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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…

Andrew Lewin


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    Marine Conservation needs to focus on empowering and including coastal communities to achieve success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 13:38

    When I grew up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had this dream that I would work in a small Pacific Islands doing marine science and conservation, but that was probably a form of parachute science and that can hurt marine conservation outcomes. Parachute science happens more often than you think and there is now a call to build in more equity in marine conservation by including local communities in the conservation plans of THEIR coastline.   In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to cover why diversity, equity and inclusion are the primary focus of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon.   Link to article: https://bit.ly/3OP1JFo   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Speaking Up For The Ocean is hard somedays especially when human rights are at stake

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 21:28

    As long as I can remember protecting the ocean has always been my number one priority Ocean conservation and the action takes time and work from many different fields and it requires the dedication of many men and women from around the world; however, it is very difficult to focus on conserving the ocean when other human rights are being taken away and need more focus.   In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss how recent news/events/decisions around the world and in the US (even in my home country of Canada) can affect the people's focus on the ocean.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Canada is banning single-use plastic as soon as December 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 17:39

    We have a plastic pollution problem in this world and we can't solve it unless countries put in policies to ban single-use plastics, but what will a ban look like. In this episode, I am going to describe how Canada is going to ban single-use plastics as soon as December 2022.   Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3NmDFsi   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc     

    SciComm: How will you get started?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 22:43

    There need to be more conversations about the ocean on the web and there are plenty of opportunities to start your science communication journey, but people still aren't getting started. Therefore, I am going to tell you the different ways how you can get started in science communication today.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Restoring oyster beds, seagrass, and salt marshes together is better than restoring only one type of habitat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 15:55

    There are many coastal areas that have been degraded to the point that restoration is necessary, but restoration can be very expensive and is often focused on 1 type of habitat. Therefore, restoration specialists and conservationists are now focusing on restoring more than one type of habitat to increase the success of the coastal area.   In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be discussing how projects from different parts of the world are having success with restoring multiple habitats due to a term we call connectivity.   Link to article: https://news.mongabay.com/2022/06/sea-restoration-projects-quilt-a-mosaic-of-habitats-with-striking-results/   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Will the ocean lead fashion into a new era with products made from invasive species and kelp?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 20:41

    Everyone loves fashion and loves to look good when they go out. Many people follow the term "Look good, feel good." But today's fashion comes at an environmental cost/price and therefore, it needs to change to more sustainable options.   In this episode of the Speak Up For the Ocean Blue Podcast, I will be highlighting two types of ocean sources derived from an invasive species and the other from kelp.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    The Ocean is speaking and it sounds like Harrison Ford

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 16:05

    Protecting and conserving the ocean seems to take a back seat to other issues when talking about priorities. For example, in Canada, politicians want to protect the economy more than the environment because it has a higher priority. Often times the protection of the economy comes in direct conflict to protecting the environment. But what if the ocean had a say in this priority choice. What if the Ocean could speak to us and give humans a message.   Conservation International has some thoughts on what the Ocean was to say to humans.   In this episode, I am going to talk about a new campaign from Conservation International called Nature Is Speaking and how it should make us rethink how we protect the ocean.   Link to video: https://youtu.be/rM6txLtoaoc   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    What it means to be in a generational fisheries family

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 53:22

    The last part of my 3-part series interviewing fishers from the East Coast of Canada takes me to a conversation I had with Gordon Beaton who has fished along Canada's East Coast for his entire life. His uncle was a fisher and his son is now a fisher. Learn what it takes to be a fisher in Canada.  Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Oceans Week: What it's like to fish in Eastern Canada over the past 40 years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 44:41

    I continue my series of speaking to fishers from the East Coast of Canada to get to know their challengers and why fishing is such a big part of their lives. Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Oceans Day: Oceans Sound (Replay)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 25:28

    Happy Oceans Day!!! As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor. Enjoy!

    The life of a lobster fisher with Carl Allen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 43:38

    I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Allen to discuss what life was like as a lobster fisher in Eastern Canada.  Carl told me how young he was when he started fishing and how his life is all about fishing.  He also discusses the work he does with the fishing union.    Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Oceans Week: How you should approach it

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 22:50

    There seems to be a day for everything these days and the oceans have a day as well, June 8th. It's a time for us to think about why we love the ocean so much and how we can better protect. There are celebrations, conferences, announcements (big and small) where governments and organizations try to stand out from one another to tell you how they are committed to protect the oceans. But the announcements are all massive agreements and commitments that don't include a very important thing, YOU!   In this episode, I am going to go over my thoughts about oceans week and how I think you should approach it. What you can get out of oceans week.   I am also going to discuss the programming that I have planned for Oceans Week for this podcast and some other things.

    Can you get a job in Marine Conservation with a Psychology degree?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 19:27

    There are many people that want to work in Marine Conservation, but not everyone has a degree in Marine Biology or another type of science degree; however, you don't need to be a scientist to help protect the ocean. There are many people who are working on Marine Conservation with business and arts degrees.   In today's episode, I am going to answer a question from a listener who wants to work in Marine Conservation and has a Psychology degree. I am going to provide some examples of how useful someone can be with a Psychology degree in Marine Conservation.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    ExxonMobil will finally have to face charges in Massachusetts for misleading the public on Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 14:22

    There are studies that have revealed that oil companies like ExxonMobil have spent billions of dollars on campaigns that involved misleading the public on Climate Change and one Attorney General brought charges against the oil company, but will the company have to pay for their misleading ways and what will the punishment be? We need to hold more fossil fuel companies accountable for the notorious work that they conduct around the world.   In this episode, I will discuss why I think this trial could have severe consequences for oil companies across the states in the US.   Links to articles: 1) https://bit.ly/3M09JS6 2) https://bit.ly/3GyQf5F   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Marineland continues to conduct illegal whale and dolphin shows in Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 13:29

    Laws in Canada make sure that marine theme parks such as Marineland cannot acquire new cetaceans (Whales or Dolphins) and they were amended in 2019 to ensure that whales and dolphins do not perform in their entertainment shows, but evidence suggests that Marineland continues to conduct the whale and dolphin shows. Therefore, Canadian laws should work faster to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals.   In this episode, I will discuss the video evidence that was published by Animal Justice in Canada and why I think that the laws should work faster to stop the shows from happening at all.   Link to Article: https://bit.ly/3lSb3vx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Are you focused on the best ways to help protect the Ocean?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 18:15

    There are many of you (including myself) that would like to help protect the ocean and we tend to fantasize ways in which we can help, but there are times when we are not focusing on the best ways we can all protect the ocean; therefore, I am going to go through the best ways that you can help save the ocean with minimal work even though it might not be the way you dreamed it would be.   In this episode, I am going to discuss how I had FOMO lately on ocean protection and started to focus away from the best way that I could protect the ocean (through communication). Do you go through the same thing?   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Why Sharks Really Matter with Dr. David Shiffman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 57:01

    Sharks are an iconic ocean animal that can strike fear and wonder in anyone that sees them and they are one of those animals that everyone would like to protect; but, most shark populations around the world have experienced drastic declines in population over the past 50 years and many people do not know how to go about protecting them; therefore, Dr. David Shiffman wrote a book to help guide you to better protect sharks and oceans.   In this episode, I speak to Dr. David Shiffman about his new book, Why Sharks Matter, to get the inside scoop on why he wrote a book that wasn't a textbook and how people can help better protect sharks.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    BIPOC Marine scientist team gets thrown out of Marriott hotel for asking staff to clean her room

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 20:01

    Equity, diversity, and inclusion has been the focus of many organizations in marine science and conservation and outside of the field for a number of years and there has been some small steps in the right direction made, but there are many examples of BIPOC scientists and their teams that still face racism today. Therefore, it is important to highlight some of those racist examples to show people the challenges that BIPOC scientists face in 2022.   In this episode, I am going to describe to you a real-life example of a hotel staff asking a BIPOC scientist and her team to leave the hotel after the scientist asked for her room to be cleaned, which she had asked for a week.   Link to Resources: Tweet Thread: https://bit.ly/3G6vzC1 Dr. Tiara Moore: https://www.tiaramoore.com/ WOC Website: https://awocspace.com/ Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Turning the tide on Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 20:29

    Climate change has been deemed the biggest threat in the world by many scientists, conservationists, industries, governments, and militaries around the world and countries have made international pledges in the form of treaties to curb greenhouse gas emissions and invest in more renewable energy, but the parties that form the government in democratic countries do not adhere to the treaties or listen to what the experts are saying. In some cases, the governments have done the opposite of the advice of experts and driven the problem further.  Therefore, citizens need to demand more action on climate change from their government through voting.   In this episode, I am going to discuss how Australia is in one of the most important elections for climate action as described in an opinion article written by Dr. Euan Ritchie And published in the Guardian. His story is not unique when compared to my story and my country, Canada, and is also similar to other countries.   Link to article: https://bit.ly/3Lxcl9L   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    3 ways to reduce single-use plastics

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 13:36

    In the last episode, I talked about a new enzyme that can breakdown plastics in days instead of centuries and it seems very promising, but we know that it is not the complete solution and people will continue to use single-use plastics; therefore, in this episode, I offer three ways that we need to get a mass reduction of plastic use.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    An enzyme that breaks down plastics faster will not completely solve our plastic pollution problem

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 14:33

    A new enzyme that can break down plastics in a matter of days and not centuries is giving people hope that we can still use plastics and not have to worry about the reduction, but the solution will only take care of a small percentage of plastic pollution. Therefore, we need to continue the pursuit of reducing our single-use plastics.   In this episode, I will discuss why we need to stay the course in reducing our plastic dependence.   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Failure in marine science and conservation can lead to better protections

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 27:41

    Marine science and conservation has proven to help the ocean in many cases when things are done properly, but not all of it works; therefore, methods need to adapt and build on past failures.   In this episode, I will be talking about two conservation experiments that people don't like but could lead to a better understanding and protection of the ocean. I am going to talk about the failed experiment of keeping marine mammals in captivity at marine parks and shark tagging.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How Podcasts can help scientists and conservationists connect with the public to help them live for a better ocean

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 25:14

    There are many issues that are facing this world that have science-based solutions that are not getting solved and it's because people are taking swipes at scientists in every field, but is it because scientists and conservationists don't seem accessible to the public; therefore, I am going to tell you about my favourite tool: podcasts are a great tool to reach the public.   In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you how podcasts can help connect scientists and conservationists with the public to help people live for a better ocean.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Climate change consequences lead to low lake levels in Lake Mead and the Colorado River Basin affecting the drinking water supply for over 20 million people

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 19:44

    Climate change consequences have been talked about for decades and people have been ignoring them, but know those consequences are happening and people are paying the price; therefore, it's time to talk about their impact and how we can move forward with better action.   In today's episode, I am going to be talking about the record low lake levels of the Lake Mead /Colorado River system and how that could affect the drinking water supply for over 20 million people.   Links: Holding Water: https://bit.ly/3959OWw Climate Change & Drought: https://bit.ly/3ylBcdC   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Why you should seek jobs over internships

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 17:35

    It is really difficult to find a job in marine science and conservation lately so many early career scientists search for internships before full time or temporary jobs, but is an internship in their best interest? I am a huge proponent of getting a job over an internship when possible.   In this episode, I discuss why early career scientists should focus on search for jobs instead of internships.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How to speak on complicated issues your audience

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 17:08

    Science Communication is one of the most important parts of conservation as it is responsible for getting complex information to your audience, but people are used to simple sound bites rather than long explanations; therefore, SciCommers need to adapt and get their points across easily.   In today's episode, I am going to be discussing how to get your point across while holding your audience's attention.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How Blue Foods are affected by climate change

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 49:12

    Everyone loves food, you can tell by the number of restaurants that are in a city/town/village. There is a food network with chef battles and mouth-watering dishes. Many cultures use food as a way to socialize and build relationships. But do you ever worry about how the future of our food will be secured in a time when the world will be changing? Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions is looking at how blue food security will be affected by a number of changes including the ever-so-changing climate.   Dr. Michelle Tigchelaar is a climate scientist that focuses on blue food security and she joins me on the podcast to discuss a recent paper on how Climate change will affect blue foods in the future.

    Organizations can move towards net zero

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 15:53

    We own a lot of stuff and we love to buy stuff, but that stuff leads to a life of waste and builds on our impact on the oceans; therefore we need to move towards a net zero impact.   In today's episode, I am going to provide you with an example of an organization that is moving towards net zero...the Toronto Zoo, and how the entire organization is working together to get to net zero.   Wild For Life Podcast: Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3KfYm7q Spotify: https://spoti.fi/39axsRD   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How you can leverage Earth Day activities into longer term action

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 19:35

    Earth day has come and gone. It's a day to reflect on how we treat the planet and many people, workplaces, and so forth work to do a clean-up in parks or other areas within their communities, but does that do the trick? Is Earth day enough to help get people to act for a better planet?   Today, you will be learning how you can leverage Earth Day to help the planet.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How microplastics are being detected in our river systems

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 56:09

    We know the problems that many of the common single-use plastics cause in the ocean and we also know that there are plenty of people working to create policies to ban these plastics, but there are more microplastics being used and are entering the environment; therefore, Joe Barnes and Elisa Davey (graduates students from American University) are going to let you know about some of the microplastics and how they are getting into the ocean.   Connect with Elisa Davey: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daveyelisa/ Connect with Joe Barnes: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/envijoemental_scientist/   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc   

    Yes, you can help change ocean policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 27:23

    When you hear about the issues that are facing the ocean you want to help and you will do whatever you can to help the ocean, but sometimes your effort, although well intended, does not hit right; therefore, in this episode, I am going to tell you how you can maximize your efforts by doing the best actions to save the ocean.   Building an online community through digital storytelling 6-week course: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx   Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Language influences the way we treat the environment

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 21:16

    Governments at various levels have the authority to zone land for different purposes such as parks and commercial/residential zoning and the government departments will work together to provide the best outlook for the area, but the way departments refer to an entity such as a habitat, may differ in how it's treated and could cause differences in how it is treated.   Register for the "Building an online community through audio storytelling": https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Arctic permafrost melting is shifting what the ocean bottom looks like

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 18:09

    Countries first started to map the Arctic Ocean to show that their northern continental shelf extended far enough to lay claim to the world's northernmost oil deposits and it became a race for sovereignty, but researchers took advantage of the funding to discover and explore the Arctic Ocean bottom; therefore, the researchers were able to discover that the Arctic ocean bottom is changing and it is because of warming temperatures.   Link to Article: https://www.mbari.org/arctic-seafloor-mapping-permafrost/   Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI   Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How to get a Marine Biology job after graduating from college

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 26:37

    Graduating with a Marine Biology degree is a great accomplishment and new graduates are ready to start looking for a job with eagerness, but they quickly realize that there aren't many jobs available for new graduates...with little experience; therefore, I am going to tell you how you can stand out from the crowd and get a job after graduating. Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    When will the marine mammal in captivity experiment be over?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 16:59

    Building a connection to the ocean is crucial to getting people interested in conserving the ocean. Marine theme parks that hold orcas, dolphins, seals, and sea lions are often advertised as ways to build the connection between people and the ocean; however, what cost are we willing to spend on building the connection.  Marine mammals are not healthy in captivity and it's time that we end this experiment.  Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    This is why cigarette butts are polluting the ocean

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 19:50

    Smoking has been banned in most indoor public buildings and restaurants to increase the health of all people forcing smokers to move their habits outside but smokers now discard their cigarette butts on the street where they end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Therefore, more policies need to be implemented and enforced so that we keep the oceans clean. Links: 1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721034550 2) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169534721002755 3) https://kwit.app/en/blog/posts/cigarette-butts-the-main-source-of-sea-and-ocean-pollution Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Turning ocean flip flop trash into a sustainable social enterprise with Ocean Sloe Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 46:41

    Erin Smith, Chief Sloe Officer, joins me on the podcast to discuss her journey navigating the tech world to taking over and growing a thriving social enterprise that cleans up flip flops that are washed up on the beach and pay artisans to create beautiful animal pieces from them.  Buy one of their pieces and use the code SPEAKUP for 15% off. If you spend more than $250, you will receive a bracelet made by Masai women.  Connect with Ocean Sole Africa: Website: https://oceansoleonline.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oceansole/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/OceanSole1 Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Are we, as marine scientists, misleading aspiring marine biologists?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 22:22

    There were two memes that inspired me to think about how we, as marine biologists, promote our field to aspiring marine biologists. We tell everyone that being a marine biologist is a great profession and brings great adventure, but we leave out some details that may help younger people make a valuable decision as to whether they should pursue their passion. It seems as though we are misleading aspiring marine biologists. Therefore, this episode was created to help you understand the challenges and how to solve, some of them. Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Agree or Disagree: Oil companies need to have bigger sanctions after repeated oil spills

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 15:00

    A recent oil spill that covers 18,000 square meters of the coast of Lima, Peru may result in a fine of $37 million dollars, but is it enough? The Spanish company (Repsol) involved is not new to these offenses as it is the fourth time an oil spill has occurred in the area. Oil companies are made of money and they may not be happy about forking over millions of dollars to pay a fine, but they can afford it.  I think they should be sanctioned where they cannot do business for months or even years as a punishment. They could lose billions of dollars and maybe that would make them put more attention into not spilling oil.  Link to article: https://bit.ly/36NZRfK Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    12 Tides: Building a sustainable, positive business with nutrient-rich kelp chips

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 40:59

    Pat Shnettler joins me on the podcast to tell me the story of what led him to co-found 12 Tides, a sustainable seafood business that sells nutrient-rich kelp chips to people who want a tasty snack that is ocean safe.  Buy 12 Tides Kelp chips here: https://12tides.com/ Connect with 12 Tides: https://www.instagram.com/12tides/ Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Not everyone is educated on the ocean, so we need to communicate better to help them

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 22:43

    Have you ever had someone say to you that they are over the bans on plastic straws or changing their behaviour to help the ocean is too hard? It's a frustrating experience, but it tells us that people are not educated on ocean issues and may not want to be. However, we need to make sure the right information is out there so that people who want to be educated on the ocean can do their part.  In this episode, I discuss how we can change our SciComm approach to blend in better on digital platforms and help people live for a better Ocean. Sign up for the Duke Environmental Communications Certificate Course called: Building and Online Community through Audio Storytelling: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Microplastics were found in the human bloodstream, so can we now actually do something about plastic pollution?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 15:12

    We often wait too late until we change the bad things we do in society. Climate change is wreaking havoc on our planet and we are still debating on whether it's real.  Now, a study showed that microplastics are in the human bloodstream so are we going to do something more radical about plastic pollution so this doesn't become a bigger problem than the crisis it already is? Link to article: https://bit.ly/3iGHWK7 Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    The one thing you need to do to get your dream job in marine science and conservation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 23:02

    You grow up wanting to be marine biologists and pursue the tough road through their undergraduate and graduate careers, but after you graduate, you can't find a job, therefore you get extremely frustrated and sad, or maybe worse, you give up. In this episode, I am going to show you why there is hope for you and your career by offering you one piece of advice that helped me when I was in your position. Join the Marine Science & Conservation Careers Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Be your authentic self when communicating marine science

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 26:22

    Many scientists love communicating their science to the public and they know that science communication is the key to improving conservation, but when they do SciComm they tend to not be their authentic selves causing their audience to disengage. Therefore, in order for SciComm to be effective scientists must connect with their audience by being themselves. In this episode, I provide advice and reasons why you should be yourself and the benefits that go along with it when doing SciComm. Sign up for the Duke Environmental Communications Certificate Course called: Building and Online Community through Audio Storytelling: https://bit.ly/3ivkHCx Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Corals can be heat trained for survival

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 21:22

    Mass bleaching is happening more often for longer periods of time every year causing more damage than in previous years and it looks as though coral reefs will change in composition unless something is done to help them adapt, but climate change is not a switch that can be turned on and off. Therefore, certain adaptations will need to be taken in for the survival of coral reefs as we know them. In this episode, I am going to tell you about a study that tests whether corals can be trained to tolerate heat. Link to article: https://bit.ly/3KYI8Ar Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    My journey to buying an electric vehicle (EV) to reduce my carbon footprint

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 27:19

    Climate change is rearing its ugly head in many forms, including wildfires, mass coral bleaching, major glaciers and ice sheets melting, and an increase in major storms. the damage of climate change consequences are costing governments billions upon billions of dollars forcing the same governments to develop policies to help curb greenhouse gas emissions. The governments are also calling on individuals to change the way they behave to also help reduce their footprint. One change is to buy an electric vehicle (EV).  Buying an EV is not an easy step as there is a ton of misinformation out there, but it is getting easier to buy an EV as they are cheaper and more available (for the most part). I am now in the market for an EV and in today's episode, I am sharing with you my journey to purchasing my first EV.  Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    What Indigenous-led conservation means

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 43:51

    Indigenous conservation success may not be the same for Western scientists and conservationists, yet we often approach conservation in Indigenous communities with our own preconceived notions of conservation success.  Angelo Villagomez joins me on the podcast to discuss what Indigenous-led conservation means and how it is important to include it in marine conservation.  Link for Angelo: Twitter: https://bit.ly/3tkzerf Website: https://www.angelovillagomez.com/ Website: https://www.americanprogress.org/ Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    Studying the animals that hitch rides on the back of sea turtles

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 60:51

    Dr. Nathan Robinson was part of a sea turtle research team when the team discovered that one of the sea turtles had a straw stuck up its nose. The entire ordeal was recorded and the video went viral on YouTube and contributed to the global ban the plastic straw campaign. The virality of the video changed Nathan's future career as he now focuses on how video can help identify deep-sea creatures and study the behaviour of oceanic animals.  However, the one thing that doesn't get talked about enough was Nathan's study topic during the research expedition where the viral video was recorded.  Nathan was studying the animals that would settle and hitch rides on the backs of sea turtles, called epibionts. He continued to study epibionts for the past ten years and recently created a database of studies and information on epibionts from all over the world.  Nathan recently published a paper on the database and the questions that it answered. He sat down with me to discuss those answers and where he would like the epibiont database to lead other researchers in the future. Connect with Nathan: Instagram: https://bit.ly/3q3i6Uz YouTube: https://bit.ly/3Jme7di Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc   

    Words matter in Science Communication

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 14:29

    Science communication is an important part of marine conservation. I dedicated my career to SciComm because I feel that telling the public of what is happening to the Ocean is crucial to changing behaviours to live for a better ocean.  However, there are certain times where I have an smh (Shake My Head) moment as a small number of people use certain language that will certainly offend a group of people.  In this episode, I will tell what those comparisons are and why you should avoid using them when speaking about the ocean.  Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    How to interpret marine science studies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 19:54

    Marine science papers can be hard to interpret if you are not a scientist so I decided to take you through how to interpret them and where there could be some room for error. You may or may not have read a marine science journal article in the past, but there are certain things you need to know before you read them. First off, marine science searches for the truth using the scientific process. The studies can be proven wrong down the road, but the studies go through a rigorous review process before they are published. Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

    An example of fisheries collaboration between Indigenous fishers, academia, and commercial fishers

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 22:07

    The relationship between Indigenous people and the government of Canada is terrible. the relationship with Indigenous people and commercial fishers is also terrible, especially over the past couple of years when the Mi'kmaq nation started up fishing in Nova Scotia.  There has definitely been a need to repair the relationships which will take time and a lot of effort.  One way to repair these relationships is to conduct a study that incorporates all parties at the same table. The Apoqnmatulti'k project combines Indigenous knowledge, Western science, and local knowledge to gather information about three important marine species in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Find out why this partnership has become successful. Mongabay Article: https://bit.ly/3ChnZT7 Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

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