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Canada Oil Spill

Canadian Oil Spills Needed Better Reporting During Spills

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Husky Oil Company was responsible for an Oil Spill of 250,000 Litres off the Coast of St. John’s, Newfoundland last November (2018). The slick was 21 km long and 8 km wide; however, the media relations people for the company did not make the dimensions of the slick available for the public. Why didn’t they make it available? Perhaps it was because the public has difficulty picturing how much Ocean a 250,000 Litre oil spill would cover.

Academics from Memorial University would like to see more research by Husky and the Provincial/Federal governments to understand how an oil spill will behave in a cold water ocean environment.

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Squid Ring Teeth Could replace Microplastics

Squid Teeth Could Replace Microplastics

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Imagine a world where your products are not made of microplastics, but some alternative compound derived from squid teeth. Crazy, right? Well, the idea may not be so far fetched.

Melik Demirel, director of Penn State’s Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies, has discovered a way to use the proteins from squid ring teeth (the serrated rings along squid tentacles) as a way to create an alternative to microplastics.

The proteins can be grown in a lab via E. coli; therefore, there is no need to harvest already dwindling species of squid to make the products at a larger scale.

The proteins are tough and have regenerative properties that can make clothing more durable and sustainable.

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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.

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Sharing Scientific Articles

Sharing Papers Via Open Access And Citation Hoarding

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Nick Wehner joins me on the podcast to discuss Open Access papers and the challenge of getting more authors to upload their papers to Open Access databases such as MarXiv for Marine Conservation papers.

Nick and I discuss the comparison of success rates of authors agreeing to share their papers in open access databases via email. You will be surprised at the rate!

We also talk about a weird thing that Pay Wall companies do with citation.

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New Years Resolutions To Live For A Better Resolution

My New Year’s Resolutions To Live For A Better Ocean

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As we get ready for 2019, I look back at my life in 2018 and reflect on how well I lived for a better Ocean. There were some things that I did that really helped me reduce my impact on the Ocean and there were other things that I realized that I was having a greater impact on the Ocean. So, this episode is dedicated to announcing my resolutions for 2019 to Live For A Better Ocean.

Here they are:

1) Eat meat 3 times per week only;
2) Use less single-use plastic;
3) Buy more eco-friendly products; and,
4) Launch a hands-on Ocean Conservation Project.

Lofty goals, but I am psyched to get started.

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