Season 1

Jaelen Myers' Journey: From Indiana to Stingray Research in Australia

Jaelen Myers' Journey: From Indiana to Stingray Research in Australia

June 2, 2023

Meet Jaelen Myers, an inspiring marine biologist who has turned her love for aquatic life into a successful academic career. Hailing from Illinois, Jaelen completed her undergraduate degree in environmental biology and furth…

Northern Right Whales Impact on Lobster Fishing

Northern Right Whales Impact on Lobster Fishing

May 29, 2023

Northern Right Whale Threats The North Atlantic right whale is an endangered species, and its presence near lobster fishing areas can pose a threat to the whale population. The main concerns are ship strikes and entanglement…

Inaki Ruiz: Building a Better Future for Our Oceans & Environment

Inaki Ruiz: Building a Better Future for Our Oceans & Environment

May 26, 2023

Join Inaki Ruiz on his journey to save the oceans, but be prepared for the unexpected twist that will leave you inspired and questioning what more you can do to make a difference. In this episode, you will be able to: …

Ocean's Mystery: Orcas Sinking Boats off the Coast of Spain - Unraveling the Enigma

Ocean's Mystery: Orcas Sinking Boats off the Coast of Spain - Unraveling the Enigma

May 24, 2023

I discuss the unusual behavior of a sub pod of critically endangered orcas off the coast of Spain. Since 2020, these orcas have been ramming sailboats, causing damage and even sinking vessels in 3 cases. The motive behind th…

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

May 18, 2023

Fossil Fuel Tricks: How Red Herrings Distract from Climate Action

Fossil Fuel Tricks: How Red Herrings Distract from Climate Action

May 17, 2023

Are you tired of feeling frustrated and powerless in the face of misinformation about climate change? Have you been told to simply recycle and turn off the lights, only to see little progress toward a sustainable future? It'…

Sand Dunes: The Unsung Heroes of Coastal Resilience

Sand Dunes: The Unsung Heroes of Coastal Resilience

May 15, 2023

Just when I thought I understood the delicate balance between nature and human intervention along coastlines, the Dunes project revealed an unexpected twist that left me stunned. Get ready for a jaw-dropping revelation that …

From Plague to Potential: Tackling Florida's Sargassum Crisis with Innovative Solutions

From Plague to Potential: Tackling Florida's Sargassum Crisis with Innovative Solutions

May 12, 2023

Sargassum, a type of giant seaweed, has been washing up on the shores of Florida earlier than ever before. Sargassum is a brown algae that forms large mats or blobs in the ocean, and its excessive presence can have detriment…

From Plastic to Paper: Canada's Environmental Dilemma Revealed

From Plastic to Paper: Canada's Environmental Dilemma Revealed

May 10, 2023

Canada has implemented a ban on single-use plastic products as part of its goal to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. However, environmentalists are concerned about the increasing use of paper packaging as a substitute. Nic…

Reviving Ahupua'a: Hawaii's Indigenous Communities Restore Ancient Stewardship and Spark a Conservation Movement

Reviving Ahupua'a: Hawaii's Indigenous Communities Restore Ancient Stewardship and Spark a Conservation Movement

May 8, 2023

Indigenous communities in Hawaii are reviving an ancient stewardship and conservation system known as ahupua'a. The system divides the islands into long wedges running from the mountains to the ocean and allows for the holis…

Climate Crisis Misinformation: How Google's Monetization Enables Deception and Delays Action

Climate Crisis Misinformation: How Google's Monetization Enables Deception and Delays Action

May 5, 2023

Google has been found to have monetized videos promoting climate crisis misinformation on YouTube as recently as April 2023, according to a report by the Climate Action Against Disinformation coalition. The report highlights…

Saving the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas: The Fight for Survival

Saving the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas: The Fight for Survival

May 3, 2023

Transport Canada has announced 10 measures to protect the critically endangered southern resident orcas off the British Columbia coast, including mandatory speed zones in two areas near Swiftsure Bank, fishing closures, and …

Conservation and Human Behavior: The Missing Link in Protecting Biodiversity

Conservation and Human Behavior: The Missing Link in Protecting Biodiversity

May 1, 2023

A new book argues that the social sciences, including anthropology, economics, human geography, political science, psychology, and sociology, are key to effective conservation. Conservation Social Science: Understanding Peop…

Let' get to know each other and our conservation journeys (Interview Opportunity)

Let' get to know each other and our conservation journeys (Interview Opportunity)

April 26, 2023

The How To Protect The Ocean Podcast has always been a podcast for people that wanted to learn about living for a better ocean and about the people who were out there working and protecting the ocean. It meant that I would h…

Could this ecotourism venture in Canada bring danger to surfers?

Could this ecotourism venture in Canada bring danger to surfers?

April 24, 2023

Ecotourism can bring about some great benefits by educating visitors about the natural habitats found in a particular place and providing a revenue-generating service for local people. The type of ecotourism can range from k…

Dr. Oscar Sosa, shark researcher in Mexico with graduate work in Japan.

Dr. Oscar Sosa, shark researcher in Mexico with graduate work in Japan.

April 21, 2023

I wanted to share the most recent episode of the Beyond Jaws podcast to share the great story of Dr. Oscar Sosa who took the knowledge he gained from his graduate work in Japan back home to Mexico to build a great research p…

This is why you need to vote for politicians that want to protect the environment

This is why you need to vote for politicians that want to protect the environment

April 19, 2023

I tell a true story about the events that led the Canadian government to replace an entire environmental science sector in 2015 after changing a crucial environmental protection law to speed up the construction of a pipeline…

Are we about to feel a super El Nino...or are the models wrong?

Are we about to feel a super El Nino...or are the models wrong?

April 17, 2023

There are a number of climate models that could predict the intensity of the upcoming El Nino this year (2023). Some articles are predicting that we are going to have a Super El Nino, which could have devastating effects to …

This organization generates its own revenue to fund most of its programs

This organization generates its own revenue to fund most of its programs

April 14, 2023

I wanted to create another episode on based another portion of the conversation that my cohost, Dr. David Ebert, and I had with Dr. Andrea Marshall on the Beyond Jaws podcast. We discussed how she funds most of her revenue a…

Ask this ONE question when you apply to any Marine Biology Job

Ask this ONE question when you apply to any Marine Biology Job

April 12, 2023

Have you ever asked yourself what VALUE you can bring to the Marine Biology job that you want so that you can help your employer succeed in ways that other candidates can't? I asked myself this very question after interviewi…

The fat of the matter is Orcas need fatty Chinook salmon for survival (No two Chinook are alike)

The fat of the matter is Orcas need fatty Chinook salmon for survival (No two Chinook are alike)

April 10, 2023

There is no secret that the Southern Resident Orca Population in the Salish Sea is critically endangered and it faces many challenges that could lead this population to extinction. An overwhelming challenge is the population…

Manta ray fish exclusion device could save rays from bycatch death with the help of fishermen

Manta ray fish exclusion device could save rays from bycatch death with the help of fishermen

April 8, 2023

There is an effort to conserve the Mobulid (manta and devil rays) species (9-11 species) as most of the species are considered endangered. Purse seine nets and gill nets are the leading reason for the death of mobulids. But …

Do microplastics accumulate in deep-sea organisms?

Do microplastics accumulate in deep-sea organisms?

April 5, 2023

One of the scariest thoughts to me is wondering how far does our plastic pandemic reach in the ocean. We know that plastics reach every part of the ocean's surface, but how far down? And is it consistently found in the deep-…

Blue carbon could lead to methane release within coastal habitats

Blue carbon could lead to methane release within coastal habitats

April 4, 2023

Blue carbon is not just a huge buzzword in the conservation space. It's a field within conservation that could help the oceans recoup from climate change impacts while decreasing climate change. There are many start-up compa…

Lolita the orca might be going home

Lolita the orca might be going home

March 31, 2023

Lolita is coming home...well maybe. The long-awaited journey home that people all over the world, especially the Lummi people (Indigenous people near the waters from which Lolita originated) closer to going home. The new own…

TikTok Ban: Should marine science communicators be worried?

TikTok Ban: Should marine science communicators be worried?

March 29, 2023

The congressional hearing where the CEO of TikTok was questioned about the security of the app seemed like a total farce and there are many things that could be said about some of the conflicts of interest of the politicians…

Can Octopus be farmed?

Can Octopus be farmed?

March 27, 2023

A new proposal by an aquaculture company to farm octopuses is raising concerns among animal activists, conservationists, and scientists about whether it is right to farm octopuses for the purpose of food. The company propose…

You should do this exercise if you want to pursue a career in Marine Science and Conservation

You should do this exercise if you want to pursue a career in Marine Science and Conservation

March 24, 2023

I get asked the same thing all of the time: How do I get a job in marine biology? The first thing I say is, do you have some time to talk? Marine Biology is a career that many people want when they grow up. They watch some g…

Ugh Gross! Sewage bacteria was found in ocean spray, study finds

Ugh Gross! Sewage bacteria was found in ocean spray, study finds

March 22, 2023

There is nothing better than going to a beach after a rain storm to sea the calmness of the sea and enjoy the ocean's tranquility. But, you might want to stay away from those areas after you hear what a recent study found in…

How Red Tide is associated with climate change and its affecting Florida right now

How Red Tide is associated with climate change and its affecting Florida right now

March 20, 2023

Red tide has hit the Florida coastline once again due to a variety of reasons that will not go away any time soon unless Florida's water quality problem is solved soon and it's affecting the local people and economy. It's no…

The Great sargassum belt is causing problems along Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines

The Great sargassum belt is causing problems along Caribbean and Atlantic coastlines

March 17, 2023

My family and I love to travel down south to the Caribbean for vacation during the winter to get a break from the cold and lie on the beach and explore the inshore of the ocean. But there has been a massive increase in the c…

Willow Project approved by Biden administration and environmental groups say that the project could be a carbon bomb

Willow Project approved by Biden administration and environmental groups say that the project could be a carbon bomb

March 15, 2023

The Biden administration approved a controversial proposal to drill in Alaska (a project that could produce 280 million metric tons of carbon emissions/9.2 million per year)despite campaign promises of not approving any more…

The tragic story of Kiska the orca has ended in her death at Marineland

The tragic story of Kiska the orca has ended in her death at Marineland

March 13, 2023

Kiska the orca who was known as the loneliest orca in the world passed away due to a bacterial infection on March 10th and people around the world are angry at Marineland for their lack of effort in taking good care of Kiska…

4 Important Results from the New High Seas Global Treaty

4 Important Results from the New High Seas Global Treaty

March 10, 2023

After 2 decades we have a UN High Seas Treaty and there is hope for protecting the ocean in international waters, but there is an important step that needs to be taken...the treaty needs to be ratified by the countries. Ther…

The Willow Project: Is Biden approving another oil and gas project?

The Willow Project: Is Biden approving another oil and gas project?

March 8, 2023

Last year, the Biden administration rolled out the most comprehensive climate bill in US history and launched the journey of climate action that was promised during the campaign. But it is now evaluating the approval of an o…

15 Open-net pen fish farms licenses in the Discovery Islands will not be renewed

15 Open-net pen fish farms licenses in the Discovery Islands will not be renewed

March 6, 2023

Open-net pen salmon aquaculture has been operating along the west coast of Canada in the Discovery islands for almost 30 years and it was supported by the government. But not everyone was happy with the results that occurred…

How to bring diversity and inclusion to your workplace with Christie Mazzeo-Pfoertner

How to bring diversity and inclusion to your workplace with Christie Mazzeo-Pfoertner

March 3, 2023

We have heard the experts tell us time and time again that diversity and inclusion is critical for protecting the ocean and the planet. But many organizations, governments, and private companies often fail to implement polic…

SciComm at Comic Con with Melissa Truth Miller

SciComm at Comic Con with Melissa Truth Miller

March 1, 2023

Science communication has the power to capture the eyes and minds of any audience and the ability to find a way to explain science is various aspects of life takes a certain skill and passion. But it's not easy to communicat…

Sea urchins need more predators to protect kelp forests

Sea urchins need more predators to protect kelp forests

Feb. 27, 2023

Kelp forests have a number of benefits to the coastal oceans: They provide a habitat for a diverse set of species; they provide food for species; and, they take up carbon dioxide more than land trees. But kelp forests are at…

You can help the ocean by helping your local community

You can help the ocean by helping your local community

Feb. 24, 2023

I recently did an episode where I interviewed a great colleague and great friend, Dr. Andrew Thaler. At the end of the interview, I asked him what he was up to these days because you never know what Andrew Thaler is up to at…

US Grocery stores graded for tuna sourcing, flunk sustainability and human rights

US Grocery stores graded for tuna sourcing, flunk sustainability and human rights

Feb. 22, 2023

There seems to be a resurgence of tuna fish advertising as influencers show the benefits of eating tuna and try to bust myths of mercury poisoning and overfishing if you look up government standards you will find that specif…

You need to know about what's happening in Deep-Sea Mining

You need to know about what's happening in Deep-Sea Mining

Feb. 20, 2023

You need to know what's happening in deep-sea mining, or what's not happening in deep-sea mining. I kept hearing different stories about how close deep-sea mining was to becoming a reality. At times it concerned me and at ot…

Shopping for clothes should be different

Shopping for clothes should be different

Feb. 18, 2023

For most of my life my parents and I bought my clothes from shops in the mall in and around Toronto. We never thought of how the clothes were made and what would happen to them after I grew out of the clothes. Now that I kno…

How to protect the ocean by answering comments that disagree with your content

How to protect the ocean by answering comments that disagree with your content

Feb. 15, 2023

I posted a short video on marine mammal captivity on Instagram, Tik Tok, and YouTube Shorts. To be honest, it was an experiment. I knew the video would be a bit controversial as the captivity of marine mammals content always…

The 30 x 30 conservation goal is more than just a number

The 30 x 30 conservation goal is more than just a number

Feb. 13, 2023

We are now in the decade of the ocean and you may or may not have heard of the term flying around that is supposed to help the oceans and lands and protect biodiversity. The term is 30 x 30. It means 196 nations have pledged…

Ways to make a decision on whether you should support whale and dolphin

Ways to make a decision on whether you should support whale and dolphin

Feb. 10, 2023

Whale and dolphin captivity is quite a controversial issue as there are people who are advocating for the release of every captive orca, dolphin, seal, and sea lion (along with manatees) to improve their overall health and t…

How to get over imposter syndrome

How to get over imposter syndrome

Feb. 8, 2023

There are some great people in the marine conservation world that have the potential to do some great things in the field of marine science and conservation. They are intelligent, motivated, passionate, and talented in more …

Modern day Noah's Ark being built for Great Barrier Reef corals and their colonies

Modern day Noah's Ark being built for Great Barrier Reef corals and their colonies

Feb. 6, 2023

Corals are facing a ton of challenges in the form of human disturbances and the potential loss of corals and coral reefs will devastate 25% of the species that depend on reefs for their survival. But there are efforts to pro…

Chasing Impact with Finless Foods

Chasing Impact with Finless Foods

Feb. 3, 2023

Have you ever thought about whether your marine science/conservation/policy career is having the impact that you want on the ocean? For instance, I turned to podcasting about how to protect the ocean because I wanted to reac…

The real story about the shark bite off the coast of Mexico

The real story about the shark bite off the coast of Mexico

Feb. 1, 2023

It seems as though the media salivates any time there is a shark bite event and it's labelled as a shark attack that includes all the horrific details. The story reaffirms the fears many people have of sharks and demonizes t…