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Did I ever tell you that this is my favourite day of the week? We have another episode of Ocean Talk Friday with myself, Andrew Lewin, and Nathan Johnson. We choose 4-5 articles that we feel made a big impact this past week and talk about them, their science and their conservation implications. 

Today we discussed the following:

1) The resurgence of the Ross Sea MPA proposal;

2) Mussels smell before they settle;

3) Mussels battling Ocean Acidification with Food;

4) Researchers find out more about the Sea Star Wasting Disease; and,

5) 5 Pacific Islands disappear into the Ocean due to Climate Change.

 

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10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean:
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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session158

Direct download: SUFB_S158_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:marine science -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

I came across an article a few hours ago that talked about a research project that observed how 5 islands within the chain of Solomon Islands were swallowed up by the sea. Luckily, these small islands were not inhabited by humans; however, the study also found 6 more islands had lost swaths of land to the sea where some villages were destroyed and had to move to a different place. They moved from an island where their family had lived for generations. I can't imagine how devastating that would be for a family to pick up and move from a place they called home.

I was inspired by this article, as depressing as it is, to discuss the issue of sea level rise on this episode because I find people don't take it seriously. It's obviously a serious problem as more islands are facing a similar fate. 

I cover why sea level is a problem and how/why it's affecting these small islands. I also talk about how we need to work together, globally, as a species to combat climate change and help each other adapt to its consequences.

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10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean:
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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session157

 

Direct download: SUFB_S157_ClimateChangesSilentKiller.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

My family and I went on an All-Inclusive Vacation to Cuba! Yes, I am Canadian and I can travel to Cuba!

I have to admit, I am not a fan of going to an All-Inclusive because of all the bad stuff that is associated with big resorts:

  1. The building of the resort often destroys the coastal environment for a pristine landscape that people expect (what they see in a magazine);
  2. The waste that happens at the resort with food and garbage; and,
  3. The local reefs and environment suffer at the hands of tourism for the masses.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the three assumptions above were not true...well mostly. I tell you how the resort and Cuba made it possible to have a great resort(s) and have a healthy environment.

 

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Show Notes:
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Direct download: SUFB_S156_TheCubanOceanEnvironment.mp3
Category:tourism -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I recently heard about an initiative on the radio of the Government of Ontario trying to cut emissions through a very aggressive plan that was to be complete by 2050. they wanted to set up a committee that would over see the "greening" of Ontario from electric cars to zero emission buildings to 80% of the population taking public transit; cycling; or, walking to work.

I like some parts of the plan, but people who called into the radio station where I first heard about this plan were not too pleased.

Take a listen to the podcast to find out why and what we can do about it.

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session155

 

Direct download: SUFB_S155_ProvincialGovernmentsMoveToCutEmissions.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

I figured it was time that you got to know the co-host of Ocean Talk Friday, Nathan Johnson. He is the guy who has written 99% of the articles of Speak Up for Blue (SUFB) for the past 8 months and has done a great job. 

He will now be focusing most of his time on developing the content for the SUFB Digital Magazine to reach more people with an Ocean Conservation message on this different platform.

Did you know that aside from working tirelessly on SUFB content, Nathan has a full time day job at Artist Boat as the Habitat & Stewardship Manager? He is responsible for managing the species inventory on a 500+ Acre property owned by Artist Boat and educates the public on the species diversity within the property on various nature tours. 

Join me as I pepper Nathan with questions about his day job and how he got into Marine Conservation.

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session154

Direct download: SUFB_S154_GettingToKnowNathanJohnson.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Today, I decided to pull the curtain back and let you in on the future plans of this company I call Speak Up For Blue (SUFB). I started SUFB without any real plans. In fact, I didn't even know how long I would be spreading Ocean News with an Ocean Conservation Message. 

The website turned into a company and there is so much I want to do with SUFB. We will be offering so much content on different platforms in the near future that everyone will be able to consume Ocean Conservation information via podcasts, You Tube, digital magazine and of course, our website. 

One of the other items that we will be offering that is really exciting in the fact that we are opening the SUFB Institute for Marine Science and Conservation. 

Take a listen to the episode for more details!

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session153

Direct download: SUFB_S153_TheFutureOfSpeakUpForBlue.mp3
Category:social enterprise -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Nathan and I get together once again to chat about the important articles of the week. We discuss the following:

1) Glow in the dark shark species;

2) A new UN Ocean Treaty: Do we really need one (Spoiler alert: YES!);

3) Zombie Crabs (Yep...you read that right!);

4) The competitive edge of algae over corals; and,

5) A recycling project to help the Oceans and other charitable causes.

 

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session152

Direct download: SUFB_S152_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's the article you don't want to read. I came across this article and saw three tiny baby Sea Lions in a cage travelling to the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre to get the care they need after being stranded due to malnutrition. The Problem? Their mother's cannot produce the amount of milk necessary to feed them enough to grow the fat they need to survive in the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Climate Change is thought to be one of the culprits of this malnutrition as it is forcing the sea lion's prey species to move North into cooler waters. In addition, the sea lion's favourite prey, the sardine, has undergone a collapse in population in 2012 due to over fishing. 
 
What will happen to the Sea Lion babies that I saw in the article's image? The Pacific Marine Mammal Centre will bring them back to health, but will eventually have to release them and that is a problem. Lack of food source and rapidly changing waters cannot be good for this sea lion population. 
 
I do have a solution for the government. Take a listen to the podcast to find out what that solution is and let me know if you agree.
 

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Show Notes:
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Direct download: SUFB_S151_BabySeaLionsDyingFromClimateChange.mp3
Category:climate change -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

The discovery of a long 600 mile long coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon River has really changed the way I think about reefs. Coral reefs are normally found in tropical shallow oceans with a narrow range of habitat parameters including temperature, pH, salinity, and others. They also rely on invertebrate and fish associated species to graze on algae that could over grow on to corals and smother them.

The newly discovered reef at the mouth of the Amazon River at situated below the muddy water discharged from the massive river. So how can these sponges, corals, and other reef structures survive in a place that is under a layer of muddy freshwater? That is what researchers will gladly answer with more research.

The problem is that the reef is not safe as the Brazilian Government has sold 80 block to oil companies for exploration and drilling, 20 of the blocks are already producing oil. Oh, by the way, the blocks are located on top of the reefs. GREAT!!! We just discovered this unique reef that might help us figure out how to save other reefs and we might already be destroying them. 

What will happen with the new reefs and the drilling? Who knows. the government could halt the drilling to save the reefs, but will they opt for the oil money instead? Only time will tell and perhaps the voices of the Speak Up For Blue community.

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session150

Direct download: SUFB_S150_AmazonReefDiscovered.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

This week's Ocean Talk Friday took place on Skype as our Blab site is having some buggy problems. Hopefully, Blab will be able to solve the problem and we will get last week's recording back.

In today's Ocean Talk Friday, Nathan and I discuss the following:

1) The National Aquarium's 48 days of blue;

2) National Geographic's Pristine Ocean Project to Inspire Better Protection of Oceans;

3) Profiling the CEO of the National Aquarium doing "Right Work"; and,

4) A Robotic Sea Snake...yup, you read that right! It's pretty cool!

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10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf

Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session145

Direct download: SUFB_S149_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

There are two projects out there that the mainstream media is riding the wave right now and it's claiming that their projects are going to save us form our own wasteful ways. One of the projects is called the Ocean Clean Up Project started by Boyan Slant, a 19-year old boy who says he can clean up the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre in less than 10 years. The other project is called the Seabin and it could help clean up small areas along the shore; however, the media is saying that it could clean up the Ocean (according to the headline anyway).

There has been some criticism from Scientists (as we scientists do) of the Ocean Clean Up Project, where they point out flaws in the design and environmental and legal consequences of the structure. 

The Seabin looks like it can clean up small areas such as marinas or coasts, but there would have to be many Seabins purchased to do a mare clean up of the coast along any shoreline. 

In this episode, I chat about the problem of plastic pollution; I describe the two projects; and, I mention some poplar ways you can save the environment for itself. 

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session148

Direct download: SUFB_S148_CanTheOceanBeCleanedUp.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

SCUBA divers quickly become great Ocean Conservationists because they see, first hand, how the Ocean gets degraded over time as they are in the water. Many divers become strong advocates for conserving specific areas in the Ocean where they love to dive. Others start/participate in Citizen Science projects to help Ocean Scientists better understand the Ocean. 

In today's episode, I cover all sorts of SCUBA diving stories from the Ocean on how divers can do better in protecting the environment and help out in Conservation.

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Show Notes:
http://www.speakupforblue.com/session147

Direct download: SUFB_S147_ScubaAndConservation.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Species Tuesday: NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Department discovered a new species of Octopus that is being dubbed "Casper, the Friendly Octopus" because of it's ghost-like white body that glows in the dark. On today's podcast I talk about the unique qualities of the species and why we need more of these kinds of discoveries. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session126
Category: -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

As someone who works in producing important maps of fish habitat to inform manager, I am geeking out at this article I cover in today's episode. The Duke Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab produced online maps for 35 Whale and Dolphin Species for managers to see them. I explain why these maps are important and how they will be used in Ocean Conservation during this episode. The key is to continue to fund these projects! Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session126
Direct download: sufbs126onlinemapstrackwherewhalesanddolphinsgo_1457320709.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Another Ocean Talk Friday was a success and for the 2nd week in a row, we hosted it on Blab, a live streaming site where we actually had people ask us questions! YAY for interaction! This week, Nathan and I chatted about: 1) Superpower-like jellyfish; 2) China's quest to "explore" the deep sea by making it a law; 3) Noise from the deep sea (hint: it's not China!); and, 4) Sea Turtles vs Resorts in Kenya Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session125
Direct download: sufbs125oceantalkfriday_1457196054.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Marine Protected Areas are designed to remove the human influence, or disturbance, to the oceans; however, climate change impacts like high sea surface temperatures will affect MPS effectiveness in the future. Today, I review a study that incorporates sea surface temperature variability in MPA planning. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session124
Direct download: sufbs124incorporatinghightemperatureinmarineplanni_1456892014.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Coral bleaching is synonymous with Climate Change and unfortunately, high global temperatures this year as brought on another coral bleaching event in a UNESCO Heritage Site. Today, I talk about what is happening, why it happened, and what we can do about it. Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session123
Direct download: sufbs123greatbarrierreefcoralsundergoingbleaching_1456891839.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Leonardo DiCaprio one best Actor for Revenant at the 2016 Oscars and instead of thanking his costars he talked about how we should be supporting politicians who support Climate Change Emission reductions. And believe or not, some people didn't like it. Listen to the podcast to find out why. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session122
Direct download: sufbs122leodicapriooscarsspeechwhatisclimateaction_1456861206.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:59pm EDT

Leonardo DiCaprio one best Actor for Revenant at the 2016 Oscars and instead of thanking his costars he talked about how we should be supporting politicians who support Climate Change Emission reductions. And believe or not, some people didn't like it. Listen to the podcast to find out why. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session122
Direct download: sufbs122leodicapriooscarsspeechwhatisclimateaction_1456802370.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop This week's Ocean Talk Friday was recorded on Blab.im, a live streaming platform that allows viewers to interact with hosts. Nathan and I hoped on Blab to discuss: 1) What whales do at night; 2) How sharks use a particular sense to navigate up and down the coast; 3) How an artisanal sea cucumber fishery is being ruined to serve larger markets; and, 4) How scientists don't study the good news stories because they are harder to fund. Join us next week on Blab to be a part of the conversation! 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session121
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On Monday, we talked about the the species of dolphin where an individual got stranded; picked up by a beachgoer and pet by about 30-50 people before it died. It was tragic to say the least, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about some research on the La Plate Dolphin to give you context of how the species is managed. Talk a listen and find out what the research says about this tiny marine mammal. Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session120
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On Today's Interview Wednesday, I speak with the Director of the Shark Lab at the California State University, Dr. Chris Lowe, to discuss his research as well as why he thinks the white shark population is doing so well. You might be surprised by the answer. Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session119
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This week on Species Tuesday, I profile the La Plate River Dolphin because we spoke about the same species on yesterday's podcast, which was killed after people picked up the stranded dolphin and passed it around like a toy for every one on the beach to touch. Today, I discuss why it is so unique and important to the local area and how the story we discussed yesterday was such a tragedy. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session118
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A La Plate River Dolphin washed up on a beach, likely stranded, when beachgoers decided to pass it around to pet and take selfies with it before it died of dehydration. The La Plate River Dolphin is listed on the IUNC Red List as a Vulnerable Species. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session117
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It's another Ocean Talk Friday and Nathan and I are back at it chatting away about our favourite subject: Ocean Conservation. On Today's episode, we talk about: How islands are a haven for marine biodiversity; how climate change is helping sea stars waste away and driving down the lobster population; and, how octopus are so cool they can tell you who is going to win a fight by the colour they turn. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session116
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On Research Thursdays today, I talk about a study that focuses on quantifying multiple threats to the environment on a local scale instead of using expert opinion. The authors say the latter method tends to under- or over-estimate the true effect, which can affect the effectiveness of the Marine Protected Area. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session115
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I came across a video the other day of kids throwing sand on some sea lions at a famous beach that has some historic controversy. The worst part of the video was that the parents/guardians were not stopping the kids from harassing the sea lions. I rant a bit on this and tell a story of my visit with my family to the same beach 4 years ago. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session114
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This Species Tuesday I decided to profile Krill as they are small but hugely important in the sustenance of some major iconic species such as baleen whales, fish, and penguins. They are found all over the world so I thought it would be good to find out a little more about them. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session113
Direct download: sufbs113krillspeciesprofile_1455503030.mp3
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Plastic pollution is found all of the world in every Ocean. It comes in large to tiny forms and now researchers are finding that the plastic pieces are homes for microbe species, including the harmful ones. Take a listen to see why you really should stop using single-use plastic (Spoil Alert: It's because of microbes!!!) Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session112
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Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Today on Ocean Talk Friday, Nathan and I decided to change things up. We decided to discuss one article written by past podcast guest Andrew David Thaler who wrote about the losing battle scientists and conservationists face everyday but we always say at the end of the day: "we lost a little less today." We know you feel the same frustration in Ocean Conservation so we wanted to talk about our feelings about the subject and offer a little hope to chage your view point from "lose a little bit less" to "win a little bit more!" Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session111
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As we covered seagrass habitats on Monday's episode, I wanted to cover seagrasses and their importance today, on Research Thursday. However, we are looking at a study that proves Marine Protected Areas designated to protect fish should involve more than just coral reefs. Check out the podcast to find out why. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session110
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Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We have two very special guests on Interview Wednesday's today. David and Phil run an organization called Eco Sapien, which creates small documentaries on You Tube. Some great quality documentaries, I might add that include conservation science, something that has been missing in many big budget TV programs. I sit down and chat with David and Phil on why and how they started Eco Sapien and how they got so good at producing documentaries. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session109
Direct download: sufbs109bristishwildlifewithecosapien_1454927127.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Today, on Species Tuesday, we examine my favourite group of animals in the world, the cuttlefish. I love these guys because of these ability to hover and change colour for camouflage. I profile the giant Australian cuttle fish today along with some of its pretty cool features and some conservation aspects that we should all know about. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session108
Direct download: sufbs108cuttlefishprofile_1454917467.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

A Seagrass species located in Shark Bay, Western Australia is using an alternative reproductive strategy to colonize an area that is highly saline and not normally optimal for the species. In this episode, we discuss why that is happening and what the seagrass species prefers. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session107
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Today's Ocean Talk Friday with me and Nathan Johnson talks about how people still think the earth is flat (WTF!?); The Royal Caribbean and WWF partner for Ocean Conservation; Sea Turtle Males are in demand; and, Microsoft is putting servers under water - is that good for the Ocean? Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session106
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This week's Research Thursday, I chat about how a study found that the African Penguin population success was highly tied to the population of the sardine and anchovy. This has great implications for managing the penguin species, which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session105
Direct download: sufbs105africanpenguinvariabilitywithfish_1454554250.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

I speak with Esther Jacobs Overbeeke who is a Communications Specialist for Oceans Research, a South African research organization focusing on Great White Shark populations. Esther's story is an awesome one, selling everything she had in Scotland to move to South Africa to work with sharks. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session104
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Penguins are known for being around ice in the Antarctic, but the African Penguin is known for living in South Africa, a tropical environment. The penguin is actually considered endangered because people keep taking something that is vital to their reproduction and pretty much gross when you think about what people are taking. Take a listen to find out what that is. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session103
Direct download: sufbs103africanpenguinprofile_1454298507.mp3
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German scientists have discovered the thermal expansion of water due to higher temperatures contributes more to sea level rise than initially thought. The study also found that sea level rise is not uniform around the world as some places will receive a 5x increase of the global average while other places will be the same. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session102
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Category: -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Nathan Johnson joins us again this week fro Ocean Talk Friday where we chat about the latest Ocean Conservation News that happened this week including: Scotland Fishermen are angry at proposed MPA fishing restrictions; Will the Ocean be your Valentine?; The Seychelles are investing in Blue Bonds; and, North Atlantic Right Whales get protection extension through a larger critical habitat. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session101
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It is with great pleasure that I announce the 100th episode of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. I have a little something special planned, but you will have to listen to find out. On today's Research Thursday, I chat about coral abundance on the Great Barrier Reef and a few studies that have found management of corals better when human disturbances were regulated (eliminated). Find out what I mean by listening to the podcast. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session100
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Category: -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

We see news articles about specific countries hunting whales around the world and there doesn't seem to be a good reason for it. We also see the IWC not really doing much about it, so we ask the question: Why? Dr. Chris Parsons sits is a Marine Mammal Biologist who sits on the Scientific Committee of the IWC and breaks down the science, or lack there of, and the politics involved in the decisions. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session99
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Tuna species are one of the most sought after seafood meals on the planet. Tuna is also becoming one of the most overfished species on the planet. I take the time to introduce you to the species and let you know about some of the seafood precautions you should take before you eat it, or avoid it. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session98
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The UK has declared 23 Marine Conservation Areas around its borders in an effort to protect its environment and better manage its Oceans. This is a HUGE win for the Island nation to protect its Ocean biodiversity! Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session97
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Nathan Johnson joins me via phone (internet problems!) to discuss this week's important Ocean Conservation topics, including: Fisheries declining faster than we thought; SCUBA diving is great for Africa's Oceans; Celebration of 15 years of Marine Protected Area for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; and, a Researcher talks about plastic pollution in the Ocean and it's negative effect on seafood and the people who eat it. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session96
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Manta Rays are the subject of this week's Research Thursday. I discuss a paper that wanted to figure out where Manta Rays go when they are not in 3 different protected areas. The authors used citizen science (Manta Matcher) to identify individuals and track their migration within the area. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session95
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Dr. Carl Safina is not just a Marine Scientist, or ornathologist, or ocean plicy maker, or science communicator...He's all of those wrapped into one. I had the pleasure of interviewing Carl and asked him how he has been so effective in protecting ocena life during is career. His answer was wonderful. I also asked him about some major issues like Climate Change and the Seafood industry. Carl is an Ocean Leader and a great person, which I highly respect. It's not everyday you get to interview you heroes. But today was one of those days! Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session94
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Manta Rays are one of the most majestic species in the Ocean; however, it's also the most mysterious. Researchers do not know much about the species, but are finding out new things every year. Listen to this episode so I can introduce you to this wonderful animal. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session93
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Peru and 12 other countries are looking to protect Manta Rays from accidental catches (bycatch) and being fished to extinction through various protection methods including a highly regulated fishery (maybe even banning fishing altogether) to allow for a more sustainable ecotourism industry to flourish. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session92
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Nathan and I discuss 3 different topics today: 1) Seaweed farming as an alternative to fishing and a way to absorb more CO2; 2) Over 600 sea turtles were rescued after they were stranded from cold ocean temepratures thanks to a great network of volunteers, vets, and conservationists; and, we discuss the merits of big sharks in aquariums. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session91
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Continuing with our week about the Great White shark, I thought I would talk about a paper that described the North West Atlantic population in terms of its Abundance Trends during Summer and Winter Seasons. The information in the paper I talk about contains important information that helps understand the species better, which will improve their management for future years to come. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session90
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Sharks were found by a team of scientists in an underwater volcano that is active. It wasn't erupting, but the water was too hot and acidic for any diver to go in the water. The scientists, on a National Geographic trip, lowered a specialized camera underwater to view the sharks. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session89
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Category: -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Great White Sharks were vilified in the popular set of movies of "Jaws" in the 70s and they are consistently vilified in the media being described as "monsters" and "man-eaters." This tends to happen when we don't know too much about an animal, which is why the Great White Shark is this week Profiled Species on Species Tuesday. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session88
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Category: -- posted at: 11:28pm EDT

A Japan Aquarium in Okinawa tranferred a Great White Shark that was accidentally caught of the coast of Japan into its Dangerous Predators Exhibit on January 5, 2016. 3 Days later it died. Why did the aquarium feel that it could take care of a Great White Shark when other aquariums have failed in the past? We explore this and more on this episode. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session87
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Category: -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

The first Ocean Talk Friday of 2016 has really got me psyched! Nathan Johnson and I talk about Marine Protected Areas, Marine Protected Areas and more Marine Protected Areas. Oh and we also talk about our friends over at SouthernFriedScience.com and how they are publishing articles that will be written in 2041? WTF?! Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session86
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Research Thursday is back for 2016 and it's becoming one of my favourite segments of this podcast. Today, I talk about how researchers wanted to set a baseline of Sea Turtle abundance in and out of the Florida Current, a place where alternative energy industries will be looking to harness energy from in the future. This is a great proactive research paper that you don't normally see. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session85
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Category: -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

A huge win occurred recently where the US federal government banned Microbeads from all products by July 2017. This is a huge victory for the Ocean as Microbeads has some harmful effects on waterways and oceans around the world. Find out their effects and how many microbeads are introduced into waterways per day in the US by listening to the podcast. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session84
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Today I profile the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle because the species came up in a couple of conversations I had with Dr. Nathan Robinson. Unfortunately, those conversations were not positive as Nathan had to take to plastic items out of the nose of 2 Olive Ridleys. I thought I would profile this species because it might help us understand why plastic is getting stuck up their nose. Listen in for some fun facts on this omnivorous species. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session83
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Many of you have been making new year's resolutions over the past week to create a better life. I thought I would introduce another resolution that will help the you live for a better Ocean. Take a listen to hear the different ways you can commit to this New Year's Resolution. Support the Podcast: http://www.speakupforblue.com/patreon Shop for the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/shop 10 Ocean Tips to Conserve the Ocean: http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/sufb_optinpdf Show Notes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/session82
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