Are Sunscreens Really Bad For Corals

Are Sunscreens Really That Bad For Corals?

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The short answer is, yes, they are. The long answer is that it depends on other factors, which I will get to soon.

A recent article authored by Terry Hughes, a very well-known coral reef scientist, proposed that widely used sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate are not that bad for coral reefs as previously reported by scientific studies. Terry’s reasoning is because it doesn’t represent realistic scenarios.

Terry’s article “deeply disappointed” many people in the coral reef community because they say the studies address realistic conditions and conclude sunscreens are indeed bad for coral reefs (and bad for humans as the chemicals are carcinogenic).

There is no doubt that other factors such as climate change and destructive fishing practices threaten reefs on a global scale; however, there are scenarios where sunscreens can threaten coral reef health at a local level in high tourist traffic areas.

Listen to the episode to find out why I believe it is important for people to use “reef safe” sunscreen.

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WHALE SEASIDE SANCTUARY MAY BE IN NOVA SCOTIA

Whale Seaside Sanctuary Could Be Located In Nova Scotia, Canada

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The time of marine mammals in captivity is slowly dwindling. We are seeing people speak volumes with their wallets and actions as they deliberately leave out Sea World and other marine mammal entertainment facilities off of their family excursions thanks to the movie such as Blackfish and the decades of advocacy and science worked to show that marine mammal captivity is bad for their health.

Organizations are now searching for sites they call Whale Seaside sanctuaries as the future home for the retired marine mammals such as orcas, beluga whales, dolphins and more. The next Seaside sanctuary could be located in Nova Scotia according to Change for Animals Foundation. The organization and their partners are currently holding meetings in various towns along the Atlantic Shore.

The sanctuary could provide great economic benefits for the neighboring communities as it would bring jobs to the area as well as the purchase of tons of frozen fish.

This Whale Seaside Sanctuary is targeted for Beluga Whales.

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Elephant Seals Take Over Beach During US Shutdown

Elephant Seals Take Over Beach During US Government Shutdown

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Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Park decided to take over a beach during the US Government Shutdown when the staff was a third of its regular size. Now the beach is closed down along with some access roads due to the new Elephant Seal pups that were born during the take over time.

The Park staff are ensuring the pups and mother seals are protected during a vulnerable stage of the population’s life cycle in order to have a healthy class of pups for this year.

Park staff use non-invasive techniques to stop the Elephant Seals from taking over the beach when there is a full staff present; however, the shutdown forced the staff to be one third of its normal size leaving access to the beach for the Elephant Seals.

Now the park staff will wait until April for the pups to wean off their mothers and head to the ocean to forage for themselves before the beach opens up to the public.

Listen to the episode for more details.

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New Zealand Markets Go PLastic Free

New Zealand Grocery Stores Going Plastic Free

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Ban Straws. Ban Plastic Straws. The movement to ban single-use plastics is growing. There are still many issues; however, the movement is starting to tackle some of these issues. New Zealand seems to be leading the pack.

New Zealand has rolled out a Plastic Packaging Declaration that grocery stores seem to like. Foodstuffs, a grocery store, has signed on to the declaration with glowing results. Reports state that fruits and vegetable sales in plastic free stores show a 300% increase.

The country’s efforts to go plastic free will continue as the pledge requires stores to be plastic free or package their fruits and vegetables in material that can be recyclable or compostable by 2025.

The system is not perfect, as I highlight in this episode, but it is a great step forward in the plastic-free movement.

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Data Collection at Fish Markets

Using Fish Markets For Fisheries Studies With Dr. David Ebert

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Dr. David Ebert (@lostsharkguy) joins me on the podcast today to discuss why scientists go to fish markets. He has been going to fish markets all over the world building relationships with fishers on what, where and when they catch fish (mostly sharks).

David has many reasons to go to a fish market rather than catching the fish himself.

Listen to the episode to find out what those reasons are.

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the influx of zero waste stores

The Influx of Zero Waste Stores

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Zero waste stores are slowly popping up in places such as New York City, USA, Vancouver, Canada and now Devon, UK. These Mom & Pop stores are serving customers that tend to search for a more eco-friendly option in their local grocery story. Apparently business is booming for these shops as the owners of the shop in Devon say they are getting people that are not considered traditionally eco-friendly.

A recent article in the Guardian asks the question: Why Aren’t Major Grocery Chains offering a zero-waste option? Their customers are wondering the same thing. They wonder why a grocery store that is based on offering a number of product options do not offer a zero waste option. Instead, some grocery stores offer products such as clementines that are already peeled in a plastic container, individually. Does that really make sense? Not to me it doesn’t.

Listen to the episode to get the full details.

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Grad Work To Help Your Career

Grad Work Should Help You In Your Career

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A listener requested that I discuss Marine Career topics so I decided to look at some Facebook Groups for some insight on what advice new graduates and early career conservationists were seeking. I am a part of Marine Biologists Network and Job Postings Facebook Group where many of the members seek career advice on a daily basis.

Many of the questions involve seeking out graduate work. Some people ask for advice on schools and others ask for advice on topics.

My biggest response is to tell them that their grad work should provide them with the experience and skills that will help them in their career.

Check out my advice by listening to this episode.

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US Government Shutdown Giving The Blues

The Shutdown Blues With Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan

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Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan joins me today to discuss the US Shutdown on his weekly segment called “This Week In Marine Social Science.”

The shutdown is happening in the US because the US Federal Government cannot agree on how to fund the government; therefore, 800,000 federal employees do not get paid during the shutdown.

The bad part is that people have to worry about paying their bills. The other bad part is that people can’t use government services such as museums that are federally operated. The Smithsonian-Marine Section is a place where people go to relax according to a new article. The closure could cause people to have the blues because it’s not open.

Edd and I discuss the problems this could have on the mental health of people affected and not affected by the shutdown.

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