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The second portion of my conversation with Dr. Austin Gallagher goes a bit deeper into what behaviour is expected and required for Oceanpreneurs. 

Remember, these tips are based on our experience. You may have different experiences based on your entrepreneurial path. We would love to here what your tips would be in our Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S568_10TipsForOceanPreneursPart2.mp3
Category:Oceanpreneur -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

I have had the opportunity in life to pursue a business idea that I feel will leave a legacy in Marine Science and Conservation. I wanted to do it because I felt that the ideas that I had could not be done with any other organization, government department or company as I have a vision as to how it would move forward. I became an Oceanpreneur and I am not the only one out there.

There are more people everyday seeking a way to innovate and create an new path to conduct Marine Science and Conservation. Dr. Austin Gallagher is one of those people and he contacted me last week with an idea for a show. The idea was to offer 10 tips for Oceanpreneurs as a way to share our experiences and lessons learned over our careers. 

This episode consists of tips 1-5 (the show is longer than our regular intervals...sorry, but we had a lot to say) and tomorrow's episode will consist of tips 6-10. 

If you are, or thinking about becoming an Oceanpreneur, listen to this episode and let us know what you think in the Facebook Group.

Austin's Information:

Website: Beneath The Waves

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Direct download: SUFB_S567_10TipsForOceanpreneursPart1.mp3
Category:Oceanpreneur -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Coral Reefs all over the world have been plagued by increasing temperatures due to Climate Change over the past 100 or so years. Researchers, conservationists and the rest of the world are concerned about the well being of one of the most diverse habitats in the world. 

Coral Reef habitats have been around for millions of years as they build their skeleton with symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae, which are microscopic algae that conduct photosynthesis in the coral skeleton and whose byproducts allow the coral to build it's skeleton. 

Increasing temperatures in the Ocean cause the zooxanthellae to leave the coral as the temperatures are too warm. The result is a white coloured coral that could die if the algae does not come back to the coral. The term for this process is known as coral bleaching. 

Bleaching is occurring everywhere and as long as temperatures continue to rise, bleaching will not stop; however, there may be a solution that lies in the diversity of the zooxanthellae.

Many of the species that we know today have a narrow temperature range, but there are some species that tolerate higher temperatures. These species could carry some corals into the new temperature ranges that we are seeing today.

Check out the episode for more information on this topic and let me know what you think in the Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S566_SymbioticAlgaeCouldHelpCoralsAdaptToClimateChange.mp3
Category:Coral Reef Algae -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The California Governor has signed the bill to halt the Federal Oil and Gas expansion. The Bill is in response to the Trump Administration's heavy push to expand fossil fuel development to drill in every ocean surrounding the US. 

The governors of the Western States have protested the expansion, especially California where they have suffered through 2 oil spills since 1969. The people of California do not forget the economic troubles they had after the Santa Barbara spills. The governor of California does not want to put his citizens through that ordeal again.

So California has made a stand. Will it be enough? Let me know what you think in the Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S565_CaliforniaSignsBillToStopExpansionOfOilAndGasDrilling.mp3
Category:California -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

A crazy story emerged out of Kuwait recently where a fish market was shutdown because it pasted googly eyes on its fish that it was selling. I am not lying...this actually happened. Insane...right?!?!

Direct download: SUFB_S564_GooglyeyedSeafood.mp3
Category:Seafood -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Sharkwater was responsible for the inspiration of thousands of people to become shark advocates, film makers and conservationists. The movie exposed the lucrative and destructive industry of shark finning. 

Rob Stewart's new movie, called Sharkwater Extinction, was released by the his family and friends after the director/film maker passed away in a diving accident. The movie is designed to inspire more people to work to protect sharks. 

I had the opportunity to attend the Movie Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). Angelo Villagomez invited me to attend the movie with him as he received an invitation from Rob's family (Angelo was close to Rob). 

I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the movie during this episode.

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Direct download: SUFB_S563_SharkwaterExtinctionReviewWorldPremiere.mp3
Category:Sharkwater Extinction -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The New Zealand Government realized that its Department of Conservation's Wildlife Act does not have the authority to provide permits to dive operations that offer Shark Cage Diving Tours as it goes against the Wildlife Act. A court of Appeals recently ruled that the Wildlife Act has the authority to manage whether animals can live or die based on a permitting system, but not as a tourism focus.

The decision arose as the Paua Industry sued the government for giving permits to Shark Dive Tour Operators as they claimed it caused the sharks to get used to approaching humans for food (conditioned to approach the cage).

I feel bad for the operators as it will hit their income hard; however, managing the Ocean needs to include all stakeholders. The Stakeholders are users that may have a conflict with one another. 

I talk more about this during the episode. Have a listen and let me know what you think about in the Facebook Group.

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Direct download: SUFB_S562_SharkCageDivingBannedInNewZealand.mp3
Category:Shark Cage Diving -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation recently received a whopping $443.3 million to help the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) adapt to climate change. 

Climate Change has taking its toll on the GBR destroying close to 90% of the reef through mass bleaching events. The Australian government trying to protect the reef by investing in its protection. However, there are some critics that believe the GBR Foundation is not capable or qualified to use/distribute the money.

Dr. Peter J. Mumby, who is an esteemed expert in Coral Reef Management in the face of climate change, was recently appointed as part-time chief scientist. He wrote an article in The Conversation, where he justifies why the foundation is well suited for this project.

Take a listen to the podcast as I discuss his reasons and why I feel better that Dr. Mumby is involved in this project.

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How do you get rid of an invasive species (lionfish) that has reeked havoc on coral reefs along the east coast of the US and in the Caribbean? You build a killer robot of course!!! 

Students from the Worecester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)have creator an autonomous underwater vehicle that can identify lionfish, spear them and float the fish to the Ocean surface. Pretty cool, right? 

Check out the podcast to find out how it's done.

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Direct download: SUFB_S560_RobotBuiltToHuntInvasiveLionfish.mp3
Category:Lionfish -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

When 100 seals were found in August (2018), researchers were concerned that there is something in the water that is causing the mass die off. The data shows that this is an above average mortality rate, which is normally 38 (10-year average). Unfortunately, researchers still don't know the cause. 

Susan Shaw a marine mammal biologist that specializes in contamination hypothesizes that the die off is due to PCBs in the water. 

More information is in the episode...take a listen.

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Direct download: SUFB_S559_MassDieOffOfSealsInMaineConcernResearchers.mp3
Category:Seals -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The High Seas take up most of the Oceans, but they are not governed by any one entity. The lack of governance opens the High Seas to plundering of fish and allowing more pollution that is unregulated. 

There is a meeting taking place this week at the UN in New York City this week with the goal for countries to sign a treaty to protect the high seas and manage its resources better. Not all countries are interested though. It could be a tough sell.

Check out the episode and let me know in the Facebook Group whether you think all of the countries will sign on to the treaty.

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Direct download: SUFB_S558_WhatWillAGlobalUNTreatyLookLike.mp3
Category:High Seas -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

It's my 40th Birthday!!! I don't normally say much about my birthday, but since this is my 40th...it's a big deal.

As I get older, I want to make sure that I take care of my health to avoid any health problems in the future. I am also more aware about the types of food that eat to make sure they are sustainable. 

Ensuring food is sustainable is not easy. In this episode, I talk about an article in the Guardian that discusses some of the common misconceptions in the health & sustainability food industry.

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Direct download: SUFB_S557_AreWeReallyEatingSuntainably.mp3
Category:Sustainable -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The fight against Climate Change can be a difficult battle, at least when you look at it from the Canadian Government's perspective. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been trying to get a pipeline approved that will run from the tar sands in Alberta to the coastline in British Columbia. However, the Canadian courts have a different viewpoint. 

The court ruled that the approval process for the pipeline expansion was flawed in that in did not consider increased shipping traffic in the environmental assessment and the government did not consult properly with Indigenous people.

It's a complicated story, so I explain it in this episode.

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Direct download: SUFB_S556_CanadianCourtRulesAgainstPipelineExpansion.mp3
Category:Pipeline -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Kelp habitat is one of the riches and most diverse habitats in the Ocean. It's why most governments will do their best to protect them. Scotland is one of those countries. It anyone in Scotland wants to get a permit to use kelp in their business, they would only be able to cut the tops to allow for regrowth. That makes sense...it's sustainable.

However, there is a company called Marine Biopolymers, a biochemical company, that would like to dredge swaths of kelp beds for its own use. Not very sustainable. 

I don't really understand why the company would choose to dredge the kelp forests when they could farm it. 

Check out the episode to find out more.

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Direct download: SUFB_S555_DredgingKelpInScotlandIsABadIdea.mp3
Category:Kelp Forest -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

A collaboration of researchers and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered an 85 linear mile swath of deep sea Coral Reef off the Atlantic Coast of the US. The discovery comes after the Okeanos had mapped a number of deep sea mounds. 

The coral reefs can house a diverse array of species and attract predators such as the swordfish that was observed by Woods Hole's ROV, Alvin. The reef could become a protected area as it would be important for fisheries and it would prevent oil and gas develop that is earmarked for the Atlantic Ocean.

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A huge Marine Conservation win today as the State of California passed a law that would ban the use of drift gillnets for the swordfish licenses in state waters. There are less than 20 swordfish permits in the state and compensation will be offered to those who retire their nets and/or permits early. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S553_CaliforniaBansGillnetsWinForConservation.mp3
Category:Fisheries -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are wonderful tools that can help replenish fisheries and maintain biodiversity within their boundaries; however, MPAs are quite expensive. Funding of each MPA can determine whether it will function properly as operational costs, such as enforcement, matter to the sustainability of the MPA.

I have the pleasure of interviewing John Bohorquez, a PhD student at Stony Brook University, who is studying finances of MPAs. I talk to him about how MPAs are financed and how the areas areas are funded. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S552_PayingForMarineProtectedAreas.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

My wife and I went to New York City with two other couples to celebrate our 40th birthdays together. I've reflected a lot over the past year on my 40th year on this planet, especially how I can make it better. With that in mind, I now notice many things about the environment when it comes to how we utilize containers, straws and other single-use plastics. I noticed a few things in New York City that I discuss in this episode. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S551_NewYorkCityWaste.mp3
Category:plastic pollution -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

No matter how you feel about who is causing climate change, the housing market is aware that sea level rise is playing a part in the price of homes that are along vulnerable costs. Homes that are prone to flooding due to storm activity, increased sea level and low elevation are losing value to their homes every year. 

A new study by the First Street Foundation showed homes within 8 states along the East Coast of the US lost more than $14 Billion between the years 2005 and 2017. 

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Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke Tully and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S550_SeaLevelRiseCostingHousingMarketBillions.mp3
Category:Sea Level Rise -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Humpbacks are a great conservation story because their populations have rebounded since they were almost hunted to extinction in the early 1900s. Their population rebound around the world provides optimism inside and outside the marine conservation field; however, the humpback whale still faces dangers such as fish gear entanglement, ship strikes and oil spill pollution. 

The humpback population along the Pacific Coast of North America is doing well, but it is still on the Endangered Species List. The Endangered Species List designation comes with certain protections, especially for critical habitat; however, the humpback's critical habitat was not being protected by the federal government. Three organizations got together to sue the federal government to ensure they protected the humpback's critical habitat. Guess what, they won!!!

Find out what the result was by listening to the episode.

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Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke Tully and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S549_HumpbackHabitatProtectedAfterGovernmentLawsuit.mp3
Category:Humpback Whales -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Nutrients are playing a huge role in disrupting our coastal ecological stability. We have blue-green algal blooms that are so think it smells like dead people. We also have red tides that kill everything in its path for short (lately longer) periods of time. These algal blooms are popping up all over the world causing heaps of trouble. Unfortunately for Florida, the two types of algal blooms mentioned here are present at the same time and they are reeking havoc along the Southwest coast.

Nutrients that fuel the algal blooms come from the coastline. The nutrients are derived from industries and sewage treatment plants. You and I contribute nutrients to our sewage treatment plants; therefore, it would be good if we could reduce our nutrient input through more eco-friendly products.

I talk about some of those products in hops that you will go out and try some. 

Here is a link to some available Laundry Detergent products from this Amazon search.

Let me know your favourite eco-friendly products in the Facebook Group.

Want to hear more form Brooke? Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean.

Direct download: SUFB_S548_HowYouCanHelpStopNutrientOverload.mp3
Category:Eco-Friendly Products -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Brooke Tully joins me again on the podcast to discuss the second part of the interview that we started yesterday. Today, we are discussing how to create a conservation movement. 

I thought it would be good for you, the audience, to understand how a movement is put together, starting with the purpose. It's important to realize that a movement usually ends with a specific action or behaviour change. The campaign for the movement is based on creative marketing purposes hopes to results in a behaviour change of a certain group around an Ocean Issue.

Brooke works with conservation organizations to create campaigns that will help groups conserve the Ocean with a specific behaviour change. 

Enjoy Part 2 of 2 episodes on Conservation Marketing with Brooke Tully.

Check out her work here: www.brookes2cents.com

Brooke's You Tube Channel

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Want to hear more form Brooke? Check out The Deep Dive, where Brooke and I talk more candidly about conservation marketing and how it applies to the Ocean. 

Direct download: SUFB_S547_HowToCreateAMovementWithBrookeTullyPart2.mp3
Category:Social Marketing -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

I used to think that Ocean Awareness was the only component needed to get the public to not only understand the issues facing the Ocean, but it would also give them enough information and inspiration to conserve the Ocean. Unfortunately, the behaviour change needed to conserve the Ocean for a particular issue does not happen just through Ocean Awareness. 

Behaviour change leads to action for conservation, which happens through marketing campaigns. Brooke Tully joins me on the show today to discuss how to bridge the gap between Ocean Awareness and Ocean Action. She is a conservation marketer with a background in Creative Marketing. 

She drops a lot of knowledge around this subject. So much knowledge that I had to divide her show into 2 parts to make sure it fit our new shorter episode model. 

Enjoy Part 1 of 2 episodes on Conservation Marketing with Brooke Tully.

Check out her work here: www.brookes2cents.com

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Whale Sharks are a huge and iconic species that are found to have migrated long distances; however, there is still much to be discovered about the species. For instance, do juvenile Whale Sharks travel the same long distances as the adults? The answer is yes...and no.

A recent study found that juvenile Whale Sharks swam a large distance for the 126 day study period (2,580 km); however, the sharks stayed within the same islands in the Philippines where there was plenty of food. So they same quite a bit, but didn't move to across an ocean like some of the adults. They stayed within specific regions. 

Mongabay covered the story and did a great job and hitting some interesting facts, which I discuss in this episode.

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"Everyone loves Marineland" is what I grew up listening to the Marineland commercial. Ask anyone that grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada and they will know the saying; however, not everyone loves Marineland anymore. There have been some major problems with the marine theme park over the past few decades as they have been cited under the Ontario SPCA Act for the way they mistreat their animals. 

A former trainer at Marineland has been speaking out against the park since 2012 after being sick and tired of the mistreatment of the animals. Phil Demers quit in 2012 and has since been a strong advocate in fighting Marineland over their lack of care of their animals.

Tune in to the episode to find out why Phil is worried about belugas and walruses lately at Marineland.

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I remember learning about marine ecology with a popular example of the relationship among the sea otter, sea urchin and kelp forest. Sea otters eat sea urchins and sea urchins eat kelp. A decrease in one population could give rise to another. A lack of sea otters caused sea urchin populations to increase, which fed on the kelp, severely decreasing its coverage. The reintroduction of the sea otter along the Pacific Coast decreased the sea urchin population allowing the kelp forests to flourish.

What I didn't realize is that there is a new factor in the otter-urchin-kelp relationship that has an affect on the system. That organism is the sea star. New research from monitoring before, during and after the sea star wasting disease event that nearly wiped out sea stars revealed a dependence of kelp of the sea stars for keeping the sea urchins in check. 

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The Coelacanth is one of those fish species that could easily be my favourite fish. It's prehistoric history and evolutionary importance fascinates me. The manner in which the pelvic fins move is captivating. As you can see, I am very passionate about coelacanths. 

Unfortunately, the coelacanth is critically endangered with only 30 left in the population off the coast of Africa. The species is also facing some trouble that could wipe them out if there is a major problem in the future. 

An Oil company, called Eni, is vying to start exploring and drilling in the region. Eni conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) that had little mention of the potential problem an oil spill might have on the critically endangered species. We've heard that promise before.

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I covered something different than I am used to over the past week. I talked about businesses that benefit the Ocean. The businesses are usually Social Enterprises, companies that have a triple bottom line for profit, environmental and social change.

There are many profiles in the news about specific Ocean Start Ups that have had success and received extra training, but I wanted to ensure that you know something about entrepreneurship. It is something that I learned over the past 7.5 years. Entrepreneurship is hard!!!

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint at heart. It's for people who like to hustle and take risks. The people that realize the risk could lead to failure in a business or they need to pivot their business. 

I talk about my experience with Entrepreneurship and the challenges that I faced over the past 7 years as an example of how hard it is to own a business that helps protect the Ocean.

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The water along the beaches in San Diego are known for it's surfing and majestic sea life. The waters are also cooler as the Californian Current is influenced by the Alaskan Current and Northern Pacific Current; however, the global heat wave has raised the temperatures of the water to a point where researchers are worried about the affect this change could have on sea life in the area, particularly local coral reefs and kelp forests. 

Coral Reefs and Kelp Forests are stationary habitats (they can't move if they don't like the conditions) that have a narrow range of ocean variables that helps them grow and be stable. An increase in sea surface temperatures could degrade the habitats that are home to a diverse community of species. 

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Yesterday, I introduced you to some start ups that were going to be part of an accelerator program for an Impact Investing Program. 

Today, I speak to the CEO and Founder of Katapult Ocean, which is a new Impact Investing firm that is focused on searching and investing in start ups that help make the Oceans more sustainable. 

Maren Hjorth Bauer is our guest. She defines Impact Investing and tells us about the Accelerator Program they are launching in January 2019 to help Start Ups scale their business.

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Talking about Ocean issues everyday can get a little tiring, so I've been doing some research to see what is being done about solutions. 

There are some organizations such as Conservation X Labs that help engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs to create prototypes that will provide conservation solutions and scale their business. 

There are also impact investing firms that are trying to incentivize start ups who are helping the Ocean and create programs to help them scale their business to have a wider reach.

I talk about some of the start ups that were announced for the Sustainable Oceans Solutions' "Ocean Solutions Accelerator Program."

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I keep talking about the Ocean Clean Up Project because I get angry at the fact that there has been little criticism about the project in the mainstream media. So when I found this story, I had to talk about it on the podcast. This article really dives into the problems with the apparatus. I wanted to go through it because it's good to have criticism. 

I should get one thing straight. I do support start ups that help the Oceans; however, not if it will affect wildlife. 

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The Southern Resident Orca Population are considered a Schedule 1 Endangered Species by the Canadian Species At Risk Act. The main reason for the decline of the Orca population which only has 75 individuals left is because of the lack of Chinook Salmon, this according to Dr. Naomi Rose. 

Dr. Naomi Rose is our guest on the podcast today in the second of a two-part interview where we discussed the endangered Orca population.

Naomi describes some of the biggest barriers (physical and policy) that are creating such a low level population of the Orcas' only food source. There are some quick fixes that will help Salmon and Orca populations increase...and no, it's not a sea lion cull.

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We have our most popular guest on the podcast today, Dr. Naomi Rose. She is a Marine Conservation Advocate who works for the Animal Welfare Institute where she specializes in Whales in Captivity. 

Naomi came on the podcast to discuss the plight of wild Orcas of the Southern Resident Population; however, we first got on the topic of Marine Conservation Advocacy and discussed it for a while. It was such great advice and content that I thought I would divide the interview into 2 parts: Today's interview focusing on marine advocacy when it comes to Orcas; and, tomorrow's interview focusing on what is causing the depletion of the Southern Resident Orca population.

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a good marine advocate, or an environmental advocate in genera, then this is the episode for you.

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There is a big United Nations meeting that is going to happen in New York City soon that some researchers say will dictate the long term survival of the Ocean. The meeting has been in the works for years with countries expected to sign on to a pact that will manage the high seas over a number of issues from water quality to fisheries. 

Scientists have published on the way the high seas (ocean areas that are not governed by any country) have been treated in the past and have been outspoken on the need to better protect them. 

Some researchers say the oceans will be in trouble if countries do not sign on to protect the high seas at this meeting. 

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Marine Conservation can be a tricky business at times. This episode covers one of those tricky times and it has to do with the porbeagle shark. 

The porbeagle shark is a "mini-great white" that only feeds on fish. It's population on the east coast has dwindled to 10% of its initial population. The Canadian government has put them on the Species At Risk list to help protect them; however, the shark crosses the Canadian-US border where it is not protected and it is fished and allowed to be taken. 

Researchers in Canada are worried after they have seen an increased amount of social media posts with dead porbeagle sharks that were legally caught. 

What would you do in this predicament? 

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There is a report that was released by the Ocean Conservancy that states over 80% of the marine debris that enters the Ocean comes from 20% of the countries, primarily in the Asian Region of the world. Most of it could be attributed to lack of a waste management infrastructure. Since then, the focus of marine debris has been on those countries, but over in North America, we are not perfect. 

The lack of perfection was highlighted after a story came out that a Canadian Mall's food court staff had managed to reduce the number of garbage bags by 117 bags/day. They now throw out 3 bags of garbage per day.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons, who is also known as @MotherOfRays - a fantastic Twitter handle!!! We discussed a recent paper that she published on the feeding behaviour of smooth rays around a recreational fishing cleaning area. 

The fishers clean their fish and discard the fish "waste" into the ocean where the rays feed; however, this feeding behaviour could be detrimental to the overall survival of the rays, especially if the cleaning station disappears leaving the rays to fend for themselves.

If you want to here more from Joni about how she got into Marine Science, here graduate career and her views on Shark Week, Steve Irwin and more, check out the new Deep Dive show we have on our Patreon.  

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SeaWorld is rebounding with higher attendance in the first 2 quarters fo this year pleasing investors and making them think that the fallout from the Blackfish documentary that showed the entertainment park was ignoring scientific evidence that the small tanks and shows were harming the mental and emotional state of the captive orcas. 

An investigation is still under way by the SEC into allegations that SeaWorld misreported the gravity of the effect of Blackfish on attendance to its investors back in 2014; however, the penalty will be minimal. 

Attractions such as the Electric Eel roller coaster at the San Diego Park and offering free beer to customers at the Orlando park are believed to increase attendance. 

These attractions are not related to the orca captivity issue itself; however, should people still support SeaWorld knowing that the park is not releasing the orcas or any other marine mammal? I would love to hear your answer. 

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As if plastic pollution in the ocean wasn't bad enough, now researchers have revealed that as plastics degrade in the light (photo-degradation), they emit greenhouse gases. 

Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa published an article in PLOS One recently were they tested how gases were released as different forms of plastics degraded in saltwater.

Surface area increased as the plastics were degraded increasing the amount of gasses that were introduced to the atmosphere. 

Plastics were created 70 years ago and researchers predict that production will double over the next 2 decades. We need to engage with plastic manufacturers to decrease the amount of plastics that are used in current products. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I published an episode on a number of Sea Turtles floated ashore dead from a red time bloom off of Southwest Florida. The long term prognosis did not look good as the red tides usually happen in the winter, where cool water from the land break up the red tide; however, this red tide happened in the summer, where cool water is absent.

I thought I would do an update on the situation for this episode, but the update is worse than the initial story. There are almost 400 Sea Turtles dead. There are a number of manatees dead as well. Thousands of fish are also dead and shellfish in the red tide are not going to be consumed by anyone as they are likely contaminated.

Instead of focusing on the numbers of dead animals for this episode, I thought I would focus on how changes in water quality management has really caused this horrible event. You can trace the cause back to deregulation of important environmental management practices. 

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Researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered that European sea bass lose some of their sense of smell when pH dips in tiny amounts, which means that Ocean Acidification with cause this fish to become vulnerable.

The study showed the bass have to be 42% closer to their prey, to their habitat and their predators to detect them leaving them vulnerable to hunt for food, find suitable habitat and be at risk of predation.

This study opens up the question as to whether other fish will show similar results in more acidic waters.

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Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation decided to give $100 million dollars towards marine conservation in Australia as he criticizes the Australian government for their lack of protection for proposed roll backs on Marine Protected Areas within the country.

On top of that, Andrew is doing his PhD in Marine Conservation as he tries to find ways to create ways of economic and marine conservation sustainability.

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There is a population on the Ile aux Cochons that is located between South Africa and Antarctica that holds a significant portion of the populations of King Penguins. Unfortunately, the population of those penguins has decreased by 90% over the past 40 years going from 2 million individuals to 200,000. 

Researchers have been using satellite imagery to measure the population change over the years and discovered the huge loss of penguins. The hypothesize that the loss could be due to climate change and El Nino events, Competition for Food and Avian Cholera. 

The researchers plan on visiting the island to determine the cause(s) on a trip in 2019.

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I learned about the Ocean Conveyor Belt that influenced the climate for the Northwestern Atlantic and Northeastern Atlantic regions when I was in school quite some time ago. It fascinated me that the ocean can have such a prolific role in regulating Climate. 

It seems that it also has a role in controlling, or accelerating Climate Change, as well. Researchers from China have recently published an article in Nature regarding how the conveyor belt can help take Greenhouse Gases out of the atmosphere and bury them 1,500 metres below the Ocean's surface. Alternatively, if the belt slows or stops, then the gases will have nowhere to go and will remain in the atmosphere. 

According to the article, the authors predict that the belt has slowed and will remain in this state for another 20 years. This does not look good for global temperatures.

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Thomas Cook, a major UK tour operator, has officially stopped selling Seaworld tickets due to the captive mammal facility not abiding bu ABTA guidelines on animal welfare. 

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization has been working with Thomas Cook for the past 18 months to investigate whether the park was adhering to the guidelines. The investigation resulted in a failure and the tour operator took action.

This could be the beginning of a slew of other tour operators that stop selling tickets to captive marine mammal parks due to ethical reasons. 

The Blackfish documentary blew lid off of the captive marine mammal parks and how the animals were going crazy being help in those tiny tanks. Blackfish shone a light on the problems that advocacy groups had been telling the public for decades. 

It's a great battle won for the movement to free captive whales and stop parks like Seaworld from keeping marine mammals captive.

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In cool ocean news, Scientists at Cascadia Research Collective have discovered a new dolphin hybrid species off the coast of the Kauai, Hawai'i. The hybrid was the product of a melon-headed-dolphin and a rough-toothed dolphin, where the former is rare in Hawaiian waters. 

A two-week study revealed observations of the melon-headed dolphin and another rare species called pantropical spotted dolphins. Both species were tagged and will be monitored for future observations.

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I talked about how the Marine Conservation Community views Boyan Slant's Ocean Clean Up project before and I even touched on my frustrations as to how mainstream media outlets haven't shown the criticisms to their audience.

FINALLY, a mainstream media platform showed the criticisms to their audience. And it made me happier to see it. I hope this type of journalism persists with this topic because the audience really needs to hear both sides. 

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Patima Tungpuchayalkul was this year's awardee for the Jairo Mora Sandoval Award at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5). Patima was given the award for the work she has done freeing fisheries slaves in Southeast Asia. The events that happened after the award was given was a great example of how the award was supposed to work.

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Sea Turtle populations are endangered for all 7 species and there are groups working very hard to ensure their survival; however, a summer red tide event in Southwest Florida is causing high mortality on Sea Turtles that are way above the normal mortality rates for these species. 

The average number of Sea Turtle deaths in one year in the Southwest Florida area in 30-35; however, conservation groups have already collected 53 sea turtles in June and July alone (in the Sannibel Island area). 

There seems to be no end in sight as the red tide season usually occurs during the winter, where cool water from the mainland breaks up the red tide blooms. The current bloom won't be broken up by cool water as it is summer and practitioners are worried that the red tide could last until the winter. 

Sometimes, we have to deal with bad news...not my favourite part of the job.

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Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Nassau Grouper populations have been dwindling since the 1950s and the fisheries collapsed in 1990. Since then, marine scientists and conservationists have been working tirelessly to try and revive the fishery. 

Island nations throughout the Caribbean have been monitoring their local populations to find ways to help revive the fishery along each island. 

The Cayman Islands have recently shown a successful case with positive growth in local populations using a collaborative model that included government, non-profit organizations and academia. 

A written article suggested by @WhyOceansMatter (Matt Teibohl) and written by Ben Shouse from the Lenfest Ocean Fund talked about the collaborative process that helped make this project successful.

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The North American Congress for Conservation Biology happened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this past week and I had the honour of attending. The conference was mostly focused on terrestrial research and conservation; however, there were some great talks. Unfortunately, I learned some lessons while attending a conference in my hometown.

For one, when a conference is in your hometown, you have to make sure you commit to attending the conference like there is nothing else going on. 

Second, I didn't plan the conference like I normally do. I didn't look at the program the week before for the names of the speakers and make a list of people I wanted to meet. Networking is a big part of my plans and I work hard to ensure I meet the right people. 

I was able to meet some people at the socials that went on for the conference, which was wonderful, but planning ahead would have allowed me to do a better job to meet more people.

Listen to the episode to find out the rest of the highlights of the conference.

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If California can reduce its Greenhouse Gas emissions to pre-1990 levels, then why can't other states/provinces and countries do it as well. We are in a time where we need to make changes to our energy uses and California has worked hard to make those changes. Not only did they make those changes, but they did it while growing their economy by 26% since 2004. 

So why can't others do it as well?

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There is a huge movement to ban plastic straws in cities across North America and other places in the world; however, some people have been pointing out that it will not save the Ocean. 

An article was recently published in the National Post (a Canadian Newspaper) that pointed out a number of reasons why the straw ban will not protect the Ocean as there are other problems with Ocean Plastic Pollution that we know are a bigger problem for the Ocean (waste management in different parts of the world and ghost fishing nets). 

In this episode, I let you know that I agree with some of the article, but I also feel strongly that we need the plastic straw bans on the world to make people think about how we use plastic. 

I also feel we need to rephrase how we propose the plastic straw ban. 

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Category:Ocean Plastic Pollution -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Great White Sharks are the species that EVERYONE wants to know about. We know Shark Week loves their Great White Sharks, but I find they always cover the same kind of thing. So I thought that I would ask my buddy Dr. Dave Ebert whether he would be interested in coming on again to discuss why there were so many more Great Whites in Northern California.

Dave was happy to record another episode about sharks...because he loves sharks. So we had a great discussion. Take a listen!!!

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As Shark Week is on it's way, I thought it would be great to get our friend of the podcast, Dr. Dave Ebert (aka @lostsharkguy) on the podcast to discuss his journey to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka to discover more sharks.

If you are not familiar with Dave's work, he discovers and studies new shark, ray and chimera species. It's quite amazing what his team has accomplished over the past few decades and will accomplish in the next few decades as well.

If you like sharks, take a listen to this episode as Dave journeyed to Sri Lanka to discover new sharks.

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Category:sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Shark Week has been running for 29 years and this year will be its 30th year running as it had educated, inspired, scared and trick many people over its tenure. Shark Week seeks to educate and entertain; however, 3 years ago, Discovery (the company who puts on Shark Week) focused more in the entertainment rather than the education. 

There was a period of a few years where the programming focused more on fake documentaries rather than education on sharks. For example, the was a program that said the megalodon existed and was targeting humans. Discovery barely told the audience that the episode was fake. It caused a lot of fear and a lot of anger from shark biologists, such as Dr. David Shiffman.

David joins me on the program today to discuss the 30-year Legacy of Shark Week as we discuss the good, the bad and the ugly parts of that legacy. We also go through some of the interesting previews of this week's programming. Finally, we discuss our favourite shows over the past couple for years (as Discover got their act together) and some of the show we would like to see based on new research. 

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Category:shark week -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

One of the great things about the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group is that people who are facing marine science and conservation problems can post in the group and other people (scientists/conservationists) can provide some advice best on past experiences and their expertise in the subject matter.

A recent post by a member named Emma provided a similar opportunity for advice to be given by other members in the group.

The organization for which Emma volunteers posted a graphic photo of an injured loggerhead sea turtle that was trying to nest and lay her eggs, but was hit by a boat propeller before she got to the beach. The turtle died of her injuries before she could get to the beach and lay her eggs. 

Emma was searching for advice from other members of the group as to how the organization can move forward with this issue. Ideally, the organization would want to stop the motorized water sports from occurring during nesting season; however, the industry needs to make money within 6 months to survive for the entire year; therefore, stopping the water sport activities may be futile. 

Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan and Loch Land offered a few suggestions that seemed like the proper avenue to take. 

Listen to the podcast to find out what those avenues are.

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Category:Sea Turtles -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission decided in April to consider limiting Land-based shark fisheries occurring along its coasts in order to protect swimmers and sharks alike.

The initiation of this policy change came to be because of the number of pictures and videos posted on social media with people posing with sharks that they reeled in out of the water, where the sharks can't breathe, dragged them across rough terrain such as sand and/or concrete and posed for pictures with their catch in painful positions for the shark. 

Many of the pictures had hammerhead sharks in them, which are a protected species in Florida State waters due to the species' sensitivity to being caught with a hook and line. 

Dr. David Shiffman, a friend of the podcast, was on this podcast recently to discuss the policy changes and how there was a need for change in the policies and enforcement. He is happier now that the Commission is considering possible restrictions.

Take a listen to the podcast for the possible restrictions being considered.

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Category:Land-Based Shark Fishing -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Alissa Barnes of the Dakshin Foundation discovered 7 hermaphrodite bigeye houndsharks of the East Coast of India at a Port of Odhisa during a survey of fishers. The survey was to determine whether a gear change was the cause of a decrease in sharks and rays catches.

The discovery is rare in sharks; however, it is not the only time hermaphroditism was discovered in sharks. A 2005 study found a large proportion of longhead catsharks were hermaphrodites and a study in the 1990s also discovered bigeye houndsharks to be hermaphrodites not far from where the 7 sharks were caught in 2017. 

Alissa is super curious about how this occurred and wants to find how whether the cause is human-related or otherwise.

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Category:Hermaphrodite Sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Conferences in the Marine Science and Conservation fields are super important in sharing information, establishing collaborations, networking for your career and your work; however, conferences for some have been a nightmare that included sexual harassment, being passed up for talks and feeling isolated within a conference. 

Many societies that put on conferences are trying to become better at attracting great scientists who would normally not attend due to the negative aspects I mention above. Establishing a Code of Conduct, Hiring a Safety Officer, ensuring there is more diversity in the keynote and plenary speakers.

The system is far from perfect and we are reminded of that every once and a while after someone does what happened recently at a Conference. 

Take a listen to find out what they did and never do it!!!

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The Columbian government have dispatches the army to protect migrating Black Land Crabs who travel to the coast from the dry, dense forests on the Island of Providencia to lay eggs and where the larvae develop in the Ocean for a few weeks after which they migrate back to the forests where they become adults. 

Tourism has shot up over the past few decades adding pressure to the survival of the black crabs as the crustaceans are delicacies on the island. The decrease in population has left fishers and businesses that rely on the crab fishery as its primary source of income out fo work. 

The Columbian army is dispatched to ensure that the crab migration is not interrupted by hunters and fishers to allow for a more sustainable food and income source.

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Category:Crabs -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Oceana has written a report blasting countries such as Italy, France, Malta and Greece for not enforcing fisheries regulations. The report called out Italy, specifically because they allowed over 10,000 hours of trawling in a MPA that was designed to protect young hake. 

The Oceana report stated that 90% of the Mediterranean is overfished and countries need to step up their efforts and put protection into action rather than just committing to protect fisheries. 

Oceana used AIS to track boats in the study area, but noted that many foreign-flagged ships did not have AIS, which would up the estimate significantly.

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Category:fishing -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Basten Gokkon wrote a great article on Mongabay News that was an interview with one of the plenary speakers at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia. the presenter is named John Aini, who founded the Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guinea. 

The subject of the plenary and interview that John gave was about decolonizing conservation, which means conservation needs to work towards conserving the marine environment that line up with the needs of the local or indigenous community. 

Here is a link to the article/interview: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/07/decolonizing-conservation-qa-with-png-marine-activist-john-aini/

In this episode, I reiterate the need for conservation to address the local community rather than the agenda of International NGOs.

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Category:Decolonizing Conservation -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Nurse sharks have been in the news lately, but not for good reasons. There have been two incidents in the recent weeks that have been published where two people have been bitten by nurse sharks. 

The first person was feeding a nurse shark in Australia. Her hand was sucked into the mouth of the shark who was trying to eat the bait set out for it to eat.

The second person decided that they would swim within a school of nurse sharks, floating on her back, to get a great pic for her social media. 

I talk about how these incidences and viral news stories can have a potential negative effect on the population on nurse sharks in the future because of the bad decisions that a few people make.

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Category:Nurse Sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The Canadian Government recently implemented a 200 m minimum distance for any ship in the area of Orcas. They also chopped the Chinook Salmon quota by 35%. The government is doing this because the Southern Resident Orca population only has 75 individuals (estimated) left. The Orca population relies heavily on Chinook Salmon for their diet and they won't diversify their diet. 

An article in the Toronto Star highlighted an important factor that face the Orca population: the Orcas are around ships 85% of the time. The government recognizes that the Orca populations are in need of help, but are the measures taken too late or too extreme?

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Category:Southern Resident Orca -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

We all dreamed about this day, but now that Scott Pruitt has resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is it really what we want? As Scott Pruitt leaves office, Andrew Wheeler replaces him. Unfortunately, they are the same person in terms of beliefs (climate change deniers) and supporting fossil fuels. 

It comes down to the fact that Scott Pruitt did not resign due to bad policies as everyone, including the President, made comments as to how great of a job Scott did while in office. Pruitt is leaving because his scandals caught up to him and he could not handle the pressure from the media and public. 

Andrew Wheeler used to work for a coal lobby group. The same lobby group that allegedly wrote the new policies for Scott Pruitt to implement. 

So out with the old and in with the, um...old!!!

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Category:Scott Pruitt -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

The Second Part of my conversation with Andrew Thaler on the last 10 years of Marine Science and Conservation Communication. 

If you are someone who has been doing SciComm in the same field, how have you noticed the field has evolved?

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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

500 EPISODES!!! I can't believe the time has finally come where the Speak Up For Blue Podcast has reached 500 episodes!!! What do I do to celebrate? I announce that I will be posting from 3 times a week to 7 times a week. More frequency will result in shorter episodes, but that doesn't mean I won't be diving deep into the topics of each episode. Some episodes, like today's, will be a 2-parter. 

Today's episode, Andrew Thaler joins me to help celebrate the 500th episode as we record together from the Singapore Crowne Plaza Hotel at the airport on a 22 hour layover. 

We reflect on our efforts to communicate Marine Science and Conservation over the past 10 years. We look at how it started and how it has evolved over time. We also look at how it has changed both of our lives. 

Check out Part 1 of this 2-Part episode on Marine Science and Conservation Communication. 

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Category:SciComm -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

A global whale shark study that used bathymetry (depth profiles), as a way to identify potential favourite habitats, along with whale shark sightings revealed a preferred habitat for the largest fish in the sea. 

Whale sharks are often found in areas with shallow shelfs with steep drop offs that bring cold nutrient-rich waters to the surface (upwellings) as a food source for the whale sharks. 

Source: https://theconversation.com/whale-sharks-gather-at-a-few-specific-locations-around-the-world-now-we-know-why-98502

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Category:Whale Sharks -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Last year, the North Atlantic Right Whale population lost 19 individuals in the US and Canada due to ship strikes and/or fish gear entanglement. It was a surprise in Canada as Right Whales sightings were rare in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; however, with Climate Change heating up the sea, many species northern boundaries are expanding. 

The Government of Canada took some major initiatives to stop the deaths of the endangered whales as they decreased ship speed in the Gulf and closed down certain fishing areas in the Spring of 2018. 

There hasn't been a reported death of Right Whales this Spring yet, which leads us to believe the restrictions by the Government of Canada are working. 

Unfortunately, the fishing community in the areas where fishing has been closed during these times are not happy. They say it's going to affect their revenue for the year without any compensation.

In this episode, I ask you if we should be prioritizing the protection of whales over fishing communities and whether that is a viable long-term strategy?

Source:

1) Efforts To Protect Northern Right Whale Working

2) Right Whale forces Canadian island to ban fishing

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Direct download: SUFB_S498_CanadaPrioritizingWhaleProtectionOverFishing.mp3
Category:Right Whales -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

After 2 years of preparing, making travel arrangements, preparing presentations, renting podcasting equipment, getting vaccinations and finally, attending the conference...IMCC5 is officially over. 

Before I spend my time looking at planning for the next IMCC in Kiel, Germany, I wanted reflect on my time at the conference in Kuching, Malaysia.

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Direct download: SUFB_S497_ReflectionOnIMCC5.mp3
Category:IMCC5 -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Lionfish have invaded most, if not all, of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean. They have become a huge problem for fishing communities and tourist industries. 

There are many people, organizations and governments who are trying to eradicate Lionfish from their regions promoting them as a fishery for seafood.

My guest today is Phil Karp, who is spearheading an effort of awareness of the Lionfish invasion as well as management through empowering women to start a business as jewelry makers of Lionfish pieces.

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Direct download: SUFB_S496_LionfishJewelleryWithPhilKarp.mp3
Category:Lionfish -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Dr. Judith Weis and I got to sit down face to face at IMCC5 to discuss an ongoing conversation we have had for about a month online. The conversation centred around plastic pollution and the way we are trying to deal with the waste we produce with it. 

During the conversation we talk about the meetings and groups with which Judith is involved on plastic pollution management on the ocean and we discuss how merchandisers are creating clothes out of recycled plastic from the Ocean (is that a good thing?).

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Direct download: SUFB_S495_JudithWeis_PlasticPollution.mp3
Category:Plastic Pollution in the Ocean -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

This is Part 2 of the COMPASS "The Art Of Story Telling" Workshop at IMCC5, where 9 people attended a pre-conference workshop on how to communicate their own science and conservation to the public. 

I talk to more of the workshop attendees about their experience and how they will use the skills they gained in the future work.

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Direct download: COMPASSArtOfStorytellingwithDelegates_Part2.mp3
Category:COMPASS -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

COMPASS is a communication organization that helps scientists tell the public their research through engaging ways. They held a 2-day pre-conference workshop at IMCC5 with 9 delegates. I had a chance to sit down with some of the delegates to discuss their experience with the workshop and how they will continue to use what they learnt in the work going forward.

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Direct download: SUFB_S493_COMPASSArtOfStorytellingwithDelegates.mp3
Category:Art of Storytelling for Science -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Alex Deghan, Founding Director of Conservation X Labs, joins me on the podcast at IMCC5 in Kuching, Malaysia. Alex uses Conservation X Labs to create competitions in different parts of the world to put ideas into practice that solve conservation challenges. 

He brought his team and some of the best engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs to help solve 5 conservation challenges that face the Ocean. It's a competition (hack-a-thon) with cash prizes for some of the best prototypes created during the 5 day event.

I ask him all about the Make For The Planet event and why Conservation X Labs wanted to do it at the International Marine Conservation Congress.

Conservation X Labs Twitter

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Direct download: SUFB_S492_MakeForThePlanetWithAlexDehgan.mp3
Category:Hack-a-thon -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

As I continue to post from IMCC5, I had the chance to sit down with Nina Bohla (UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and Lance Morgan (Marine Conservation Institute) to discuss the IUCN Marine Protected Area (MPA) Standards. 

Both guests tell us their excitement about the MPA Standards and how their organizations have incorporated into their work.

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Direct download: SUFB_S491_Part2MPAStandardsWithNinaBohlaAndLanceMorgan1.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

The IUCN has launched a new document about Marine Protected Area (MPA) Standards to help redefine what an MPA is. Why is this important? It's because the world needs to protect 10% of biodiversity by the year 2020 according to the member countries who signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

The MPA Standards document was launched here at IMCC5 during the keynote presentation by Dr. Jane Lubchenco and at one of the sessions during the conference to get feedback from people as an initial reaction. 

What do you think about this new standard?

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Direct download: SUFB_S490_IUCNMPAStandardsWithAngeloVillagomez.mp3
Category:marine protected areas -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Today's episode of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast has me talking to 3/4 of the Project Seagrass Team. We discuss all things seagrass and how the team is trying to get Seagrass part of the Conservation Conversation.

Seagrass are important ecosystems as they hold a huge amount of the biodiversity and abundance of important fisheries species in coastal systems around the world. The Project Seagrass team discuss some projects in Southeast Asia where they are working with communities to assess and protect seagrass meadows to ensure the sustainability supply of fisheries on which the community depends for food. 

As this is an IMCC5 podcast Season, the team and I chat about how important it was for them to be an exhibitor at the conference. They talk about the connections they have made and the people with which they discuss seagrass projects. 

Can you tell why I love this team?!?!?! 

Check you their links below:

Project Seagrass Website

Seagrass Spotter

Project Seagrass Twitter

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Direct download: SUFB_S489_S2E4_ProjectSeagrass_ExhibitorsInterview.mp3
Category:seagrass -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

The International Marine Conservation Congress is known for having great exhibitors that have booths in the main hall of the conference. It gives a chance for each organization to discuss the great things that they are doing and connect with others who are interested in their work. In other words, they get great exposure.

I interview 3 of the exhibitors (From Malaysia, Bangladesh and the UK) today to give you a sense of what they do and show you how great these organizations are. Also, it goes to show how important it is to be an exhibitor.

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Direct download: SUFB_S488_S2E3_Exhibitors.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

I welcome back Patrick Goff to the podcast to discuss why and how the International Marine Kids Conference is happening. We talk about what the kids will do during this week and how they will be integrating with scientists this week. Patrick also talks about the fun filed trips in which the kids will take during the conference.

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Direct download: SUFB_S487_IMKCWithPatrickGoff.mp3
Category:marine education -- posted at: 6:08am EDT

I am very pleased to present the first episode for the International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia. 

Everyday until June 29th, I will be publishing a podcast summarizing the highlights of the day as well as some other interesting events happening at the conference.

Today's episode is the day before the opening day of the conference. Three hosts, myself (Speak Up For Blue), Dr. Chris Parsons (Marine Conservation Happy Hour) and Melissa Marquez (ConCiencia Azul), on the Speak Up For Blue Podcast Network went on a field trip to a cat museum...yes, a cat museum. It's a popular tourism attraction here in Kuching. 

While we were at the cat museum, we decided to record a podcast on what we would like to get out of the conference, personally and professionally. Chris and Melissa give there answers while describing their time at the cat museum. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S486_S2E1_IMCC5DayBeforeConference.mp3
Category:Marine Conservation Conference -- posted at: 5:26am EDT

As you are listening to this episode, I am just arriving to Kuching, Malaysia for the International Marine Conservation Congress (5). I have to admit that I am getting pretty excited for the trip and to see great friends and meet new ones. 

I always set some goals that I would like to accomplish while I am at the conference. I want to network and meet new people while maintaining my relationships with others. 

Take a listen to the episode to find out what new goals I set for this year.

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Direct download: SUFB_S485_PreppingForMarineConservationConferences.mp3
Category:Conference -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Sarah McAnulty joins me on the podcast to continue with Cephalopod Week and discuss her research interest of Squid and Bacteria. Sarah is not only interested in the marine science and conservation of squid and the rest of Cephalopods. She is also interested in science communication. 

I had the opportunity to ask Sarah about Cephalopods, Squids and Science Communication. 

We also spend some time talking about Sarah's project called Skype A Scientist.

Sarah McAnulty's Twitter

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Direct download: SUFB_S484_SquidAndBacteriaWithSarahMcAnulty.mp3
Category:Squid Cephalopods -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Three stories for today include lobster trade wars between US and China, Ecotourism money for an Australian Cuttlefish Community and Asking Whether MPAs are effective.

Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast to get updates on IMCC5 happenings at the end of this week and next week.

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Direct download: SUFB_S483_LobsterTariffsGiantCuttlefishMoneyMPAWorking.mp3
Category:Cephalopods -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

It's Cephalopod Week (June 15th to June 22nd) so Speak Up For Blue will focus this week on all things Cephalopod. 

In this episode, we chat with Thomas Clements, who just passed his defence for his PhD, about how Cephalopods were different millions of years ago compared to today's species in the group. 

Thomas also goes into wonderful detail about how fossils are formed. This will be a great episode for Cephalopod enthusiastes and Paleontology enthusiasts. 

Thomas Clements' Twitter

Thomas Claments' Website

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Direct download: SUFB_S482_CephalopodWeekInTheBeginningWithThomasClements.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

I focus on how businesses are approaching Marine Conservation in this episode. our three stories cover different ways businesses are adapting to changing times.

Our first story is about two businesses who make it easier and more cost effective for oil companies to drill in Alaska (The Bad).

Our second story involves companies like IKEA, Royal Caribbean and SeaWorld (yes, even SeaWorld!!!) leading the charge in getting rid of single-use plastic straws and bags in their companies. 

Our last story for this episode covers an art project by the Caption Boomer Belgian Art Collective that placed a sperm whale sculpture on a beach by a lake in the French Alps (800m above sea level) to connect people living inland with the trials and tribulations that face the Ocean.

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Direct download: SUFB_S481_LargeCompaniesCommitToPlasticFree.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Three stories I'm covering today:
1) Caribbean Coral Reef Being Mapped By Integrated Technology;
2) UK Expands Protected "Blue Belt" Without Management Plans; and,
3) Belize Revokes Super Fish Trawler's Registration After Multiple Infractions of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fisheries.

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Please consider supporting the award by clicking here

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Over 100 people working on the conservation of animals and the environment are killed around the world every year just for doing their job. Many more work under the threat of harm, persecution, or death.

Jairo Mora Sandoval was one such person. He worked tirelessly to protect sea turtles in Costa Rica. In 2013, at the age of 26, he was brutally murdered by local poachers.

Acknowledging the struggles and perseverance of our colleagues that work under threat is an important part of raising the profile of conservation in parts of the world where it is needed most. This is why the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB Marine) has launched the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award.

This award honours Jairo’s commitment to marine conservation by providing support to others working to protect the marine environment despite the threats that they may face. The Award is given for bravery associated with an outstanding contribution to the field of marine conservation, with particular emphasis on responsible and educated scientific endeavour, public engagement and conservation activism. It may be given for a single conservation action or for an entire body of work (i.e., a series of linked contributions).

The award, given every two years, includes a cash prize of $1,000 to allow these courageous people to continue their work. However, we’d like to honour more people for their bravery in the service of conservation. To do this, SCB Marine is looking to raise $5,000 to support more Jairo Award recipients.

The Jairo Award not only provides visibility to these conservation heroes, but also much-needed financial support to important conservation programs. However, we can only do so much with the available funds. With your help we will be able to make a difference in more areas and let more of those struggling to study and conserve the environment know that they are not alone. Help us bring conservation heroes to light!

 

 

Note: All donations are tax-deductible ([relevant non-profit SCB info].

 

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The Project Seagrass Team has a purpose to map the world's seagrass distribution. Not an easy task, so they are asking for your help as well as everyone else to help achieve their goal. 

They developed a tool called the Seagrass Spotter. It's a website and an app for iPhone and Android devices with the goal to empower you to identify the presence of seagrasses wherever you live/travel around the world. 

Listen for more details.

Project Seagrass Twitter

Seagrass Spotter App (iTunes)

Seagrass Spotter App (Google Play)

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Direct download: SUFB_S478_SeagrassSpotterAppWithDrRichardUnsworth.mp3
Category:seagrass -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

This episode I discuss how 33 environmental and civil society groups want Canada to propose to the G7 Countries suggestions for an international agreement to go plastic free in an effort to be Plastic Waste Free by 2030.

I also discuss an opinion piece written on CNN's website about how people will adapt to Sea Level Rise and whether governments should be investing in adaptation without investing in reduction efforts of Greenhouse Gases.

I cap off the episode with a highlight in the Ocean near Monterey Bay, where 1,500 dolphins were found playing with a couple of humpback whales.

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I originally had a plan to have the Marin eConservation Happy Hour Crew, so we did a Facebook Live in the Speak Up For Blue Group; however, we had a problem with the audio recording and none of it could be used. 

So I re-recorded it for you so that you could have something on this Friday. My apologies. 

This recording is a summary of what the Marine Conservation Happy Hour Crew discussed during the live. 

Here are the stories that we covered:

1) Marine Mammal Behaviour on happiness is real?;

2) Can Lolita be released?; and,

3) Man with abs poses with sharks, illegally.

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Direct download: SUFB_S476_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:Marine Mammal -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Dr. David Shiffman stops by the podcast to discuss something that is very important to him and to sharks in Florida State Waters. He talks to us about Land based shark fishing in Florida and how the State is considering policy changes to the laws to ensure sharks are adequately protected. 

David also talks about how enforcement of the current laws are lacking to the point where one man, who volunteers with the government to do shark tagging, have broken the law on multiple occasions by taking photos holding sharks out of the water to post the images on social media. The media has written about him, but not for the reasons you might think. They are writing about how good he looks, due to his physique, instead of the laws that he has broken. 

Listen to how you can have your voice heard during the future public comment period. 

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Direct download: SUFB_S475_LandBasedSharkPolicyChangesNeeded.mp3
Category:Shark Fishing -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

Ocean Update is back again with 2 stories and an opinion! There is quite a bit of material to go over today spanning from Fisheries to Climate Change to Marine Mammals. Once you listen to the episode then you can speak up in the Facebook Group. 

Here are the stories:

1) The Trump administration cancels marine mammal and sea turtle protections proposed by fisheries industry;

2) Can the media start writing about Climate Change Optimism?; and,

3) Are Orcas really A-holes or was the author just trying to instil fear on the readers.

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It's Ocean Talk Friday where I record live in the Facebook Fan Page and Group so that people can take part in Speaking Up For Oceans. On today's episode, I talk about the following articles:

1) Sand Cloud, an apparel company, wants to create shirts out of recycled plastic, is that a good thing?; and,

2) We need to increase diversity within the Marine Science and Conservation field to increase the effectiveness of conservation actions.

I was very happy that Abby Roberts was able to give us some great information on textiles and the way shirts breakdown. She also gave us some great information on how consumers respond to different materials for their apparel.

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Direct download: SUFB_S473_OceanTalkFridayLiveRecording.mp3
Category:marine conservation -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

No guest today (apologies), but we do have some news and a special preview of a new Patreon Incentive as part of my way of raising money for the Speak Up For Blue Network of Podcasts. 

I first talk about the dangers associated with Kilauea's lava reaching and touching the Ocean for the first time.

I provide you with a preview of a new Patreon Feature called Daily Ocean Talk, where I discuss other news and topics to Patrons every week day. 

Finally, I cap off the show with discussing how a small organization in Australia with 6 full time staff and 5 part-time staff received $444 million from the Australian government even thought their annual budget is $9.6 million.

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Happy Monday!!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today's episode is packed with stories from politics and immigration to Dr. Sylvia Earle's thoughts on Marine Protected Areas to a boat load of fish swim bladders being seized before being sold in Asian markets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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