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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the interview with Andrew for more. 

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

Twitter

Southern Fried Science

BlackBeard Biologic (Andrew's Company)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take The Pledge!!!

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

Two stories to discuss today:

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

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

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

Two things happened to me this week regarding the Oceans:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today's Ocean Talk Friday includes these stories:

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

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

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

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

Follow her on Twitter to see what she does next

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

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

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

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

SCB Needs Your Help

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

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

Here are the links where you could post the picture:

Twitter Campaign 

Facebook Campaign 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!! 

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

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

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

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

America Adapts Website

America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast (iTunes)

America Adapts: The Climate Change Podcast (Spotify)

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

You will not want to miss this episode!!!

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

Click here for more detailed show notes

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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Direct download: SUFB_S424_MesoAmericanReefReportCardWithMelinaSoto.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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

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

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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

Click here for the blog post.

Enjoy the Podcast!!!

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

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

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Direct download: SUFB_S422_OceanTalkFriday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Direct download: SUFB_S415_NoColdWeatherDoesNotMeanClimateChangeDoesNotExist.mp3
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