Episodes

SUFB 1172: The US Passed More Than Just A Shark Fin Ban

June 14, 2021

The US government passed a bill that will ban the sale and/or purchase of shark fins in the United States. There is more to the bill than a shark fin ban, which will address in a second. The shark fin ban has had some contro…

SUFB 1171: Reflecting On Oceans Week 2021

June 11, 2021

Oceans Week 2021 has been a very busy week for me as I scheduled 4 Speak Up For Ocean Blue episodes and a number of episodes for my client podcasts (more on that another time).  I also had the opportunity to take this podcas…

SUFB 1170: Changing Behavior Around Water Pollution Through Innovation

June 9, 2021

I am joined by RARE's Katie Velasco who is here to discuss a contest for solutions to water pollution from around the world. The contest that is led by RARE and is run by Solution Search is down to 10 finalists that have a p…

SUFB 1169: Sounds of the Ocean Experience

June 8, 2021

Happy Oceans Day!!! As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor. Enjoy! Tune into Earthx TV Tuesday-Thursday at 7pm ET for Live Shows of Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast: Want…

SUFB 1168: The Making of the Sounds of the Modern Ocean Experience

June 7, 2021

Michelle Amor is a Masters Student in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She is also an avid music composer and a violin teacher.  This episode dives into how Michelle decided to merge…

SUFB 1167: Why Marine Scientists Write Letters To Protect Biodiversity

June 4, 2021

It starts with trying to solve a problem. Dr. Rebecca Helm, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Ashville, wanted to make sure ocean species such as jellyfish and other non-commercial species are protected…

SUFB 1166: Making Science Fun With The No Such Thing As Boring Podcast Hosts

June 2, 2021

Eden Robins and Dr. Craig McClain join me on today's episode to talk about why they started a podcast to make boring science things not so boring with their new podcast. It's funny, it's witty, it's actually quite informativ…

SUFB 1165: International Plastic Pollution Agreement is Missing Important Country's Participation

May 31, 2021

Plastic pollution in the Ocean is a serious problem as 12 million tons of plastic pollution is added to the Ocean on a daily basis.  An amendment to the UN's 1989 Basel Convention added the disposal of plastic to reduce the …

SUFB 1164: You Don't Have To Be Perfect To Live For A Better Ocean

May 28, 2021

This episode is purely motivational. I find that there is a perception that people should do everything perfectly if they are going to be eco-friendly. Apparently, there is no room for failure. You are either all eco-friendl…

SUFB 1163: New Camera System To Explore The Deep Sea For Giant Squid

May 26, 2021

The Deep Sea is quite a mysterious place. In fact, we know more about space than we do about the Deep Sea, which doesn't make a lot of sense since the Ocean is on our planet and we need to make a better effort in knowing our…

SUFB 1162: Sea Otters Are Guardians For Kelp Against Urchins

May 24, 2021

I feel as though my first lesson in web food ecology was learning about the dynamics between the Sea Otter, Sea Urchin, and the Kelp Forest. When one is out of balance (i.e. population is up or down) then it affects all of t…

SUFB 1161: Banning Bottom Trawling Improves Ocean!

May 21, 2021

Judging from the title, you probably think that I am going crazy. Of course, banning bottom trawling will improve the ocean. But you will be surprised when I tell you that there haven't been many studies that provide evidenc…

SUFB 1160: Monitoring Global Coral Reef Bleaching Through The Allen Coral Atlas

May 19, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: The Allen Coral Atlas released a new tool that will monitor Coral Reef Bleaching in near real-time so that marine managers can take action steps to better monitor and manage their coral reefs.  I speak with Dr…

SUFB 1159: Where Do Green Sea Turtles Go After They Hatch And Enter The Ocean

May 17, 2021

A new study revealed a potential favourite nursing habitat for Green Sea Turtles that hatch near the Gulf Stream. The area is filled with algae that many tourists hate and call "Seaweed", but it plays a crucial role in provi…

SUFB 1158: Ocean Talk Friday - Taking Pictures With A Tiger Shark Is Illegal And Is 30 x 30 Realistic

May 14, 2021

Clay Groves, the host of the Fish Nerds Podcast, joins me in the podcast today for Ocean Talk Friday. If you are new to Ocean Talk Friday, it's where Clay and I each chose an Ocean article to discuss on the episode without t…

SUFB 1157: How Salmon Sitka Shares Changed The Way We Eat Seafood Sustainability

May 12, 2021

How can seafood consumers truly buy sustainable seafood? The first step is to decrease the number of middle people in the supply chain so that most of the money spent can support the smaller-scale fishers who do most of the …

SUFB 1156: The Australian Sea Lion Population Is Declining And Scientists Are Worried

May 10, 2021

The Australian Sea Lion population has been declining for the past few decades. So much so that a Scientific Committee recommended the sea lions be upgraded to Endangered from their Threatened status.  The upgrade in status …

SUFB 1155: Protecting Blue Carbon Habitats

May 7, 2021

The past two episodes have focused on Blue Carbon Habitats such as mangroves, seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and kelp forests and their importance for sequestering carbon and reducing Climate Change.  In this episode, I dis…

SUFB 1154: Blue Carbon: WILDCOAST's Mangrove And Coastal Habitat Initiative

May 5, 2021

Blue Carbon habitats can sequester more carbon than the Amazon Forests. Mangroves, Seagrass Meadows, Salt Marshes, and Kelp Forests are all considered Blue Carbon habitats and play a large role in reducing the effects of Cli…

SUFB 1153: Blue Carbon - Seagrass Restoration Project To Add 4 Hectares Of Seagrass Seedlings

May 3, 2021

The common practice when discussing the reduction of Climate Change is to mention trees that sequester carbon through photosynthesis. There are additional ways to sequester carbon that often get ignored, which is to look und…

SUFB 1152: Human Ointment Helps Heal Stony Coral Species In Miami

April 30, 2021

A recent study found that using Amoxycillin can help with curing lesions on stony corals; however, it does not yet cure the coral from getting lesions again. More research on the dosage will need to be done to find the right…

SUFB 1151: Using NFTs to Fundraise For Non-Profits with Dr. Austin Gallagher

April 28, 2021

Cryptocurrencies are making a real splash across the world as artists are making millions of dollars to sell digital art and experiences that millionaires and even billionaires are buying like there is no tomorrow. The quest…

SUFB 1150: How SciCommers Should React To Controversial Conservation Docs

April 26, 2021

Seasipracy got me thinking of the effects of past conservation documentaries on the conservation of iconic species such as sharks, dolphins, orcas, and sea turtles with respect to their issues of finning, captivity, and plas…

SUFB 1149: Ocean Talk Friday - How To Bury Someone At Sea & The Maldives Think About Lifting Ban On Shark Fishing

April 23, 2021

Clay Groves, host of the Fish Nerds podcast, joins me for another Ocean Talk Friday to discuss a couple of stories: 1) How To Give A Proper Burial At Sea: 2) Why The Maldives' Government Wanted Considered To Lift The Ban On …