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Manatee numbers are up, big time, but should they be down listed from Endangered to Threatened? I discuss this on this episode. 

Manatees went from 600 to 6000 individuals in 40 years. Down listing these species will still require careful management and protection.

Enjoy the podcast!

Support Science and Climate Change Science Research by buying our Graphic T-shirts "Science Can't Be Silenced" and "Climate Change is here, it's real, it's time to act." The science community and its supporters are Marching for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Washington, D.C. Show your Support for science by wearing the T-Shirts during the march. Not going to the March for Science, wear the T-Shirt, take a pic of you wearing it and post it on social media with the hastag #MarchforScience. $5 of every shirt purchased will be donated to support the research of Dr. Michelle LaRue, who researches how Climate Change affects various animals in the Antarctic and Arctic systems. http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S298_ManagingSpeciesAtRisk.mp3
Category:Manatee -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Bradley MacDonald joins me on this Episode of Ocean Talk Friday to talk about how the Meat production industry in contributing to Climate Change. Speak UP For Blue community member, Randi Gustafsson, requested that I speak about the meat production the way it is conducted today. He also proposed that we should all stop eating meat to reduce climate change.

I invited Brad to join me on this episode because he writes about sustainability in today's world and new much more about the subject than I do. Plus, I feel that I am biased on this issue because I enjoy eating meat. 

During the podcast, we discuss how meat production contributes to climate change; how smaller, local farms can be a better option; and, where to find knowledge on nutrition that is not biased.

Enjoy the podcast!

Support Science and Climate Change Science Research by buying our Graphic T-shirts "Science Can't Be Silenced" and "Climate Change is here, it's real, it's time to act." The science community and its supporters are Marching for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Washington, D.C. Show your Support for science by wearing the T-Shirts during the march. Not going to the March for Science, wear the T-Shirt, take a pic of you wearing it and post it on social media with the hastag #MarchforScience. $5 of every shirt purchased will be donated to support the research of Dr. Michelle LaRue, who researches how Climate Change affects various animals in the Antarctic and Arctic systems. http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S297_OceanTalkFriday1.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dr. Nancy Knowlton joins me on the podcast to discuss the Earth Optimism Summit that is occurring on April 21st-23rd to discuss Conservation Successes happening all over the world.

We, as science communicators; scientists; and, conservationist, tend to focus on the doom and gloom of conservation, the "What's not going right with the environment." However, people don't respond to that much. In fact, they tend to ignore it because they don't want to here negative things all the time. They need hope. Earth Optimism provides that hope because it demonstrate that the Earth can be fixed. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Support Science and Climate Change Science Research by buying our Graphic T-shirts "Science Can't Be Silenced" and "Climate Change is here, it's real, it's time to act." The science community and its supporters are Marching for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Washington, D.C. Show your Support for science by wearing the T-Shirts during the march. Not going to the March for Science, wear the T-Shirt, take a pic of you wearing it and post it on social media with the hastag #MarchforScience. $5 of every shirt purchased will be donated to support the research of Dr. Michelle LaRue, who researches how Climate Change affects various animals in the Antarctic and Arctic systems. http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S296_SeeingTheOceanThroughOptimism.mp3
Category:ocean optimism -- posted at: 8:00am EST

A couple of things to discuss today:
1) About Earth Hour; and,
2) What Dead Zones are and how they can be controlled.

Enjoy the podcast!

Support Science and Climate Change Science Research by buying our Graphic T-shirts "Science Can't Be Silenced" and "Climate Change is here, it's real, it's time to act." The science community and its supporters are Marching for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Washington, D.C. Show your Support for science by wearing the T-Shirts during the march. Not going to the March for Science, wear the T-Shirt, take a pic of you wearing it and post it on social media with the hastag #MarchforScience. $5 of every shirt purchased will be donated to support the research of Dr. Michelle LaRue, who researches how Climate Change affects various animals in the Antarctic and Arctic systems. http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S295_EarthHourAndHypoxia.mp3
Category:earth hour -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 

Nathan joins me on the podcast to discuss:
1) How our evolutionary instincts are affecting our environment;
2) How Brexit may lead to better management (or maybe not);
3) We are Sea Grant;
4) We are starting to see the ecological effects of the BP oil spill on marine habitats; 5) Some people are trying to safe crayfish using cement blocks.

Enjoy the podcast!

Support Science and Climate Change Science Research by buying our Graphic T-shirts "Science Can't Be Silenced" and "Climate Change is here, it's real, it's time to act." The science community and its supporters are Marching for Science on April 22nd, Earth Day, in Washington, D.C. Show your Support for science by wearing the T-Shirts during the march. Not going to the March for Science, wear the T-Shirt, take a pic of you wearing it and post it on social media with the hastag #MarchforScience. $5 of every shirt purchased will be donated to support the research of Dr. Michelle LaRue, who researches how Climate Change affects various animals in the Antarctic and Arctic systems. http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S294_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Rick MacPherson joins me on the podcast to talk about Marine Conservation in Small Island Communities and Sustainable Shark Tourism. I wanted Rick on the podcast ever since I started recording the first episode. I am so glad he was able to join us to discuss how conservation is done on small island communities and how sustainable shark tourism should be conducted. 

Go to http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop to buy your "Science Can't Be Silenced" T-Shirts and support a Climate Scientist in the US and the March on Science in Washington, DC. Because if the US government is not going to support climate science, then the people certainly will.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S293_WorkingWithCommunitiesToProtectTheOceanWithRickMacPherson.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Last week I spent time showing you how I am able to live for a better Ocean in my daily life. This episode, we go a bit deeper into how we can help drive policy and support the Marine Science and Conservation community.

I also talk about a new campaign to support the March on Science in Washington DC on April 22nd. Go to http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop to buy your "Science Can't Be Silenced" T-Shirts and support a Climate Scientist in the US. Because if the US government is not going to support climate science, then the people certainly will.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S292_WhatCanYouDoToSaveTheOceans.mp3
Category:climate science -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This Ocean Talk Friday I talk about the actions my family and I take to live for a better Ocean. What actions do you take?

I'm doing this for 2 reasons:
1) I do what I can afford and what seems to be realistic; and,
2) I want to inspire you to take the actions to live for a better Ocean.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S291_OceanTalkFridayWithATwist.mp3
Category:ocean -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Have you ever heard of a shark being stranded? Well it happens more often than you think. Sean van Sommeran knows all about it too because he has monitoring California beaches for more than 3 decades. 

Sean approached me last week about a recent shark stranded in which the Marine Mammal Center found. Sean is responsible for determining what happened to the shark to prevent more occurrences from happening and to determine the cause.

Listen to Sean as we discuss shark strandings, their causes and how a recent incident at a Huttington Beach pier in not the first event.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SharkStrandingsAndPierFishingWithSeanSommeran.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I explore the way human activities are affecting Ocean habitats and species in a negative way even though they mean well. The first story deals with a cruise ship running aground on 1600 m2 of reef off the coast of Indonesia while at low tide (the crew should know not to go through the area at low tide). The second story involves a woman, Ocean Ramsey, who promotes shark awareness and protection through a service that she has where she teaches people to ride along the dorsal fin of large sharks.

Take a listen as to what I think of these human uses and what should be done to decrease their impact on the Ocean. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S289_HumanActivitiesAndTheOcean.mp3
Category:ocean use -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Nathan Johnson joins me today to talk about what programs we would cut from NOAA to lessen the impact of the cuts. We also chat about some ignorant comments made by Scott Pruitt, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency and a new science bill passed by Congress for the EPA.

Oh! And we want to introduce you to some pretty cool critters too!!!

This is going to be interesting!!!

 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S288_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Do you ever search for in depth articles on the environment, especially the ocean, but can't find any article that fits your criteria? Well, Mongabay is the site for you. I came across Mongabay after the editor, Erik Hoffner, informed me of an article on Marine Protected Areas in which I might be interested in reading.

Marine Protected Areas are one of my research interests, as many of you long time listeners know. Therefore, I started reading the site and loved every part of it. The site is not just about Oceans as they have many articles on rainforests, land animals and freshwater habitats.

I had to ask Erik if I could interview someone from Mongabay to find out more about this non-profit, journalism organization. Erik referred me to Mike Gaworecki, who is today's guest on the podcast to tell us all how to conserve the environment in today's digital world. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S287_EnvironmentalJournalismInADigitalWorld.mp3
Category:journalism -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Politicians have a strange way of twisting facts to ignore the importance of basic necessities such as clean water and air. Sometimes you wonder if they even care at all about what is going on in the world. The latest of the US federal government administration tactics is to take away the names of the Environmental Protection Agency by only referring to it as the EPA. They also mention repeatedly that the EPA is over-reaching its authority and hindering job creation.

I'm going to tell you why this is bad for the US environment, including the Ocean.

 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S286_TheLanguageOfPoliticsAndOceans.mp3
Category:politics -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I have a new guest co-host on the podcast today to help me discuss some of the Ocean articles that we liked this week.

Dr. Lyne Morissette, a marine mammal biologist and science communicator, joins me as co-host on Ocean Talk Friday to discuss:
1) Shark Tourism;
2) Whales found north in winter;
3) New recommendations for the Canadian Fisheries Act; and,
4) Greenpeace helps protect fisheries in Northeast Africa.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S285_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Marine Social Science plays a crucial role in Marine Conservation as it focuses on the trends of the people using the Ocean. Social science is playing more of a role in Marine Science and Conservation there days as we realized that the Ocean will manage itself if we are able to manage the use of the people who use the Oceans.  

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan, a veteran of the Ocean Talk Friday episodes and a Marine Social Scientist, is on the podcast today to talk about how social science works within Marine Conservation and how he got into doing this science as a profession.

 Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S284_ManagingPeopleToProtectTheOceansWithDrEddHindOzan.mp3
Category:social science -- posted at: 8:00am EST

We always talk about buying sustainable fish, but we never talk about what happens in the high seas. We are talking about it today. 

We covered the story after Keith Davis missing under suspicious circumstances. 2 years later, the story has developed and exposed the darkness of fisheries on the high seas.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S283_TheMysteriousDisappearanceOfKeithDavis.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Nathan is back to co-host Ocean Talk Friday and he wants to talk about some important things regarding the Clean Water Act, Clean Power Plan and Coastal Habitats.

This is an episode you do not want to miss! 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S282_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 9:49am EST

I speak to Dr. Brett Favaro about his upcoming book called "Carbon Code: How To Become a Climate Change Hero" in this episode of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. 

Listen in as we discuss how the world can move towards sustainability and how you and I can live for a better Ocean (and Planet), save money and be healthier by becoming a Climate Change Hero! 

To be transparent: I do not make any money through affiliate sales on Brett's book. I am merely telling you about it to help you and I (yes, I pre-ordered the book too!) reduce our Climate Change Impact.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S281_HowToBecomeAClimateChangeHero.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Resisting against bad policies can work, but it's important to know what the policies are and which one we need to focus our attention. In today's episode, I talk about 3 stories that have come to my attention recently:

1) Is the US government really proposing to Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
2) How a specific lobby group got the a Congressman to rescind a bill that could harm National Parks; and,
3) Why it's important for Scientists and Conservationists to comment on government reports and policies during the open public comment periods.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S280_StandingUpForTheOceans.mp3
Category:Advocacy -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I am flying solo again this week, but don't worry as Nathan Johnson is back next week!!!

Today I talk about:
1) Mako breaks tagged distance record;
2) Sea Turtles wrose off than we thought?;
3) Indonesian Seaweed Farmers Sue Thai Oil Company in Australian court; and, 4) Deep Sea Corals can't help Shallow Corals and on today's Ocean Talk Friday

Enjoy the podcast!

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Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S279_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

It has been a dream of mine to document Marine Science and Conservation on film. Today, I talk to Matthew Podolsky who will tell us how he did it.  Matthew founded a Wild Lens, a non-profit charitable organization that works to tell the conservation stories that matter and teach other scientists/conservationists to tell their stories. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S278_LookingThroughTheWildLensWithMatthewPodolsky.mp3
Category:wildlife documentaries -- posted at: 8:00am EST

No one enjoys seeing whales and dolphins get stranded. It's a sad site. Last weekend's mass stranding of 650 pilot whales of the northern coast of South Island in New Zealand is no different. However, it's a good chance to take the time to tell you why marine mammals get stranded.

In this episode, I tell you what happened this past weekend; why strandings happen in this part of the world so much; and, how people responded to it.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S277_650PilotWhalesStrandedThemselvesInNewZealand.mp3
Category:stranding -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I am all by myself today on the podcast. Don't feel bad for me though because talk Marine Science and Conservation puts me in my happy place!

Here are the stories that I discuss on this week's Ocean Talk Friday:
1) New Technology to enforce Marine Protected Areas;
2) Greenpeace has taken the first pictures of the newly discovered reef under the Amazon River;
3) A new Chimera species has been discovered; and,
4) A new Bonnethead shark has also been discovered.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S276_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

 The National Aquarium is a top ranked aquarium known for its exhibits, research and outreach. I chat with Nabila Chami, the social media manager, the aquarium's outreach strategy in today's society. 

We discuss everything from tweets to sharing video of interviews with research scientists and critters from the aquarium. You won't want to miss this.

 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S275_NationalAquariumsOceanSocialMediaStrategyWithNabilaChami.mp3
Category:aquarium -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Snorkeling is probably one of the easiest things to do with the Family. I took my family out snorkeling at a marine park in Mexico to view the local wildlife. I saw some some good things and bad in regards to people snorkeling, so I thought I would give you some tips on how to snorkel if you are a beginner or someone who loves to snorkel and wants to make sure they do it right in terms of your own safety and the safety of the Ocean.

Also, I lend a few words on what happened to Ocean Conservationist and Scientist, Rob Stewart, who died during a diving accident. I hope I did him justice. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S274_REVISED5WaysToEnjoySnorkellingWhileProtectingTheOcean.mp3
Category:Snorkeling -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan and I are back with another episode of Ocean Talk Friday where we discuss Donald Trump's action in his first week of his Presidency. 

Specifically, we discuss 3 major topics:
1) The US Federal Government hiring freeze;
2) The Devaluation of National Parks (Update as of late yesterday, this bill was rescinded as the fishing and hunting community did not like that bill...YAY!); and,
3) Science is silenced by Trump.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S273_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 9:42am EST

Ocean conservation issues arise all around the world and there are people who want resolve those issues, but how do they do it. According to Doug Fetterly, our guest today, who is chair of the Marine Action Team (MAT) with the Sierra Club, he says people should make their voices heard on social media and in person. However, there is more to just Speaking Up For The Blue. There are particular strategies that will help your voice be heard and considered by the right people.

Doug goes over those strategies to let the Speak Up For Blue community know what we can do to ensure our Ocean Conservation values are taken seriously. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S272_MarineActionTeamGrassrootsNetworkWithDougFetterly.mp3
Category:Lobbying -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I wanted to talk about what it takes to start and run an organization or a social enterprise as some of you in the Speak Up For Blue community have expressed interest in starting your own. 

I base the points I make in this episode on my experience and the experiences of the past two guests on the podcast, Shon Miller and Allison Randolph (Ocean Allison).

Enjoy the podcast!

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Edd Hind-Ozan and I are back again to discuss 3 articles/topics that interested us this week that were related to Mexico. Why Mexico? Well, I'm vacationing there with my family and I wanted to know more about their ocean policies, issues, and projects.

We discuss the following articles:
1) Mexico pledges to increase number and area of MPAs;
2) The problem with Swim-with dolphin activities; and,
3) Mexican Underwater Reef Restoration Resorts. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S270_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Ocean Science and Conservation Communication is more important now more than ever as the oceans, and environment in general, are changing at a rapid rate and government are slow to act. Communication allows the right information to get in front of the public so that they can make more informed decisions on how to live for a better Ocean. But how do you get in front of the public in this day and age?

 

Allison Randolph, aka Ocean Allison, specializes in Ocean Science and Conservation Communication (has experience with podcasting, video documentaries and public speaking) and stops by the podcast to tell us how she got involved in the field and how you can communicate science effectively to make a difference.  

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S269_OceanScienceCommunicationWithAllisonRandolph.mp3
Category:Science Communication -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Fake news and trolls suck! They can ruin your day either because you fall for the fake news or you get emotionally baited into dealing with social media trolls. When you are starting to get into Marine Science and Conservation Communication, you will likely run into both. Haven't yet? Try using the #climatechange and post an article or statement saying something like "We need to do something about this darn climate change." You will most likely run into some animated characters. 

I have a certain system to deal with fake news and trolls and it based on experience and what some of my friends and colleagues have been through over at Southern Fried Science. 

Take a listen to find out what I do in the face of fake news and trolls.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S268_HowToDealWithFakeNewsAndTrolls.mp3
Category:Fake News -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan joins me again to provide his prospective on 4 new stories that hit the world presses/internet this week. Edd and I bring you up to date on Ocean News every week on Ocean Talk Friday.

In this episode, we discuss:
1) India's plan to phase out bottom trawling;
2) The price increase of farmed salmon;
3) Converting marine debris into revenue; and,
4) China might reform its fisheries management.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S267_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Beach Clean Ups happen all around the world organized by many individuals and organizations who want to protect the Ocean. And they are all doing great work. However, Shon Miller's organization is different. 

Shon started the San Clemente Beach Conservation Program to not only clean up the beach in his home town, but to instill a sense of sustainability into the organization's supporters. As a young organization (August 2016), Shon has facilitated chapters of the SC Beach Program in Portugal and other Countries with leaders who share his mission and vision. Shon has also partnered with sustainable brands such as Beautiful PM (a surf board designer that makes surfboards from reused materials) and Mulch California (a fashion company that makes clothes from reused raw materials.

Check out the interview to find out how he feels connected to the Ocean and how he started, and grew, the SC Beach Conservation Program.  

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S266_SCBeachConservationProgramWithShonMiller_GB.mp3
Category:Beach -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States this Friday. It's well know that his new administration does not believe climate change is human induced so they will not do much to stop it. However, what will his administration do to deal with the consequences of Climate Change that affect the Economy, Human Health and National Security, 3 themes that are important parts of the Republican Platform. 

I suggest a way to approach dealing with the consequences of the Climate Change using a great article written by Dr. Ellen Prager and Dr. Tim Dixon in the Huffington Post. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S265_DTrumpAndClimateChangeHowToDealWithTheConsequences.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan joins us as a co-host on the podcast today to continue the tradition of Ocean Talk Friday, where 2 people discuss the week's latest news and how it may have a positive of negative influence on Marine Science and Conservation.

Today we discuss the following Ocean News Topics:
1) How much work does it take to restore a reef from a ship going aground;
2) Scientists are using pattern recognition to identify individual spotted eagle rays;
3) How to deal with fake news associated with Ocean Acidification; and,
4) Paying tribute to President Obama who will forever be known as the Ocean President.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S264_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Imagine the biggest retailers in the wanting to ensure they source sustainable seafood...well, it's true.

Walmart, Sobeys, Publix, High Liner Foods, and more larger retailers are working with Sean Murphy's organization called Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to ensure their seafood they purchase is sustainable. Sean tells us successful sotries of brands working directly with fishing communities to help manage fisheries properly to avoid overfishing, environmental degradation and social issues while maintaining a viable seafood product for their customer base. It's a win-win situation.

Listen in on the conversation that Sean and I have about how industry is leading a movement to make fisheries sustainable.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S263_SustainableSeafoodPartnershipsWithSeanMurphy.mp3
Category:Sustainable Fisheries -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Tilikum was a captive orca made famous by the documentary "Blackfish" died at the age of 33 in his Sea World pen in San Diego, California. His tragic story of being ripped from his mother and forced to live in a small enclosure where he only interacted with human trainers (in which he is responsible for killing two of them) grabbed the hearts of millions of people to the point where they stopped attending Sea World parks driving the price of Sea World's stock down forcing the park to make drastic changes to their breeding program and their entertainment program. 

Today, I discuss what advocates and conservationists should do after Tilikum's death and how his death could save captive and wild orcas alike.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S262_TilikumIsDeadWhatNow.mp3
Category:Tilikum -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I take on Ocean Talk Friday on my own this week as Nathan Johnson will be taking on a different role this year due to his life becoming business. We will try and get him back whenever we can because, well...he's awesome!!!

Here is what I discuss on today's podcast:
1) A mass herring die off as well as various invertebrate species (lobster, crabs, startfish, mussels, shrimp and clams);
2) The oldest living orca, "Granny" (known to scientists as J2), in the Southern Resident Population is considered to be deceased; and,
3) Eelgrass in Puget Sound is doing well other than localized areas.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S261_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

SUFB 260: Monitoring Pelagic Sharks With Sean van Sommeran

My first interview of 2017 HAD to be about sharks!!! Sean van Sommeran is the Executive Director at the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation. Sean and I discuss what he observed in sharks over the past 35 years along the coast of California and other places like Canada and Chile.

We often hear about the popular shark species such as great whites, tiger sharks, bull sharks and hammerhead sharks; however, Sean talks about shark species such as the basking sharks and leopard sharks. It's fun to talk different shark species with someone who has studied them for so long and has been involved in establishing one of the first shark conservation organizations back in 1990.   

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Direct download: SUFB_S260_MonitoringPelagicSharksWithSeanvanSommeran.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Happy New Year!!! I thought I would kick off 2017 with letting you know what I have planned for Speak Up For Blue. I am super excited about this year because this is the year I plan on moving away from my full time job to dedicating my full time on Speak Up For Blue.

My main goal is to continue to build a strong Marine Science and Conservation Community with you and the other audience members.

Last year we discussed at length how grassroots movements will be the key to moving forward in conserving the ocean in 2017, especially when facing government administrations that do not put protecting the environment at the top of their list. A strong online community that has rational science-based discussions to advance ocean conservation will be important in 2017 and beyond. Does this mean that I am only searching for scientists to join the community? Absolutely not!!! You know me better than that!!!

I am searching for you to join the community. It costs nothing more than the time you are already putting in to listening to this podcast. Keep listening to the podcast all this year and you won't miss out on any of the new and exciting things happening at Speak Up For Blue (including relaunching our You Tube Channel: Speak Up For Blue TV). 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S259_BuildingACommunityIn2017.mp3
Category:2017 -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Our first full year co-hosting Ocean Talk Friday, Nathan Johnson and I recap the year's top topics that we discussed on the program. Nathan and I have a blast doing Ocean Talk Friday and we appreciate your support for this year.

Here are some of the topics we discusses:
1) Marine Protected Areas;
2) The Election of Donald Trump as President and what it means for Climate Change;
3) Grassroots ocean advocacy;
4) Positive events that happened in 2016; and,
5) What we hope to see in 2017. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S258_OceanTalkFriday2016Recap.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Next week is 2017 and there are many questions about ocean conservation that will be answered in the New Year; however, before we get there, I want to talk about some of your (The Speak Up For Blue Community) favourite podcast interview episodes of 2016.

Here are the Top 5 Podcast Interview episodes of 2016:
1) Whale Sea Side Sanctuaries with Dr. Naomi Rose (Ep. 190)
2) Becoming an EcoWarrior with Pro surfer James Pribram (ep. 128)
3) Marine Protected Areas and the Donald Trump Era with John Davies (ep. 248)
4) Sharks and Climate Change with Dr. Chris Lowe (ep. 119)
5) Project Seagrass with Richard Lilley and Project Seagrass (ep. 208)

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S257_Top5InterviewsOf2016.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:00am EST

As we close in on 2016, I take a look back at the episodes I produced for The Speak Up For Blue Podcast and I walk you down my memory lane as to which podcasts the Speak Up For Blue Audience (That's you!!!) liked best.

Here they are in order of highest to lowest (Number of downloads):
1) What Type of Eco Warrior Are You? (ep. 128)
2) The Donor Conservationist (ep. 132)
3) Toxic Algal Bloom in Florida Waters (ep. 178)
4) 7 Ways you can conserve the Ocean (ep. 194)
5) Is the seafood industry in trouble? (ep. 141)

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S256_Top5PodcastEpisodesOf2016.mp3
Category:marine biology -- posted at: 8:30am EST

I feel as though this Ocean Talk Friday Episode with co-host Nathan Johnson is a special one as we covered more species than we normally do, which is fun for us because it brings us back to basic Marine Science and Conservation.

Here are the topics we discussed:
1) Video of a rare deep-sea Chimera (looks like a shark);
2) Ducks in the Andes have a unique adaptation for survival (YES! You read Ducks!);
3) Crab species found at Hydrothermal Vents in Deep Sea clean each other (but they are cannibalistic!); and,
4) New law restricting Seafood imports that can't prove they don't harm marine mammals.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S255_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dr. David Shiffman is a newly graduated Phd scientist specializing in shark ecology and conservation and is quite the science communications super star. He shares is knowledge and passion for shark science with thousands of his followers on Twitter and Facebook. 

We are fortunate to have David chat to us about his number one Ocean passion of sharks and discuss his PhD dissertation as well as his strategies for science communication.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S254_WhySharksMatterWithDavidShiffman.mp3
Category:sharks -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The Ocean Conservancy is a great organization, so I was happy when a Speak Up For Blue Community Member names Liz Cunningham tweeted me the link the a recent blog post the Ocean Conservancy published as Liz thought it would be a great article to discuss on the podcast. Well, she was right! 

I discuss their 4 Keys to good Marine Planning and how it affects us in reality.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S253_The4KeysToOceanPlanningFINAL.mp3
Category:ocean planning -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Nathan Johnson and I are back for another episode of Ocean Talk Friday where we find 4 articles that we think are interesting and discuss them with each other and you. 

Here are the four articles for today:
1) People need to be included in marine management;
2) Hammerhead sharks get protected under CITES;
3) Marine worms are a 7.5 billion dollar industry; and,
4) Spiny lobster are chemically connected to clams.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S252_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

A few weeks ago the internet was exposed to a video where a polar bear was petting a dog. Most people said "Aw, that is so cute!" However, I was saying "Oh, look at the polar bear playing with potential food!"

I had to have Dr. Thea Bechshoft on the podcast to tell us why the polar bear was exhibiting this type of behaviour and what was affecting their populations (hint: it's Climate Change!)

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_251_PolarBearScienceWithTheaBechshoft.mp3
Category:Polar Bear -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Biodiversity is the key to the stability of habitats and ecosystems as we know it. It's so important that you will hear scientists talk about biodiversity and how we need to protect it; however, the public may not completely understand the importance of biodiversity, which could lead to it not being protected. 

I explain why biodiversity is important and how it can influence all of the things upon which we rely on the ocean (i.e. fisheries, tourism, natural resources like oil and gas). 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S250_ProtectingTheOceanThroughBiodiversity.mp3
Category:biodiversity -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Nathan and I go in on a tweet that the House Science Committee sent out supporting a non-fact based story from none other than the infamous Breitbart website. The blow back on Twitter was brutal as many people saw right through the tweet as nothing but a political stance without any scientific evidence. However, could this type of "fake" news influence a portion of the US population that support the newly elected administration. Only time will tell.

We cover this story and the following:
1) Protecting biodiversity in the Ocean to support South Pacific tourism;
2) Tracking missing shipping containers from trans-ocean freighters; and,
3) Why seabirds can't stop eating plastic.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

 

Direct download: SUFB_S249_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

We are about to enter the next four years of a Donal Trump led Republican government administration with many questions. One of those questions is whether Donald Trump will cancel President Obama's executive orders to expand two existing Marine Monuments and designate a new Marine Monument.

John Davis, who is the President of MARE and Project Supervisor of Open Channels (That houses MPA News and MEAM), wrote an article in MPA News to discuss whether President-Elect Donald Trump has the authority and the will to cancel the Monument Executive Orders.

I invited John onto the show not only to talk about his article, but to discuss how he established some of the best information sharing products in the Ocean Conservation Field.

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S248_MPAandTrumpwithJohnDavies.mp3
Category:ocean planning -- posted at: 8:00am EST

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Direct download: SUFB_S247_HowToDealWithPoachingAnimals1.mp3
Category:poaching -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Nathan Johnson and I are back for another Ocean Talk Friday where we look at 4 articles from this past week and give our thoughts on them.

Here are the articles:
1) Debt swapping for Marine Conservation;
2) Refraiming Marine Conservation in a Post-Election Era;
3) Building resilient coral reefs;
4) Deep Sea Coral Protection vs Lobster Fishing Industry; and,
5) Bonus article (listen to the episode to find out what it is!).

Enjoy the podcast!

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S246_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Today's interview is with Sami Kattan, Director of Digital Media for Beneath the Waves and a film maker that was inspired after a wonderful encounter with an iconic giant in the Ocean. Sami films a lot of stuff in his life from his exercises to marine conservation work. He learned to become a videographer on his own, experimenting with various cameras along his adventures in Central America and the Caribbean. 

I speak to Sami about how he got into making films and what drives his work. I also talk about his film submission to Beneath the Waves and how you can do the same thing. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S245_GoingBeneathTheWavesWithSamiKattan.mp3
Category:film -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Conferences is where people from the Marine Science and Conservation industry go to share information on their latest projects and to network with new and old colleagues. It's where we go to share stories, vent and get to know each other. 

The only problem with conferences is that there are only Marine Scientists and Conservationists in attendance. There is usually a lack of people from the public...essentially you. Why the hell would you attend a Marine Science and Conservation Conference?

I give you 3 reasons in this episode!

Enjoy the podcast!

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Nathan Johnson and I are back at it again with another Ocean Talk Friday. Today we discuss the following stories:

1) Scientists design marine protected area based on protection and fish production for fishing community;
2) Rockfish larvae travel as a group of siblings;
3) DNA from Ocean can tell researchers where the fish and other species have been; and,
4) Jellyfish can also be used as a way to find out where the fish have been caught from based on the jellyfish's chemical composition.

 

Direct download: SUFB_S243_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Science education can be tough if teachers rely only on themselves and textbooks. It can be really boring for 13 year-olds to get inspired by science and picture themselves as future scientists of the world. Don't worry, there is a solution.

Patrick Goff goes above and beyond the textbook to bring his class real scientists to his students via webcam. I invited Patrick on the podcast to tell us how he does it so other teachers can do the same thing.

Enjoy the podcast!

 

Did you like this episode? Please consider supporting the show on my Patreon page: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon 

Direct download: SUFB_S242_ScientistsInspiringStudentsWithPatrickGoff.mp3
Category:teaching -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Marine Protected Areas are a big tool in the Ocean Conservation toolbox because they work. It has taken some time for them to catch on, but if they are created in the right way where they bring in stakeholders at the beginning of the process and it is science based, then they can do well. These types of protected areas have been documented well in the scientific literature. 

It seems as though more and more protected areas are being designated every month. Since September, one US Marine Monument in Hawaii was expanded to 4 times its original size, another has been created in the Atlantic Ocean (the size of Connecticut), the Ross Sea has been declared an MPA, and now the Philippines and Canada declared MPAs. 

I talk about how these last 2 MPAs got designated and where each country is going with Marine Conservation in the future. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Direct download: SUFB_S241_MoreMPAsDeclaredInTheWorld.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Marine Science and Conservation Careers is what we've been talking about for the past month and a half. I've heard some great feedback from people who are currently seeking out a career, so I am glad I've been able to help out.

This episode is all about the different options you have for your career. Do you want a career where you work a 9-5? Well, I go into the different sectors (non-profit, government, and private environmental consulting) based on my own personal experiences. 

Do you want a career where you work for yourself? I talk about that as well because I am preparing to do the same thing. 

I think this episode is a great way to sum up what I talked about in this series and what you can do in the future.  

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S240_OptionsForYourMarineSciencAndConservationCareer.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 11:25pm EST

Ocean Talk Friday is usually about two people (myself and Nathan Johnson) talking about 4 to 5 articles covering Ocean News that we think you should know about; however, Nathan was a bit busy this week and I decided to switch things up. I wanted to continue covering the theme of grassroots marine conservation since I think it is going to become one of the focuses on Speak Up For Blue.

Here are 3 American Grassroots Conservation Projects I covered in this episode (I will cover more international projects as I find them: please email me if you have a project in mind - andrew@speakupforblue.com).

1) Save Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge;

2) How you can ensure Climate Change remains a priority for the new US federal administration; and,

3) Stop Killing Fish by stop fertilizing so much!

Enjoy the  podcast!

Direct download: SUFB_S239_OceanTalkFridayGrassrootsConservationEdition.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I was feeling sick to my stomach last Tuesday after I realized that Donald Trump had been elected the next President of the United States. I was worried about basic Human Rights in my neighbouring country and I was also worried about the stance the President-Elect has taken on Climate Change. He clearly does not "believe" Climate Change is a human related issue and that is dangerous thinking. 

A major part of his platform is to undo much of President Obama's Executive Orders, which include protection of marine habitats in the Atlantic Ocean and off the coast of Hawai'i. Whether he will be able to undo this work is anyone's guess; however, the possibility is there. In addition, Obama used an Executive Order to establish the National Ocean Council to handle marine conservation projects and made it easy for today's guest, Dr. Rob Moir, to work with government to help establish protected areas and conservation action.

Dr. Rob Moir is the founder and Executive Director of the Ocean River Institute, which is a non-profit organization that works with its constituents and organizational partners to work towards conservation goals. In essence, Rob takes stories from individuals about what is important to them about the ocean, compiles those stories and brings them to politicians such as Senators and House Members on the federal level to bring conservation action. It's not easy, but Rob has managed to build quite the relationship with many federal politicians (Republicans and Democrats). 

Rob also works at grassroots levels to effect change within the community. During the interview, Rob talks about how he went to Florida to talk to County committees to show them how a few changes that homeowners can take to manage their yard such as refrain from fertilizing their lawn during the summer can change the algae blooms along the ocean coast. His work has been extremely successful within most counties in Florida and the counties who don't follow these practices can look at the examples set by neighbouring counties. 

Rob is currently focused on protecting the status of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge from getting stripped of its protection status due to pressure from the big sugar industries who are dumping dirty water in the refuge and is getting fined heavily for doing so. Getting rid of the Refuge status would allow the sugar companies to continue to dump their dirty water in the Refuge boundaries and ruin the diverse wildlife in the area. You can get more information and learn how you can take action by going to Ocean River's website.

During the interview, Rob and I discussed how grassroots marine conservation will be the way to go under the next government administration and reminded ourselves that grassroots conservation has always been a great way to create conservation change and it will continue to be that way not matter who is running any country. 

I want you to listen to the podcast and understand that there is still hope to protect the ocean in the US and around the world. We will need to fight harder, but our passion will show us the way. 

Speak Up for Blue is going to take the call to action and help lead you towards some grassroots projects that you can support and participate. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S238_GrassrootsConservationWithDrRbMoir.mp3
Category:grassroots conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Conservation is about people. It Starts with people. It ends with people. Democratic governments cannot stop the people.

Those words may not be that profound, but they are true. A change in government is the US means that ocean conservation is going to become harder to do when compared to the last administration if Trump and his administration plan to do what they said they were going to do. There are also questions as to will he be able to completely ignore climate change even though he doesn't "Believe in it." Time will tell, I guess. 

The fact remains that if we want to continue to work towards protecting the Oceans, then we will have to do it at the grassroots level and build enough momentum from the bottom to rise to the top where politicians will have no choice but to listen to the majority. 

I discuss how we can really build grassroots movements by not reinventing the wheel and using the resources that are available to us and partnering with some great organizations to create change from within. 

Speak Up For Blue will also be creating a tight nit grassroots community that will focus on changing things not only at the government level, but also and the community level. 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Direct download: SUFB_S237_GrassrootsMarineConservation.mp3
Category:grassroots -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Continuing with helping you get a job to help you build your career in Marine Science and Conservation, I talk about The Interview today. The Interview is a way for the hiring manager and other committee members to get to know you and evaluate whether you would be a right "fit" for the workplace.

In today's episode, I talk about how to prepare for an interview, what your attitude should be during the interview and how it can help you get a job and how you should follow up.

Enjoy the podcast!

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The election really threw everyone, or most people for a loop, especially the Marine Science and Conservation community. The President-Elect, Donald Trump, has been determined about denying climate change and reducing environmental government departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Environment (DOE), and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

The reduction in government resources to adequately deal with Ocean issues such as Climate Change, Over fishing, Ocean Mining, Plastic Pollution, etc., will mean that there will have to be grassroots movements to ensure the federal government will honour what is important to their constituents. It will require strategic planning to ensure your environmental values (similar to your country's values) are upheld. 

For the next four years, Speak Up For Blue will do our best to provide you with the guidance required to effectively get your environmental values heard by the current administration.

Direct download: SUFB_S235_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 9:35pm EST

The US Election is over...FINALLY!!! Here are some stories you might have missed while you were bombarded with election news:

1) Canada announces Ocean Protection Plan;
2) Too many puffins die due to warming of oceans; and,
3) SeaWorld loses more money and decides to cut more costs to please investors.

Enjoy the podcast!

Direct download: SUFB_S234_PostElectionOceanNewsUpdate.mp3
Category:ocean news -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The Ross Sea MPA has forced me to reflect on how regulators and policy makers who are in charge of managing the Ocean through Marine Protected Areas, Quotas and other regulatory tools manage Ocean Users. 

Ocean Users are not used to being managed. They could generally do whatever they want as long as they show the government that they could contribute to the economy in the short or long term; however, recent events (BP Oil Spill) have driven governments to manage all Ocean Users as some can affect others, including the environment (as an Ocean User per say). 

I try to provide you with some examples on how Ocean Users are being or have been managed, but I would really like to here what you have to say about this subject matter. 

Email me andrew@speakupforblue.com to let me know how you think we should manage Ocean Users.

Direct download: SUFB_S233_HowDoWeDealWithOceanUsers.mp3
Category:Stakeholders -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The sole purpose of a job application is to get to the next step in the job-getting process. There are hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applicants and you have to set your aside apart from the pack. So what do you do?

You make sure that you have the best application out there and you ensure the human resource person and/or hiring manager are not forced to make any assumptions on whether you qualify for the position. For example, if you are applying to a position where you will be trawling and are required to identify species and record length and weight, then don't just say that you have experience with trawling, you should elaborate that you are able to identify fish species and some invertebrates (if you have the experience of course, never lie on your application!!!).

In this bonus episode, I teach you how to right the perfect resume that will force the person reading it to add you to the interview pile. 

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S232_TheResumeMarineScienceAndConservationCareers.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Nathan Johnson and I are back at it again on Ocean Talk Friday where we talk about the latest news and updates in Marine Science and Conservation.

On the show today, we discuss:

1) National Science Fund planning for Ocean Science's future;
2) Rhode Island creates the first marine plan;
3) Australian government cuts 42 marine protected areas from plans; and,
4) An amphipod is found to wear an invisibility cloak.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S231_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Imagine spending the last ten years (really the first 10 years) of your career trying to get a piece of Ocean protected that is managed by 24 countries with a treaty that was written in 1959. There are countries who can't win the argument to establish Marine Protected Areas within their own country, let alone getting 23 other countries to agree to your propositions.

That is what happened to Cassandra Brooks with Ross Sea MPA. Cassandra followed the MPA process from every aspect possible starting as a Fisheries Biologist to a Science and Conservation Communicator then to studying a PhD in Marine Policy where she was able to sit in the MPA planning meetings during the last part of the process.

Listen to the podcast to find out how she found the process and the evolution of her career.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S230_TheRossSeaMPAProcessWithCassandraBrooks.mp3
Category:Ross Sea MPA -- posted at: 8:00am EST

I found something quite interesting when I started to communicate Marine Science and Ocean Conservation to build an audience that wanted to live for a better Ocean. People didn't like to hear the doom and gloom that I was telling them related to all of the Ocean Issues. A friend of mine said she liked watching the videos I made on my You Tube channel, but she had to stop because it was depressing her. My message was having the opposite effect of its purpose. I was making people give up hope rather than inspiring them to do something about the problems that plagued the Ocean.

I had to change my tone and my message quickly. I did some research on what people were sharing on social media in relation to the Ocean. Most of the content was fun facts or a specific event that happened. For example, there was one video of a seal hitching a ride on a humpback whale to avoid being hunted by an orca that was following the humpback whale. The video was in relation to a study that found humpback whales often helped other species from harm. A great message identifying compassion in marine mammals that is quite unique in the Ocean. 

We need more of these messages to inspire people to fall in love with the Ocean again and want to protect it.

Enjoy the podcast!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S229_WhereIsTheOceanOptimism.mp3
Category:ocean optimism -- posted at: 8:00am EST

When I first started writing cover letters for the jobs that I wanted, I made them less than one page and they consisted of introducing myself and telling the person to which I was sending my application that my resume was attached. I had no idea that it was the wrong way of writing a cover letter.

It wasn't until a friend showed me how to write a proper cover letter that I was able to get interviews from my applications. The conversion was quite amazing. I applied to less jobs during the year (4 jobs) and got 3 interviews, which is better than the previous record of 1 in 400. 

Unfortunately, it was 6 years until I discovered how to write a proper cover letter and resume (I will discuss resumes next week) that I was able to focus my career path because I could finally get closer to the jobs I wanted. This style of writing cover letters is quite a bit of work, but your chances of getting the interview are much higher. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out how to write the proper cover letter for Marine Science and Conservation.

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Direct download: SUFB_S228_MarineScienceandConservationTheCoverLetter.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Ocean Talk Friday is a fun tradition that Nathan and I started and we continue to have fun with it. We hope that you guys enjoy it too. After a brief update on our Marine Conservation Fantasy Football Pool, we talk about the following articles:

1) Insurance companies find wetlands could have saved $625 million in damage;
2) A brewing company made a beer to help study stellar sea lions;
3) Fish are drunk off CO2 and swimming into predators; and,
4) Whaling countries rallying to block South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary.

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S227_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In my Interview Wednesday episode today, I speak with Reggie Domingo; Founder of The Nakawe Project, also known as the WE Project.

The Nakawe Project  is involved in all sorts of Marine Science and Conservation projects in Costa Rica, Central America, and around the world. I first heard of The Nakawe Project when they were involved with the CITES project in getting the Silky and Thresher Sharks protected under the CITES agreement. 

Take a listen to the podcast for more details.

Today's Resource: http://simplystraws.com/

Simply Straws Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/362703480/simply-straws-presents-the-perfect-mason-jar-lid

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Direct download: SUFB_S226_NakaweProjectWithRegiDomingo.mp3
Category:Nakawe -- posted at: 8:00am EST

There are many battles in Marine Science and Conservation. If you speak to anyone who has been working in this field for over 20 years you will get much cynicism. It's probably due to the experience they have build over their careers. There is a good chance they didn't always with to protect the Ocean or it's species. It doesn't matter if they are working on government, non-profit or private sector, they lost some battles. But after all is said and done, they never gave up hope. It's why they are still working to protect the Ocean. They have hope!

Hope to win that one small/big battle that they have worked on. They love the feeling they get when they ARE able the protect the ocean. It makes it a pretty good day, week, month, or even year! Even after losing so many fights in the past. 

I linked up with some people who want to save the Vaquita, a small marine mammal that is endemic to the Sea of Cortez, and is critically endangered. There are estimated 60 or less left in the world. However, I chose this project because I have hope that we can save this marine mammal if we get together and protect it. There is a lot of work ahead of us here at Speak Up For Blue, but we are ready to take on saving the Vaquita because we have hope!

Take a listen to the podcast for more details.

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Direct download: SUFB_S225_NeverGiveUpHopeForTheOcean.mp3
Category:Ocean Optimisim -- posted at: 8:00am EST

When I first started my career in Marine Science and Conservation, I searched for jobs everyday for 8 hours a day. No lie, I would check the same sites over and over again. It sucked. There were so many times were I wouldn't see new jobs and then I would lose hope. I got pretty emotional and angry. I was obsessed with getting a job. I would dream about it. Until one day, I figured something out.

I didn't want half of the jobs that I saw, but I was applying to all of them. I thought to myself, why in the hell would I apply for them. Why wouldn't I to everything that I could to get the jobs I wanted instead of doing a poor job in applying to jobs I didn't want. 

So I implemented 5 strategies to help me build my career and I continue to do so today:

1) Becoming an influencer in your field;
2) Keeping updated on the news, research, and happenings in your career path field;
3) Building Your Network;
4) Building Your Experience; and,
5) Get certifications pertaining to your field.

Take a listen to the episode for more description on each of the 5 strategies I still use today to build my career.

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S224_SearchingForMarineScienceAndConservationJobs.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 8:00am EST

It's Ocean Talk Friday again where Nathan and I get together and chat about 4 very important articles of the week...at least...to us. This week we talk about some great articles and we talk about our big Fantasy Football wins this week in our Marine Conservation Football Fantasy League. 

Here are the stories that we discussed this week:
1) Vogue lists 8 luxury hotels that are carbon neutral and help marine conservation;
2) Russia hosts a 24 member country delegation to vote on 2 Antarctic Protected Areas;
3) The Ocean absorbs more heat than we thought, but we are not out of the woods; and,
4) The Great Barrier Reef is not dead!

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S223_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:great barrirer reef -- posted at: 8:00am EST

A tug boat was pushing a fuel barge in British Columbia near Great Bear Forest when it ran aground and sank in 9 metres of water. The diesel fuel (over 200,000 GA worth) spilled into the coastal ocean from the tug boat and spread quickly. 

The nearby First Nations group of Bella Bella are working tirelessly to stop the diesel fuel from reaching the coast; however, 3 beaches have already been closed due to contamination. The clam bed, on which the tribe relies to get them through the winter will not be harvested due to contamination from the diesel fuel. The effects of this spill is devastating for the short term and may have longer term effects; however, this spill is considered small. It had a massive impact on a remote community that can only be accessed either by boat or plane. 

This was 1 boat and a relatively small one at that. Luckily, the fuel barge was empty or else this incident would have been worse. 

The Bella Bella community are frustrated by the lack of spill response by the provincial and federal government. Meanwhile, the provincial government is pointing the finger at the federal government. Both levels of government are in favour of adding a pipeline to the province to ship oil and gas to Asian markets.

The real questions here are:

1) What is the spill response procedure?
2) What will happen when the pipeline is implemented and running (more shipping); and,
3) Is there a plan for environmental emergencies in the future and when will it be implemented.

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Direct download: SUFB_S222_BellaBellaDieselSpillNearGreatBearForest.mp3
Category:oil spill -- posted at: 8:00am EST

SCUBA Divers love encountering sharks on more than one of their dives. Diving with sharks is an exhilarating experience, I know from personal experience. However, as a couple of videos that are circulating the web show, diving with sharks in a cage may not be as safe as you might expect. 

Shark diving occurs all over the world without incidents, so why did the events in the video happen. Was it just by chance or did something happen that caused the shark to enter the cage. Unfortunately, it was the latter. 

The Shark diving company that was running the show that day was doing something that was against the guidelines of shark cage diving. The cage had the bait bag (chum) tied to it, which caused the shark to get an up close and personal to the cage, a little more than expected. 

The chum should not have been attached to the cage, but it should have been floating out a certain distance from the cage. 

I chat more about this in the episode and what you should do to protect yourself future danger and enjoy the experience.

Take a listen to this episode to find out how.

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Direct download: SUFB_S221_SharkDivingGoesWrong.mp3
Category:diving -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Attaining a sustainable marine science and conservation career is not easy. It takes focus, patience, and hard work. The first episode of this series gives you a breakdown on how to create goals for your career by setting your path. Now you need to start your journey down your path. Where do you begin?

As a recent graduate or someone who is shifting career, you probably don't have much experience in the career path field, which means your chances of getting a job is low. So this episode is dedicated to helping you gain experience through volunteering. 

Volunteering has its ups and downs. On one hand you can gain quite a bit of experience quickly. On the other hand, you may have to pay money to go far away to get that experience. Is there are problem with that...nope! If you can afford it, go because it's a great adventure and you do get some great experience even if it is short lived, but not everyone can afford to go away. They have to search for alternative methods of volunteering.

This episode will detail some steps you can take to acquire some great experience without having to pay money. This is important so remember, take notes!

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Nathan Johnson and I co-host Ocean Talk Friday again to discuss this past week's important articles. I love doing these episodes because Nathan and I get to chat about all things Ocean. The best thing about talking about these Ocean articles is to get the ideas flowing and hopefully come up with solutions as a community.

So thanks for listening!

Here are the articles:

1) We revisit a new aquaculture techniques that will benefit the Ocean and contribute to reducing climate change;

2) Some people think that Canada can become an Ocean Economy super power;

3) Seagrass is important and some people want you to know about it; and,

4) China is building islands for military bases and could be destroying the environment.

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

Email me today, andrew@speakupforblue.com to find out how you can transform your health.

Looking to transform your health and wellness using Arbonne products? Learn about our starter package to get you living for a better Ocean by contacting me at andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Direct download: SUFB_S219_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Have you ever wondered the state of all of the Oceans? We often here stories, articles and research coming from all parts of the Ocean (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Antarctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Labrador Sea, etc.); however, it's rare to hear about the Red Sea. Well, I am pleased to say that we are now going to talk about the Red Sea tanks to Matt Tietbohl, who is doing his Masters Thesis at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). 

Matt is originally from a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania growing up in the outdoors surrounded by lush forests and lakes/rivers where he would explore the wild searching for new creatures under rocks and in crevices. Fast forward to high school where he took a trip in his Junior year to Jamaica on a school trip to explore the Ocean for the first time, followed by a second trip giving you Matt, the young man who now wanted to become a Marine Biologist. 

His undergraduate experience did not expose him to much Marine Biology; however, one course gave him an assignment that would change his outlook on Marine Biology and life in general. Matt had to review a journal article and present his findings to the class. His paper? A study from KAUST. 

Matt came across this person's name when searching for something to do in the year he wanted to take off from school before doing graduate school. He contacted the chief scientist of the lab about an internship and ended up doing a Masters degree (funny how things can change with a phone call). 

Now Matt lives in Saudi Arabia surrounded by the culture of his host country as well as international students from all over the world. 

Matt's thesis is on tracking the types of algae and plant matter herbivores, who live on reefs, eat to identify functional diversity to direct future management of Red Sea Coral Reefs. 

Listen to the podcast to find out more about Matt's research and life at KAUST.

Are you looking to change the way you eat for a better health and environment? Start using Arbonne nutrition and health care products that are all natural and environmentally friendly. I use them all the time and their nutrition line has transformed the way I eat and my health.

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Direct download: SUFB_S218_RedSeaMarineScienceWithMattTietbohl.mp3
Category:red sea -- posted at: 8:50am EST

How important are the upcoming US Election for Marine Science and Conservation? Does your vote really count? Does it matter who is President or Senator in regards to policies for the Oceans? If you want the answer, maybe you should ask Dr. Chris Lowe who stated on a previous podcast that the combination of a number of laws and regulations allowed the increase in white shark populations and sea lion population (which are related) along the coast of California. 

The current presidential race seems to focus more on attacks than on proposed plans and policies. There has never been a more divisive election than the current one due to the attacks on each candidate. There are so many attacks that it is easy to lose focus on why people vote in the first place: to determine who will take the country in the right direction. 

The direction really depends on which way the majority of the voters want the country to go. It is not based on, which candidate can attack the other the best. 

When you vote for your next president and senator representing your state/territory, you should focus on the candidate that proposes the policies you feel will take the country in the right direction.

 

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Direct download: SUFB_S217_PoliticizingTheOceans.mp3
Category:politics -- posted at: 5:06pm EST

Welcome back to another Ocean Talk Friday. Nathan Johnson and I are back at it again to discuss this week's important stories on the Speak UP For Blue Podcast. 

Here are the stories for today:

1) International web database for Marine Cave studies;
2) CITES protects three sharks under Appendix II and what it means;
3) Community-led marine reserve experiences great success; and,
4) Waste reduction campaign with major corporations.

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this Ocean Talk Friday Episode!

Direct download: SUFB_S215_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Imagine that you apply for a job and when the hiring manager comes across your name, she/he already knows who you are because you worked hard at becoming an influencer within your niched within Marine Conservation and you did one hell of a job.

Many of your colleagues will apply to jobs and expect to hear back from an interview. If they qualify for the position and they demonstrate it on their application, then they will be able to further compete with others for the position. However, what happens after that point in the application process. You might have to write a test or attend an interview with everyone else who qualifies based on the same criteria. What can you do to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd? Become and influencer.

If you are known within the public domain for your career interest, then you have impact power. If you have publications within scientific journals, then you have impact power. This means that not only can you do the work, but you can make that your project results reach more people because you have impact. 

I cover how you can become an influencer in today's social and tech savvy world that will help your career. 

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this Saturday Bonus Episode!

 

Direct download: SUFB_S216_MarineConservationCareersBecomeAnInfluencer.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 1:05am EST

Today is a the launch of a new bonus series that I will be providing on the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. I wanted to provide you with the best information I could on starting and maintaining a career in Marine Science and Conservation as that is part of the mission of Speak Up For Blue: Empower people to live for a better Ocean!

These bonus episodes will normally be on published on Saturdays, but I decided that I would launch this episode today to peek your interest. 

The first episode of this Marine Science and Conservation Careers series deals with what I think is the most important aspect of launching your career. You need to PLAN out your career. Here are the steps you need to take to plan your strategy:

1) Pick 1 or 2 career interests;
2) Research the types of jobs people working in your interest filed hold;
3) Figure out what job title you want to do 15-20 years from now;
4) Learn the skills and experience of the people who work the job you want in the future;
5) Reverse engineer your career path focusing on getting jobs where you can attain the skills and experience you will need to get the job in the future; and,
6) Execute that plan.

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this Career Building Episode!

Direct download: SUFB_S214_ChoosingYourMarineConservationCareer.mp3
Category:marine biology jobs -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The Ocean is in trouble. There is no doubt about that.However, there are ways that we can fix it. And it starts with us!

There are a number of things that you can do to live for a better Ocean. It starts at home and we've discussed it on the podcast many times. I figured since some of you have been loyal listeners to the Speak Up For Blue podcast for the past year and a bit and have changed the way you lived at home to an Ocean conscious life, then you might be ready to step up your Marine Conservation game and make more of a commitment to protecting the Ocean. If you are still changing things at home, no worries. Listen to this podcast for the future. You might just get motivated (#MotivationMondays)

In this Episode, I present 4 steps to better protect the Ocean:

Step 1: Learn About an Ocean Issue
Step 2: React properly to the Ocean Issue
Step 3: Find out who is working on the solution to the Ocean Issue
Step 4: Get involved with those who are working on a solution to the Ocean Issue

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this Motivation Monday Episode!

Direct download: SUFB_S213_4StepsToHelpProtectTheOcean.mp3
Category:Conservation -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Nathan and I are back together again to chat about some of the most interesting stories this week. Here are the stories that we discussed:

1) California will be giving out minor tickets for MPA boundary layers;

2) Ocean fronts attract seabirds looking for food and that can help manage coastal seabirds;

3) Philanthropy is focusing on Ocean Conservation (Yay!); and,

4) A researcher discovered how deep-sea bacteria can reduce climate change effects.

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy this week's Ocean Talk Friday 

 

Direct download: SUFB_S212_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine science management -- posted at: 8:30am EST

When you think of using satellite imagery for anything, one tends to think of spies using imagery to gather information on ones enemy to get the upper hand; however, that is not the case for Dr. Michelle LaRue. In fact, Michelle des quite the opposite. She studies emperor penguins and Wedell seals in the Antarctic through the eyes of Satellite Imagery to gather information and learn how the animals' population moves across large scales and counts the number of colonies by monitoring the patches of guano stains (yes, penguin poop!). In contrast to spies, Michelle loves to share her research.

Michelle is an active science communicator on Twitter and on Facebook where she posts contest such as "Cougar or Not?" every Friday via her Twitter feed. She also engages other social media users who tend to post "not so appropriate things" about women in science to raise more awareness that women should be treated equal in science and the workplace.

Michelle is pushing the boundaries of science by studying population dynamics of iconic species through satellite imagery. As a fellow GIS (digital mapping) and Remote Sensing ecologist, I am highly envious of her work because she gets to study the species that many people want to study from Minnesota! She still takes the odd trip to Antarctica, but for most of the year, she lives in Minnesota where she watches penguin and seals go about their activities throughout the year and answers some basic, but important questions that will help better manage each species. 

Do you want to work in a career in Marine Conservation like Michelle

Connect with me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also connect with me to find out how you can live for a better Ocean by using Arbonne health and wellness products that are healthy for you and the Ocean. Contact me andrew@speakupforblue.com

You can also support this podcast by contribution to our Patreon Campaign

Enjoy the podcast with Dr. Michelle LaRue 

Direct download: SUFB_S211_SatellitePenguinsWithMichelleLaRue.mp3
Category:antarctica -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This show has grown immensely over the past month and a half. Ever since I attended the International Marine Conservation Congress and this podcast got accepted on iHeart Radio. the growth has come with many benefits. 

1) The growth of this community - I can only measure downloads to see how the podcast has grown. Since August, the podcast has doubled in daily downloads and sometimes tripled. I am quite excited about this as this is one part of the community growth: reach more people!

2) The interaction with you and the rest of the Speak Up For Blue Community - Over the past 2-3 weeks, I've asked you to schedule a call with me to find out how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation. And many of you responded. This response has gotten me crazy excited!!! I actually get to chat with anyone who wants to chat with me about the Ocean. It's the true community feel. 

When people start a podcast, they want to get as many people to listen to it as possible. However, the true measure of building a community is the interaction you get from your audience. And this is what I am glad to say is starting to come to fruition. I want to continue to build that community and you can help. 

Email me to chat about the Ocean and the ways that we can reduce our impact on the Ocean andrew@speakupforblue.com.

Are you ready to pivot to a more meaningful career? 

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

andrew@speakupforblue.com

Because I want to talk to you!

 

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Direct download: SUFB_S210_BuildingTheSpeakUpForBlueCommunity.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:30am EST

The US presidential election is less than a couple of months away and we haven't heard any of the candidates talk about their positions on science, especially Climate Change and Ocean Health.

This past week, we found out that a website called ScienceDebate.org asked the 4 candidates what their positions were on 20 specific areas in science. Each candidate answered on every theme and they are written out on the website.

Today, Nathan and I go over two positions: Climate Change and Ocean Health. We wanted to cover more themes; however, we ran out of time. So we did the best we could.

Take a listen and let us know what you think. 

Are you ready to pivot to a more meaningful career? 

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Direct download: SUFB_S209_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:science debate -- posted at: 8:30am EST

Richard Lilley and his co-founders, Benjamin Jones and Dr. Richard Unsworth, are working their butts off to make sure that you and I are talking about seagrass. I hope this interview will not only teach you about seagrass, but tell you about how much trouble they are in and why we need to ensure seagrass habitats are protected around the world.

The three scientists and co-founders created Project Seagrass as a way to facility education, research, and campaigns to protect seagrass habitats around the world. They are fairly effective at it too. Project Seagrass is everywhere: on social media; putting on conferences; and, leading in cutting edge research and conservation projects around the world. 

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Richard to discuss why seagrass habitats are so important and what they are doing about it.

Take a listen to the interview to find out.

Are you ready to pivot to a more meaningful career? 

Do you want to talk about how you can pursue a career in Marine Conservation? Send me an email and let's chat.

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Because I want to talk to you!

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Direct download: SUFB_S208_ProjectSeagrassWithRichardLilley.mp3
Category:seagrass -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Marine Conservation saw a couple of great government moves at the end of last week. 

Orca Captive Breeding and Shows Banned in California

The state of California passed a law banning captive breeding of orcas as well as orca shows. This essentially puts a nail in the coffin to orca shows and breeding at Marine Mammal Parks such as SeaWorld in California and could pave the way for other states such as Florida and Texas to pass similar laws, which would completely get rid of shows and breeding programs for each of SeaWorld's location. 

The ban forces SeaWorld to change the way it displays orcas from an entertainment attraction to more of an education attraction and it could start the process in releasing orcas to Sea Side Marine Mammal Sanctuaries. However, SeaWorld continues to state that releasing captive bred orcas into the sea where they would be exposed to potential oil spills and other types of pollution would harm the orcas. Dr. Naomi Rose from the Animal Welfare Institute stated on The Speak Up For Blue Episode 190 that SeaWorld's position is not scientifically correct and has been disproven by the release of the orca Keiko (Take a listen to the episode for more information on Keiko).

SeaWorld announced in March 2016 that it would halt the breeding program and in January earlier that year said it would stop its orca shows. The California law ensures that SeaWorld will not go back on its word. 

President Obama Announces 1st Atlantic Marine Monument

The President was in the news a couple of weeks ago as he announced the expansion of the Hawaii National Marine Monument and last week he announced the establishment of the 1st Marine Monument in the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of New England. The Monument with protect a series of Deep Sea Seamounts and Canyons that provide great biodiversity for the area. 

The Monument will ensure the protection of biodiversity of the area and protect fisheries sustainability; however, the fishing industry does not believe the Monument takes into account the loss of income it will have on the fishing industry. 

The declaration of this Monument continues to show that this President values the Ocean and its resources as well as the need for its protection.

 

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Direct download: SUFB_S207_NewsUpdateOrcaBanAndAtlanticNationalMonumentDeclaredByObama.mp3
Category:orca -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Nathan and I are back again this week with a FULL episode of Ocean Talk Friday. Last week we only got to cover 2 stories due to a bad Skype connection (podcasting problems), but this week we were able to really bring it this week!

Today's stories include:

1) How do Shark Teeth bite (talking about adaptation);

2) Do Ocean Acidification Laboratory Studies provide the same results as field studies (hint: no);

3) The Billion Oyster Program in New York City;

4) We are only starting to protect the Ocean;

5) Millennials are the future of our oceans? 

As usual, Nathan and I dive into the articles to translate what it means to Marine Science and Conservation. 

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Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Travis Nielsen is our guest today on Interview Wednesday. He is a marine scientist and the person who was responsible for managing the logistics at the International Marine Conservation Congress in St. John's, Newfoundland. Essentially, he made sure that everyone enjoyed themselves at the conference by everything running well. And I must say that he is damn good at his job.

I met Travis at the IMCC4 and we got along great! So much so that we chatted about him coming on the very podcast to discuss what he did and how he got here. And he left a little surprise for me and you for when we recorded the podcast (You will have to listen to the podcast to find out what that surprise is!). 

I really enjoyed hearing the story of how Travis got to where he is because is describes the path that many have taken and are currently taking. It's a long a winding path, which requires you to adapt to professional and personal situations that may influence your decisions at any point in time. It's about taking risks to see what is behind door number 1 and then taking door number 2 after realizing that door number 1 wasn't for you. 

Gary Vaynerchuk, a marketing guru and celebrity, always tells people that you will need to be able to pivot multiple times throughout your career to maintain your job or to follow your passions to a meaningful career. 

Travis has done what Gary says and will continue to do it throughout his career because he has been doing it since he graduated High School. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S205_MarineConservationEventPlanningWithTravisNielsen.mp3
Category:Conferences -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Marine Conservation is a very rewarding career and you will recall that I've said this before; however, this is not an easy field in which we work. You will soon find out that the environment is not always the top priority for governments or businesses to act unless it causes severe and consistent economic damage to the point where the cost outweighs the amount of money that someone can gain from it. Combatting this sort of stigma requires protest, which in itself can be done in many ways. 

Protests have been used to make governments and/or the public aware that a particular group of people, or a person, would like something to change or stop something for changing. Protests can be conducted peacefully and others can be conducted violently. Each type is designed to create awareness and stop something from happening. 

Sea Shepherd Society protests are done by any means necessary. Their protests are more aggressive than others. Not everyone, including me, agrees with their methods, but they are effective (do an internet search on Japanese Whaling over the past 5 years and you will notice Sea Shepherd is consistently interrupting their catches every year by ramming into whaling boats and getting in their way). 

Scientists from across Canada marched in Ottawa (the capital) to protest the attempt of the conservative Canadian government to silence its scientists. The march was peaceful and gained national media coverage bringing light to a problem affecting the environment.

Not all protests are for the environment. Recently, NFL' San Francisco 49er Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sat down during the American National anthem to protest the violence of police against minorities and the lack of action that would reduce and eventually eliminate the issue. Colin got criticized for the method in which he protested as many said that he was disrespecting the flag and the people who fought under the flag to protect his freedom. He was called spoiled, a coward among other things. Some of the media even said that he wasn't "black" enough to realize the issue that was happening and shouldn't be leading the cause in the NFL. 

However, Colin was leading a movement that would turn into others sitting, kneeling, and interlocking arms as a team. The protest spread across the NFL, one of America's biggest sports, and other sports spanning various ethnicities too. the protest went from criticizing Colin for his actions to many more people discussing the issue he was protesting in the first place. An issue that may not be solved in one day or over many years, but is now being discussed again through Colin's actions. 

Colin also pledged $1 million dollars to various charities that were working on the issues at hand and other athletes pledged undisclosed amounts in support. 

One quarterback's actions has led to a conservation continuing and some important work being supported. It started with one person and led to action. 

In another recent protest, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe conducted the largest protest in First Nation history to stop the construction of a pipeline north of there land. They were concerned about the contamination of their land and drinking water through future spills that may take place. They sued the Army Corp of Engineers, which was overseeing the construction to stop the action entirely until a proper assessment was conducted and the assessment methods were done properly. 

First Nations going up against the government is not an easy fight; however, the protest caused a temporary halting of construction until the court decided what to do. The court eventually decided to let the construction happen; however, President Obama gave an executive order to stop all construction until further notice. 

Do you think the President would have known about this situation had it not been for the protests? I think not. 

The point of this episode is to begin to lead for Marine Conservation. You don't have to protest for everything, but you don't have to wait for a group of people to support you to create change. In fact, Marine Conservation often starts with a leader inspiring people to create change. Just look at Dr. Sylvia Earle, who continues to inspire other Marine Scientists and Conservationists around the world through her work.

Become a leader for the Ocean and Speak Up For Blue!

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Category:Leadership -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Nathan Johnson and I got together again to discuss (while fighting a bad Skype connection) some Ocean articles that we read over the past week. 

We were able to discuss 2 articles in particular:

1) Why the expansion of the Hawaiian National Marine Monument was just the beginning; and,

2) President Obama has a Hawaiian fish named after him.

Here are some articles that we didn't get to during the show that might be interesting:

1) Climate change is inhibiting the Ocean to protect us; and,

2) Oregon bans fishing for forage fish to increase their predator populations.

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Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Dr. Brett Favaro is not only a researcher at the Marine Institute at Memorial University, but he was the co-chair of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC 2016) in St. John's, Newfoundland this past August. If you haven't figured it out yet, the IMCC 2016 was a bit life changing for me. 

Brett was kind enough to take time off his busy schedule at the IMCC to chat with me about the purpose of the conference as well as his research.

Planning and overseeing a conference as big as IMCC is not easy. Not.One.Bit! It's busy and chaotic at the slowest time. Brett and his team did a great job in planning the entire conference as well as the Oceans Online afterward. It was great to chat with him about the conference at how it met its purpose.

The research led by Brett on researching various ways to create sustainable fishing gear is quite interesting as well. He talks about Cod Pod nets that he is currently field testing for efficiency and safety with local fishing communities. Fisher people are often found to be the villains in the story due to over fishing; however, many fishing communities are very concerned about the environment and they have witnessed the changes the Oceans have undergone over the past decades. Collaborations are important when trying to find sustainable fishing solutions and that is what Brett and his team are doing.

Brett talks about how he builds relationships with the fishing community by sharing a meal and chatting to them about everyday life. It builds respect, trust and friendship, which makes working together much easier. The community is involved in many steps of the process of the research that will help them catch more cod while avoiding bycatch.

We often dismiss the work conducted by the fishing community because of their bad reputation, but the fact is, they are trying to protect the Ocean so they can live off of it and enjoy life like every body else.  

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Direct download: SUFB_S202_IMCCPlanningAndFishingResearchWithBrettFavero.mp3
Category:fishing -- posted at: 8:43am EST

I am pleased to announce that Ocean Talk Friday is back after a 3 week hiatus. Nathan and I got back together to discuss the latest and important topics covered in the news. Today we discussed the following topics:

1) The Hawaii National Monument expansion;

2) The economy of marine conservation;

3) Seamounts are vulnerable and we need to do something about it;

4) What to do when poverty meets marine conservation; and,

5) A celebrity donated their yatch to a marine conservation organization.

Listen to the podcast to find out who the celebrity is. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S201_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:ocean talk Friday -- posted at: 8:01am EST

Interview Wednesday's continues with the International Marine Conservation Congress Series where I had the chance to interview a number of people who are involved in Marine Science and Conservation. 

We had the chance to interview Dr. Asha DeVos from Sri Lanka for a second time at the conference to tell her story of how she became a Marine Biologist; what she thinks of the field; and, how she thinks people should approach getting into the field of Marine Conservation. All in all this was a great interview.

Not just because it was our 200th episode (thanks for listening by the way); not just because Asha is an amazing person to interview because of her story, her optimistic attitude, and her outgoing personality; but, because this interview was a collaborative effort between Speak Up For Blue and the IMCCs Ocean Optimism Team Marriane Teoh and Liza Hoos.

Ocean Optimism (#OceanOptimism) is an initiative that started from IMCC 3 in Scotland where members decided that they wanted to focus on communicating more positive stories to show that there is still hope for the Ocean and focus less on the "doom and gloom" style of communication because the public can't handle it after a while.

Marianne and I worked together at the conference to interview a few guests together to maximize time and get the guests to discuss different stories about their experiences including the negative and the positive.

The interview was conducted by Speak Up For Blue's Nathan Johnson and Marianne Teoh to get Asha's story out there in the podcast world. I was conducting a workshop during this time at the conference so I put my trust in these great people who did an amazing job!

Asha is an inspiration to all Marine Conservationists and is educating people to build a Marine Conservation literacy to live for a better ocean (sound familiar? Hint: it's what we are trying to do here at Speak Up For Blue!).

Listen to Dr. Asha DeVos talk about her career, her Ocean Optimism, and how she thinks we can be more effective in Marine Conservation.

 

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Category:Asha DeVos -- posted at: 7:13am EST

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to chat with a number of people inquiring over switching their career to one in Marine Science and Conservation. Usually, the people are ranging in age between 30-50 and working in a business/finance field and they just don't find that the their career offers anything of meaning in their lives. They tend to be searching for something where they can create a positive change in the world. These are the people I love to talk to because I know they can offer the Marine Science and Conservation field a great advantage with their unique skills set.

Some of you might know that I focus part of Speak Up For Blue on helping people attain a career in Marine Science and Conservation. Most of the people that I help are young, recent graduates who don't know where to begin in their search for a job, let alone building their career. They are also great people to talk to and help as many of them have science backgrounds and looking to do research, monitoring, ect.

However, the people between the ages of 30-50 who are switching their careers from business/finance are a key player in Marine Science and Conservation field. I like these people because they provide a unique set of skills and a different mindset on how to approach and project. They are similar to the young science graduates in that they don't know where to begin searching for a career and often think that they have to go back to school to become a marine biologist. This thought process tends to impede people from thinking of switching careers. This is the time where I step in. 

I always tell people that they don't need to be a scientist to be effective in Marine Science and Conservation. It takes a lot of time and money to invest in becoming a marine scientist. There are enough marine scientists in the world. What you need is to figure out how your skill set that you offer will help the field. 

If you search the high level positions in non-profit organizations you will find that the Executive Directors, Program Managers and all of the other high level positions, you will find that they consist of lawyers, business people, entrepreneurs, financial people, etc. Those high level positions are attainable and your skill set may fit the description.

If you are searching for a Marine Science and Conservation and you are between the ages of 30-50 years old and you are in a different field, then email me at:

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Tune into the episode to find out more information.

 

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