Season 1

SUFB 586: Sei Whales Spotted In Canadian Waters

Oct. 4, 2018

Sei Whales were hunted to population collapse back before the 1960s and there hasn't been another Sei whale spotted in the Canadian North Pacific since. Until now that is... Canadian Government researchers heard what seemed …

SUFB 585: Indonesia Hit By Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano Eruption Stressing Importance Of Planning

Oct. 3, 2018

You can't stop natural disasters from happening, but you can protect the people who live along the coastlines through emergency planning policies.  This episode I use the events that happened in Indonesia this past week to d…

SUFB 584: Are Global Orca Populations In Trouble?

Oct. 2, 2018

A new study was published looking at the future of global Orca populations and the results are not good. We've discussed the challenges that the Southern Resident Orca Population face with lack of Chinook Salmon and contamin…

SUFB 583: What The Ocean Clean Up Project Can Do For Marine Conservation

Oct. 1, 2018

It's not secret that I am not a fan of the Ocean Clean Project that is spearheaded by Boyant Slat. I don't think the device that he is building will clean up the Oceans from plastic pollution or even the Pacific Garbage Patc…

SUFB 582: New Species Of Blood Red-Coloured Coral Off The Coast Of Panama

Sept. 30, 2018

Mongabay just published an article on how researchers have discovered 3 new species, including a blood red-coloured branching coral in a protected area off the coast of Panama.  The species Thesea dalioi is 1 of 2 species fo…

SUFB 581: Reconnecting - What Is SUFB?

Sept. 29, 2018

It's been a while since I've done an episode where I told you the purpose of this podcast and why I recently made the business, Speak Up For Blue Media and Communications Inc., real!  I also wanted to do this because there a…

SUFB 580: Will Australia Take Legal Action Against Japan For Their Whaling Tactics

Sept. 28, 2018

Japan has hunted whales in the South Pacific Ocean for decades killing hundreds of whales each year under the "scientific purpose" tag. We all know the tag is not true, but no country can do anything about the loophole in th…

SUFB 579: When Will Politicians Learn Killing Sharks Won't Reduce Shark Bite Incidents

Sept. 27, 2018

Two people were bitten by sharks in Australia within a 24 hour period. I don't even know what the chances of having a shark bite within the same bay in 24 hours are; however, the right thing to do is not kill sharks. We know…

SUFB 578: Dolphinarium Abandons Dolphin, Penguins And Other Fish In Japan

Sept. 26, 2018

There are so many marine parks that hold marine mammals in captivity in Asia. It's ridiculous!!! It seems that the marine mammal theme park in Asian countries is thriving, except maybe it has hit a bit of a downturn. A marin…

SUFB 577: Learning About Ocean Dead Zones

Sept. 25, 2018

I took part in a discussion in a different Facebook Group that had to do with growing a Social Enterprise. The discussion was a question regarding Dead Zones in the Ocean. The question came up after I introduced myself in th…

SUFB 576: PETA Targeting Lobster Shell Plant In New Brunswick

Sept. 24, 2018

PETA is spending some energy on a small Lobster Shell Company in New Brunswick, Canada as the company was in the news due to the smell coming from the plant. The smell was bothering neighbours. The company has since worked o…

SUFB 575: Is The Trump Administration Targeting Commercial Fishing In Marine Protected Areas?

Sept. 23, 2018

The Trump administration is holding a set of public listening meeting between August 31st and November on the topic of allowing commercial fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). You might be asking "why would anyone allow…

SUFB 574: Open Access vs Paywall Journals with Nick Wehner

Sept. 22, 2018

There is a BIG problem in the Marine Science and Conservation field and it goes with how the science and research is shared. Science in itself is supposed to be freely shared amongst the public; however, that is not the case…

SUFB 573: Is The Canadian Government Doing Enough To Protect Orcas?

Sept. 21, 2018

The Southern Resident Orca population is a terrible shape. The Orca known as J50 has recently disappeared causing concern for scientists, conservationists and advocates in Canada and the US. There are now only 74 Orcas left …

SUFB 572: How Much Of The Ocean Are We Really Fishing?

Sept. 20, 2018

Overfishing is putting a dent in the oceans seafood supply; however, it is difficult to quantify what damage has been done. Scientists are trying to determine the damage from overfishing by trying to determine the amount of …

SUFB 571: Juvenile Tiger Shark Found In Canada

Sept. 19, 2018

A juvenile Tiger Shark was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia surprising researchers and the public. Some commenters were worried about the fact that tiger sharks may be present in Canadian waters. However, it doesn't seem …

SUFB 570: Student Killed After Shark Bite Off Cape Cod

Sept. 18, 2018

A student was bitten by a shark in the shallow waters off a popular beach in Cape Cod. The student, from Brazil, was boogie boarding with his girlfriend's brother when the shark bit him. He lost his leg and later died of his…

SUFB 569: Hurricane Florence Damage and Coastal Management Talk

Sept. 17, 2018

Hurricane Florence came through North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia whirling 105 mph winds and ocean waves recorded as high as 80 feet. Rains, winds and floods have taken the lives of 17 people in the states…

SUFB 568: 10 Tips For Oceanpreneurs - Part 2

Sept. 16, 2018

The second portion of my conversation with Dr. Austin Gallagher goes a bit deeper into what behaviour is expected and required for Oceanpreneurs.  Remember, these tips are based on our experience. You may have different expe…

SUFB 567: 10 Tips For Oceanpreneurs Part 1

Sept. 15, 2018

I have had the opportunity in life to pursue a business idea that I feel will leave a legacy in Marine Science and Conservation. I wanted to do it because I felt that the ideas that I had could not be done with any other org…

SUFB 566: Symbiotic Algae Could Help Corals Adapt To Climate Change

Sept. 14, 2018

Coral Reefs all over the world have been plagued by increasing temperatures due to Climate Change over the past 100 or so years. Researchers, conservationists and the rest of the world are concerned about the well being of o…

SUFB 565: California Signs Bill To Stop Expansion of Oil and Gas Drilling

Sept. 13, 2018

The California Governor has signed the bill to halt the Federal Oil and Gas expansion. The Bill is in response to the Trump Administration's heavy push to expand fossil fuel development to drill in every ocean surrounding th…

SUFB 564: Googly Eyed Seafood In Kuwait Fish Market

Sept. 12, 2018

A crazy story emerged out of Kuwait recently where a fish market was shutdown because it pasted googly eyes on its fish that it was selling. I am not lying...this actually happened. Insane...right?!?!

SUFB 563: Sharkwater Extinction - Review of the World Premiere

Sept. 11, 2018

Sharkwater was responsible for the inspiration of thousands of people to become shark advocates, film makers and conservationists. The movie exposed the lucrative and destructive industry of shark finning.  Rob Stewart's new…

SUFB 562: Shark Cage Diving Banned In New Zealand

Sept. 10, 2018

The New Zealand Government realized that its Department of Conservation's Wildlife Act does not have the authority to provide permits to dive operations that offer Shark Cage Diving Tours as it goes against the Wildlife Act.…

SUFB 561: Chief Scientist Of Great Barrier Reef Foundation Ensures $443.3 M Is In Good Hands

Sept. 9, 2018

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation recently received a whopping $443.3 million to help the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) adapt to climate change.  Climate Change has taking its toll on the GBR destroying close to 90% of the reef t…

SUFB 560: Robot Built To Hunt Invasive Lionfish

Sept. 8, 2018

How do you get rid of an invasive species (lionfish) that has reeked havoc on coral reefs along the east coast of the US and in the Caribbean? You build a killer robot of course!!!  Students from the Worecester Polytechnic I…

SUFB 559: Mass die Off Of Seals In Maine Concerns Researchers

Sept. 7, 2018

When 100 seals were found in August (2018), researchers were concerned that there is something in the water that is causing the mass die off. The data shows that this is an above average mortality rate, which is normally 38 …

SUFB 558: What Will A Global UN Treaty Look Like For The Future Of The High Seas

Sept. 6, 2018

The High Seas take up most of the Oceans, but they are not governed by any one entity. The lack of governance opens the High Seas to plundering of fish and allowing more pollution that is unregulated.  There is a meeting tak…

SUFB 557: Are We Really Eating Sustainably?

Sept. 5, 2018

It's my 40th Birthday!!! I don't normally say much about my birthday, but since this is my 40th...it's a big deal. As I get older, I want to make sure that I take care of my health to avoid any health problems in the future.…

SUFB 556: Canadian Court Rules Against The Expansion Of The Trans Mountain Pipeline

Sept. 4, 2018

The fight against Climate Change can be a difficult battle, at least when you look at it from the Canadian Government's perspective. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been trying to get a pipeline approved that will run from…

SUFB 555: Dredging Kelp In Scotland Is A bad Idea

Sept. 3, 2018

Kelp habitat is one of the riches and most diverse habitats in the Ocean. It's why most governments will do their best to protect them. Scotland is one of those countries. It anyone in Scotland wants to get a permit to use k…

SUFB 554: New Deep Sea Coral Reef Discovered Off Coast Of South Carolina

Sept. 2, 2018

A collaboration of researchers and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered an 85 linear mile swath of deep sea Coral Reef off the Atlantic Coast of the US. The discovery comes after the Okeanos had mapped a number …

SUFB 553: California Bans Drift Gillnets To Protect Marine Mammals

Sept. 1, 2018

A huge Marine Conservation win today as the State of California passed a law that would ban the use of drift gillnets for the swordfish licenses in state waters. There are less than 20 swordfish permits in the state and comp…

SUFB 552: Paying For Marine Protected Areas With John Bohorquez

Aug. 31, 2018

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are wonderful tools that can help replenish fisheries and maintain biodiversity within their boundaries; however, MPAs are quite expensive. Funding of each MPA can determine whether it will func…

SUFB 551: My Review Of New York City Waste During A Quick Trip

Aug. 30, 2018

My wife and I went to New York City with two other couples to celebrate our 40th birthdays together. I've reflected a lot over the past year on my 40th year on this planet, especially how I can make it better. With that in m…

SUFB 550: Sea Level Rise Costing Housing Market Billions

Aug. 29, 2018

No matter how you feel about who is causing climate change, the housing market is aware that sea level rise is playing a part in the price of homes that are along vulnerable costs. Homes that are prone to flooding due to sto…

SUFB 549: Humpback Habitat Protected After Government Lawsuit

Aug. 28, 2018

Humpbacks are a great conservation story because their populations have rebounded since they were almost hunted to extinction in the early 1900s. Their population rebound around the world provides optimism inside and outside…

SUFB 548: How You Can Help Stop Nutrient Overload

Aug. 27, 2018

Nutrients are playing a huge role in disrupting our coastal ecological stability. We have blue-green algal blooms that are so think it smells like dead people. We also have red tides that kill everything in its path for shor…

SUFB 547: How To Create A Conservation Movement With Brooke Tully - Part 2

Aug. 26, 2018

Brooke Tully joins me again on the podcast to discuss the second part of the interview that we started yesterday. Today, we are discussing how to create a conservation movement.  I thought it would be good for you, the audie…

SUFB 546: Bridging The Ocean Awareness-Action Gap - Part 1

Aug. 25, 2018

I used to think that Ocean Awareness was the only component needed to get the public to not only understand the issues facing the Ocean, but it would also give them enough information and inspiration to conserve the Ocean. U…

SUFB 545: Juvenile Whale Shark Track Reveals Important Habitats

Aug. 24, 2018

Whale Sharks are a huge and iconic species that are found to have migrated long distances; however, there is still much to be discovered about the species. For instance, do juvenile Whale Sharks travel the same long distance…

SUFB 544: Belugas And Walruses Die At Marineland According To Former Employee

Aug. 23, 2018

"Everyone loves Marineland" is what I grew up listening to the Marineland commercial. Ask anyone that grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada and they will know the saying; however, not everyone loves Marineland anymore. There h…

SUFB 543: Importance Of Field Monitoring Of Kelp Forest Health

Aug. 22, 2018

I remember learning about marine ecology with a popular example of the relationship among the sea otter, sea urchin and kelp forest. Sea otters eat sea urchins and sea urchins eat kelp. A decrease in one population could giv…

SUFB 542: Coelacanth Colony Could Be Wiped Out By Potential Oil Drilling

Aug. 21, 2018

The Coelacanth is one of those fish species that could easily be my favourite fish. It's prehistoric history and evolutionary importance fascinates me. The manner in which the pelvic fins move is captivating. As you can see,…

SUFB 541: Ocean Start Ups Are Not Easy

Aug. 20, 2018

I covered something different than I am used to over the past week. I talked about businesses that benefit the Ocean. The businesses are usually Social Enterprises, companies that have a triple bottom line for profit, enviro…

SUFB 540: Sea Life in Trouble As Global Heat Wave Affects Oceans Off California

Aug. 19, 2018

The water along the beaches in San Diego are known for it's surfing and majestic sea life. The waters are also cooler as the Californian Current is influenced by the Alaskan Current and Northern Pacific Current; however, the…

SUFB 539: Katapult Your Ocean Start Up With Maren Hjorth Bauer

Aug. 18, 2018

Yesterday, I introduced you to some start ups that were going to be part of an accelerator program for an Impact Investing Program.  Today, I speak to the CEO and Founder of Katapult Ocean, which is a new Impact Investing fi…

SUFB 538: Ocean Solutions Alliance Accelerator Announces First Wave Of Start Ups

Aug. 17, 2018

Talking about Ocean issues everyday can get a little tiring, so I've been doing some research to see what is being done about solutions.  There are some organizations such as Conservation X Labs that help engineers, innovato…

SUFB 537: More Criticism Being Published About Ocean Clean Up Project

Aug. 16, 2018

I keep talking about the Ocean Clean Up Project because I get angry at the fact that there has been little criticism about the project in the mainstream media. So when I found this story, I had to talk about it on the podcas…