Episodes

SUFB 1196: Is an Electric Vehicle or Combustion Vehicle Better For The Environment?

Aug. 13, 2021

Trying to buy environmentally beneficial products is not as easy as you would think it is. Companies will always try to save money that may compromise the overall environmental benefit of the product. For example, selling ve…

SUFB 1195: Grassroots Marine Conservation with Surfrider

Aug. 11, 2021

In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Chad Nelson, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, to catch up from our last conversation on the changes and growth that the Surfrider Foundation has undergone over the past five years.  Chad …

SUFB 1194: Tracking beluga and narwhal whales from space

Aug. 9, 2021

You would think that we would know more information about whales because they are so big; however, that is not the case. There are many information gaps in what we know about whales, especially whales that leave in extreme c…

SUFB 1193: Example of science communication gone bad

Aug. 6, 2021

I am a Science Communicator. I use this podcast to communicate marine science to you and other listeners who would like to know more about how to protect the Ocean. My goal is to present accurate and real information so that…

SUFB 1192: Nets For Net Zero is trying to find ways of incorporating Ghost Nets

Aug. 4, 2021

Ghost nets are discarded nets from fishing vessels that float around in the ocean unmonitored. The nets continue to snag fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds that causes needless deaths every year.  There are orga…

SUFB 1191: Why are ocean solutions ignored when fighting climate change

Aug. 2, 2021

I had a great listener question that I decided to cover on the podcast because I thought it was an important topic.  @harveyperello asked: Why do we ignore ocean solutions when fighting climate change? It's a terrific questi…

SUFB 1190: Analysis Shows Shark Week May Not Be Good For Shark Conservation

July 30, 2021

Discovery's Shark Week is their biggest rating week of the year and is quite the spectacle. The shows aim to inspire people to learn about sharks and understand how they work; however, is the program effective at communicati…

SUFB 1189: Salmon populations are being altered by climate change in Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

July 28, 2021

Salmon populations can't stand the heat so they may be removed from many of the waterways that they normally occupy for spawning.  Salmon are cold-water species that do not do well in warm water; therefore, freshwater rivers…

SUFB 1188: Red Tide kills hundreds of ocean spies in Tampa Bay, Florida

July 26, 2021

Florida is in a Red Tide event two years after its last red tide event. Hundreds of ocean species are washing up along the shore dead and rotting causing health problems for people with respiratory issues and killing the tou…

SUFB 1187: Largest mass die off of manatees due to starvation

July 23, 2021

There were 841 manatee deaths since January 1st of 2021, which is the largest mass mortality event since 2013 (830 deaths). The deaths were due to a lack of seagrass in their favourite eating spot, Indian Lagoon.  Seagrass i…

SUFB 1186: Is the media driving a wedge between science and the ocean?

July 21, 2021

This episode is a bit of a rant that I have been thinking about for a while. Over the past few months, I've noticed that media companies (video, audio, and written forms) have been putting out content that either ignores sci…

SUFB 1185: Report: Fisheries Subsidies are contributing to overfishing in foreign countries

July 19, 2021

A new report written by researchers at the University of British Columbia and supported by Oceana reveals the foreign fisheries subsidies are contributing to overfishing in foreign countries.  Countries such as China, Japan,…

SUFB 1184: Applying the regenerative ocean farming model to adapt to fisheries

July 16, 2021

Fishers have had to adapt to many changes over generations. Some of those changes are natural, but most are human-induced.  For one fisher in Alaska, adapting has been part of his entire life. Dune Lankard is an indigenous f…

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…