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This Episode of Ocean Talk Friday was recorded live on the Facebook Fan Page where I discussed how the US Senate Science Committee might be delaying the country's Climate Change adaptation by bringing up ridiculous reasons to deny the human effects on climate change.

I also discuss a new genetically unique population of Blue Whales that were discovered in New Zealand and how this discovery will drive policy in relation to oil and gas exploration that has opened up in the country.

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Direct download: SUFB_S470_OceanTalkFridayLiveRecording.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Marine Mammals and Marine Biology Careers/Entrepreneurs is what I cover on today's podcast. Two Marine Mammal stories and 1 editorial on marine biology careers. 

The first marine mammal story is about a sea lion that is trying to enjoy some fish guts at cleaning stations in North Harbour, BC.; however, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have ordered fishers to cease all cleaning to ensure the sea lion does not come back. They are worried that the sea lion will get too close to a fisher and become aggressive around food. One of the spokespeople for the department said they wanted to avoid a similar incident to the one last year, where a little girl was dragged into the water by a frustrated sea lion who was offered food and then teased with "fake offerings". It eventually lashed out at the people by dragging in a little girl. The sea lion was not at fault, but the act of trying to get rid of the sea lion in North Harbour is evidence that people are trying to exclude sea lions from part of the Ocean where they should be allowed to frequent. 

I also rant about how some people inside and outside the Marine Science and Conservation industry are dead set against Marine Biologists making money. There seems to be a stigma about the lifestyle of Marine Biologists and that they should be happy with their salaries and all of the "Cool Places" they get to go. 

There are some innovative Marine Scientists and Conservationists out there who are trying to create a path for others to follow in so they can make a great living and conduct marine science and conservation as they were trained to do in the first place. My problem is with the people who are trying to say that people shouldn't try to rock the boat. 

Finally, I talk about the first sighting of the Northern Right Whale off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada). It's an important sighting as we know Right Whales will continue to come north to Canada as they did last year. The goal this year is to reduce and eliminate incidences where the whales are killed through ship strikes and/or entanglement in fishing gear. There are two crucial guidelines (maybe laws) that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans created last season that carried over to this season. Find out what those are in the recording. 

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Recycling, Toxic Sunscreen and Sharks are the topics that I cover today. They are all different, yet they are all related as they have to do with Marine Conservation. Check out what they are all about!

Here are the links for today's episode:
1) 10 kinds of plastic that are a pain in the blue box; and,
2) Shark Clever Buoy Systems

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Publishing the Ocean Talk Friday episode that I recorded Live on the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Page and the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group. On today's episode, I chat about two articles that have to do with the largest organisms and smallest organisms in the Ocean:

1) Gray Whales found without flukes (tails) after being severed from fishing gear entanglements; and,

2) Researchers find evidence that phytoplankton are not able to uptake iron while exposed to Ocean Acidification.

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Direct download: SUFB_S467_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Tailless Whales -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Dr. Andrew Thaler is an expert in Deep-Sea Ecology and Marine Science/Conservation Communication. He has a PhD in Deep-Sea Ecology and owns and operates Southern Fried Science, one of the most popular Marine Science and Conservation Blogs on the web. He is also my friend and is on the podcast today!!!

I asked Andrew on the podcast because he just came back from the CNMI (Northern Mariana Islands) where is conducted an underwater ROV robotics workshop with some local leaders. The point of the workshop was to train people to train others in the community to ensure the use of underwater ROVs in the future, especially for Marine Conservation. Training to train others is a great way to ensure the continuation of Sustainable Marine Conservation and is a great model for moving forward. 

Check out the interview with Andrew for more. 

Here are some links to find out more about Dr. Andrew Thaler:

Twitter

Southern Fried Science

BlackBeard Biologic (Andrew's Company)

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I spend time talking about one of my favourite habits in the Ocean. Actually, it's probably the favourite habitats of many people...Coral Reefs!!! Of course, we are not talking only about Climate Change, but I cannot do an episode on Coral Reefs where I don't talk about Climate Change. So I mention it. 

Here are the stories that I cover today:
1) Coral Reef Fish create a wonderful chorus of sound where they love to settle;
2) The Movement to open Marine Science and Conservation to developing states and countries; and,
3) Some corals are tolerant to Ocean Acidification

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Direct download: SUFB_S465_CoralReefEcologyPeopleAndAdaptation.mp3
Category:Coral Reef -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

I recorded Ocean Talk Friday in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group on Wednesday, which I plan on doing from now on. If you want to take part then join the group and attend every Wednesday at 7pm EST to have a chance to get on the episode.

Today, I chat with fellow SUFB members about:
1) Sea World failing an Animal Welfare Audit of a Tour Guide; and,
2) Florida Mangroves in the Everglades are Disappearing because of Sea Level Rise and Mismanagement for profit.

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Direct download: SUFB_S464_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

Today I discuss a couple of crucial topics that I found important to discuss with you. First off, I update you on how Atlantic and Pacific Tuna Commissions are not managing tropical tuna populations properly and I go over recommendations provided by the Pew Charitable Trust

Secondly, I talk about eco-friendly products that are out on the market that can be used as alternatives to current, toxic choices. I use sunscreen as an example as Hawai'i plans to ban non-reef safe sunscreen to protect corals and other marine life

It's all about awareness at Speak Up For Blue. I want to make sure that you know the products available that will lessen our impact on the Ocean.

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Climate Change is in the news again spanning all parts of the world. Today, I am talking about Climate Change affecting the US, Australia and Islands in the South Pacific. I will be focusing on Sea Level Rise and Sea Surface Temperature as it pertains to Adaptation to Climate Change. Here are the 3 topics for today:
1) US Military Funds Study To Reveal Effects Of Sea Level Rise On Military Operations in the South Pacific Ocean;
2) Australian Government Funds Great Barrier Reef $500 Million to fight against pollution and to "breed" resilient coral reefs; and,
3) Who owns the land after it is permanently flooded by sea level rise

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Direct download: SUFB_S462_ClimateChangeInTheNews.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

Today is a very special episode because I finally opened up Ocean Talk Friday to people in the Facebook Group. It was the first time I did this and I am very happy to say that it worked out very well for the first time. 

Today we discuss some topics that I covered earlier in the week and that was how the US Marine Mammal Protection Act are requiring Countries who export fisheries to the US to conduct cetacean studies to prove that their fisheries are not harming cetaceans. 

The second topic is all about recycling. A recent article covered how people in Canada are not recycling properly and most of the items tagged for recycling are not recycled. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S461_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:recycling -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

Christine Ren, from Christine Ren Films, is our guest on the podcast today. She is here for two reasons: 1) To tell us how underwater performances can make the personal connection of the ocean to the human race: and, 2) Christine and I got to catch up as we haven't been touch touch for a number of years.

Christine and I used to collaborate as I had Speak Up For Blue and she had Project Blue. We shared information, resources and strategies. Since then, Christine started a media company and has become an underwater performer. 

I'm looking forward to you hearing this interview because Christine is living proof that Marine Conservation Careers includes more than just straight research. 

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The UK is preparing to ban plastic straws. Will this be the first of many countries to do so? Plus, Boyat Slat's project is getting more publicity...is his highly criticized project to clean up the Ocean taking time and money away from other projects that focus on preventing plastics from getting into the Ocean? Finally, I talk about how people need to leave animals alone when they encounter them in the wild.

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Today's episode is all about my vacation to Hawai'i. I'm here for a wedding, but used the opportunity to get some Marine Conservation done in the best way I know how, I volunteered to monitor Green Sea Turtles that would bask in the sun on the beach. I tell you all about it in this episode.

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Direct download: SUFB_S458_HawaiinGreenSeaTurtleVolunteeringDuringMyVacation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

Alexis Brown is on the podcast today to discuss her podcast called "My Ocean" under the Ocean Wise Conservation Association. We get in to talking about all of the programs that Ocean Wise runs including the Vancouver Aquarium, Shoreline Clean Up, Seafood Program and Plastic Wise among others. 

Alexis and I have a great talk on Ocean Conservation and podcasting during this episode and I am so happy that Ocean Wise has started to podcast and get their voice heard to connect with a fantastic audience. 

Take The Pledge!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S457_PodcastingToMakeYouWiserAboutTheOceansWithAlexisBrown.mp3
Category:Ocean Wise -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Two stories to discuss today:

1) The US is using the Marine Mammal Protection Act to make countries to thorough Cetacean surveys before they can ship fish to the US; and,

2) A recent CBC report revealed that Canadians may not be recycling properly due to a major miscommunication as to what does and does not get recycled. You will be surprised at a few of the items that don't get recycled.

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Direct download: SUFB_S456_CanadaSurveysCetaceansToExportFishToUSAreWeRecyclingProperly.mp3
Category:Recycle -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Two things happened to me this week regarding the Oceans:

1) Today, I saw a Facebook friend post a fake map of "radiation" spread across the Pacific Ocean after the Japanese Tsunami. Find out why it's fake by listening to the episode; and,

2) I had a run in with a Politician and some of his followers about the way people voted in the last Canadian election. I was set up to be attacked, so I decided to talk about the experience to warn you about politicians (it doesn't matter which party they are from). 

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Direct download: SUFB_S455_TheMythOfFukushimaEnvironmentalPolitics.mp3
Category:Fukushima -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Melanie Knight is my guest today on the podcast to discuss how she got inspired by plogging, the act of picking up litter while jogging. Melanie talks with me about how she got started and why she did a 30 day challenge of plogging. Her efforts got her on TV as well as in the newspaper of a nationally distributed company (Globe and Mail). 

Melanie is not just a plogger. She tells me about how she works with towns all over Canada to create catch and release aquariums. It's pretty fascinating stuff. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S454_PloggingOurWayToLessLitterWithMelanieKnight.mp3
Category:Plogging -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

There is a lot to update you on the program today. I first talk about the 10% loss in population of North Atlantic Right Whales and why there is such a decline; My opinion on the validity of Marine Conservation Documentaries and their manipulation of what a marine environment should look like; and, an oil spill ignited in Indonesian Borneo killing 4 fishers and adding toxic chemicals into the atmosphere affecting the air quality of the local community. 

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Ocean Talk Friday brings me around to discuss two big nes items that came out this week:

1) Walrus was left off the Endangered Species Act in the US; and,
2) Two Scientists have different views on Marine Protected Size and priority for protection (Story 1 and Response)

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Direct download: SUFB_S452_WalrusRejectedAsESAMPAControversy.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

I had the great opportunity to meet and work with Rebecca at OceanDotCom 2018 hosted by LUMCON. During the event, Rebecca came to me to ask if she would like me to have her on the podcast to talk about how cool Jellyfish are...and of course, I said "YES!!!"

So we got together last week to record this episode and to discuss the variability of jellyfish. In particular, Rebecca wanted to discuss a study that was published a number of years ago reporting that climate change will bring on more blooms of jellyfish. Apparently, that is not the case and Rebecca is here to set us all straight. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S451_JellyfishAreCoolWithDrRebeccaHelm.mp3
Category:Jellyfish -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today is a special episode, not necessarily because of the topic (Carbon Tax), but because I recorded the episode live in the Facebook Group. I did it for two reasons: 1) I want to have the podcast to include the members of the Facebook group; and, 2) I wanted to switch things up on the podcast partly because this episode is number 450. 

Today's topic is all about the Carbon Tax. It's not a popular tax, as popular as any tax; however, it is a tax that Canada and other countries/states are talking about implementing in their policies. some people say the Carbon Tax will not work because governments will not be transparent with the money raised by the Tax. Others feel that we all need to do something about Climate Change and people are incentivized by money. 

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Today's Ocean Talk Friday includes these stories:

1) Half of Americans Don't Think Climate Change Is Affecting Them;
2) Tabasco Losing Important Land;
3) Sea Turtles Can Use Flippers For More Than Swimming

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Direct download: SUFB_S449_OceanTalkFriday_VarietyShow.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

I am very happy to be discussing Harbour Seal behaviour with my new friend Shea Steingass who has the pleasure in conducting these captivating animals. She discusses how she uses stable isotope analysis using Harbour Seal whiskers. She also talks about the interesting way that she and her colleagues capture the seals to collect the information.

Shea is going to be a superstar in this field and I can't wait to have her on again to see what she is up to next. 

Follow her on Twitter to see what she does next

And ask her questions about her research in our Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S448_BehaviouralStudiesInHarbourSealsWithSheaSteingass.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today, I am talking about something really special to me and the conservation community at large. The Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award is given to a person who demonstrates bravery in the face of danger while conserving the Ocean. The award is named after Jairo, who was brutally murdered after trying to protect sea turtles from poachers. 

At the moment, the award is given to a recipient every two years at the International Marine Conservation Congress by the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB).

SCB Needs Your Help

SCB would like to increase the number of recipients that receive the award, so they are getting ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign that will help them support more than one person. 

Please consider taking a picture of yourself holding a sign saying "I AM JAIRO" in your LANGUAGE.

Here are the links where you could post the picture:

Twitter Campaign 

Facebook Campaign 


Today's Ocean Talk Friday has me breaking down the everything that happened at OceanDotComm 2018. As many of you know, I spent a week at LUMCON (Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium) with over 40 other people who have experience in Science Communication (SciComm) to tell the stories of Coastal Optimism in Southern Louisiana as they face rapid coastal loss due to a number of different factors including sea level rise, coastal degradation, diversion of the Mississippi River and the intrusion of the Oil and Gas industry. 

I talk about my overall experience about the conference and I highlight some of the products that were created in 4-5 days.

Direct download: SUFB_S446_OceanTalkFriday_BreakdownOfOceanDotComm18.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Shea and I sit down to decompress and discuss the past four days at OceanDotComm 2018. We chat about we loved the challenge on taking on the Southern Louisiana Coastal Optimism project and incorporating it into the podcast. We also discuss how Shea was psyched to work on the podcast with me...I think she did a pretty great job don't you?!

We also get into how impressed we were with all of the people we interviewed and we are very optimistic that the people of Southern Louisiana will be able to adapt to their changing coastline!

Direct download: 10_SUFB_Season1_SeasonFinaleWithSheaSteingass1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Patty Ferguson joins Shea on the podcast to discuss how the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe is fighting to protect their land against coastal loss and for their tight to be federally recognized as a tribe. The federal recognition would help the tribe in their legal battles with oil and gas companies who cut up their land by creating canals and say that the tribe are trespassing. The battles add to the complications of the land as coastal loss from sea level rise and habitat degradation are becoming very difficult for the tribe to conserve their land and their culture.

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_ep9_PattyFurgeson.mp3
Category:Indiginous -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Beth Guidry joins Shea on the podcast to discuss how she is dealing with the rapid coastal loss as an educator in Southern Louisiana. Beth tells Shea how her student's lives have changed based on the changes to the landscape. She also gives her perspective on the changes she has seen as someone who grew up in the region and her hope that she sees in the children she teaches.

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Ep7_FromAnEducatorsPerspectiveWithBethGuidry.mp3
Category:Educator -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

Dr. Solomon David joins me on the podcast to discuss his recent migration from Michigan to Southern Louisiana, where he is an Associate Professor at Nichols State University teaching and studying aquatic fisheries science. He is THE gar scientist!!!

Solomon tells us why he is interested in studying fisheries science in the region as well as his experience living in Southern Louisiana for less than a year. 

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Ep8_FishScienceMovesSouthWithSolomonDavid.mp3
Category:Fisheries Science -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Murt Conover joins Shea on the podcast to discuss why Murt settled in Southern Louisiana for 20 years after she had lived in 32 states previously. There is something about this area that entices people to stay here for long periods of time and it's not just work. People, like Murt, fall in love with the area. Murt now works as an Educator at LUMCON to educate students on the wonders and science of the complex habitats that make up Southern Louisiana.

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Ep6_ScienceEducatorLivingInSLWithMurtConover.mp3
Category:Passion -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

Arlanda Williams joins me on the podcast to discuss how local politics plays a role in protecting the people of Southern Louisiana. Arlanda serves as Vice Chair of the Terrebonne Parrish Council and is also a PhD candidate. I am going to tell you that this woman in AMAZING! 

Arlanda breaks down the process of how the Parrish residences voted to raise the sales tax by 1 cent to help pay for a Levee that would protect vulnerable areas. This is not a normal occurrence where people would vote to raise any tax; however, the money comes down to saving their livelihoods.  

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Ep5_ParishCoucilWithArlendaWilliams.mp3
Category:Local Politics -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Dr. Melissa Baustian joins Shea on this episode of the season to tell us about the diverse coastal habitats within the Southern Louisiana Region to give us a sense of the changes that have occurred over the past century. You will notice that Climate Change and Sea Level Rise is not the only problem within this region, other problems such as the creation of canals and habitat degradation compound the overall problem of coastal loss.

Shea also asks Melissa, who is a resident of the area, about her optimism in the region as a scientist and a resident.

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_ScientificHabitatsWithMelissaBaustian.mp3
Category:Coastal Habitat -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

I am very pleased to introduce Shea Steingass to you as we collaborate to create a overall narrative of Coastal Optimism through a series of interviews with various members of the community in Southern Louisiana. All of the people we interviewed live in Southern Louisiana for varying periods of time. 

Shea and I discuss how we approached this season and what we wanted to present to you about the great people that we interviewed.

Shea will be hosting several of the podcasts this season and does a fantastic job!

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Episode3_SeasonPlanWithSheaSteingass.mp3
Category:SciComm -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Dr. Craig McClain is into Science Communication and when I say he is into SciComm, this is the man who created Deep Sea News, one of the first marine science blogs. Creating innovative science products is not new to Craig, so when he contacted me about OceanDotComm 2108 and asked me to apply to come to LUMCON, I couldn't say no because I knew this event would be huge even though I didn't know what the event would entail as it was a mystery. Craig and his wonderful staff kept it a mystery from all of the other SciComm Experts. He did it for a reason.

Take a listen to find out why Craig kept the SciComm theme a mystery and why he chose the theme he did. 

Direct download: SUFB_Season1_Ep2_ODotComm_DrCraigMcClain.mp3
Category:ocean -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

OceanDotComm18 is a new event that brings together 50 science communicators all walks of life and professions to discuss one single topic. There are many forms of science communication products that will be published by the end of the 5 day event. Of course, I decided to use Speak Up For Blue's platform to collaborate with Shea Steingass, a PhD candidate for Oregon State University, to develop a series of short interviews to reveal the resilience and optimism of the local residence from the Southern Louisiana region.

 


Alain Clavette, a CBC Radio host and avid birder, joins me on the podcast today to talk all about seabirds. We don't talk a lot about seabirds on this podcast because I don't know much about them; however, Alain does know about them and he passionately talks with me about his excursions with other birders on the Bay of Fundy to search for pelagic birds.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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Direct download: SUFB_S445_BirdingForSeabirdsWithAlianClavette.mp3
Category:Seabirds -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

On today's Ocean Update Episode I chat about why 1000s of starfish wash ashore dead along the UK coastline; why the Trump Administration is trying to silence scientists that want to alert the public about dramatic decreases in glacial coverage; and, I highlight two Emperor Penguins that have fun with a camera in the Antarctic. 

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Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast today for another episode of Ocean Talk Friday. We sit down to chat about Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay as well as how much of the land is sinking exacerbating the effect of salt water creeping onto land. We also get philosophical by answering two questions: 1) Should Seafood Corporations be responsible for funding conservation programs for fisheries and the habitats that they affect with their practices; and 2) Should marine scientists and conservationists become vegans and fly less to lead by example?

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, but are worried that it might be too difficult, take the Podcast for the Environmental Communication Course at Duke University's Executive Education Program. Click here to register.

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Direct download: SUFB_S443_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

No interview today (my apologies). Instead I cover some news items including a diver's video of underwater trash goes vital; an Indian natural wastewater treatment system treats 198 million gallons of water; and, Canada confirms commitment to Paris Climate Accord Agreement even though they are upping their greenhouse gas emissions.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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I dive into what I like to Call the Climate Change Effect, which I define as how the world is adapting, or not adapting to climate change. I look at two real world examples covered in the Atlantic and the Verge to help you understand that the world is changing now and we are all affected. This episode is not meant to depress you, but it is meant to inspire you to take action at home and in your community.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, but are worried that it might be too difficult, take the Podcast for the Environmental Communication Course at Duke University's Executive Education Program. Click here to register.

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Direct download: SUFB_441_TheClimateChangeAffect_ChesapeakBay_KingPenguins.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

This is a motivational rant to inspire you to get moving on your science communication efforts. The world needs more people to inspire the public to do better. Publications are just a tiny portion of SciComm since most people don't read journal articles due to accessibility and...well, they just aren't interested. Online communication is the new platform to reach millions of people. So build your online presence, get your message out and change the world!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!! 

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, but are worried that it might be too difficult, take the Podcast for the Environmental Communication Course at Duke University's Executive Education Program. Click here to register.

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Direct download: SUFB_S440_GetStartedInSciCommNow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Doug Parsons, producer and host of the podcast America Adapts: A Climate Change Podcast, joins me on the podcast to discuss the importance of science communication and why he invited a climate change denier on his podcast. I have to admit, bringing on a climate denier as a guest for a climate adaptation podcast was a great move. It showed us all why it is important to listen to the other side and understand their motivations. Understanding (not necessarily agreeing) is an important aspect in Marine Science and Conservation applications, especially when it comes to engaging with the public and stakeholders.

America Adapts Website

America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast (iTunes)

America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast (Spotify)

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, but are worried that it might be too difficult, take the Podcast for the Environmental Communication Course at Duke University's Executive Education Program. Click here to register.

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Direct download: SUFB_S439_SciCommAndClimateAdaptationWithDougParsons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I cover a lot of information in this week's Ocean Update episode. First, I discuss how the Seychelles worked with The Nature Conservancy to refinance their nation debt in exchange for designating 30% of its EEZ as a Marine Protected Area. Second, I give my opinion on how to fight pseudoscience, such as the flat earther movement, with scicomm (Science Communication). Lastly, beluga whales have been found to be diving deeper and longer for food when there is less sea ice. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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On today's episode of Ocean Talk Friday, I talk about Science Communication in the Marine Science and Conservation field, focusing on how we need to dedicate more time on communicating our projects and people online via social media. I suggest going beyond just pushing information to the public and engage with followers and build a stronger, more engaging follower base by revealing the people within your organization. I also suggest that organizations make it a priority to scicomm and spread the workload across the people within your organization. 

Check out what I have to say and let me know how you feel about it.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S437_OceanTalkFriday_SciCommAdviceForOnline.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Andrew Wright joins on the podcast to discuss his experience working in the Antarctic collecting acoustic information on Type C Orcas within the newly implemented Ross Sea Marine Protected Area. He tells us how he got there, what he saw, what saw him, safety precautions he had to take and more!!! If you want to be a field biologist, you need to listen to Andrew's interview!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S436_WhatItsLikeToDoFieldWorkInAntarctica.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

On today's Ocean Update Podcast, I chat about a Mongabay article that reveals a decline in protected Queen Conches in the Bahamas due to fishing upstream; I give my opinion on the power of Celebrities in Ocean Conservation; and, I talk about an article revealing that your shampoo may be causing air pollution...and it could be a good thing!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Nathan Johnson is back on Ocean Talk Friday to talk about some Marine Science and Conservation and some invertebrate species!!! Here are the topics for today:
1) How Conservationists Can Overcome the Awareness-Action Gap;
2) Female Mutant Crayfish Clones to reproduce and is an effective invasive species;
3) Maine Lobster fishers conserving for the future; and,
4) Melting of Antarctic Ice Sheets Allows Scientists to explore the deep sea.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S434_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

The Fisheries Act has been a crucial piece of legislation that has helped protect the Canadian aquatic environment for decades. The Act has been cumbersome to natural resource businesses as well. In 2012, the Canadian Government lead by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper changed the Fisheries Act to help the oil and gas industry build their pipelines faster to "help" the economy. The Act was left a gutted version of it's former self until recently. 

The Canadian Government led by current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to change the Fisheries Act back to its original wording and to make it better. Scientists and Conservationists have been waiting a long time for this (since Trudeau became Prime Minister in 2015) to see the changes made. 

Last Tuesday, February 6, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dominic LeBlanc, announced the new suggested changes for the Fisheries Act. I can say that Scientists are quite happy!!!

I asked Dr. Brett Favaro, who was involved in providing feedback during the process and has been tweeting up a storm on the new changes, to come on the show and tell us about the changes and give us his thoughts. 

Brett has some optimistic thoughts with some suggestions for some improvements. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S433_FisheriesActChangesWithBrettFavaro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today's Ocean Update Episode has two stories and book-ending my weekly opinion piece: 1) Patagonia releases project to match Environmental Organizations with wannabe Activists; 2) Content Should Always be King and we need to release ALL information; and, 3) Jellyfish are causing trouble for Norwegian Fish Farms and it may happen again.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast to discuss 3 stories that were in the news this week: 1) The Mediterranean Sea and the Great Lakes are experiencing higher eutrophication levels than ever before due to poor water management and climate change; 2) EPA head, Scott Pruitt, says Climate Change will benefit humans because we've always thrived in warm temperatures; and, 3) The Queen of England bans plastic straws in her properties and the city of Seattle bans straws...there is a movement happening!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S431_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Traveling to any place around the world is an exciting adventure full of positive thoughts about travelling, enjoying foreign cultures, food and drinks. Yet there seems to be little thought on Environmental Protection when we search for hotels or other places to stay. Perhaps because we don't want to think about the things that were done to create the "paradise" advertised online, in a magazine, or on TV. 

Do you ever wonder what habitat existed where your hotel is now? How many animals were displaced when the hotel was built? 

I thought about these questions and more during my trip to Mexico where my family and I stayed at the Moon Palace (the same place where COP3 took place). Today's episode is dedicated to reviewing the resort in terms of Ocean Health.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S430_MexicoResortReviewFromMyLatestTrip.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I'm back from my Mexico trip with the family and I can't wait for you to hear today's episode. In this episode, I talk about the results of the first 5 years of 83 marine reserves in Southern Australia and their status and why adaptive management plays such an important role with stakeholders (the abalone fisher group in particular). I also give a bit of a rant on how we can communicate Marine Science and Conservation stories better based on a couple o books I read on social media marketing. Finally, I follow up on a story about an aquaculture company who got in big trouble in Puget Sound for allowing Atlantic Salmon to escape their nets and invade the Pacific Ocean (it turns out it was their fault after all!!!).

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If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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On today's episode for Ocean Talk Friday, I discuss 3 stories that I think you should know about: 1) The Australian Government may be wasting $60 Million on ineffective projects, according to expert panel; 2) Scientists determine plastic pollution can kill corals; and, 3) New Antarctic Sea expedition could provide the evidence necessary to protect 1.8 square kms of diverse habitat.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S428_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I am proud to have Dr. Dave Ebert back on the podcast to discuss deep-sea sharks from around the world. Dave gives us career advice, tells us a story about how he and colleagues discovered a species of skate in the North Pacific (that was more abundant then originally thought) and talks about his upcoming expedition to Sri Lanka to look for deep-sea sharks. 

You will not want to miss this episode!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S427_HydrothermalVentSkatesWithDrDaveEbert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I am covering 3 Ocean News stories for today's episode: 1) There were 300 dead thresher sharks found on the side of the road in Mexico and investigators are saying it has to do with organized crime; 2) A fisher in Costa Rica was surprised to see plastic pieces, including a lighter, after he cut open his catch...a mahi-mahi fish; and, 3) A Right Whale was spotted off the coast of Naples, Florida which counts as only the 5th sighting of these marine mammals since 1963.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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On today's episode for Ocean Talk Friday, I talk about 2 important issues that came across my desk this week. Trump implemented a 30% tax on Imported Solar Panels from China to protect American Jobs; however, the move will likely kill over 20K American jobs. 

The second story I cover is about the Pay-for Internship/Volunteership that is designed to give early career scientists/conservationists experience so that they can get jobs. The problem is that not many people can afford to pay the thousands of dollars for these programs making marine biology more for people that can afford the programs. Is this a case of segregation based on financial status?

Click here for more detailed show notes

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If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

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Direct download: SUFB_S425_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Melina Soto from Healthy Reefs, a non-profit organization based in Mexico, is here to talk about the health of the Mesoamerican Coral Reef that spans 4 countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. We talk about the rapid decrease from the 1990s to 2006 that triggered a multinational coastal monitoring program to help inform managers and politicians on how they could make better decisions to help the reefs. 

This episode is jam packed with information. You might want to listen to it more than once...I know I did!!!

For more detailed show notes and link to the articles, click here

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Right Whales may have their day in court, how to get over the depressing part of conservation and is this the beginning of the end for single use plastic (I certainly hope so!!!) are the topics that I am covering today on the podcast. 

For more detailed show notes and link to the articles, click here

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me today for Ocean Talk Friday where we discuss the East China Sea Ship Collision and Oil Spill that occurred last week. 

We also discuss the Vancouver Aquarium's announcement that they are ending their captive Cetacean program. We talk about the difference between captive cetaceans for entertainment vs rescue and rehabilitation. It's an interesting conversation. 

Click here for the blog post.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S422_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
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Chris Cilfone and he team are on the quest to accomplish the impossible, filming the birth of a Humpback Whale in the Ocean. Filming an event like this has never been done before so the Kohola (Meaning Whale) team has a huge challenge in front of them. However, National Geographic believe in the them as they provided a small grant to set them on their way and NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association) has granted the team a permit to approach the whales to get the right shot. 

Now they are looking to you to help them get on the water and stay there so they can capture this epic event. They are crowdfunding for the rest of the campaign to pay for a boat, gas, and other equipment to get them on the water as long as possible. 

Check out their Go Fund Me Page to be a part of the film!!!

Click here for the blog post and to watch the video trailer for their go fund me page.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S421_FilmingTheUltimateHumpbackWhaleSceneForConservationWithChris.mp3
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Happy Monday Folks! Today's episode I chat about: 

1) Wether a whale saved a marine biologist from a tiger shark (8:52);

2) Why the Trump Administration gave Florida an exemption from oil and gas exploration/drilling and not other states (18:19); and,

3) Why Blue Crab pee can be good for the health of oyster habitats in Georgia. (28:00)

Enjoy The Podcast!!!

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Melissa Marquez joins me on the podcast today to discuss the hot topics of the week in Marine Science and Conservation. This week, we discuss a push to ban plastic straws in the UK and how Bonnethead sharks have been found to ingest as well as digest seagrass. 

But we first chat about how Melissa is creating the Spanish version of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast called ConCiencia Azul. We talk about how the idea came about and what she is going to be talking about on the podcast. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S419_OceanTalkFriday_MelissaMarquez.mp3
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Hypoxic, or oxygen-depleted zones, are growing in size and number around the world. I cha about why this is happening and my experience working with a research team that measured the extent of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico stemming from the Mississippi River. 

I also chat about an article shared by one of our Facebook Group members about how Climate Change is affecting the ratio of males and females of green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. I tell you why this is happening and what the implications are. 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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The Trump Administration has proposed to open 90% of US Outer Continental Shelf to Oil and Gas Drilling. I discuss what that means for the Marine Environment and its Conservation and how we can prevent these types of changes in the future. (14:53)

I also chat about a recent discussion on the internet about whether we should avoid citing people who have been outed as sexual harassers, sexual predators, or even people known to mistreat their colleagues and employees. (28:15)

Finally, I chat about a recent article that discusses what to do if you come across a cold-stunned sea turtle. (44:35)

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Science and Policy articles always give us an insight on how local communities depend on local resources. In today's episode, I discuss an article that studies how breastfeeding is a socio-economic driver for fishing effort. the article describes how malnutrition of impoverished fishing communities are working as a driver for fishers to spend more time trying to catch fish of which there are less because the fish population has been drastically reduced over time. This article proves how local communities prioritize their needs and how their decisions affect their natural resources (i.e. fish). 

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S416_FishingEffortAffectedByBreastfeeding.mp3
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Climate Change is not proven or disproven by the current Weather. Freezing temperatures have brought on questioning by climate deniers as to whether climate change is real. It's still real and I talk about why during the podcast. 

I also talk about how a cyclone in India dumped 80 tons of plastic debris along its coastline. I bleak reminder of the severity of plastic pollution in our oceans. 

Check out more detailed show notes on our website.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S415_NoColdWeatherDoesNotMeanClimateChangeDoesNotExist.mp3
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In this last episode of 2017, I breakdown what you can expect from Speak Up For Blue in 2018. Here is the list:

1) New podcast shows: Marine Conservation Happy Hour, ConCiencia Azul (Speak Up For Blue in Spanish, hosted by Melissa Marquez) and Speak Up For Blue in French (Hosted by Dr. Lyne Morissette). 

2) You Tube Videos - I will be creating regular You Tube videos for 2 , maybe 3, episodes per week in 2018

3) Creating more LIVE content on a daily (weekday) basis in Facebook, Instagram and Periscope (Twitter)

4) Bringing more Marine Science content to all of the above platforms

5) Providing more Speak Up For Blue Community resources so we can all make better decisions

6) Create more incentives for the Speak Up For Blue Patreon Campaign

7) Create branded Merchandise where a portion of the profits will go towards supporting small organizations doing great work

8) Consulting as a Podcast Producer and Host for organizations who would like to create podcast content for their projects.

If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization or social enterprise, then connect with me for my podcasting services so I can help you get started and connect with your audience. Email me at andrew@speakupforblue.com

Are you looking to start off your Marine Science and Conservation Career, but don't know where to begin or it hasn't gone the way you expected to? Join us on our next Marine Conservation Career Q&A. All you need to do is contribute at least $1/month to our Patreon Campaign to attend:Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

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As we wind down 2017 and get ready for 2018, I revisit the top 5 most downloaded podcasts of 2017:

5) Episode 285 - Ocean Talk Friday featuring Lyne Morissette

4) Episode 326 - How To Eat Sustainable Seafood with Fish Nerds Clay Groves

3) Episode 289 - Human Activities and the Ocean

2) Episode: 360 - Marine Conservation Career Struggles: 4 Perspectives (Marine Conservation Happy Hour Preview)

1) Episode: 335 Shark Science Communication with Melissa Marquez

What a year for the podcast as there were more that 120K downloads this year!!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

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Direct download: SUFB_S413_5TopEpisodesOf2017.mp3
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I wanted to post a shorter episode today (Merry Christmas everyone!!!) to highlight my wishes for the Marine Science and Conservation Field:

1) I would like to see people read more science papers or know more about them;

2) I would like to see people in the field be nicer to each other (eliminate sexual harassment and bias and colleagues standing up for each other);

3) I would like to see citizens, in any country, support politicians who demonstrate in ability to understand the importance of science and listen to science experts no matter the outcome;

4) I would like to see more people get involved in science communication and support those who are actively engaging in science communication; and,

5) I would like to see the Speak Up For Blue Community as well as other people supporting smaller organizations who are results-oriented.

Enjoy the Podcast and Merry Christmas!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

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Direct download: SUFB_S412_ChristmasWishListForMarineScienceAndConservation.mp3
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Climate Change has a number of consequences that affect you and I directly and indirectly. Some consequences such as increased storm frequency and intensity, we see in front of our eyes (think Hurricane Irma); however, others go unnoticed (think Ocean Acidification). 

All of Climate Change's consequences are important and are brought on by us in the form of increased Greenhouse gases (CO2). We know that CO2 can be absorbed by plants, which is why we plant trees like crazy (more because forest destruction is so rampant all over the planet). However, we often forget that CO2 is also absorbed by plants in the Ocean. In fact, most of the CO2 on the plant is absorbed by plants in the Ocean. Unfortunately, human destruction is causing harm to the plants that play such a critical role in CO2 absorption and O2 production. 

On today's Ocean Talk Friday Episode, I string an article, a conversation that I had with a bank teller this week and a guide on how you can reduce your Climate Change footprint and how they all relate to Ocean Acidification (and provide an important way you can support the reduction of climate change).

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

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Direct download: SUFB_S411_OTF_HowTrawlingSeagrassAndOceanAcidificationAreConnected.mp3
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Coral Reefs have had it rough over the past few decades; however, the past 3 years were just devastating. Each of the last 3 years have been the hottest year on record. Coral reefs don't do very well when the Sea Surface Temperature gets too hot, they tend to bleach. For example, 93% of the Great Barrier Reef bleached over the past 3 years. It's been rough...

Coral Reef conservation is happening around the world to restore bleached reefs and protect the reefs that are healthy. There are many people helping coral reefs as well as the coastal communities that depend on them. Of course, it's difficult to know everyone doing coral reef conservation, but we try to introduce you to some of the people/organizations working hard to protect these biodiversity hot spots here in the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. 

Vic Ferguson is the founder and Executive Director of the World Federation of Coral Reef Conservation (WFCRC), a non-profit organization that mobilizes teams of volunteers to work with corals reefs around the world. 

In this interview, Vic tells me about how he founded the WFCRC and its primary function is to contribute to protecting Coral Reefs and helping people protect their coastline. He also describes an upcoming collaborative project with Ocean Guardian that will take place in the Cook Islands.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 

Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

Direct download: SUFB_S410_CoralReefConservationWithVicFerguson.mp3
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Welcome to the Ocean Update Episode where I take you through 2 stories and an opinion piece that I think are important:

1) Scientists did not find a 512 year old Greenland Shark (9:54);
2) Opinion: We have quite a bit of work as Marine Conservationists to educate the people (16:22); and,
3) US Federal Government is banning words for scientists to use (33:19).

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons.  Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
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I ask myself three questions on today's Ocean Talk Friday episode:

1) Will charging 3 men with animal cruelty deter others from hurting animals?;
2) Did Blue Planet II help save the Ocean by raising awareness? Was it designed to do that?
3) Did you know some Shrimp are injected with a chemical called CMC to make them look bigger? 

This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for this podcast. I offer a number of incentives to the Patrons including a once a month Q&A on Marine Science and Conservation Careers, Merchandise, and more! It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons.  Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S408_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
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Bonnie Waycott joins me on the podcast today to discuss how the Japanese aquaculture industry is recovering after the March 11th, 2011 Tsunami that devastated part of Japan. Recovery efforts are still ongoing almost 7 years later, where some families are still in temporary housing as their homes are still not back together. 
 
Japan is a country that has a bad reputation for Marine Conservation as they are synonymous with Whaling and the Cove; however, it is rare that we get an inside look at how the people in Japan live off of the sea and recover after such a devastating event that changes the history of the region. Bonnie provides us with that look as she has been studying the recovery through the eye of a journalist. 
 
Join us as Bonnie tells us about how she grew up in Japan and the UK; lived through the Japanese Earthquakes of 2011; and, works with the people of Japan to determine how they recover from a Tsunami.
Enjoy the Podcast!!! 
 
This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
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Direct download: SUFB_S407_ACountryRecoveringFromATsunamiWithBonnieWaycott.mp3
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Polar Bears have been facing a number of challenges that have played a role in decreasing their global population in the Arctic Environment. Climate change and metal poisoning have been two of the top issues facing Polar Bears. We talk about climate change and its effect on Polar Bears almost every time we discuss the marine mammals. Of  course, there are still some people who don't think Climate Change is causing any problem to Polar Bears or any other species for that matter.

Environmental Documentary Photographer, Paul Nicklen, released a video and photos of a Polar Bear on its last legs this past week and tied the dying condition to climate change. Nicklen intended for the piece to inspire people to change their behaviour to reduce/eliminate climate change; however, not everybody agreed. 

So it's time to discuss this matter on the podcast!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Direct download: SUFB_S406_DidClimateChangeKillAStarvingPolarBear.mp3
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Nathan Johnson joins us on the podcast today to discuss this week's top stories that we think you should know about:

Giving Small-Scale Fishing a voice on an international platform;
Regular people work to help Sea Turtles;
Countries around the world agree that Plastic Pollution in a Global Problem; and,
Arctic Countries agree to stop fishing in Arctic High Seas for 16 years so researchers can study the area.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon.  href="http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon">Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

I had the pleasure to catch up with my friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, who is a Sea Turtle Biologist, a Marine Scientist, and a Science Communicator. 
 
Nathan is known for being the scientist that pulled a straw out of an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose and 4 months later pulled a plastic fork out of another Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose about 70 km from the other site. Those videos could arguably be considered as the catalyst to the "Ban Plastic Straw" campaigns that are happening all around the world. 
 
Today, Nathan tells us how those videos changed his career path to more of a science communicator path and started the You Tube Channel called "The Wandering Biologist." Check out the podcast then go to his channel and subscribe for some incredible videos of Ocean and other animals.
 
Enjoy the Podcast!!!
 
This episode was available first to Patreon Contributors only. It's to thank those of you who are supporting my own efforts of Science Communication. I will also be bringing some shorter interviews with some colleagues that will only be available to Patrons. And of course, once a month, I will be conducting a Q&A for Marine Scientists and Conservationists that want to build/continue their career in their respective field. I will announce the date soon. Contribute to our Patreon Campaign
 
Don't forget to join our Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group to join like-minded individuals who are all about living for a better Ocean. Join our Facebook Group for the Podcast.
Direct download: SUFB_S404_MarineScienceCommunicationWithNathanRobinson.mp3
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Science Communication (SciComm) is a great tool for Scientists and Conservationists to use to reach the public. It provides Scientists with the power to drive their own message straight from their own mouths, especially now with social media tools such as podcasting and online videos available to anyone that has a message to provide an audience.

However, traditional media such as TV Networks and Newspapers still reach an established and large audience that may not be available to people who are just starting out in Science Communication. Unfortunately, you never know what will be the final product when you use that type of media as they have creative control and it seems as thought they will do anything for a click. 

Dr. Alexander Pyron learned that lesson the hard way. I discuss his opinion piece in the Op Ed of the Washington Post in which he now regrets writing and says the Post added words that he did not write...words that could cost him his career and ruin his reputation as a Scientist. 

I do discuss some great news in the Arctic in terms of fisheries and scientific research and cover a weird article about the Chinese Navy shredding jellyfish in the Ocean to protect their Aircraft Carriers.

Enjoy the Podcast!!! 

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I will be adding a live Q&A at least once a month for people who have questions for their building their career in Marine Science and Conservation. All you have to do to is become a Patreon Contributor for a minimum of $1 USD per month to gain access. Not only will you be getting advice on your career, but you will also be supporting my effort to make people aware of all things Ocean! Contribute to our Patreon Campaign


This week on Ocean Talk Friday, I cover 3 stories:

1) The Science of The Climate Change Denier's Strategy to confuse people;
2) President Trump is reducing the area in National Monuments and allowing mining and commercial fishing in the protected areas; and,
3) A lobster in New Brunswick had the Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw opening a larger conversation of how bad plastic pollution has gotten around the globe

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

Let me know what you think of the episode by joining our Facebook Group for the Podcast.

I will be adding a live Q&A at least once a month for people who have questions for their building their career in Marine Science and Conservation. All you have to do to is become a Patreon Contributor for a minimum of $1 USD per month to gain access. Not only will you be getting advice on your career, but you will also be supporting my effort to make people aware of all things Ocean! Contribute to our Patreon Campaign

 

Direct download: SUFB_S402_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
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SEA Change Clothing Co. is a company on a mission to change the way we make decisions when we buy our clothes to reduce plastic pollution.

Most shirts and sweaters are made with micro-plastics and every time we wash our clothes, some of those micro-plastics come off the clothes and are added to our waterways. However, Sea Change Clothing is pure organic cotton so there are no micro-plastics in the shirt.

In addition to reducing plastics in clothing, Sea Change Clothing's mission is to pick up 3 lbs of plastic for every item sold. 

I had the opportunity to chat with Sea Change Clothing's founder, Brennan Fitzgerald, to find out all about him and his company. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S401_SellingForASEAChangeWithBrennanFitzpatrick.mp3
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Ocean Update today is a special one...400 EPISODES here on The Speak Up For Blue Podcast!!! I take some time to Thank You for helping me get there and helping me build this fantastic community!!!

I also talk about how the Media needs to stop throwing sharks under the bus and start to help their reputation. Specifically, I talk about the spear fisherman that was bitten by a white shark and how the Washington Post said that the guy was "ambushed" by a white shark. Just ridiculous!

Other news that I talk about is the ocean reserve Mexico declared to protect their "Galapagos of North America." 

I also talk about a new restoration technique being used to help bring back the Great Barrier Reef.

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Ocean Talk Friday is all about dealing with human issues (as much of marine conservation is!). I start off today by talking about a 210,000 gallon oil leak of the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last week as well as some news about the Keystone XL pipeline construction.

Next I talk about how we should use science communication for conservation via the Blue Planet II series and their assumption that a pilot whale calf died of toxins related plastic pollution in its mother's milk and how one scientist (and some conservative websites) picked up on the inaccuracy. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S399_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Craig McClain is on the podcast. This is his second time on the podcast as he was on our second ever episode, so this is really special.

Craig is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and the Chief Editor of DeepSeaNews.com. 

Craig is on the podcast to chat about OCEANSDOTCOMM, which is an innovative concept he has been wanting to do for a very long time. OCEANSDOTCOMM will be a game changer in Science and Conservation Communication. What is it? Well, you will have to listen to the episode to find out. 

After you listen, go here to apply to OCEANSDOTCOMM.

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Direct download: SUFB_S398_OceansDotComm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I cover 3 unrelated topics this week. The first story is a tragedy, the second is a call to action and the third is a congratulatory story...kind of...let me explain.

Here are the topics for today:
1) 4 Sperm Whales Die After Being Stranded In Indonesia (13:51)
2) Opinion: We Need To Change The Way We Live (23:23)
3) Trump Delays Lifting Trophy Hunting Import Ban After Huge Backlash

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An article came out this week where over 15,000 scientists agreed upon on thing: we are screwing up this planet royally. But don't let the title fool you, the authors highlight 9 things that either went wrong or are going wrong. The optimism is to look at the first thing the authors go over: The Ozone Layer. The paper highlights that, as a planet, we overcame ozone depletion and made it strong again. It took change and a Global Effort in how we approached using products such as aerosols, but it worked. 

Listen to the other 8 things the authors highlight. Many of them are connected and changes can cause change.

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Direct download: SUFB_S396_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Products that are good for our health and the environment actually exist!!! I know, right! Today, on the podcast, I have Caroline Duell, founder of All Good Products, which sell products such as lotions and sunscreen that are created from natural ingredients. For example, their sunscreen is reef safe because it is made from natural ingredients and lacks oxybenzone, which is deadly to corals. 

Take a listen to find out how Caroline discovered her path by providing people what they wanted and how she creates products that solve people's problems in addition to being good for the environment.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

I comment on a recent article from Oceans Deeply where Dr. Asha de Vos commented on how the Marine Science and Conservation field needs to move away from Parachute Science and support more long term local initiatives in developing countries. Find out what Parachute Science is all about and why we need to stop.

Also on the show, we talk about how Climate Change is decreasing the Walrus population in Alaska and how the recent denial of making them Endangered Federally is a slap in the face by the current federal administration to people seeking to reduce/eliminate Climate Change.

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Direct download: SUFB_S394_ParachuteScienceAndWalrusesLosingToClimateChange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan joins us on the podcast today to discuss some major stories that are roaming around the Marine Conservation World this week.

Here is the breakdown of the stories:
1) Can we really save the Vaquita? (6:01)
2) Is Sea Shepherd Society turning over a new leaf with combating IUU Fishing? (36:48)
3) An Update form Edd's project in Mexico looking at the affects of Land Use changes in the Province of Quintana Roo, Mexico (50:15)

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Category:Vaquita -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

Dr. Austin Gallagher is someone who never stops in this Marine Science and Conservation Industry. He conducts research on sharks and other predators all over the world, he founded and leads a non-profit organization called Beneath The Waves; and, he is now a social entrepreneur that quenches your thirst with Tempo, an all organic no sweetener sparkling tea that is built to be good for the Ocean.

I am truly honoured to have Austin as my guest today where he tells us about all of his ventures including working with his team to tag hammerhead sharks in Japan with a free diver and professional surfer. 

You.Do.Not.Want.To.Miss.This.Episode!!!

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Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Today's Update episode cover two stories and an opinion piece that I have about something that people freak out on way too much. 

There is so much news out there that it was tough to pick just 3 things, but I thought these would be the ones that weren't getting the attention that they should. 

Today I discuss the following:
1) Menhaden fish catches will be reduced to ensure their sustainability (8:40);
2) My Opinion on a post that went down in a Facebook Group about Marine Careers where one person got hate thrown at them for asking people to collaborate with them on a Marine Conservation Blog and why I like the idea (18:04); and,
3) Octopuses were found walking on the sand in fairly large numbers and it has scientists baffled (34:18).

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Direct download: SUFB_S391_OceanUpdate.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast again this week for another instalment of Ocean Talk Friday. Today we talk:

1) Volvo Award goes to Canadian Economist for High Seas Fishing Study;
2) The expansion of an Antarctic Network of Marine Protected Areas does not go ahead...yet;
3) A weird sailing story from two women who were rescued after 90 days stranded at sea, but their stories don't correlate with true accounts; and,
4) More countries collaborate to protect sharks across borders.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

Ret Talbot is a Freelance Fisheries Jounalist, and a friend of Speak Up For Blue, who has recently released a podcast of his own called Beyond Data. It's a podcast about fisheries, the data behind them (or lack thereof) and their story. Ret will explore the stories of fish we know and some we may not knew existed like his first episode on the oyster toadfish in New York. 

Ret stopped by the podcast to tell us why he moved into podcasting and why he thought is was important to focus on fisheries in each episode. 

Check out Ret's Podcast Beyond Data 

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Direct download: SUFB_S389_BeyondDataWithRetTalbot.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

On this week's instalment of Ocean Updates, we tackle the last ditch efforts of the collaborative, Mexican-led group, of VaquitaCPR to try to save the last 19 individuals of the endemic Vaquita. If you read the story, you wouldn't think that it was a success as VaquitaCPR caught and had to release the first Vaquita, but the team thinks it was a success. 

Other stories that I am covering today include my thoughts on industry funded fisheries research with a focus on Dr. Ray Hilborn, who is often thought to be a tool of the fisheries industry, but is he looking out for fish or his funders pockets. 

Finally, I found out about a EU fisheries program that gives out yellow and red cards to evaluate countries based on their efforts to reduce/eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S388_CountriesGetYellowCardsForBadFishing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Dr. Lyne Morissette, marine mammal scientist and science communicator extrodinnaire, joins us on the podcast today to discuss her takeaways from the 22nd Biennial Conference for the Society of Marine Mammals. That means she gets to spend more than 5 days listening and talking about whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, polar bears and more!!! It's a dream come true!!!

Lyne's highlights were the talks of the Northwest Atlantic Right Whales and what we will do about them, hearing about the Vaquita (only 19 left!!!), and the fusion of collaboration among various professions such as art and conservation. 

By the way, the conference was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in true Canadian fashion, the entire conference took place on a hockey rink. The conference shirts were hockey jerseys! 

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Category:Marine Mammals -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

Open Access to Science is crucial to sharing information across the world. If you think about it, the entire scientific process is all about one scientists being able to duplicate an experiment of a study based on the methods outlined in a paper. However, sharing literature is not always possible.

As our guest today, Nick Wehner from OCTO (Open Communications for The Ocean), will describe to us, many scientific papers that would help Marine Conservationists to their jobs better are stored behind a paywall in the journals in which they are published. The paywall makes it difficult for scientists who do not have expensive subscriptions to the journals to access the important information. 

Nick is here to tell us about a solution that OCTO is going to release on November 14th. You don't need to be a scientist or have an expensive subscription to get access to this literature. 

Enjoy the Podcast!

Here are some links to the articles that we discussed on the podcast:

1) A paper on the usage of primary journal articles by environmental managers (which is behind a paywall...how ironic!!!)
2) A paper describing the impact of Open Access Literature
3) A paper on the history and future of peer review

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Direct download: SUFB_S386_MarXivOpenAccessMarineConservationArticlesWithNickWehner.mp3
Category:Open Access -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

As always, there is quite a bit going on in Marine Science and Conservation field so it's a good thing that the Speak Up For Blue Podcast is here to keep you updated. Here are the stories for today:
1) Open Acces Week (3:34)
2) Salmon populations may be decreasing for many reasons (8:28)
3) Scientists travel too much by plane to go to conferences/meetings (23:00)
4) Master Chef technique used to safely transport Sea Turtle Eggs (30:40)

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Nathan Johnson is back again for another Ocean Talk Friday episode. Nathan makes a special announcement about his career and how being a co-host of the Ocean Talk Friday Episodes helped him attain this new goal. 

We also talk about some articles that we thought you should know about:
1) Countries pushing for another MPA in the Antarctic;
2) Nuie, island in the South Pacific, declares MPA protecting 40% of its ocean; and,
3) Engineers try to replicate the camouflage ability of the Octopus (pretty cool!).

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Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Marine Conservation is great when we see things like water quality policies and Marine Protected Areas implemented into law by governments; however, enforcing those policies on the Ocean is a huge challenge. It takes a number of tools and experts to create a Management Plan that will deter and prevent future problems. 

Paul Whitaker, from KSAT, is our guest on the podcast today and he is leading projects that track oil spills and illegal fishing on the Ocean around the world, including Easter Island and Gabon

Paul gives us the breakdown of how Satellites can help us identify oil spills on the water and identify ships that are fishing illegally with other tools such as AIMS that enhances management and enforcement to further protect the Ocean.

Check out the podcast for more details.

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The New York Times wrote a great article of fishers in Maine, USA who were diversifying their lone revenue stream of fishing lobsters by farming oysters and kelp. You might wonder, "Why in the world would they want to do that?" 

Apparently, they say they cannot rely on income based on the seasonal fluctuation of wild stocks anymore. The lobster fishery seems to be doing quite well; however, many fishers are cautious in believing that the stock can sustain its population size with the changing temperature and the potential for disease in warming seas.

Listen to the episode to find out more.

Also on the Program:
1) Mexico ready to create the largest Marine Reserve in North America; and,
2) Marine Insurance companies teaming up with Oceana to make it harder for Blacklisted fishers to get insurance for their boats to combat over fishing.

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Direct download: SUFB_S382_FishersTurnToSeaFarming.mp3
Category:fishing -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Climate Change has really been on my mind these days, specifically the people who have been affected by the Hurricanes in Small Island communities such as Barbuda, Dominica, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The magnitude and extent of the damages incurred by these communities are evidence that we are not prepared for the intensity of storms that seem to be occurring more often. 

It's time we have a conversation and share some ideas to find more solutions. I will start and I would encourage you to continue the conversation in our Facebook Group.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Direct download: SUFB_S381_OceanTalkFriday_ALittleChat.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EDT