Underwater Robots To Hunt Sea Urchins to Protect Kelp Forests

Sea Urchin Hunting Underwater Robots

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Marauder Robotics is currently developing (and about to test) an underwater robot that will hunt for sea urchins in hopes to curtail their predation and destruction of kelp beds in different parts of the world.

I learned about food web dynamics in University where the professors used sea otter-urchin-kelp bed dynamics as an example. Don’t worry, I give you a short explanation in this episode.

Do you think we should be using underwater robots to balance ecological issues that we probably caused in the first place? Listen to the episode and let me know what you think in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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OceanWise Chowder Chowdown

Chowder Chowdown For OceanWise

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I had the pleasure of attending OceanWise‘s Chowder Chowdown event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the Distillery District last night. It was a fantastic time catching up with friends and enjoying great sustainable food.

The OceanWise program is designed to support and highlight restaurants/chefs that follow sustainable seafood practices. I spoke with some people at the event who mentioned that there was a definite difference in sustainable seafood practice between independent restaurants and franchise restaurants.

There is still plenty of work to do to get more sustainable in the future, but programs such as OceanWise will help consumers and restaurants achieve them faster.

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Decrease In Capelin Fish Stocks

Capelin Stocks Declining In Eastern Canada Causing Worry For Fishing Community

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The Capelin Fishing community in Newfoundland and Labrador is concerned that the stock has declined to a point where their livelihoods are in trouble. The fishing community has observed Capelin spawning later in the summer than normal and the individuals that are spawning are smaller than normal.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists are not too concerned about the low numbers of capelin as the stock has gone lower in the recent past and has rebounded. Capelin are prey to cod, turbot, salmon, whales, and seabirds; therefore, their numbers are related to the number of predators. Capelin numbers fell to an all-time low right before the cod stocks collapsed in the late 1990s and it took them over a decade to recover. Cod and turbot stocks are doing better, which could lead to a decrease in capelin numbers in the short term.

The big question for this story is how do you manage a fishery, where the fish are being eaten by natural predators rather than humans. Let me know what you think of this situation in the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Organizations Need To Stop

Organizations Need To Stop Doing This!

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I happened to be tagged in a post in the Marine Biology Network and Job Postings Facebook Group last night that became riddled with comments from a variety of people. The post was an ad for an “internship” with the job requirements designed for a paid position for somebody with 5-10 of experience.

I go on an almost 20-minute rant on how organizations need to stop taking advantage of experience-hungry early career marine conservationists and ask them to work for free in a position that requires them to work what would normally be considered 5 positions.

Check out my rant and visit the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group if you want to see the job posting: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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Why Are Hundreds Of Dolphins Washing Up Dead On The Beach In France

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We all know fisheries can have a negative effect on other animals as the gear tends to trap the animals, which can lead to injuries and even death. Researchers in France are witnessing the same effect, but at a larger scale as 600 dolphins washed up dead along a beach in France. Researchers believe there are more dolphins dead that sunk to the bottom of the ocean as well.

The dolphins had injuries, missing appendages and scaring along their bodies from fishing gear.

Listen to the episode to find out how the dolphins get trapped and what solutions are being proposed to stop the deaths.

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Andrey Dolgov

The Complex Fight Against Illegal Fishing – A Story of the Andrey Dolgov

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Illegal fisheries is a huge problem and the story that you are about to listen to will highlight why it is so difficult to stop. This episode has the components of a great movie with crime syndicates, high seas chases, fraud, and computer hacking.

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Indigenous Participatory Science

Participatory Science Within Indigenous Communities With Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan

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Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan is back again for his segment “What’s Going On In Marine Social Science This Week.” Today, Edd and I discuss a participatory study of Indigenous communities within the Salish Sea.

The study involves two marine social scientists who participate in a large community canoe trip to bring together the youth and elders of the communities as they connect with their culture through nature.

Take a listen to find out how the event was designed to bring communities together by the sea.

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Business Strategies For Marine Conservation Careers

Business Tactics To Get A Career In Marine Conservation

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There are many people out there that are posting about how they can’t find a job in Marine Conservation. Finding a job in this field is probably the toughest thing out there for aspiring Marine Conservationists. There are more people graduating with similar degrees, but job availability doesn’t seem to grow in the same way. This problem is why I feel that applicants need to be unique and provide their prospective employers with something the employers need (perhaps that they never thought they needed).

Uniques skill sets, experiences, social media profiles could be what gets you that first job or it could reinvent your career (like it did mine).

I am not saying that the strategy I present here will work for everyone, but it will work for some. It will work for the people that will put in the work to build something special, something unique.

Let me know what you have to say about the strategy that I propose in the episode. Share your thoughts in the Facebook Group: http://www.speakupforblue.com/group.

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