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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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The past two episodes have focused on Blue Carbon Habitats such as mangroves, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and kelp forests and their importance for sequestering carbon and reducing Climate Change. In this episode, I discuss why we don't discuss Blue Carbon habitats when we talk about conservation and how you can get involved in more Blue Carbon…
 
Blue Carbon habitats can sequester more carbon than the Amazon Forests. Mangroves, Seagrass Meadows, Salt Marshes, and Kelp Forests are all considered Blue Carbon habitats and play a large role in reducing the effects of Climate Change. Unfortunately, Blue Carbon habitats have been destroyed due to development priorities along the coastline. Restor…
 
The common practice when discussing the reduction of Climate Change is to mention trees that sequester carbon through photosynthesis. There are additional ways to sequester carbon that often get ignored, which is to look under the ocean's surface. Seagrass, mangroves, salt marshes, and kelp forests all play an important role in sequestering carbon …
 
A recent study found that using Amoxycillin can help with curing lesions on stony corals; however, it does not yet cure the coral from getting lesions again. More research on the dosage will need to be done to find the right application. Link to Article: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/antibiotic-amoxicillin-successfully-treats-disease-infected-cor…
 
Cryptocurrencies are making a real splash across the world as artists are making millions of dollars to sell digital art and experiences that millionaires and even billionaires are buying like there is no tomorrow. The question is: Is there a place for marine conservation organizations to help with their fundraising. Dr. Austin Gallagher thinks so.…
 
Seasipracy got me thinking of the effects of past conservation documentaries on the conservation of iconic species such as sharks, dolphins, orcas, and sea turtles with respect to their issues of finning, captivity, and plastic pollution, respectively. However, the recent release and reaction of the public and the scientific community of Seaspiracy…
 
Clay Groves, host of the Fish Nerds podcast, joins me for another Ocean Talk Friday to discuss a couple of stories: 1) How To Give A Proper Burial At Sea: 2) Why The Maldives' Government Wanted Considered To Lift The Ban On Shark Fishing. Link to Article: https://news.mongabay.com/list/oceans/Por Speak Up For Blue
 
A major partnership launched today has a goal of protecting 18 million square kilometers around the world. The partnership is called the Blue Nature Alliance and its goal is to team up with communities in Fiji, Antarctica's Southern Ocean, and Tristan da Cunha. The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration led by Conservation International, the Pew C…
 
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 a…
 
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. Da…
 
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 histo…
 
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 y…
 
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 Ch…
 
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 Art…
 
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…
 
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 a…
 
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 c…
 
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 unde…
 
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 conservatio…
 
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 Z…
 
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 unders…
 
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…
 
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 ha…
 
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 mak…
 
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 issu…
 
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 bey…
 
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, w…
 
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 B…
 
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/f…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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 N…
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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 B…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 nutri…
 
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 f…
 
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 t…
 
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 Blu…
 
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 ne…
 
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 Oc…
 
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 impo…
 
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 administ…
 
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 strat…
 
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 ei…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 wor…
 
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