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Speak Up For The Ocean Blue

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Speak Up For The Ocean Blue raises awareness of the variety of ocean science and conservation projects conducted all around the world. It educates you, the listener, on the different Ocean Conservation Projects that are happening around the world. By listening to our guests, I hope to inspire you to live an ocean-friendly life through their stories and the information I provide to guide you towards a living a life that will be healthy for the Ocean. On the podcast episodes, I discuss, sharks, marine mammals (whales, dolphins, manatees, sea lions, seals), seabirds, fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod, etc) as well as ocean issues like climate change/global warming (ocean acidification, increased sea temperatures, sea level rise, arctic melting, changing weather patterns), water pollution, plastic pollution (single-use plastic), coastal development, overfishing, whale hunting, fish poaching and more.

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SUFB 1147: Climate Change Shifting Biodiversity And Affects Fisheries

April 19, 2021 04:00 - 21 minutes - 19.6 MB

Climate Change is a tough topic to cover not just on this podcast, but in any article or documentary. The number of Ocean aspects that are impacted by Climate Change is impossible to cover in one podcast. However, each aspect of Climate Change needs to be discussed and today I am going to be discussing how Climate Change is affecting biodiversity at the Equator.  It's important to note that many habitats and Ocean Species rely on a narrow set of variables such as Temperature, pH, Salinity,...

SUFB 1146: Seaspiracy Petition Starting Something That Was Already Started

April 16, 2021 04:00 - 22 minutes - 20.9 MB

I wanted to update you on a few new developments regarding Seaspiracy. The filmmaker doubled down on the wrong fact that sustainable fishing doesn't exist. He also started a petition for the UK to protect 30% of their ocean by 2030, something is already in progress (since 2019). There was a great review by world-renowned Fisheries Scientist, Dr. Daniel Pauly, who said the movie's solution of stop eating seafood is a detractor to overfishing.  Follow this podcast to learn more about fishe...

SUFB 1145: How A Wasterwater Spill In Florida Could Affect Marine Life

April 14, 2021 04:00 - 20 minutes - 18.8 MB

A phosphate mine leaked and released an estimated 237 million gallons of wastewater with exceeded levels of phosphorus, nitrate, and ammonia. These levels in addition to the amount of wastewater released could have massive negative effects on marine life (including manatees, fish, and seagrass beds) in the immediate and surrounding areas. The history of this area shows that the marine habitats may not be able to take many more damaging events such as this one. Link to Article: https://w...

SUFB 1144: 5 Themes Seaspiracy Tried To Cover But Needed More Detail

April 12, 2021 04:00 - 30 minutes - 28.3 MB

Seaspiracy tried to tackle an enormous and complex problem and apply a simple solution that would not work on any realistic time scales or take into account cultural motives for eating seafood. However, the movie did highlight some major problems that are facing fisheries. I thought that I would highlight some of these topics and try to apply how you could help in any way or capacity that you could dedicate.  Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.spea...

SUFB 1143: Ocean Talk Friday - Artisanal Fishermen vs Climate Change and Fairy Wrasse Diversity

April 09, 2021 04:00 - 39 minutes - 36.4 MB

We are bringing back Ocean Talk Friday! Clay Groves, Chief Executive Fish Nerd of the Fish Nerd Podcast, joins me to discuss a couple of articles on Marine Science and Conservation.  The first story we discuss is on a video where artisanal fishermen discuss how they have been forced to adapt their fishing methods because of the effects of Climate Change. The second story involves how the colourful Fairy Wrasses have become so diverse due to the rise and fall of sea level over the past hu...

SUFB 1142: The Attack On Fiscal Sponsors Like Earth Island Institute By Seaspiracy Is Hurting Marine Conservation

April 07, 2021 04:00 - 29 minutes - 27.4 MB

I wanted to take this episode to inform you as to how some organizations such as the Earth Island Institute, which acts as a fiscal sponsor, are critical to conservation projects that are creating successes in conservation.  In this episode, I talk about some of the projects associated with organizations like the Earth Island Institute. Links To Article: 1) https://www.earthisland.org/index.php 2) http://savedolphins.eii.org/news/entry/five-myths-about-dolphin-safe-tuna-dont-be-fooled ...

SUFB 1141: The Progress Of Dolphin-Safe Tuna Mentioned During Seaspiracy

April 05, 2021 04:00 - 28 minutes - 26.4 MB

Seaspiracy completely dismissed dolphin-safe labels on tuna as corrupt and a failure; however, they did not look at the differences between the labels and the regulations in various countries.  The US has regulations for companies that say their tuna is dolphin-safe and it stems from their Marine Mammal Protection Act and an Amendment that goes back to 1990. The program decreased the mortality of dolphins from 130,000, in 1987, to less than 1,000 in 2018 (mortality has been less than 1,000...

SUFB 1140: Seaspiracy - Where Do We Go From Here

April 02, 2021 04:00 - 34 minutes - 31.8 MB

Seaspiracy has generated discussions on every social media platform, which can be considered a good thing if you want more people to discuss reducing/eliminating overfishing in the Ocean. However, the types of conversations that I have seen and in which I participated have shown me a few things that we, as a conservation society of newly inspired activists and marine scientists/conservationists, need to mend before we can move forward and do what we set out to do.  I go over some of the co...

SUFB 1139: 3 Things Seaspiracy Should Have Discussed About Fisheries

March 31, 2021 04:00 - 24 minutes - 22.3 MB

There is no doubt in my mind that Seaspiracy got many facts wrong and misinformed the viewers on many aspects of the fishing industry. They entangled some facts with misinformation or misrepresentation that will cause people to look for the wrong solutions.  They could have made this film so much better by showing some of the solutions that people could support. So here are 3 things I think Seaspiracy should have covered in their documentary.  

SUFB 1138: Seaspiracy - Trying To Solve A Complex Issue With A Simple Question

March 29, 2021 04:00 - 44 minutes - 40.5 MB

Seaspiracy was released on Netflix last week and it was disappointing at best. It tried to "enlighten" viewers about overfishing with a simple question: "Can Fishing Ever Be Sustainable?" and it got the answer wrong because fishing is a complex issue in the Ocean.  Lack of research and misleading interviews threw a number of great organizations under the bus and touted an organization notorious for using violence to get their results.  I provide my review of this documentary in this epis...

SUFB 1137: Sea Turtle Issues And Their Conservation

March 26, 2021 04:00 - 32 minutes - 30.3 MB

I wanted to put together an episode of one of my favourite species in the Ocean, the Sea Turtle. There are 7 Sea Turtle Species and they are all on the Endangered Species List for many countries. They face many dangers around the world and at different scales.  I asked my good friend and colleague Dr. Nathan Robinson about the issues and conservation needs of Sea Turtles in 2021 and he provided me with some great points.  Listen to the episode where I discuss the top Ocean issue that Sea...

SUFB 1136: How To Start Going Zero Waste

March 24, 2021 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.5 MB

In order to manage the Ocean we must manage the People. We, the people, need to change the way we buy things to better protect the Ocean. One way is to move toward a Zero Waste lifestyle, but how do we do that. What do we need to do to move to a Zero Waste Lifestyle? We ask for help. And today, I ask Jeanine Sinclair about her journey to going to Zero Waste. Jeanine's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zerowaste.bcgirl/ Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: ...

SUFB 1135: How Marine Animals Really Move Through The Ocean

March 22, 2021 04:00 - 15 minutes - 14.2 MB

Over 20 years ago, a global project called the Census of Marine Life observed a number of marine species migrating long distances across Oceans. It was new data that technology allowed us to see through satellite tags, a new tool at the time.  Satellite tags have advanced in technology over the past 20 years and that has allowed scientists to understand a little bit more about how marine species move through the Oceans. New research has revealed that marine species such as sharks, tuna, ma...

SUFB 1134: Are Marine Biologists Scientists?

March 19, 2021 04:00 - 20 minutes - 18.7 MB

I had a conversation with my youngest daughter the other day about science and she asked whether Marine Biologists are scientists. I was quite surprised because I am a Marine Biologist.  I describe the chat and why people who don't think Marine Biologists are not scientists is a problem for Marine Conservation. Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group. Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/ Spe...

SUFB 1133: Building A Sustainable Business With Marina Tran-Vu

March 17, 2021 04:00 - 48 minutes - 44.3 MB

Imagine the challenges of building a business to 2021. I have a business, Speak Up For Blue (http://www/speakupforblue.com) and it is difficult. Now add on the fact that people are building sustainable businesses. Now add on the fact that some people have launched their business in the COVID-19 Pandemic. the challenges are immense and it takes a hard-working person to build a new sustainable business during a global pandemic.  I interview one of those people and her name is Marina Tran-Vu....

SUFB 1132: Manatees Killed By Flood Gates In Florida

March 15, 2021 04:00 - 14 minutes - 13.6 MB

The Manatee population in Florida is doing much better since being added the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the 1970s. The population has increased from 600 to over 8000 individuals; however, there are still some things that we can do to make sure humans and our technology do not harm them or kill them, including making sure that the Manatee sensors on Flood Gates work.  Link to Article: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/environment/fl-ne-manatees-deaths-20...

SUFB 1131: Don't Do This When Creating Conservation Messages

March 12, 2021 05:00 - 28 minutes - 26.6 MB

We need to manage the human population in order to protect the Ocean. I remember Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan saying that statement in a conversation we had while planning for the International Marine Conservation Congress in Malaysia (2018). It always stuck with me because it was so true. Humans pose the biggest disturbances that contribute to our major issues in the Ocean (Climate Change, Plastic Pollution, Overfishing, and Marine Pollution). I want to add to the statement that we have to change the ...

SUFB 1130: Rescuing And Beyond At The Marine Mammal Center With Adam Ratner

March 10, 2021 05:00 - 44 minutes - 40.5 MB

The Marine Mammal Center is an organization that specializes in rescuing Marine Mammals along a 600 mile stretch of California Coastline. It's not an easy thing to do; however, the organization has saved thousands of animals over a 45-year period. I was able to be connected to Adam Ratner (bio below) to discuss how the Marine Mammal Center goes beyond rescuing Marine Mammals through its various programs and storytelling. Listen to a few different stories of how the Marine Mammal Center has...

SUFB 1129: Cuttlefish Pass The Marshmallow Test

March 08, 2021 05:00 - 12 minutes - 11.3 MB

The Cuttlefish is by far my favourite Ocean Animal. It's an invertebrate that is extremely complex and, at the same time, is beautiful. I always knew that Cuttlefish had a higher level of intelligence, but a new study finds that their decision-making ability is beyond what research initially expected. The Cuttlefish can pass the Marshmallow Test, which is a test to detect the level of decision-making capabilities of the test subject. Apparently, the Cuttlefish is good with decisions.  Li...

SUFB 1128: Science Communication (SciComm) Platforms With Melissa Cristina Marquez

March 05, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 64 MB

I had the privilege of sitting down with the one and only Melissa Cristina Marquez to talk about her experiences using a variety of Science Communication Platforms including social media, network TV (Shark Week and SharkFest - upcoming), podcasting on ConCiencia Azul, and now a fictional author of a series of books related to her time as a Marine Biologist. We also discuss her most recent fieldwork experience (and how it didn't go as planned, Yikes!). Get her book "Wild Survival" here: ht...

SUFB 1127: What You Need To Ask Yourself Before Supporting An Ocean Conservation Campaign

March 03, 2021 05:00 - 34 minutes - 31.4 MB

There are so many people who are trying to save the Ocean and many of them mean well, but they don't always go about it the right way and pull people into their misguided and/or misinformed campaigns.  This episode contains 4 questions you should ask yourself before you support any Ocean campaign. Link To Article: https://www.facetsjournal.com/doi/full/10.1139/facets-2020-0058?fbclid=IwAR2KeUvO9tuWD50McDTu5joRoY3hQ2wMg_bYO7BYsAs_xikfDEo-tEizciM& Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up ...

SUFB 1126: Global Shark Populations Need Our Help And Here Are Some Ways We Can Protect Them

March 01, 2021 05:00 - 21 minutes - 19.6 MB

The Global Shark Population is declining all over the world; however, there is a way to protect using Marine Protected Areas in Exclusive Economic Zones. They are needed now more than ever since some sharks have a large migration and will venture out of MPA boundaries and into waters that are not protected.  Link To Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/31/will-sharks-survive-scientists-fear-for-oceans-apex-predators-without-more-protection?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other Wan...

SUFB 1125: The Ocean Conveyor Belt Is Slowing Down Due To Climate Change

February 26, 2021 05:00 - 16 minutes - 14.8 MB

The Ocean Conveyor Belt is an Ocean circulation system in the Atlantic Ocean that starts with the Gulf Stream coming out of the Gulf of Mexico moving up the East coast of North America and crossing the Atlantic to the UK. The system regulates the Climate along the East coast of North America and Northern Europe.  When the Conveyor Belt is moving at a regular speed it results in the climate that we are used to seeing in these areas; however, if the belt slows down, the climate will result i...

SUFB 1124: Are Ropeless Lobster Traps A Realistic Conservation Strategy

February 24, 2021 05:00 - 13 minutes - 12.9 MB

There is a push by the marine science, conservation, and government world to use safer lobster traps that will not pose a threat to marine mammals, such as the critically endangered Northern Right Whales. The problem is that fisheries organizations are worried that the use of the gear is unaffordable and therefore unrealistic.  A recent article on NPR has an audio snippet that gives a peek into what it's like to observe a ropeless lobster trap come to the surface and not pose a risk to mar...

SUFB 1123: Changing The Narrative Of Power Grid Failure In Texas

February 22, 2021 05:00 - 20 minutes - 18.8 MB

Texas is in a State of Emergency due to a deep freeze event caused by Climate Change. Power outages have caused problems for many citizens in the state as they can't get access to heat and warm water. Now, politicians and media outlets on the right are putting the blame on the failure of renewable energy sources instead of telling the whole story. Find out why by listening to the episode. Link to Article: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/18/968921895/what-really-caused-the-texas-power-shortage...

SUFB 1122: Massive Sea Turtle Rescue After A Deep Freeze In Texas Bays

February 19, 2021 05:00 - 11 minutes - 11 MB

The deep freeze in Texas is not only affecting Texans all over the state, but it's always affecting Sea Turtles. Animal rescuers made up of government scientists, organizations, and volunteers rescued 4,750 Green Sea Turtles that were affected by the deep freezing effects of the cold snap. The cold temperatures affect Sea Turtles as they can render them immobile. The Sea Turtles can't swim to the surface to get air and could eventually drown.  The efforts from everyone that participated ...

SUFB 1121: Using Fin Whale Songs To Map The Bottom Of The Ocean

February 17, 2021 05:00 - 11 minutes - 10.2 MB

Researchers have found that fin whale songs can contribute to data that can help map the Ocean Bottom and below to identify Carbon sinks and pinpoint faults that can cause Earthquakes. Link To Article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/whales-long-loud-calls-reveal-structure-beneath-ocean-floor/ Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group. Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/ Speak Up ...

SUFB 1120: Lionfish Might Spur Sustainable Businesses

February 15, 2021 05:00 - 15 minutes - 14.1 MB

Lionfish are an interesting species to look at and have a great ecological function in the South Pacific ecosystem, but the species is wreaking havoc in Atlantic coral reef habitats. There are a number of business efforts that are trying to develop a wider market net.  Lionfish were introduced to the Atlantic Ocean through the marine aquarium hobby trade and have been increasing in abundance ever since. There are a number of efforts to capture the invasive Lionfish through fishing derbies,...

SUFB 1119: Supporting Each Other For A Better Ocean

February 12, 2021 05:00 - 24 minutes - 22.4 MB

I had a couple of conversations this week where the question of supporting one another in marine conservation came up. One question was about why I help others start a podcast. The other was how to react when someone asks you for help within the Marine Science and Conservation Field.  The answer, we need to help each other out more and be better to each other.  Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group. Speak Up For Blue Instagr...

SUFB 1118: A Mediterranean Seagrass Can Filter Plastic Waste

February 10, 2021 05:00 - 16 minutes - 15.3 MB

Coastal Habitats play a very important role in the health of the Ocean and the security of the coastline. Seagrass meadows are one of the critical habitats that are often forgotten because they may not have the "sexiness" that other habitats such as coral reefs have; however, they provide a nursery habitat for thousands of species, filter out nutrients and heavy metals from the water, and act as a carbon sink. There is one more benefit that certain Seagrass species provide the Ocean and th...

SUFB 1117: Blue Whale Gets Caught Among Ship Traffic In A Real Game Of Frogger

February 08, 2021 05:00 - 14 minutes - 13.6 MB

You might have seen a visualization that is circulating around the internet of a Blue Whale feeding within Northern Patagonia, Chile in a sea of ship traffic. The Blue Whale is rebounding over and over again as it confronts ships throughout the 7-day period of the visualization.  The visualization is a snapshot from March, 2019 of what blue whales face every year as they visit the area to feed and care for their calves. The massive whales can encounter more than 700 ships, where most of th...

SUFB 1116: In The US, Climate Work Begins Now

February 05, 2021 05:00 - 58 minutes - 53.4 MB

A new Administration, the dominance of one political party in the House, the Senate, and the White House brings along new changes. One of those changes in Climate Policy. The Biden/Harris administration promised changes to Climate policy that would reverse many of the policies from the previous administration, including the rejoining of the US to the Paris Climate Agreement.  I invited Jasmine Sanders, Executive Director of Our Climate, on the podcast to discuss what the new administration...

SUFB 1115: I Moderated My First Clubhouse Room...And It Was Glorious

February 03, 2021 05:00 - 16 minutes - 15.6 MB

I finally decided to moderate my own room on Clubhouse to have a discussion on Clubhouse. What happened next was amazing! Listen to the podcast for more details.  Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group. Speak Up For Blue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/speakupforblue/ Speak Up For Blue Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpeakUpforBlue Check out the Shows on the Speak Up For Blue Network: Marine Conservation Happy Hour Appl...

SUFB 1114: Run A Marathon To Spark Her Career In Marine Conservation

February 01, 2021 05:00 - 47 minutes - 44 MB

Amelia Hursham is in a difficult spot. She is about to graduate with her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology; however, she will be completing her last semester during COVID...from home, as she is mandated to do online virtual learning. It's not ideal, but we are in a pandemic and it is better to be safe. Unfortunately, Amelia will miss out on networking with the faculty and other students; she had a class trip/field course in Mexico canceled, and she cannot work on an oyster project in ...

SUFB 1113: Can We Reuse Sargassum For Compost And Topsoil?

January 29, 2021 05:00 - 14 minutes - 13.7 MB

If you have been to any beach in the Atlantic Ocean and/or Caribbean Sea, then you have probably witnessed a beach that has piles and piles of sargassum messing it up and causing a stink.  I remember this happening on my last visit to Mexico. My family and I went on vacation and we were looking forward to relaxing on the beach and swimming in the Ocean. When we got there; however, the beach was populated by piles (up to the middle of my shin!) of sargassum and trucks that were carrying it ...

SUFB 1112: Songhees Nation Inspects Traditional Waters With ROV In Collaboration With University

January 27, 2021 05:00 - 16 minutes - 15.3 MB

The Songhees Nation looked after the TI'ches archipelago for over 3,500 years until their freshwater resource ran out forcing the members of the nation to find other places to live. Recently, some members of the nation teamed up with researchers to survey the waters of the archipelago to determine the presence of 25 ecologically and culturally important species.  The collaborative team used an affordable ROV called the Trident ROV to survey the area resulting in the discovery of 14 of the ...

SUFB 1111: The US Rejoins the Paris Climate Accord

January 25, 2021 05:00 - 18 minutes - 17.5 MB

The new President of the United States, Joe Biden, was sworn into office on Thursday, January 20th. One of his first orders of business was to sign an Executive Order for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord as he promised he would do many times while running for President.  President Biden will take up where he left off with the Obama administration, where Climate Change was considered a huge priority as the Navy, NASA, and major science organizations agreed that Climate Change was t...

SUFB 1110: Conservation Through Changing The Way We Behave

January 22, 2021 05:00 - 52 minutes - 48.2 MB

I am joined by Dr. Steve Box from Rare who tells me about how their Fish Forever Program works with local communities (ex. Fisheries communities) around the tropics to work with them to change their behaviours through action and make their livelihoods more sustainable.  They take cumulative actions through individual change.  Rare uses a proven strategy to help conserve coastal habitats within the 12 NM zone, where most of the human pressure takes place, to enable local communities to li...

SUFB 1109: Rare Beaked Whales Sighted In South China Sea

January 20, 2021 05:00 - 13 minutes - 12.5 MB

The documentation of the distribution of any ocean species is critical to knowing the health of the species global and regional populations. That is why the sighting of 3 beaked whales in the South China Sea by beaked whale experts was so important. It opened the possibility that the whales inhabit the Western Pacific Ocean.  The individuals were either ginkgo-toothed beaked whales or Deraniyagala's beaked whales as the two are very similar. Unfortunately, the sighting could not be confirm...

SUFB 1108: Indian Radio Station Informs Fishing Community

January 18, 2021 05:00 - 22 minutes - 20.4 MB

A former fisher launched a local radio station in Pambna Island, India to keep the fishing community informed of marine issues, women's roles in fisheries, and remembering major fishing events.  The radio station is effective because the messages are targeted to the local community, made up of mostly fishers, by a local community member. The fishers will listen to the radio for 10-12 hours while at-sea to such topics that drive communications on specific topics such as over-fishing, climat...

SUFB 1107: New Coral Mapping Of Live Corals In Hawai'i Can Lead Toward Better Management

January 15, 2021 05:00 - 16 minutes - 15.5 MB

The key to protecting coral reefs or any ocean habitat is effective management, but you can't have effective management without good data that cover large areas. Oftentimes, your funding or the technology, or both will limit the monitoring program you need to develop the management strategy that you need to protect the Ocean. Coral habitats are no different. There are many threats against corals and management will be key to their protection; however, the technology that is needed to deter...

SUFB 1106: A Very Bad Word Was Written On The Back Of A Manatee

January 13, 2021 05:00 - 17 minutes - 15.9 MB

The word "TRUMP" was written on the back of a Manatee to the outrage of many people around the world.  The political war going on between Trump supporters and the House/Senate last week spilled over to the environment as a manatee was discovered to be swimming with the word TRUMP on its back.  When I first read the article, I was worried that the word was carved into the back of the peaceful marine mammal; however, after looking at the picture and getting confirmation from another articl...

SUFB 1105: One Dead And One Injured Fisherman In The Fight To Fish For Totoaba

January 11, 2021 05:00 - 12 minutes - 11.5 MB

A clash between fishermen and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) lead to one dead and one injured after the SSCS ship collided with the fishermen's panga boat and split it in two.  Reports of the incident differ on both sides. The fishermen alleged that the Sea Shepherd's ship targeted the panga with the intention of sinking it by collision. Sea Shepperd, and the Mexican Navy officials on board the ship, alledged that the fishermen were throwing homemade bombs, knives, hammers, a...

SUFB 1104: The Ocean Of The Decade For Sustainable Development

January 08, 2021 05:00 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

January 1st, 2021 marked the first day of the UN's Decade of the Ocean, where every country will participate to launch programs and collect data to better understand how humans interact with the Ocean and determine how we can all live for a better Ocean.  I speak with Talyor Goelz, who works for NOAA and is a KNAUSS Fellow, on her journey to help build this program for the US and inform other government departments and major partners about the Ocean Decade.  We also talk about Talyor's v...

SUFB 1103: Build A SciComm Business For A Better Ocean

January 06, 2021 05:00 - 29 minutes - 27.4 MB

As I prepare for the Mindful Conservation Conference talk that I will be putting on, I think about how I would tell someone who would like to start a SciComm Business the steps it would take to be on the path to success.  I use my own company as an example (because that is all I know) to provide some tips on how to start, how to choose your business model, and how to be successful in a digital world.  Want To Talk Oceans? Join the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforbl...

SUFB 1102: Sustainable Funding To Live For A Better Ocean

January 04, 2021 05:00 - 14 minutes - 12.9 MB

There are many problems facing the Ocean today: Overfishing, plastic pollution, climate change are just a few of the major ones. However, there are solutions that are currently being implemented and working in particular parts of the world. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are one of those solutions that have helped protect many places from overfishing if implemented properly.  A successful MPA requires the proper funding to assemble stakeholders, plan the MPA, implement the MPA, and enforce ...

SUFB 1101: Podcast Goals For 2021

December 30, 2020 05:00 - 33 minutes - 30.3 MB

Every year, I like to set goals for 2021. I may not get to all of them, but I like to set up a list of goals to strive to achieve. In today's episode, I will go over the goals that I set out for 2021. Here is a list: 1) More Interviews on The Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast 2) More Diversity with Guests 3) Cover more news 4) Differentiate content for each platform 5) Experiment with different tools on the podcast 6) Monetization of the Speak Up for Blue Network 7) Charitable Donations ...

SUFB 1100: Top 5 Episodes Of 2020

December 28, 2020 05:00 - 34 minutes - 31.2 MB

FINALLY, 2020 is nearing an end!!! There is hope in the new year from the beginning of the UN's Decade of the Ocean to a new eco-friendlier Presidential Administration.  However, we can't have a better future until we learn about the past and this episode is dedicated to looking back at the top 5 downloaded episodes published in 2020.  Here is the list: Number 1: Episode 963 - Coral Reefs Are Good For Human Health with Dr. Ellen Prager Number 2: Episode 949 - Australian Wildfires and...

SUFB 1099: Sustainable Clothing For The Ocean

December 25, 2020 05:00 - 23 minutes - 21.8 MB

The last part of my conversation with Cait Mizzi involves how to be more ethically- and environmentally-mindful when it comes to your wardrobe. The Fashion industry has been known to have some pretty low standards in developing countries, including child labour and substandard working conditions. The materials in clothes have also changed to be less environmentally-friendly.  Cait and I discuss the financial and environmental advantages of second-hand clothing as well as slowly building yo...

SUFB 1098: Eliminating Wasteful Products For A Better Ocean

December 23, 2020 05:00 - 23 minutes - 22 MB

Cait Mizzi joins me again for our second part of our conversation on trying to lead a life with less waste. We discuss products that we use every day that come in bad packaging and how I would like to reduce the number of recycling materials I put out once a week as we know many products are not readily recycled. Check out the conversation.  Cait's Links: Website: https://www.caitmizzi.ca/ The NOSH Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-nosh-podcast/id1541465551 Instag...


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