Honduras Fishers Experience The Bends due to overfishing

Honduras Lobster Divers Experiencing The Bends

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Honduras fishers are experiencing decompression sickness after diving for lobsters that are now found in deeper waters due to overfishing.

Over 47% of fishers have been affected from the bends as ignore the rules of scuba diving to provide for their families. The fishers dive more than twice a day and ascend faster the than prescribed rate to get back down to collect more lobsters. Many of the divers go back to fishing in the same way because out of necessity to provide for their families in the impoverished Caribbean Nation.

This story stresses the importance of considering ow sustainable fishing can affect the well being of impoverished coastal communities.

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japan Leaves iwc for commercial whaling

Japan Announce Exit From The IWC To Commence Commercial Whaling

By | Marine Mammals | No Comments

Japan has a long history of commercial whaling that dates back before the World Wars, so it is not surprising that the country wants to continue to whale. The government have gone to great lakes to overturn the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) ban on commercial whaling since it was implemented in 1987 as it threatened to pull out of the IWC multiple times. A few days ago, Japan made good on its promise and announced that it will leave the IWC as a member on June 30th, 2019.

Southern Ocean Whaling Will Stop

The country also announced that it will cease all commercial whaling activity in the Southern Ocean after 30 years of hunting under “scientific research.” The whaling fleet finds it too expensive to keep hunting in the Southern Ocean.

Whaling Within Its Ocean Borders

Japan will continue its commercial whaling practices within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). A spokesperson stated that the country will abide by IWC practices and calculations for a sustainable whale populations.

Some Environmental Groups Think This Is Positive

Sea Shepherd Society are pleased with Japan’s decision because now Japan will be exposed for illegally whaling and the International Whaling Commission can put pressure on them; however, I don’t think this will matter much. There is an interesting article they wrote on their blog about the 8 positive things that come out of Japan’s withdrawal from the IWC.

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Whale entanglement report for 2016-2017

NOAA Releases Whale Entanglement Report For 2016-2017

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NOAA released a new report that stated the number of incidences of whale entanglement in US waters for 2016 and 2017. The results of the report show there was not an overall change in reported whale entanglements between the years; however, certain areas showed an increase while others decreased. 

I go through the important parts of the report as highlighted in a Mongabay article with a focus on what the future looks like for whale entanglements. 

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How Canada Can Prevent Oil Spills

What Canada Needs To Do For Oil Management With Sigrid Kuehnemund

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Sigrid Kuehnemund, VP of Oceans at WWF Canada, joins me on the podcast today to provide more information on how an oil spill off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador happened.

During the interview, Sigrid points out that the spill could have been caused by the way the regulations are laid out. Sigrid, through WWF, are advocating to the government-industry partnership to include them in the conversation as well as make the regulations better.

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1 artist 5 oceans

One Artist Five Ocean with Danielle Eubank

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Artist Danielle Eubank connects people with the Ocean through her art, which are paintings of the wavelets in almost every Ocean in the world. Danielle has painted hundreds of pieces from four Oceans and is getting set to paint some pieces in the Southern Ocean.

Art plays a huge role in connecting people to the Ocean as well as helping them understand Ocean Issues and how they can help solve them.

Danielle offers a tip to help protect the Ocean every time she posts on her Facebook page.

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plastic pollution in nigeria

Plastic Pollution In Nigeria and Son of the Blob in the Pacific

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Dr. Edd Hind-Ozan joins me for another segment of “What’s Happening in Marine Social Science This Week” where we discuss a plastic pollution story in Nigeria. The story describes a lawyer who was sick of seeing plastic on her beach so much that she started an organization involving community clean ups to help rid the beach of plastic.

I cover a story out of the North Eastern Pacific, where a warm water mass has formed and being dubbed the “Son of the Blob.” Some meteorologists are suggesting the that water mass may be responsible for the droughts and forest fires along the West Coast of North America.

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pre-register your study with journals

Pre-Register Your Study With Journals With Nick Wehner

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Nick Wehner is back from OCTO to discuss how Scientists can now pre-register their studies with journals. This process will help scientists vet their methods with peer reviewers and get them approved before they do the study, which will increase their chances of being published by the journal and prevent their study from being scooped.

Nick tells us about the article and how this process will be good for scientists.

If you want to upload your thesis, grey paper pr pre-print to a server where Decision Makers can access, check out MarXiv.

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Sharing My Job Search Journey with you

Sharing My Strategy To Find A New Job

By | Ocean Conservation Careers | No Comments

I’m about to embark on a journey to find a job in Marine and/or Freshwater Conservation in Canada and I want to share this journey with you.

I’ve covered finding a job before as I shelled out my advice to over a hundred people in my lifetime; however, I never covered my own experience as it is happening. This is probably the most vulnerable that I have ever put myself out there on this podcast. I want to do it because I want people to know that they are not alone through their journey.

There will be rejection and there will be emotional responses, but I will eventually find a job. I know this because I have been in this situation before.

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