: https://www.seafoodandgenderequality.org/theconch
Instagram: @seafood_and_gender_equality
Twitter: @sdg5forseafood

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Direct download: SUFB_S1275_SeafoodAndGenderEquality.mp3
Category:Seafood -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about a citizen science project in the Southern Atlantic Ocean targeted at recreational fishers. I'm sure some of you wanted to join that program because let's face it, it was a fun program that saved sharks.  There are thousands of citizen science projects around the world and there is a good chance that one of those projects is in your area. 

I provide tips on how to choose a citizen science program that is right for you.

Links: 
Citizen Science Association: https://bit.ly/3JDSy82

US Government CitSci Programs: https://bit.ly/3p81tXB

Canadian CitSci Programs: https://bit.ly/3scOwh9

CitSci for Students: https://bit.ly/3t7zcBI

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Direct download: SUFB_S1274_HowToChooseACitizenScienceProgram.mp3
Category:citizen science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Sharks in the southern Atlantic ocean are being protected through a citizen science program with sport fishers who regularly target sharks. Why is this a big deal you ask?

Previous to this program, sport fishers were killing the sharks that they caught due to the sharks' bad reputation. A study quantified the number of sharks killed per year as 18 sharks were caught per trip (on average), which equated to 3000 sharks per year (approximately). One sport fisher finally realized the devastation that was happening to the shark population of different species. So he spoke up. 

After many challenges, the sport fisher started a citizen science program over a decade ago, where sport fishers would tag their shark catches and release them instead of killing them. The program now boasts 150 fishers who tagged over 800 sharks. Those 800 sharks are not dead because of these fishers and the citizen science program that exists to protect them.

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Direct download: SUFB_S1273_ArgentinaSportFishersHelpProtectSharks.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A megaproject is proposed to move forward to build an 800 metre long pier for the island of Cozumel to accommodate four more cruise lines per day (in addition to the current 3 cruise lines per day). The pier will also be designated as a home port leading to a series of condos that will be built for cruise staff.

The proposed megaproject is a risk to the local coral reefs for which most tourists come to visits and will further restrict beach access to the local people. 

Olivia and German join me on the podcast to discuss the work they have been doing to stop the megaproject from going forward including proposing an injunction on the start of the project until a trial for a lawsuit on the project can be conducted. 

The lawsuit is against the federal government agencies that are responsible for identifying the environmental, social, and economic risks for their citizens if the project moves forward. 

Here is how you can help:

German's Links:
Website: https://www.ccrrp.org
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/www.ccrrp.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coz_coral_reef_restoration/?hl=en

Pier Activism on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/noalcuartomuelle/
Olivia's Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/askoliviarose/?hl=en

Petition:
https://www.change.org/p/conanp-no-necesitamos-una-4ta-terminal-homeport-para-cruceros-en-la-isla

Direct download: SUFB_S1272_ACruiselinePierIsRuiningCozumel.mp3
Category:Activism -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

The Ocean Clean Up Project recently released a video showing a trawl net releasing plastic pollution that it supposedly hauled from the ocean and released on the deck of a shipping vessel. However, there seemed to be some things that did not add up in the video. 

There was no bycatch from the fishing net used to clean up the plastic. The plastic was intact, which is very different than most of the plastic found at sea (microplastic), and the plastic was clean (almost looking brand new). No biofouling was present on the plastics, which is different than most other plastic items found at sea. 

Some scientists and conservationists are calling the video staged. 

What do you think?

Link to video: https://bit.ly/3JvQNJR

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Direct download: SUFB_S1271_IsTheOceanCleanUpReallyCleaningUpTheOcean.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I saw a video today about how the generation known as Generation Z is battling two different lifestyles. There is the progressive lifestyle that is led by the likes of people like Greta Thunberg and there is the excessive lifestyle that is led by the likes of people such as Kylie Jenner. The former lifestyle is worried about the planer while the latter lifestyle is worried about the shallow parts of life (looks and money). 

We all want to think that we are living the progressive lifestyle, but we fall into the excessive lifestyle more than we think, at least I do more often than not. 

I guess the first step is admitting it. The next is to plan how I am going to change and that is going to require a lot of thought as to what type of lifestyle I would like to lead in the future. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1270_ProgressiveVSExcessiveLifestyles.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

Are you wondering whether you should eat aquacultured seafood products? People seem to be down on aquaculture stating that there are many environmental issues. They aren't wrong as issues such as feed for the animals, risk of invasive introductions on species, and disease have come up in the past. I wanted to know whether those issues have been addressed? Are we seeing an improvement in aquaculture?

I invited Sara Marriott, a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Emily De Sousa, a fisheries scientist and science communicator, to the show to give us an update on Aquaculture in 2022.

Links:
Sara's Twitter: https://bit.ly/3JjRlCM
Emily's Twitter: https://bit.ly/34pwoHL
Emily's TikTok: https://bit.ly/3GTtWXf

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Direct download: SUFB_S1269_WhatYouNeedToKnowAboutAquacultureIn2022.mp3
Category:Aquaculture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

How do you define success? People often consider success as making a certain amount of money, having a family, and/or accomplishing specific goals in life. However, have you ever considered your sustainability as a measurement of success in your life? 

I saw a post on Facebook recently that posed the same question. I never really thought about how well I prioritized being sustainable in my life. It has always been an afterthought.  If I was hungry when I was out, I would just buy whatever was available at the time without searching for sustainable options. I always went for cheap clothing that I bought every 5 years. I want to be sustainable, but I need to change the way I approach it to consider it a measurement of success. 

How are you prioritizing your sustainability success?

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Direct download: SUFB_S1268_DoYouconsiderSustainabilityAsPartOfSuccess.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Last week, we saw what really happens at sea with industrialized fishing. 100,000 dead fish were discarded from a net and floating on the ocean taking up 3,000 square meters (32,300 square feet) in size. 

The fish were discarded from the 2nd largest trawling vessel in the world. The FV Margivis can haul in 18,000 tons of fish and process at sea. 

The representatives for the ship explained that a rupture in the trawl net caused the fish to float away. The representatives said they followed EU Law and logged the event as well as reported it to their flag country, Lithuania. 

The Sea Shepherd in France recorded the floating mat of dead fish for the world to see and is pressing the EU to investigate the event to find out if the trawl was actually ruptured. 

Link to articles:
The Guardian: https://bit.ly/335r1Na
BBC: https://bbc.in/3guY4NA

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Direct download: SUFB_S1267_100000DeadFishDiscardedAtSea.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I found out about an organization in Canada that works with students, teachers, and volunteers to clean up plastics along beaches and wetlands and help reduce the amount of single-use plastics in Canada. 

You just know I had to get the Executive Director, Natasha Tucker, on the podcast to talk about her organization and get the details on the federal government's promise to ban certain single-use plastics in Canada.

Links:
Website: https://bit.ly/35DFOiU
Instagram: https://bit.ly/3AYgj7z
Tweet: https://bit.ly/3B0nE6z
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Direct download: SUFB_S1266_PlasticOceansCanadaWithNatashaTucker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In the last episode, I talked about the strategies, that were observed by marine mammal researchers, of orcas demonstrated to hunt blue whales in NSW, Australia. 

After publishing the episode, an audience member reached out to me on Instagram and shared a website with me that described how a pod of orcas helped whalers in Eden, Australia to hunt large baleen whales such as blue whales in the 19th century.

The whales would herd their blue whale prey into the shallow bay fr the whalers to harpoon them. Once the whale was dead, the whalers would allow a couple of days for the orcas to eat the lips and tongue before the whalers would take the rest of the whale for oil.

Such an amazing story. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S1265_OrcasHelpedWhalersHuntBaleenWhales.mp3
Category:Orcas -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Scientists recently observed three separate hunting events of orcas against blue whales. Two hunting events were in 2019 (16 days apart) and the last event was in 2021. The first event was on a healthy individual. 

The scientists observed the hunting events in Bremer Bay (South West Australia) where three orcas lined up along the side of the blue whale and pushed it underwater while two orcas would bite at its head. 

The hunts are part of nature and solidify orcas as THE apex predator of the ocean who has been observed to eat the livers from great white sharks. 

Orcas enjoy swimming in the mouth of the whale to eat its nutrient-rich tongue. 

Links to articles:
Paper: https://bit.ly/3obMOKc
Media Article: https://bit.ly/3GfOgS0

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Direct download: SUFB_S1264_OrcasarekillingBlueWhalesInAustralia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Blue carbon could possibly be a term that is the least known in conservation by the public. It's an important term that has many positive outcomes for the ocean and our planet. 

Rosie Sherwood is an artist who would like more people to understand blue carbon and the role it plays in fighting climate change. She is working with the Plymouth University's Marine Institute as a resident to help the people of Plymouth understand the role seagrass plays in capturing carbon from the atmosphere.

Check out the links below:

 
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Direct download: SUFB_S1263_BlueCarbonOceanArtRosieSherwood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A study based in Seychelles found that there some fish species will remain on a reef after the corals have bleached, which could help maintain fisheries and some form of nutrition for humans. 

Coral reefs are at risk from or are bleaching in many parts of the world, which could have negative implications on the fish communities and the human communities that rely on them for food.

The study identified five micronutrients that are found in a diverse array of fish (zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids) that live on coral reefs. However, when the reefs bleach, only two micronutrients are commonly found (zinc and iron), which could affect the human population that relies on them.

Link to article: 
Mongabay: https://bit.ly/345ZBqv

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Direct download: SUFB_S1262_FishRemainOnReefsAfterCoralBleaching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

A Greenpeace research vessel discovered a new colony of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica. It is the only colony that has been detected this far south on the icy continent. It's an important discovery because Gentoo penguins prefer low-lying, rocky areas that have no ice. 

The ice in Antarctica is melting six times faster than it was in the 1970s due to climate change. Melting ice will have an effect on global sea rise, weather patterns, and prey availability (krill). 

Greenpeace and other organizations are calling for the nations of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to implement a network of Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica to relieve fishing pressure on the habitats. 

Links to articles:
1) Mongabay article: https://bit.ly/3KzSN5l
2) Gentoo Penguins: https://bit.ly/3GXIC8u

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Direct download: SUFB_S1261_GentooPenguinsFoundInIceFreePartOfAntarctica.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There was a headline on Rollingstone magazine (link below) that mentioned the Doomsday Glacier was on the verge of melting. The headline didn't make me feel good about where we were at on reducing climate change, but it also didn't motivate me to do anything about it because the problem seemed too big. 

Conservation optimism is important when trying to change people's behaviour to live for a better ocean. Optimistic stories can inspire people to do more for the ocean. 

Reading the headline "'the fuse has been blown' and the Doomsday glacier is coming for us all" does not seem to instill inspiration, but more apathy. 

The headline proves that the movie "Don't Look Up!" is less of a satire than it intended. 

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

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Direct download: SUFB_S1260_CanMediaHeadlinesAffectMotivationOnClimateChange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Did you ever wonder what happens to your pee and poo after you flush the toilet? I bet you never thought you would read those words on this podcast, but the fact of the matter is our water quality is dependent on how well our sewage treatment plants can stop nasty stuff that we excrete from getting into our waterways, including the ocean.

Mongabay posted a great editorial about how the world is dealing with preventing pharmaceutical waste that we excrete from getting into our water. It doesn't look like we are doing a great job. 

Many places around the world cannot treat their sewage with the basic process let alone afford to implement the technology to treat pharmaceuticals. 

The sludge that does get produced after some sort of treatment gets added as a fertilizer on farmland, which means pharmaceuticals are in our fertilizer that helps produce the food in which we ingest. 

Pharmaceuticals are also affecting fish behaviour and physiology. I discuss two examples of studies that look at how elevated levels of estrogen (from birth control) and behavioural changes from psychiatric medicine affect fish in aquatic systems. 

The technology to treat pharmaceuticals does exist but has not been widely implemented. 

Link to article:
1) Mongabay: https://bit.ly/3IiJg0m
2) Fish paper: https://bit.ly/32faSEu

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

You likely heard of the undersea volcano that erupted in the South Pacific near the island of Tonga as it was all over the news. The eruption reached 20 km in the air and the blast was visible from space. Unfortunately, the eruption caused Tsunami-like waves to crash into the island of Tonga and cause damage to properties, cut out power, and flood many parts of the island. 

New Zealand is sending rescuers and supplies to help the nearby island but is having trouble communicating with the island.

A volcanic eruption is violent and destructive, but it is also part of the ocean's process to constantly evolve. I discuss the ways that underwater volcanos lead to biodiversity over time. 

Link to articles:
1) Volcano eruption: https://bit.ly/33jYmUP
2) Undersea Volcanos: https://bit.ly/33kttQ6

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Coffee pods are popular in most households. You can make any type of coffee quickly without any mess of having to take teaspoon measurements of the coffee beans and pour them into the coffee-maker. All you have to do is pop them into the designated area and press a button and voila! A wonderful coffee to start your day!

However, are you aware that your coffee pod may not be recyclable even though it says it is on the packaging? Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada claimed that their K-Cups were recyclable all over Canada, but most places outside British Columbia and Quebec would not accept them in their facility. 

K-Cups are made from polypropylene #5, which is rarely recycled in Canada. Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada had to pay $2.3 million in fines and $631 thousand in donations to environmental charitable organizations for misleading consumers. 

The incident begs the question: Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area?

Link to articles:
1) Keurig Dr. Pepper Fined: https://bit.ly/34UaVXn
2) Keurig Dr. Pepper Go Green: https://bit.ly/3I0wWBS
3) Canadian Plastics Defined: https://bit.ly/3KaTn9l

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

Is visiting the Antarctic on your bucket list? If so, you may want to take the right boat to get there. 

PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, Arlie McCarthy, wrote a great piece that we should all be talking about regarding invasive species reaching the Antarctic on Conversation.com.

The article describes the difficult path invasive species have had to travel to reach the shores of the Antarctic. The Southern Ocean's currents rotate clockwise around the continent deflecting many of the species. If the invasive species do make it to the coastal area, then they would have to survive the freezing cold temperatures and rough waters. These conditions make it difficult for invasive species to settle. Unless they travel by boat.

Humans visit the continent for a variety of reasons: tourism, research, fishing, and supply researchers. The ships they take to reach the frozen continent provide invasive species with a direct pathway to the coastal area increasing the chance of species survival and colonization. 

Invasive mussels and crabs can pose problems for local species. Mussels can outcompete local species for space by forming mussel beds and altering the habitat. Crabs can be a new threat to local populations as they become new predators. The results can alter the Antarctic coastline as we know it.

There are measures that can be taken to reduce the level of exposure to invasive species. Add a coating to the hull of the boat to ensure animals and plants do not stick to the hull. Exchanging ballast water outside the coastal zone would also help. Preventative measures are helpful, but enforcement will be necessary to ensure success. 

Link to article: https://theconversation.com/antarcticas-unique-ecosystem-is-threatened-by-invasive-species-hitchhiking-on-ships-174640

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Category:Invasive Species -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

There was a great conversation happening on TikTok (yes, TikTok) on Dr. Virginia Schutte's account regarding wastefulness and our environment. 

The video series started with Virginia stitching another creator on her comments about being judged for her family using paper plates. Virginia responded by saying that she chooses not to judge anyone on their lifestyle and rather approaches people with love and support to help others understand what conservation is and that not everyone is able to do conservation. 

A number of other comments were generated from the first video and Virginia had great responses to them. I discuss them in this episode and add my own thoughts on conservation and how we and corporations can act to help our blue planet. 

Virginia's TikTok account: https://www.tiktok.com/@vgwschutte

Meteor podcast: https://meteorscicomm.org/

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

There is a prediction that says the ocean will have warmer water with less oxygen that will be more conducive to smaller mesopelagic fish. A study was recently published in Science and covered on Mongabay news that provides empirical evidence from 130,000 years ago (where, warmer and less oxygenated waters occurred) that shows the prediction could happen. 

The same conditions that were present 130,000 years ago are predicted to happen in 2100 that will have severe consequences for global fisheries, especially in the Humboldt Current System off the coast of Peru, where the study was conducted. 

The Humboldt Current System is home to one of the most productive waters in the world and accounts for over 15% of the global catch. Warmer, less oxygenated waters could cripple the fisheries as smaller fish will not meet the global food demand. 

Fisheries management methods such as fish quotas and marine protected areas should be employed to reduce the impact of overfishing that can accelerate the process of shifting to a smaller fish dominance. 

Enforcement of the fisheries management policies will also be key in maintaining fish populations. 

Link to article: https://news.mongabay.com/2022/01/warmer-oxygen-poor-waters-threaten-worlds-most-heavily-exploited-fish/

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

Another Indus river dolphin was found dead near the Taunsa Barrage (a damn) in the Indus River (Pakistan) bringing the total to three Indus dolphins in the past month found dead. This past dolphin was found in fishing gear, which is the greatest threat to the population that is already limited by the physical barriers of six barrages within the river. 

Non-governmental organizations are trying to pressure the government to enforce policies that regulate the type of fishing gear, material, and mesh size as there has not been any enforcement on the fishing contractors in the area. 

Link to article: https://www.dawn.com/news/1667055

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

The people of Cornwall, UK are enjoying the increased number of marine mammal sightings over the past couple of years; however, unfortunately, they are also seeing an increased number of marine mammal strandings. 

New sightings might have to bring about new policies that can change the way people in Cornwall fish and use the ocean in the future. 

Link to article: https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/good-year-whale-dolphin-sightings-6408638

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Category:Marine Mammals -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Watching Netflix's new movie Don't Look Up made me feel seen as no other movie has before. The movie is a satire on how society reacts to the news of environmental disasters and depicts scientists as whistleblowers that are annoying to society's day-to-day living. 

Many non-scientists felt the frustration and anger of Jennifer Lawrence's character that was a Ph.D. candidate who was passionate about what she had discovered and was angry that no one was trying to stop the destruction of the planet. We feel a similar struggle trying to speak up for climate change. 

There were people who criticized the movie. They complained that it made society out to be dumb and they didn't like that. They thought the writer, Adam McKay, should stick to making movies similar to his other hits, such as Step Brothers.

I think many of the critics are proving the point of the film. 

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

A friend recently recommended a podcast to me where the host interviewed Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall is a terrific scientist and is known for her studies on great apes where she lived with apes in the wild for many years. 

During the podcast, the host, Jay Shetty, discussed how hope could help fight the war on nature. I've heard from family and friends that they lose hope after hearing the doom and gloom of nature, yet Dr. Goodall suggests that they people can get their optimism back through local actions. 

I talk about how hope should be part of every nature message if we want to end this war on the environment.

Link to podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/jane-goodall-on-winning-the-war-on-nature-how-simple/id1450994021?i=1000538899362

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

We need to do many things to reduce Climate Change and there are companies that are working around the clock to help bring renewable energy to the forefront in order to get them online. 

You may notice more windmills in the Ocean or near highways and the acres of land dedicated to solar panels. The latter is the focus of today's episode, solar panels. 

One of the major challenges to adding more solar panels is finding the space to put them. Deserts seem to be a good area, but one company is also looking at floating solar panels to decrease the risk of competing for space, but is adding a number of floating panels good for the habitats underneath the surface of the water?

Link to website: https://www.ciel-et-terre.net/

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

The people are fed up with the broken promises of climate action by governments and will eventually resort to violence if the government doesn't clean up its act with the oil and gas industry. Dr. David Suzuki thinks that blowing up pipelines is inevitable if governments continue to ignore the people's wishes of climate action now. 

The speech is getting a lot of heat from conservative-leaning media as they think the words will lead to environmental terrorism. 

What are your thoughts?

Link to article: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/pipelines-will-be-blown-up-says-david-suzuki-if-leaders-dont-act-on-climate-change

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

Deep-sea mining is on the minds of many mining and tech companies as there is a potential to mind the metals that are so badly needed for computer chips that power the very devices you are using to listen to this podcast. However, we are not aware of the ramifications of mining unique areas such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents. 

A PhD candidate in deep-sea biology for Queen's University Belfast, Elin Angharad Thomas, conducted an analysis to assess whether the species that are found in hydrothermal vent habitats would be threatened by deep-sea mining. She used the criteria for the IUCN Red List to determine whether the species would be considered "at risk." 

The results of her analysis revealed that 2/3 of the species analyzed would be considered endangered by deep-sea mining and 20% of the species would be considered critically endangered.

The results of the study make more of a case to avoid deep-sea mining to preserve biodiversity in the deep sea. 

Link to article: https://www.theinertia.com/environment/deep-sea-mining-may-wipe-out-species-we-have-just-discovered/

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

NFTs are all the rage in the cryptocurrency world these days. Many artists, digital creators, and even marine organizations are making money using NFTs. However, the way NFTs are processed could have implications for increasing climate change.

NFTs use the Eurythreum cryptocurrency, which is controlled by users (called miners) having to solve complex puzzles to gain tokens. Solving the puzzles take up a lot of energy which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

The entire Eurythreum cryptocurrency uses as much electricity as Libya. 

There are ways to reduce the emissions to almost zero by switching the manner in which the currency is controlled. 

Link to articles:
1) https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/15/22328203/nft-cryptoart-ethereum-blockchain-climate-change
2) https://ecotrust.ca/latest/media/blockchain-for-climate-foundation-launches-bitmo-platform-at-cop26/

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

The Indonesian government took coal ash off the list of hazardous materials even though there is evidence that there are harmful metals such as mercury and arsenic that can leech into the environment. The coal industry lobby worked with the government to get the removal passed. 

The government followed up with a policy where the fisheries ministry would by bricks made from coal ash and use them as bricks in the foundation for coral transplantation.

I can't make this stuff up!

Link to article: https://news.mongabay.com/2021/12/indonesias-new-plan-for-coal-it-pollutes-land-and-air-so-why-not-the-sea-too/

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

There are many designation categories for protected areas in the ocean; however, they are often lumped into one category: Marine Protected Area. Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a term that has a very specific definition that is different from other protected area categories. 

A marine protected area is an area in the ocean where no extractive activities are allowed.

Some parks are called MPAs, but they allow extractive activities so they don't count as an MPA. 

Why is this important? If we want to protect the ocean, then we will need to have MPAs where no extractive activities are permitted to ensure there is protection. Some parks allow trawling to occur. Other parks allow oil and gas exploration and extraction. 

It can be confusing for us all to keep up with the protected area designations, but it's important to know what areas are truly protected. 

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

In May 2021, a container ship called the X-Press Pearl caught fire and sank off the coast of Sri Lanka spilling large amounts of toxic chemicals in the form of fuel and a high concentration of microplastic pellets, called nurdles. 

These nurdles can wreak havoc on ocean habitats as they are made from fossil fuel chemicals and break down once in the water. The nurdles are ingested by sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds, and fish where they can cause choking and/or leech chemicals into the animals' bodies. The spill of nurdles has also caused 20,000 fishers to stop fishing in Sri Lanka. 

The X-Press Pearl spill is a current example that nurdles need to be classified as hazardous materials. Unfortunately, the International Maritime Organization put off addressing the issue until next year opening the way for more spills to occur over the next year. 

Over 230,000 tons of nurdles enter the ocean every year. 

Link to article: https://grist.org/health/nurdles-the-worst-toxic-waste-youve-probably-never-heard-of/

Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition: https://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/the-coalition/

Petition against nurdles: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/982/791/665/

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