Season 1

Transparency in international fisheries registration is needed for better tracking

Jan. 30, 2023

The major problem with battling overfishing on the high seas is that it is difficult to track vessels due to the lack of transparency in vessel registration. The results of a new study are hoping to change this problem by cr…

No butts allowed on Florida beaches - cigarette butts that is

Jan. 27, 2023

Sitting on a beach surrounded by sand and the ocean is probably one of the best feelings in the world. Travelers from all over the world flock to coastlines every year to lie on beaches and cool off in the adjacent ocean. Ho…

Your social media message does not have to be special

Jan. 25, 2023

There is so much content out there that is better produced, better audio, better video, and better communicated than mine, but I still have a following and listeners who say they love my content. I must admit, there are time…

Reef shark decline could also reduce coral reef health

Jan. 23, 2023

The health of ocean habitats is a delicate balance of the presence of the right species and the proper conditions. When things are out of balance the health of habitats can be at stake. Coral reef habitats act as a host for …

You can't throw out your clothes in this US State to help the oceans

Jan. 20, 2023

Now that straws are banned in most places and single-use plastics are also on their way to being banned in many places it's time to move the focus on to other items...clothing. Don't you worry because I am not talking about …

Eradicating rats from small islands can help the ocean

Jan. 18, 2023

What would you think if I told you that conservationists and managers have improved the health of oceans and land on small islands by eradicating invasive rats? Researchers are now focusing on managing the biodiversity of th…

US Government allowing Oil & Gas industry to operate in endangered whale's habitat in the Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 16, 2023

When a government tells its people that it is opening up its coasts to oil and gas leasing like the Trump Administration did from 2016-2020, there are quite a few things that happen behind the scenes that we don't realize un…

Just start your marine conservation journey

Jan. 13, 2023

I did an interview recently on my other podcast that I cohost called Beyond Jaws with Guy Stevens who is the Founder of the Manta Trust. We talked about how he started studying manta rays after he received his Bachelor's Deg…

Recent California floods can be attributed by specific climate change events

Jan. 11, 2023

It's difficult to tell now but some of the heat waves that we have experienced over the past couple of years were thought to be impossible 50 or 60 years ago and we are now seeing natural disasters around the world that are …

Tourist numbers visiting Antarctica increase threatening the environment

Jan. 9, 2023

Visiting Antarctica might be on your bucket list and it would be a fun thing to do, but is it in the best interest protecting its environment? That is the question that conservationists are asking after a noticeable increase…

How I plan to protect the ocean in 2023

Jan. 6, 2023

It's a new year and many creator-focused businesses are gearing up and executing plans for 2023, including myself. I've made some personal resolutions and business resolutions for this podcast and my business. My goal has al…

5 Ways to Speak Up For The Ocean in 2023

Jan. 4, 2023

Are you looking to Speak Up For The Ocean in 2023? Then this episode is for you. I've been doing this podcasting thing for over 7.5 years and over that time I covered a lot of stories and I've seen various ways that people a…

People are mad at Director James Cameron for attending a dolphin show at an Avatar 2 Premieres in Japan

Jan. 2, 2023

James Cameron, the famous director, was promoting his new movie, Avatar: the way of the water, which has a huge marine conservation message when he came under fire for attending one of the promotional premieres in Japan. The…

Speaking up for ocean justice and equity

Dec. 23, 2022

For years now marine biologists, conservationists, NGOs, and governments have been working to protect the oceans in places all over the world. It would make sense that the projects would be about working altogether, especial…

How to support Indigenous-led Conservation for Oceans

Dec. 21, 2022

Ocean protection is a key tool in managing oceans and its resources and it requires the support of all ocean users, but the one group is often ignored or left out of the process that can play a key role in protecting the oce…

Two new Northern Right Whale calves spotted off the coast of Georgia...but will more be spotted?

Dec. 19, 2022

Northern right whales have been the subject of many conservation conversations over the past couple of months due to the decisions made around lobster and crab pot support for sustainability to protect the endangered species…

3 Ways to protect the ocean during the holidays

Dec. 16, 2022

It's that time of year that is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year. Students get a holiday for at least 2 weeks, people travel to see their families, and others stay local and make plans to meet up with frie…

Scientists critique and debate and that is okay

Dec. 14, 2022

We live in an interesting time. We have access to information at our fingertips whenever we want. It's a great opportunity to learn and interact with people all over the world. Of course, there are downfalls to social media …

Shark graveyard discovered in the Indian Ocean

Dec. 12, 2022

If a shark dies in the ocean, where do we find its remains? Well, there could be many answers to that question, but for many sharks, you could find their teeth in one place that we know. A deep-sea graveyard was discovered o…

Will your next home be net-negative?

Dec. 9, 2022

It seems to be a right of passage for people to buy or rent a home/apartment when they are ready. But have you ever thought if your home will contribute to Climate Change or help Climate Change? It's never really discussed, …

Twitter is a dumpster fire right now. Can SciComm get anything productive out of it?

Dec. 7, 2022

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, it has become more of a cesspool of racism, sexism, and misinformation than it was pre-Elon and conversations are becoming more confrontational as people are trying to defend their points of v…

Kelp is disappearing from the West Coast and that is not good for reducing Climate Change

Dec. 5, 2022

We will need to leverage Blue carbon (kelp, Seagrass, etc.) to help reduce climate change. Blue carbon can help absorb carbon 20 times or more than trees. There is an entire industry that is budding due to the potential reve…

There is more to your career than working in Academia for marine science and conservation

Dec. 2, 2022

We tend to have a perception that working as a marine biologist requires us to be a professor at a university or work in Academia. But there are more options that could lead to a more rewarding career in your marine biology …

A huge vote to take place this week to ban fishing devices that target sharks amid massive shark population declines

Nov. 30, 2022

Shark populations are being targeted in international waters by fishing fleets using legal fishing gear...sort of. The gear can target sharks that are in high demand for their fins, meat, and organs. Tens of thousands of met…

Whole Foods pulls Maine lobster from the shelves adding to the fisheries boycott

Nov. 28, 2022

After two seafood certification bodies pull their support for the Maine lobster fisheries to support more protection to protect the Northern Right Whale population from extinction. There are only 340 individuals left in the …

COP27 talks result in agreement for developed nations to pay developing nations penalties for Climate Change consequences

Nov. 25, 2022

The purpose of COP27, aside from sharing climate change information, is for specific governments to work together to formulate an agreement to help reduce climate change. The COP27 meetings ended with a new agreement that bu…

Fisheries Certification body, Marine Stewardship Council, removes Maine Lobster certification not meeting sustainability measures to protect Northern Right Whales

Nov. 23, 2022

The Northern Right whale population is in trouble and measures need to be taken to ensure the population does not go extinct from the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Climate change is driving the whales north into the Northern US …

54 Shark species awarded more protections in international trade

Nov. 21, 2022

Shark species are being fished unsustainably all around the world and protections in sharks need to increase to track where these species are being bought and consumed. Tracking their trade can be difficult, but one tool tha…

Is your work environmentally-friendly? I need your help.

Nov. 18, 2022

We talk a lot about the ocean on this podcast and ways that people within the field of marine science and conservation are trying to protect it, but we rarely talk about the things that you can do at home or at your work/off…

Learn the Secret Life of Coral so you can better help them

Nov. 16, 2022

Do you know that corals are living animals? Did you think they might be rocks? It's okay because you are not alone. There are many people who don't know much about coral reefs other than they are beautiful to see on TV and e…

COP27 Brings about demands for solutions to Climate Change. Is the ocean the answer?

Nov. 14, 2022

COP27 is happening in Egypt right now where world leaders are gathering to discuss how they will reduce the greenhouse gas input into the atmosphere and make promises for their respective countries...that probably won't be m…

How I would start communicating science using social media in 2023

Nov. 11, 2022

In the last episode I spoke to Maria Pinto about her experience in marine science communication where she discussed her platform of choice and the type of content she enjoyed creating. Speaking with Maria inspired me to cont…

What it's like to be a marine science communicator

Nov. 9, 2022

You have heard my thoughts on science communication based on my experiences which I enjoy telling you all about. But it's about time that you hear about someone else's experience in marine science communication. Maria Pinto …

Climate Change altering narwhal migration timing

Nov. 7, 2022

Unicorns of the sea is a term used to describe the majestic and mysterious narwhal, a cetacean that is widely known for its modified tooth that grows out of its skull. I call them mysterious because research is relatively ne…

How you can help your family and friends live for a better ocean

Nov. 4, 2022

Have you ever gone grocery shopping and watched people leave the store with the groceries in a bunch of plastic bags? Or watch people smoking cigarettes while lying on the beach and extinguishing their butts in the sand. It'…

You have to communicate change effectively for the ocean if you expect change

Nov. 2, 2022

I did a search on the web for any type of content with a topic surrounding communication for ocean conservation and I found videos, papers, and blog posts on how scientists think science communication needs to be conducted u…

Mexico bans the captivity of dolphins

Oct. 31, 2022

People love traveling to Mexico to enjoy the tropical weather to escape winter for a week and the high tourist area called Quintana Roo is a very popular destination. But there is a problem with some of the tourist activitie…

Communicating to those who want to participate in change

Oct. 28, 2022

Tonight was a tough night for me as there was an incident with a parent and the coaching staff of which I am a coach. Not only did it get heated, but it almost turned violent on the parent's part. I haven't coached for a ter…

Healthy Ocean through policy and a coalition

Oct. 26, 2022

The ocean is in trouble and policy can help solve many of those problems, but there are many challenges to overcome to create or change policy. It is difficult for one organization to create policy no matter how big, therefo…

What happened to one billion crabs in Alaska?

Oct. 24, 2022

The Alaskan crab fishery was made popular by the TV show, the deadliest catch and it's worth $200 million dollars annually. But the fishery is closed this year because 90% of the population (one billion crabs) disappeared ov…

Climate activists need to stop doing this

Oct. 21, 2022

There are more people who are trying to change the way people, companies, and governments change the way they do business to reduce climate change. But the methods of some climate activists are giving the rest of the climate…

Write less Ocean textbooks and more books targeted towards people

Oct. 19, 2022

I grew up reading books on the ocean and I would soak up all of the textbooks that I could find, but we need more books that target the specific segments of the people to help them change their habits for a better ocean. The…

A scientific publisher is accused of greenwashing by supporting the oil and gas industry while pledge climate action

Oct. 17, 2022

The best thing that we can do to help the ocean is to choose products and services that are good for the environment and companies are making it known that they are doing something to protect the environment. But how can you…

The Ocean Clean Up project's new model for plastic pollution pick up is...fishing?

Oct. 12, 2022

There is a race of innovative projects from organizations and companies to try to clean up the ocean from plastic pollution and some projects are doing a great job, Mr. Trashwheel is a great example. But the organization cal…

Indonesian fishers paid to catch plastic instead of fish

Oct. 10, 2022

Marine protected areas work well to protect fisheries and biodiversity if the areas are not fished during protection. But what happens to the fishers during those closures? Fishers could have a tough time finding alternative…

You need to act more to fight climate change

Oct. 7, 2022

Watching climate change impacts such as major hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and ice sheets melting can be overwhelming for anyone, but it's time to act to fight climate change on every level ranging from individua…

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 …