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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 ...
 
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This week we are celebrating Black In Marine Science Week so that we can show that there are many Black Marine Scientists who need to be recognized and identified. On today's episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am joined by Carlee Jackson, Dr. Camille Gaynus, and Alex Troutman and their mothers. We discuss what it was like for the…
 
Sometimes you need a little help if you are an Ocean predator that is always seeking food. The Ocean can be a hard place to find breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some animals are able to find their meal on their own. Others will latch themselves on another animal to feed off of them. And in the case of today's episode, some animals turn to stalk anoth…
 
My recent adventure with trying to get my Provincial Government from taking away powers from Conservation Authorities to protect floodplains and protected areas from developers made me realize that I had the ability to help my local environment by becoming a local advocate. As I feel inspired to become a local activist, I wanted to provide you with…
 
We all know, love, and sometimes fear sharks for their predatory nature; however, we never really feat a swordfish. We tend to be in wonder and ah when with see this fish in the wild. Maybe it is because we only see them when they are being caught by recreational fishermen when they go deep-sea fishing. Swordfish are predators and they are quite ef…
 
On Monday, I published an episode about how the Ontario Provincial Government was about to pass a bill to take powers away from the province's Conservation Authorities on making decisions as to who can build on floodplains. Currently, A Conservation Authority can deny any developer from building on a natural area due to flooding practices. The new …
 
The Southern Resident Orca Population is considered endangered in the US and Canada with less than 75 individuals left in the population. The reasons for this low number vary from being caught for marine theme parks such as SeaWorld in the 1960s-70s, the lack of salmon as the Orca population only eat salmon, and water pollution (including plastic p…
 
I saw a recent change to a regulation in my home province of Ontario recently that got me very frustrated because the decision was so short-sighted. The Government of Ontario will be taking away some of the powers of the Conservation Authorities to make decisions on whether developers can build on flood plains. The change will allow developers to a…
 
There has been a breakthrough in the Lobster Fisheries conflict between the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Fishers in Nova Scotia, Canada. A conglomerate of Mi’kmaq Nations have purchased the largest seafood corporation in Atlantic Canada for a 50% stake in the company. The Mi’kmaq Nation had a partner in the deal, a company based in British Columbi…
 
Now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect, respectively, we are going to expect some change in Environmental Regulations in the US. A change in Climate Change policies including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement will have environmental impacts around the globe. Most of the changes will happen at the F…
 
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the US 2020 election as it was made official on Saturday that the electoral college will elect them as the 46th President and the First Woman Vice President in US History. And with the election comes Environmental Change...as promised. Joe Biden made it clear during his victory speech that he will make Climate C…
 
Marine Scientists, Volunteers, and the Navy were responsible for saving 120 pilot whales that were found stranded earlier in the week (on Monday). The stranding marked the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Sri Lankan history. The response was swift and successful as the Navy deployed small vessels that towed the whales out from the surf into …
 
Russia and China voted against approving 3 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the East Coast of Antarctica this past week thwarting another attempt to implement more MPAs in the region. 5 Years ago, the same 26 member committee that manages Antarctica, which includes Russia, China, the US, and others, approved the largest MPA in the Ross Sea. The vot…
 
We know very little of the Deep-Sea, including many of the habitat-forming species that provide a place for other species to find food and shelter. These Deep-Sea habitats are crucial for animals as we know that this area of the Ocean can be hard to find any habitat at all. This is why we need to do more exploration and mapping of the Deep-Sea. Dr.…
 
An underwater Seamount (Mountain) that is 1.5 times the size of the Eiffel Tower was discovered within the boundaries of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Seamount is teeming with life in the form of vast coral reef systems that sustain a diverse population of underwater life such as gorgonians, cuttlefish, and large sharks to name a few. The…
 
The Antarctic is a very special place and boasts some of the most fascinating species on the planet. It's also special because it's a place where 24 countries manage the land and coasts together, as one nation. The US, Chile, Australia, Russia, and China are just a few of the countries that get along in the South Pole but can be bitter enemies in o…
 
Seal and Sea Lion culls have been added as a proposed method to the table to bring back the salmon and herring fisheries along the West Coast of Canada. The proposed method wants to cull 50,000 harbor seals and 25,000 Stellar sea lions, which is the most that have ever been proposed. The cull, as proposed, would kill have of the current population …
 
Shark Finning still happens today and is shipped from all over the world to end up in Chinese markets. It's difficult to manage policies in a foreign country, but some countries can manage policies in their own EEZ if they know most of the shark fins are being collected in their waters. Melissa Marquez wrote an article in Forbes magazine (link belo…
 
The Indigenous Fisheries conflict in Nova Scotia could have been avoided if the proper planning of the Ocean was completed when marine scientists and conservationists introduced the concept of Marine Spatial Planning. Spatial Planning is similar to urban or rural planning. It sets zones of usage or protection based on the specific needs and wants o…
 
Two stories for this episode, both fisheries-related. The first story is an update about the Nova Scotia Lobster Fishery conflict that has escalated over the past week. The Non-Indigenous Commercial fishermen are trying to stop the Indigenous Mi'kmaq community from exercising their right to legally fish for lobster. Check out episode 1068 to listen…
 
We often think of ourselves, the human species, as a separate entity when it comes to the environment, especially when it comes to Ocean Health. But today, my guest is going to make you think is a very different way, like we are part of the system (which we are!). Dr. Claire Simeone is a marine mammal veterinarian and the CEO of Sea Change Health, …
 
The battle for lobster fishing continues in Nova Scotia, Canada as Indigenous people begin their lobster fisheries year-round as they were given the right to do so 21 years earlier with a Supreme Court Decision called the Marshall Decision. The Decision granted Indigenous people the right to fish all year round for a moderate livelihood in accordan…
 
Sea Turtle egg poaching is a big threat to the conservation of these endangered species. Poachers will wait until Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach until they grab as many as eggs they can to either sell them or consume them. There are continuous efforts to stop poaching in countries such as Costa Rica. In an effort to expose the poaching rou…
 
Waves can be a detrimental thing for our shores. Wave action through storms along beaches can erode the coastline, especially beaches due to their small sediment particle size, over a short period of time. Coastal habitats such as Coral Reefs, Mangroves, and Seagrass Meadows have been playing an important role for the coastline to ensure it stays s…
 
As a young kid, I dreamt of working on the Ocean with sharks, or dolphins, or even Sea Turtles. I wanted to work with ocean animals so badly that I would dream about it most nights and daydream in Biology Class (maybe a little too much at times. Regardless, working for an NGO such as OCEARCH would have fulfilled a dream of mine to work in the field…
 
Great News! A new Orca calf was spotted taking its first breaths off the coast of Victoria, B.C. The calf was spotted being propped up by it's other, J41. The naturalists who spotted the calf observed that it was rambunctious at the surface. This is the second Orca calf spotted in September of 2020. It is too early to tell the health or the sex of …
 
The Pandemic in 2020 has caused an "Anthropause," a halting of major human activities that may affect wildlife either directly or indirectly. Researchers want to know how the Anthropause will affect wildlife and if it will benefit the Ocean. Link To Article: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/pandemic-stilled-human-activity-what-did-anthropaus…
 
Dr. Nathan Robinson joins me on the podcast today to discuss a new study he published with colleagues where they asked the question: "Do Sea Turtles Survive After Being Released After Rehabilitation?" Sea Turtles were brought to a rehabilitation centre for various reasons, including being cold-stunned. Once ready for release, 31 Sea Turtles were eq…
 
Pilot whales are known to strand every once and a while, but never in the numbers that occurred over the past week. 470 Pilot Whales were stranded (the most record). In this episode, I talk about why pilot whales can strand and how marine mammal stranding organizations play a critical role in saving lives that would otherwise be lost. Links to Arti…
 
Deep-sea mining is being evaluated and negotiated for the High Seas. It's predicted that is will commence near the end of the decade, but there are many concerns that we don't know enough about the Deep-Sea before we start to extract minerals from it. A new study that mapped Deep-Sea Corals around the world using existing data is trying to share th…
 
Fisheries management is a tricky situation, especially when multiple policies are created for different cultures. Canadian Fisheries are not different and conflict has arisen between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous fisheries. The Government of Canada provided a way for Indigenous people to fish out of season to make a "moderate living." However, what…
 
Dr. Janessa Gjeltema is an Assitant Professor at the University of California - Davis in Medicine and Epidemiology. In other words, she is a vet that focuses on the anthropogenic effects of pollution on animals. Jenessa joins me on the podcast to discuss a pilot study that she is crowdfunding to learn how plastic pollution (microplastics) affects d…
 
I read a number of articles this week about how corporations are working to get into protecting the environment game, but can they be trusted. In this episode, I discuss some of the tactics by some corporations that have given us reasons to distrust them in their intentions. Do you think we can trust many of these corporations to do the right thing…
 
There have been a few accounts over the past summer of Orcas damaging boats in the Strait of Gibraltar. some accounts talk about the Orcas bitting the rudders of their boats, others talk about having a damaged keel from the constant damage as the Orcas ram boats and turn them almost 180 degrees. The Orca population in question is endangered with le…
 
We don't always hear about fishing activity in North Korean or Russian waters, especially as a North American-focused media agency; however, I wanted to cover some news about the areas as it was published on the Global Fishing Watch website (https://globalfishingwatch.org/). The organization conducted a study that looked at illegal fishing activity…
 
The Orca, J35, that carried her dead Orca calf in 2018 that made headlines around the world has given birth to J57, a spry calf that for the Southern Resident Orca Population. This is the first successful birth since May 2019, which is averaging 1 successful birth per season compared to a healthy population that would birth 6-8 calves per season. T…
 
A new study in Brazil reveals that fishers think Sea Lions have more of an economic impact on their fisheries than the data suggests. This thought process is similar in North America, which begs the question do Pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) have a negative impact on fisheries economics? Link To Article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artic…
 
The International Marine Conservation Congress 6 has come and gone. Usually, I am exhausted and need a couple of weeks to get over the conference after having such a great time and resting my voice from talking to people for a week straight; however, this time around is a little different as I did not attend the conference as well as I could have. …
 
Marine Scientists and Conservationists are always trying to improve science and conservation so we can better protect the Ocean; however, one conversation that is often left out is one of systematic racism in the field. We can better Marine Science and Conservation by dismantling systematic racism and that is our focus on today's episode with Nikit…
 
The Trump Administration was behind in the polls in Maine so they decided to help the number one export industry, the lobster fishery, by allowing fishing in a Marine Monument and getting Europe to agree to eliminate an 8% tariff on lobster exports. Link To Article: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/trump-turns-an-election-year-eye-on-cana…
 
Have you noticed an increase in your usage of sign-use plastic when you order from the Grocery Store or due to orders from online purchases? There is a great article in the Los Angeles Times that shows there was an increase in single-use plastics, but a decrease in the garbage. Link To Article: https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-08-16/…
 
The one thing I love most about Science Communication is...the Community. I dedicate this entire podcast to the people in the community that has helped get Marine Science and Conservation information to so many people!!! What type of Marine Science content do you love to listen/watch/read? Let us know in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http:/…
 
China's distant-water fleet is always in the news when we discuss IUU (Illegal, unregulated, and unreported) fishing activity. Unfortunately, other countries can't do much to force a country like China to change; however, in 2020, China made some big improvements to their international fishing policies that might help clamp down on the IUU fishing …
 
The year 2020 has been tough for many reasons. COVID and the actions that led to the Social Justice change via the Black Lives Matter Movement have made 2020 a stressful year, to say the least. However, there have been some shining moments that have come out of 2020, including the formation and growth of an organization called Minorities in Shark S…
 
The International Marine Conservation Congress has begun, but this time it's virtual (due to COVID)! How will the virtual conference be different from the in-person conference? I go over some of the things to which I look forward and some of the things that I will miss. The greatest part is you can be a part of IMCC6 and you don't have to be a Mari…
 
For the past 3 weeks, I followed a plan that has changed the way I look at food with the benefit of eating for a better Ocean. During this episode, I share what I've been doing to change my behaviour and live for a better Ocean. I want to hear what you have done to live for a better Ocean? Share your thoughts in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group…
 
A Japanese tanker grounded along the Mauritius Coastline in a sensitive coral reef habitat. The tanker leaked over 1000 tonnes of oil along 15 kms of coastline. the impacts could affect the environment and subsequently the fishing and tourism industries for decades to come. What type of penalty do you think the company should face for their destruc…
 
I had the pleasure to speak to Dr. David Ebert today about his experience shooting a show for Shark Week 2020. The show that he was on aired August 11th and was called Extinct or Alive: Land of Lost Sharks. Dave talked about how he told the production company of where he could find 3 rare sharks in South Africa, the science that he was going to do …
 
It's Shark Week starting yesterday. Do you like Shark Week or do you love to hate it?! There is always the good and bad parts of the week, but this year is getting off to a rough start even before it airs. I discuss my thoughts on some of the most talked-about news surrounding Shark Week 2020. I also go through a great article by Dr. David Shiffman…
 
A Waterfront City project in a city in Indonesia is threatening the livelihoods of the local fishing community as the project may destroy important fish habitat and cause the coastal area to be more choppy that has damaged their boats already. Link To Article: https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/indonesian-fishers-face-livelihood-threat-from-beautifu…
 
Coral Reefs have gone through some big changes over the past 50-60 years and Scientists are worried that today's generation of scientists will have a different perception of what a coral reef will looks like, which will be different from the past. A group of scientists decided to ask a number of coral reef scientists that work in and around the Flo…
 
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