SUFB 173: Ocean Talk Friday

Speak Up For Blue Podcast

Ocean Talk Friday: Canadian Fisheries Depleted; Shark Week 2016; Pollutants Affecting Apex Predators; and Are Aquariums Good For Children?

Today Nathan and I Discuss Shark Week, Canadian Fisheries, Organic Pollutants affecting Apex Predators, and Whether Aquariums are good for children

Nathan and I are back for another wonderful Ocean Talk Friday on the Speak Up For Blue Podcast! It’s an exciting episode because we are on the cusp of Discovery Channel’s 2016 Shark Week with a promise for the network of a more science-based program schedule.

Last year, Discovery was under fire as it aired a number of fictional “mocumentaries” during it’s 2014 schedule, which angered many people and critics were quick to demand for changes to programming to shift from fear based content to more interest based content.

In 2015, the network hired a new President who vowed to bring back the Shark Week that we know and love and was reflected to a certain degree in the 2015 content. This year is looking even better with interesting content scheduled that documents researcher’s studies on how sharks move and where are their important habitats.

Nathan and I describe which shows we are looking forward to as well as other stories that came up this week, including:

1) Oceana – Canada provide a dismal report on Canada’s current state of fisheries, but offer hope!;

2) All About Shark Week!;

3) How organic pollutants are harming apex predators; and,

4) Are aquariums teaching out children the wrong thing?

Today we discussed the following:

  • The National Observer reports that “A leading ocean conservation group sounded an alarm over the state of Canada’s fishery Thursday in a new report that reveals that less than 25 per cent of the country’s fish stocks are considered healthy and the status of almost half is unknown. In the most comprehensive public study ever conducted on the state of Canada’s fish, the report outlines the extent to which overfishing and decades of poor management practices have severely depleted Canada’s fish populations.”
  • Shark Week is Coming — an article from Tampa Bay: Thanks to overfishing, sharks are one of the most threatened species on the planet. For almost three decades, Discovery Channel has spent eight days talking about sharks and their roles in the ocean. But it’s hard for people to care about them when they’re often portrayed as monsters
  • (—A pair of researchers has found evidence that suggests that large marine animals are still being threatened by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) despite international regulations forbidding their use. In their paper published in the journal Science, Paul Jepson with the Zoological Society of London and Robin Law with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, both in the U.K. outline which animals are most at risk and from which types of pollutants. They also make some suggestions regarding ways to reduce the problem.
  • The Huffington Post, claiming that Taking Children to Aquariums is a lesson in Cruelty??


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