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My show consists of 338 episodes published 3 times per week since June 2015. All shows deal with Marine Science and Ocean Conservation Awareness.

My show consists of 338 episodes published 3 times per week since June 2015. All shows deal with Marine Science and Ocean Conservation Awareness.
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My show consists of 338 episodes published 3 times per week since June 2015. All shows deal with Marine Science and Ocean Conservation Awareness.






SUFB 422: East China Sea Oil Spill and Vancouver Aquarium Stops Cetacean Program (Ocean Talk Friday)

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...

Duration: 01:03:51

SUFB 421: The Quest To Film the Birth of Kohola (Whale) in Hawaii with Chris Cilfone

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...

Duration: 00:48:32

SUFB 420: Did A Whale Really Save A Marine Biologist From A Tiger Shark; Florida Gets Exempt From Oil And Gas Drilling; and, Blue Crab Pee Freezes Mud Crabs

Happy Monday Folks! Today's episode I chat about: 1) Wether a whale saved a marine biologist from a tiger shark (8:52); 2) Why the Trump Administration gave Florida an exemption from oil and gas exploration/drilling and not other states (18:19); and, 3) Why Blue Crab pee can be good for the health of oyster habitats in Georgia. (28:00) Enjoy The Podcast!!! Check out more detailed show notes on our website. If you are interested in creating a podcast for your conservation organization...

Duration: 00:36:47

SUFB 419: UK Organization Work Towards Banning Plastic Straws and Bonnethead Sharks Eat Seagrass

Melissa Marquez joins me on the podcast today to discuss the hot topics of the week in Marine Science and Conservation. This week, we discuss a push to ban plastic straws in the UK and how Bonnethead sharks have been found to ingest as well as digest seagrass. But we first chat about how Melissa is creating the Spanish version of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast called ConCiencia Azul. We talk about how the idea came about and what she is going to be talking about on the podcast. Enjoy the...

Duration: 00:00:01

SUFB 418: Oxygen Depleted Zones Around The World Are Expanding and Climate Change Affecting The Sex Ratios Of Sea Turtles

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...

Duration: 00:34:22

SUFB 417: US Oceans Open For Oil and Gas Drilling; Should We Ignore the Scientific Contribution of People Outed by #MeToo Movement; and, How To Save A Cold Stunned-Cold Sea Turtle

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...

Duration: 00:40:39

SUFB 416: How Breastfeeding Affects Fishing Effort In The Philippines

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...

Duration: 00:26:37

SUFB 415: Weather vs Climate Freezing Weather Does Not Disprove Climate Change

Climate Change is not proven or disproven by the current Weather. Freezing temperatures have brought on questioning by climate deniers as to whether climate change is real. It's still real and I talk about why during the podcast. I also talk about how a cyclone in India dumped 80 tons of plastic debris along its coastline. I bleak reminder of the severity of plastic pollution in our oceans. Check out more detailed show notes on our website. If you are interested in creating a podcast...

Duration: 00:32:24

SUFB 414: What's Happening in 2018 for the Speak Up For Blue Podcast

In this last episode of 2017, I breakdown what you can expect from Speak Up For Blue in 2018. Here is the list: 1) New podcast shows: Marine Conservation Happy Hour, ConCiencia Azul (Speak Up For Blue in Spanish, hosted by Melissa Marquez) and Speak Up For Blue in French (Hosted by Dr. Lyne Morissette). 2) You Tube Videos - I will be creating regular You Tube videos for 2 , maybe 3, episodes per week in 2018 3) Creating more LIVE content on a daily (weekday) basis in Facebook, Instagram...

Duration: 00:41:34

SUFB 413: The Top 5 Downloaded SUFB Episodes for 2017

As we wind down 2017 and get ready for 2018, I revisit the top 5 most downloaded podcasts of 2017: 5) Episode 285 - Ocean Talk Friday featuring Lyne Morissette 4) Episode 326 - How To Eat Sustainable Seafood with Fish Nerds Clay Groves 3) Episode 289 - Human Activities and the Ocean 2) Episode: 360 - Marine Conservation Career Struggles: 4 Perspectives (Marine Conservation Happy Hour Preview) 1) Episode: 335 Shark Science Communication with Melissa Marquez What a year for the podcast...

Duration: 00:39:10

SUFB 412: My Christmas Wish List for Marine Science and Conservation

I wanted to post a shorter episode today (Merry Christmas everyone!!!) to highlight my wishes for the Marine Science and Conservation Field: 1) I would like to see people read more science papers or know more about them; 2) I would like to see people in the field be nicer to each other (eliminate sexual harassment and bias and colleagues standing up for each other); 3) I would like to see citizens, in any country, support politicians who demonstrate in ability to understand the...

Duration: 00:21:07

SUFB 411: Ocean Talk Friday - How Trawling, Seagrass and Ocean Acidification Are Connected

Climate Change has a number of consequences that affect you and I directly and indirectly. Some consequences such as increased storm frequency and intensity, we see in front of our eyes (think Hurricane Irma); however, others go unnoticed (think Ocean Acidification). All of Climate Change's consequences are important and are brought on by us in the form of increased Greenhouse gases (CO2). We know that CO2 can be absorbed by plants, which is why we plant trees like crazy (more because...

Duration: 00:40:01

SUFB 410: Coral Reef Conservation For Coastal Communities With Vic Ferguson

Coral Reefs have had it rough over the past few decades; however, the past 3 years were just devastating. Each of the last 3 years have been the hottest year on record. Coral reefs don't do very well when the Sea Surface Temperature gets too hot, they tend to bleach. For example, 93% of the Great Barrier Reef bleached over the past 3 years. It's been rough... Coral Reef conservation is happening around the world to restore bleached reefs and protect the reefs that are healthy. There are...

Duration: 00:58:16

SUFB 409: Marine Conservationists, We Still Have A Lot Of Work To Do!!!

Welcome to the Ocean Update Episode where I take you through 2 stories and an opinion piece that I think are important: 1) Scientists did not find a 512 year old Greenland Shark (9:54); 2) Opinion: We have quite a bit of work as Marine Conservationists to educate the people (16:22); and, 3) US Federal Government is banning words for scientists to use (33:19). Enjoy the Podcast!!! This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software...

Duration: 00:45:37

SUFB 408: Three Men Are Charged With Shark Cruelty; Did Blue Planet II Help Save The Planet?; and, Shrimp Get Injected With Substance to Make Them Look Bigger

I ask myself three questions on today's Ocean Talk Friday episode: 1) Will charging 3 men with animal cruelty deter others from hurting animals?; 2) Did Blue Planet II help save the Ocean by raising awareness? Was it designed to do that? 3) Did you know some Shrimp are injected with a chemical called CMC to make them look bigger? This episode is brought to you courtesy of our Patreon Contributors that help pay for equipment, software and my time that I dedicate to creating content for...

Duration: 00:53:15

SUFB 407: Japan Aquaculture Recovery After A Tsunami

Bonnie Waycott joins me on the podcast today to discuss how the Japanese aquaculture industry is recovering after the March 11th, 2011 Tsunami that devastated part of Japan. Recovery efforts are still ongoing almost 7 years later, where some families are still in temporary housing as their homes are still not back together. Japan is a country that has a bad reputation for Marine Conservation as they are synonymous with Whaling and the Cove; however, it is rare that we get an inside...

Duration: 01:16:27

SUFB 406: Discussing the Starving Polar Bear Video

Polar Bears have been facing a number of challenges that have played a role in decreasing their global population in the Arctic Environment. Climate change and metal poisoning have been two of the top issues facing Polar Bears. We talk about climate change and its effect on Polar Bears almost every time we discuss the marine mammals. Of course, there are still some people who don't think Climate Change is causing any problem to Polar Bears or any other species for that...

Duration: 00:35:47

SUFB 405: Ocean Talk Friday

Nathan Johnson joins us on the podcast today to discuss this week's top stories that we think you should know about: 1) Giving Small-Scale Fishing a voice on an international platform; 2) Regular people work to help Sea Turtles; 3) Countries around the world agree that Plastic Pollution in a Global Problem; and, 4) Arctic Countries agree to stop fishing in Arctic High Seas for 16 years so researchers can study the area. Enjoy the Podcast!!! This episode was available first to Patreon...

Duration: 00:50:51

SUFB 404: The Wandering Biologist With Dr. Nathan Robinson

I had the pleasure to catch up with my friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, who is a Sea Turtle Biologist, a Marine Scientist, and a Science Communicator. Nathan is known for being the scientist that pulled a straw out of an Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose and 4 months later pulled a plastic fork out of another Olive Ridley Sea Turtle's nose about 70 km from the other site. Those videos could arguably be considered as the catalyst to the "Ban Plastic Straw" campaigns that are...

Duration: 01:07:30

SUFB 403: Nations Make Pact To Protect Arctic Fisheries; Science Communication Gone Wrong; and, Chinese Navy Uses Jellyfish Shredder

Science Communication (SciComm) is a great tool for Scientists and Conservationists to use to reach the public. It provides Scientists with the power to drive their own message straight from their own mouths, especially now with social media tools such as podcasting and online videos available to anyone that has a message to provide an audience. However, traditional media such as TV Networks and Newspapers still reach an established and large audience that may not be available to people...

Duration: 00:42:04

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