Season 1

Let’s talk about climate change

Oct. 5, 2022

The fall in Ontario is one of my favorite times of the year. It's a time when leaves change into beautiful colors, and the humid air of the summer is replaced with a crisp that is perfect under the sun making the season as c…

Mediterranean ocean inferno cause corals to deteriorate

Oct. 3, 2022

A heat wave causing an increase in sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean Sea causes a rapid deterioration in corals that once housed vibrant red and purple coral forests that provided a ton of biodiversity along the …

Holding cities and companies accountable in how they treat the environment

Sept. 30, 2022

After looking at the news this week and seeing two hurricanes rip through various countries causing trillions in damages, it's hard not to think about climate change and how everything is getting worse. I find it difficult t…

The educational importance of The Salmon People podcast

Sept. 28, 2022

My University was and still is known as an Agricultural School. One program that was being heavily promoted at our school and in my program was that of aquaculture. I didn't know much about aquaculture before I took a class …

Study finds noise caused by humans are affecting deep sea animals

Sept. 26, 2022

There are times that we, as humans, think that we can't affect the ocean because it is so big and so deep. In fact, there used to be a saying: "The solution to pollution is dilution." But scientists and engineers realized th…

Patagonia makes Earth their only shareholder

Sept. 23, 2022

The world is changing at a rapid rate and governments are scattering to catch up with a policy to try and stop the changes. But the changes are starting to get companies to rethink their priorities from only making a profit …

Information Around Lobster Fisheries And Salmon Aquaculture Are Causing War Of Words

Sept. 21, 2022

There are two major issues that have to do with fisheries that could affect the way you choose your sustainable seafood, but each issue can be confusing to find the information that would make it easy for you to make the bes…

Tribal salmon fisheries failures happening more often

Sept. 19, 2022

The US government has declared tribal salmon fisheries along the west coast failures for a number of years due to a number of factors that include everything from river pollution to climate change, but will the payments offe…

How should we pursue sustainable products to protect the ocean?

Sept. 16, 2022

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and I came across a post that was retweeted by a friend of mine. The post was a graph that looked at how long it would take to break down various bags (plastic bags vs re-useable…

Communicate to your local communities can help global good

Sept. 14, 2022

There are often times that I look at the news and hear the disasters that are happening all over the world and in my own backyard, I get overwhelmed and doubt whether we are going to be able to protect the oceans and ourselv…

Paul Watson is out. Is there a turning of the tide at Sea Shepherd?

Sept. 12, 2022

For 45 years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been know for its Direct Action Campaigns that led to controversial means to stop illegal activity in the open sea. The organization was led by Captain Paul Watson, who…

Work in Marine Science and Conservation by doing what you are good at

Sept. 9, 2022

My Master's advisor used to tell me that I would be great in a technical job within the marine science and conservation field and he was right as at the time I worked in a very technical part of the field as a marine technic…

Can free online science and communication courses provide inspiration to protect the ocean

Sept. 7, 2022

I've known that I wanted to be a marine biologist ever since I was 14 years old and dreamed of being on ships to work to protect the ocean. But I struggled to find information on the ocean as I did have access to the web at …

Community support and legislations proves helpful in restoring mangroves for small villages in the Philippines

Sept. 5, 2022

Mangroves provide protection along the coastline from erosion due to wave action and are a biodiversity haven that produces ample fisheries for local villages. But with bounty often comes increased popularity and in the case…

COVID made it difficult to find work experience, so how do you move forward

Sept. 2, 2022

Last week, I discussed how to get experience to help you get your first job in marine science and conservation; however, COVID put a wrench in many college-level students that impaired their ability to get experience. So now…

Why can't we agree to protect the high seas?

Aug. 31, 2022

A recent meeting in New York at the UN headquarters was not very productive for the High Seas. An agreement could not be met to protect the high seas in four key areas. The lack of an agreement leaves many ocean species vuln…

How much sewage is being released to your coastline?

Aug. 29, 2022

The UK is facing a number of beach closures due to sewage run-off as water companies are bypassing treatment and dumping raw sewage. Sewage run-off is supposed to happen on rare occasions; however, water companies are allowi…

Ways to get experience for your first job in marine science and conservation

Aug. 26, 2022

POV - You just graduated with your BSc in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science and you are super excited to start a new career in the field of Marine Science and Conservation, but you noticed that every job require…

Can people get excited about science again?

Aug. 24, 2022

The last 5 decades have been a rough one for the science field and it doesn't look like it's going to get better. Politicians and fringe groups are denying climate change and the scientific process around various tools to he…

How synthetic biology can help protect the ocean with Dr. Milton Muldrow Jr.

Aug. 22, 2022

Dr. Milton Muldrow Jr., Director of Natural Science Programs at Wilmington University (Delaware) joins me on the podcast today to discuss how synthetic biology can play a role in protecting the ocean.  Milton talks about his…

I hit a huge milestone for the podcast and why it makes me want to podcast more!

Aug. 19, 2022

I launched this podcast to help people understand what is happening in the ocean and how they can help so I can stay connected to the ocean and its conservation. But I did not know that I would reach this many people when I …

How you can use the example of baby sea turtles as a way to explain climate change to your family and friends

Aug. 17, 2022

Explaining climate change is not a simple exercise, especially when there is so much misinformation floating around the web, and some times the material can be complex to explain, but there are ways to explain how climate ch…

Risso's Dolphins herd pilot whales away from their habitat in the Azores

Aug. 15, 2022

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) are beautiful creatures and they display a number of different behaviours that we often like to watch. The behaviours are usually friendly ones such as bow riding or breaching the …

Is Canada's single use plastic ban enough to reduce plastic waste, Oceana Canada thinks we can do more

Aug. 12, 2022

Canada just passed a law to ban 6 types of single-use plastics across the nation over the next 3 years in an unprecedented move to curb plastic waste, but some people think that Canada can do more, including Oceana. I am goi…

Transparency an issue at Deep-Sea mining meetings in Jamaica, says scientists

Aug. 8, 2022

The International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for overseeing the development of deep-sea mining in international waters AND protecting the ocean met to negotiate a set of regulations to determine if deep-sea minin…

You must show this one personality trait if you want a job in Marine Science and Conservation

Aug. 5, 2022

When I speak to people about their careers in Marine Science and Conservation, I can sense how badly they want a job and build their careers. It's hard to describe how I can notice it, but if you have it then go after it. Bu…

Are celebrities contributing too much Greenhouse gases via their private jet flights?

Aug. 3, 2022

A news article revealed that Kylie Jenner uses her private jet to fly 17 minutes to do daily chores such as grocery shopping to avoid traffic in LA. A sustainability firm based in the UK dug deeper to produce a list of the w…

Do Greenland sharks frequent the Caribbean Sea?

Aug. 1, 2022

A Greenland shark was found in the Caribbean Sea, surprising the science world and it begs the overall question: Have they always been there? But more research is needed to answer a number of questions. It also reminds us al…

Where to find local scientists to follow to find out information on science and conservation issues

July 29, 2022

Three episodes ago, I discussed how to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist. I suggested following specific scientists on social media to get accurate and recent science and conservation information. I had a few…

Discovery puts man in a clear plastic tub in the ocean; attracts big white shark; and, is surprised when the shark bites the clear tub to grab the human

July 27, 2022

Every year I go into Shark Week with a positive mindset in hope that it will provide some great programs and some great cinematography and I would like to hope that it won't play into the fear-mongering, but that was not the…

Shark Week is a great time to discuss shark science and conservation...here's how

July 25, 2022

Shark week is back and over this week you will see some great shots of different species of sharks and some interesting behaviours, but you probably won't see much talk on the conservation of sharks and you might hear some m…

Use these 3 steps to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist

July 20, 2022

Science plays an important part in understanding the trends in the ocean whether they are positive or negative and scientists also are critical in communicating their work so people can be aware of the trends, but people thi…

Can the Mississippi Delta be re-engineered to save it?

July 18, 2022

The Mississippi Delta is one powerful river that drains a large portion of the rivers in the US and two provinces in Canada, yet there are few people who know how powerful the river can be and how the land at the mouth of th…

Are people learning to love sharks so much that they could harm them

July 15, 2022

Sharks have had a bad reputation for decades that have lead to their harm and lack of protection for a long time, but more videos and articles are surfacing that include love for sharks. But could all of this love be dangero…

Lessons in science communication that I learned from Forrest Galante

July 13, 2022

I recently had the opportunity to interview wildlife science communicator, Forrest Galante, for my other podcast I cohost called Beyond Jaws and during the interview Forrest taught me a lot about being a science communicator…

4 Reasons why the Biden administration should not expand offshore drilling

July 11, 2022

There is a huge push to move away from fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy to help reduce climate change, but politicians and the fossil fuel industry are always pushing for more oil and gas drilling to help the ec…

Recent government decisions on environmental protections got you down? Here are some careers that can help you make changes.

July 8, 2022

Government decisions whether they are from the courts, congress, senate, or the white house can inspire people to take up the arm of conservation by seeking out a job and building a career to protect the environment, but goi…

Supreme Court says EPA cannot regulate carbon emissions in new ruling

July 6, 2022

The US Democrats have control of Congress, the senate, and the white house and they are all on the same page about climate action, but the US Supreme Court is Republican-dominated and they have made a decision that undermine…

Nickel mine in New Caledonia gets financial investment from Tesla and local ownership

July 4, 2022

I've done some work with mining companies in Ontario before as I would run studies to ensure the companies were not harming the surrounding water bodies, but during my time as a private consultant, I heard some really bad st…

Marine Conservation needs to focus on empowering and including coastal communities to achieve success

July 1, 2022

When I grew up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had this dream that I would work in a small Pacific Islands doing marine science and conservation, but that was probably a form of parachute science and that can hurt mari…

Speaking Up For The Ocean is hard somedays especially when human rights are at stake

June 29, 2022

As long as I can remember protecting the ocean has always been my number one priority Ocean conservation and the action takes time and work from many different fields and it requires the dedication of many men and women from…

Canada is banning single-use plastic as soon as December 2022

June 27, 2022

We have a plastic pollution problem in this world and we can't solve it unless countries put in policies to ban single-use plastics, but what will a ban look like. In this episode, I am going to describe how Canada is going …

SciComm: How will you get started?

June 22, 2022

There need to be more conversations about the ocean on the web and there are plenty of opportunities to start your science communication journey, but people still aren't getting started. Therefore, I am going to tell you the…

Restoring oyster beds, seagrass, and salt marshes together is better than restoring only one type of habitat

June 20, 2022

There are many coastal areas that have been degraded to the point that restoration is necessary, but restoration can be very expensive and is often focused on 1 type of habitat. Therefore, restoration specialists and conserv…

Will the ocean lead fashion into a new era with products made from invasive species and kelp?

June 17, 2022

Everyone loves fashion and loves to look good when they go out. Many people follow the term "Look good, feel good." But today's fashion comes at an environmental cost/price and therefore, it needs to change to more sustainab…

The Ocean is speaking and it sounds like Harrison Ford

June 13, 2022

Protecting and conserving the ocean seems to take a back seat to other issues when talking about priorities. For example, in Canada, politicians want to protect the economy more than the environment because it has a higher p…

What it means to be in a generational fisheries family

June 10, 2022

The last part of my 3-part series interviewing fishers from the East Coast of Canada takes me to a conversation I had with Gordon Beaton who has fished along Canada's East Coast for his entire life. His uncle was a fisher an…

Oceans Week: What it's like to fish in Eastern Canada over the past 40 years

June 9, 2022

I continue my series of speaking to fishers from the East Coast of Canada to get to know their challengers and why fishing is such a big part of their lives. Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers me…

Oceans Day: Oceans Sound (Replay)

June 8, 2022

Happy Oceans Day!!! As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor. Enjoy!

The life of a lobster fisher with Carl Allen

June 7, 2022

I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Allen to discuss what life was like as a lobster fisher in Eastern Canada.  Carl told me how young he was when he started fishing and how his life is all about fishing.  He also di…