Episodes

SUFB 1220: Tracking Happy Humpback Whales

Oct. 8, 2021

The one thing that I love about doing this podcast is the fact that I can talk to people who have done amazing things in Marine Conservation. Sometimes, people are supported by large organizations/companies that help them ge…

SUFB 1219: We need to talk about swim-with-dolphins in captivity programs

Oct. 6, 2021

A listener named Sydney Stauffer asked me to create an episode on my thoughts on swim-with-dolphin programs that are held with dolphins in captivity. She heard the episode with Stephanie Stack (e1214) about swim-with-whales …

SUFB 1218: Can environmental documentaries be successful for marine conservation?

Oct. 4, 2021

Did you hear the Brittany Spears may not be under conservatorship anymore and her father was removed as the head of said conservatorship? Wait...what? You are probably wondering what Brittany Spears has to do with marine con…

SUFB 1217: Tracking the critically endangered wedgefishes in Mozambique

Oct. 1, 2021

A study is underway in Mozambique to study the distribution ranges of two species of wedgefishes family (bottlenose wedgefish and bowmouth guitarfish) to help better manage their population.  The species are considered criti…

SUFB 1216: 63 Endangered South African penguins are killed by bees

Sept. 29, 2021

South African penguins are having a tough time with their population numbers. The IUCN lists them as endangered in the Red List due to lack of food from commercial fishing and the fact that their food source may have shifted…

SUFB 1215: Would you save a sea lion from Orcas?

Sept. 27, 2021

A viral TikTok video has sparked a debate on the app and on Twitter as to whether a woman working on a small ocean vessel should have made a sea lion go back in the water as three orcas were circling her boat. The sea lion l…

SUFB 1214: Do swim-with-whale tours impact humpback whale behavior in Hervey Bay, Australia with Stephanie Stack

Sept. 24, 2021

Swim-with-whale tour operators are popping up in various places around the world. The idea of getting in the water and swimming with humpback whales nearby can be a dream come true for many people; however, the tour operator…

SUFB 1213: Why similarities between this mass extinction and a previous one should motivate you to act on climate change

Sept. 22, 2021

We are entering the 6th mass extinction. When I tell people about the mass extinction, people are not too worried. I don't think they realize that we are already starting to see the effects of the mass extinction and that th…

SUFB 1212: Faroe Islands government to renew whale culling policies after 1400 white-sided dolphins killed

Sept. 20, 2021

The Faroe Islands government has announced that they will review their regulations of the dolphin cull after some whalers and critics thought that the last cull of 1400 white-sided dolphins was too numerous to use all of the…

SUFB 1211: Questions around the legality of killing 1400 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands circulate

Sept. 17, 2021

There was a cull of 1400 white-sided dolphins in the Faroe Islands recently has some people wanting to know if it was legal.  Whaling of pilot whales and other small cetaceans is legal in the Faroe Islands as the local commu…

SUFB 1210: How climate change is playing a major role in the Canadian federal election

Sept. 15, 2021

The Canadian federal election is less than a week away before we find out who will lead Canada into a very different world than it was 18 months ago. There are many predominant issues at hand in this election such as the COV…

SUFB 1209: Beluga transfer from Marineland to Mystic Aquarium update and more on Bill S-203 (Cetacean Captivity Ban) with Kaitlyn Mitchell

Sept. 13, 2021

Kaitlyn Mitchell is a lawyer for Animal Justice, a non-profit organization that looks out for the welfare of animals in Canada.  Website: Kaitlyn came highly recommended as someone to interview on the Canadian side of the b…

SUFB 1208: MPA Guide to help Ocean Conservation

Sept. 9, 2021

All of the talks around protecting 30% of the world's oceans by the year 2030 have really put a focus on the quality of MPAs that exist and that will be designated in the future. MPA design and implementation are unique arou…

SUFB 1207: Regional Approaches to Ocean Conservation

Sept. 7, 2021

Every country has a different way of managing its oceans and every region also has its own way of managing its oceans. Various regions can learn from one another and build on each other's successes to implement ocean conserv…

SUFB 1206: The importance of People, Knowledge, and Networks in Ocean Conservation

Sept. 5, 2021

We are continuing our series in partnership with the Blue Nature Alliance to discuss Marine Conservation and how that will move forward in order to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.  Incorporating People, Knowledge, and Netw…

SUFB 1205: Social equity in and through marine conservation

Sept. 3, 2021

The Blue Nature Alliance is a collaboration among several organizations that would like to help communities around the world to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. The goal cannot be reached by any single entity, but teaming u…

SUFB 1204: The trouble with non-profit organizations in marine conservation

Sept. 1, 2021

I am listening to a podcast series called White Saviors that is produced by Canadaland. It's a series on the rise and fall of a charity called the We Charity that was founded by two brothers (one of which went to my high sch…

SUFB 1203: Marine Conservation career advice for students and early career people

Aug. 29, 2021

It's that time of year again for me to provide advice for students and early-career scientists/conservationists as people are going back to school or trying to find their first job.  Check out all of our episodes on Want To…

SUFB 1202: Collaboration over competition for the ocean

Aug. 27, 2021

I have been reflecting on the subject of collaboration as I work on a special project for this podcast (the project will be released next week!). Collaboration is a term and major theme of the project; however, over the past…

SUFB 1201: Drones illegally flown over marine mammals in British Columbia, Canada

Aug. 25, 2021

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) Whale Protection Program has several investigations open of illegal drone activity along the southern shores of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.  The drones are being flown ne…

SUFB 1200: Climate Justice for Pacific Island States with Tuna

Aug. 23, 2021

I speak to Dr. Johann Bell from Conservation International on today's episode to discuss a Climate Justice example in the Pacific Islands.  Many small islands states in the Pacific received a majority of their revenue from f…

SUFB 1199: When COVID hit, some people turned to the ocean for food

Aug. 20, 2021

COVID caused a lot of disruption in the form of shutdowns, but something that was always available in North America was grocery stores. However, there were some small island states such as Cape Eleuthera that did not know if…

SUFB 1198: Prioritizing Climate Change Policies during the next election

Aug. 18, 2021

Canada is about to have a federal election in September 20th. The election was called during a time when we are entering the 4th wave of a pandemic; major forest fires are happening on the West Coast (and around the world); …

SUFB 1197: Havoc, the beluga whale, dies at Mystic Aquarium after being transferred from Marineland

Aug. 16, 2021

Dr. Naomi Rose joins me on the podcast with an interesting story that resulted in the death of a recently transferred beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. The beluga whale named Havoc was transferred from the troublesome Marinel…