Speak Up For Blue Podcast

Nathan and I are back again to discuss some great stories that happened this week.

Welcome back to another Ocean Talk Friday. Nathan Johnson and I are back at it again to discuss this week’s important stories on the Speak UP For Blue Podcast.

Here are the stories for today:

1) International web database for Marine Cave studies;
2) CITES protects three sharks under Appendix II and what it means;
3) Community-led marine reserve experiences great success; and,
4) Waste reduction campaign with major corporations.

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Today we discussed the following:

  • Eureka Alert reports about: “Considered “biodiversity reservoirs,” underwater caves are yet to be explored with only a few thoroughly researched areas in the world. Furthermore, species diversity and distributional data is currently scattered enough to seriously hinder conservation status assessments, which is of urgent need due to planned and uncontrolled coastal urbanization.”
  • Parties at the CITES conference in Johannesburg voted for proposals to list devil rays, thresher sharks and silky sharks under Appendix II, offering them better protection from international trade following unsustainable fishing for their fins in recent years”
  • Science Daily tells us: “The first and only fully-protected marine reserve in Scotland is proving highly beneficial for marine conservation and fisheries, with lobsters more than doubling in numbers and increasing in size.”
  • Tate Williams from Inside Philanthropy reports: “Efforts to target plastic waste are gaining steam among environmentalists and their funders. We’re seeing this trend globally, with a growing push to reduce plastic waste in oceans, and also in the United States, with many municipalities either enacting plastic bag bans or considering them.” 


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