Episodes

SUFB 1183: 4 New Sharks named in the past 5 weeks

July 14, 2021

Dr. David Ebert joins me on the podcast today to discuss four publications that went out in the last 5 weeks that name and describe a new shark species. These new shark species bring Dave's total described species to 50.  Da…

SUFB 1182: Top 10 things you can do to fight climate change according to the David Suzuki Foundation

July 12, 2021

The last episode on Climate Change might have been a bit pessimistic so I decided to share a great resource on how you can fight climate change.  The David Suzuki Foundation has been working within Canada for decades to help…

SUFB 1181: Why the ocean was on fire and what we need to do about it

July 9, 2021

Last week was a crazy week for the environment, to say the least. The ocean was set on fire due to a busted pipeline, a town in British Columbia ignited into flames due to a heatwave, and the Arctic ice is melting at a pheno…

SUFB 1180: Seals are not the driving factor in the slow recovery of Northern Cod

July 7, 2021

Two experience Canadian Fisheries and Oceans scientists have revealed that data points to multiple factors that are causing the recovery of Northern Cod to move at a snail's pace and seals are not the driving force. Many fis…

SUFB 1179: The US Navy Kills Marine Species by Detonating a 40,000 lbs Bomb in the Ocean

July 5, 2021

The US Navy conducts drills in the ocean on a regular basis whether it uses sonar or detonates bombs. Unfortunately, many marine species including marine mammals, suffer from these exercises.  Sonar exercises can affect the …

SUFB 1178: The Subway Tuna Fish Sandwich Controversy

July 2, 2021

Does Subway use real Tuna in their Tuna sandwiches? That is the question that many headlines read throughout social media sites recently as people were sharing variations of a New York Times article along the same lines.  Th…

SUFB 1177: More shipping containers are ending up in the ocean

June 30, 2021

A recent article highlighted a string of containers that have fallen off of shipping vessels in recent months. Some shipping experts say that it is caused by a change in the direction of waves causing rolling pitches on the …

SUFB 1176: If an oil spill happens in the ocean and now one is around...Did it actually happen?

June 28, 2021

I was in a clubhouse room run by Zakia Rashid called Blue Planet this week and there was a discussion about oil spills at sea. Not the huge oil spills that we hear about on the news, but small spills that not many people eve…

SUFB 1175: Know this when you Sci Comm

June 22, 2021

I had an audience member reach out to me this morning to ask me some advice about creating content for Science Communication (SciComm). I love chatting about SciComm so we had a great discussion.  Listen to the episode on wh…

SUFB 1174: Coelacanth Discovered To Have Longer Lifespan Than Initially Thought

June 18, 2021

The Coelacanth is a fish that continues to surprise the scientific community. Originally thought to be extinct, the living fossil was "rediscovered" after being caught in 1938 off the coast of Africa.  The surprises continue…

SUFB 1173: UK to Implement Highly Protected Marine Areas

June 16, 2021

The UK government responded to reports that 97% of their Marine Protected areas had allowed trawlers to fish in the areas where the major goals of the MPA were to protect the seabed making the MPA ineffective. The response w…

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…