Season 1

SUFB 536: How The Decline Of Chinook Salmon Is Effecting The Southern Resident Orca Population

Aug. 15, 2018

The Southern Resident Orca Population are considered a Schedule 1 Endangered Species by the Canadian Species At Risk Act. The main reason for the decline of the Orca population which only has 75 individuals left is because o…

SUFB 535: How Marine Advocacy Works Using Orcas As An Example With Dr. Naomi Rose

Aug. 14, 2018

We have our most popular guest on the podcast today, Dr. Naomi Rose. She is a Marine Conservation Advocate who works for the Animal Welfare Institute where she specializes in Whales in Captivity.  Naomi came on the podcast t…

SUFB 534: Does The Future Of Our Oceans Come Down To One International Meeting?

Aug. 13, 2018

There is a big United Nations meeting that is going to happen in New York City soon that some researchers say will dictate the long term survival of the Ocean. The meeting has been in the works for years with countries expec…

SUFB 533: Porbeagle Sharks Protected In One Country But Killed In Another

Aug. 12, 2018

Marine Conservation can be a tricky business at times. This episode covers one of those tricky times and it has to do with the porbeagle shark.  The porbeagle shark is a "mini-great white" that only feeds on fish. It's popul…

SUFB 532: Canadian Mall Food Court Proves That We Can Do Better With Trash

Aug. 11, 2018

There is a report that was released by the Ocean Conservancy that states over 80% of the marine debris that enters the Ocean comes from 20% of the countries, primarily in the Asian Region of the world. Most of it could be at…

SUFB 531: Smooth Ray Feeding Behaviour with Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons

Aug. 10, 2018

I had the pleasure of interviewing Joni Pini-Fitzsimmons, who is also known as @MotherOfRays - a fantastic Twitter handle!!! We discussed a recent paper that she published on the feeding behaviour of smooth rays around a rec…

SUFB 530: Are SeaWorld Rebounding From Blackfish Fallout?

Aug. 9, 2018

SeaWorld is rebounding with higher attendance in the first 2 quarters fo this year pleasing investors and making them think that the fallout from the Blackfish documentary that showed the entertainment park was ignoring scie…

SUFB 529: Plastics In Ocean Emit Greenhouse Gases When Exposed To Sunlight

Aug. 8, 2018

As if plastic pollution in the ocean wasn't bad enough, now researchers have revealed that as plastics degrade in the light (photo-degradation), they emit greenhouse gases.  Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa …

SUFB 528: Florida Red Tide And Algae outbreak Getting Worse

Aug. 7, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I published an episode on a number of Sea Turtles floated ashore dead from a red time bloom off of Southwest Florida. The long term prognosis did not look good as the red tides usually happen in the wi…

SUFB 527: Ocean Acidification Can Affect Smell Of Fish

Aug. 6, 2018

Researchers at the University of Exeter have discovered that European sea bass lose some of their sense of smell when pH dips in tiny amounts, which means that Ocean Acidification with cause this fish to become vulnerable. T…

SUFB 526: Australian Billionaire Gives 100 Million To Marine Conservation

Aug. 5, 2018

Andrew Forrest's Minderoo Foundation decided to give $100 million dollars towards marine conservation in Australia as he criticizes the Australian government for their lack of protection for proposed roll backs on Marine Pro…

SUFB 525: 90 Percent Of The King Penguins Mysteriously Disappeared

Aug. 4, 2018

There is a population on the Ile aux Cochons that is located between South Africa and Antarctica that holds a significant portion of the populations of King Penguins. Unfortunately, the population of those penguins has decre…

SUFB 524: Global Warming Accelerated By Slowing Of Ocean Conveyor Belt

Aug. 3, 2018

I learned about the Ocean Conveyor Belt that influenced the climate for the Northwestern Atlantic and Northeastern Atlantic regions when I was in school quite some time ago. It fascinated me that the ocean can have such a pr…

SUFB 523: Major UK Tour Operator Stops Selling Seaworld Tickets Due To Animal Welfare Concerns

Aug. 2, 2018

Thomas Cook, a major UK tour operator, has officially stopped selling Seaworld tickets due to the captive mammal facility not abiding bu ABTA guidelines on animal welfare.  The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Organization has…

SUFB 522: New Dolphin Hybrid Species Discovered Off The Coast Of Hawai'i

Aug. 1, 2018

In cool ocean news, Scientists at Cascadia Research Collective have discovered a new dolphin hybrid species off the coast of the Kauai, Hawai'i. The hybrid was the product of a melon-headed-dolphin and a rough-toothed dolphi…

SUFB 521: FINALLY!!! Mainstream Media Is Showing The Criticism Of The Ocean Clean Up Project

July 31, 2018

I talked about how the Marine Conservation Community views Boyan Slant's Ocean Clean Up project before and I even touched on my frustrations as to how mainstream media outlets haven't shown the criticisms to their audience. …

SUFB 520: The Benefit Of The Jairo Mora Sandoval Award

July 30, 2018

Patima Tungpuchayalkul was this year's awardee for the Jairo Mora Sandoval Award at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5). Patima was given the award for the work she has done freeing fisheries slaves in Sou…

SUFB 519: Mass Sea Turtle Mortality In Southwest Florida Due To Red Tide

July 29, 2018

Sea Turtle populations are endangered for all 7 species and there are groups working very hard to ensure their survival; however, a summer red tide event in Southwest Florida is causing high mortality on Sea Turtles that are…

SUFB 518: Nassau Grouper Population On The Rise In Cayman Islands and This Is Why

July 28, 2018

Nassau Grouper populations have been dwindling since the 1950s and the fisheries collapsed in 1990. Since then, marine scientists and conservationists have been working tirelessly to try and revive the fishery.  Island natio…

SUFB 517: NACCB Highlights

July 27, 2018

The North American Congress for Conservation Biology happened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this past week and I had the honour of attending. The conference was mostly focused on terrestrial research and conservation; however,…

SUFB 516: California Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Pre-1990 Levels

July 26, 2018

If California can reduce its Greenhouse Gas emissions to pre-1990 levels, then why can't other states/provinces and countries do it as well. We are in a time where we need to make changes to our energy uses and California ha…

SUFB 515: NO! Banning Plastic Straws Will Not Save The Ocean

July 25, 2018

There is a huge movement to ban plastic straws in cities across North America and other places in the world; however, some people have been pointing out that it will not save the Ocean.  An article was recently published in …

SUFB 514: Why Are There So Many Great Whites In Northern California with Dr. Dave Ebert

July 24, 2018

Great White Sharks are the species that EVERYONE wants to know about. We know Shark Week loves their Great White Sharks, but I find they always cover the same kind of thing. So I thought that I would ask my buddy Dr. Dave Eb…

SUFB 513: Finding New Sharks In Sri Lanka with Dr. Dave Ebert

July 23, 2018

As Shark Week is on it's way, I thought it would be great to get our friend of the podcast, Dr. Dave Ebert (aka @lostsharkguy) on the podcast to discuss his journey to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka to discover more shark…

SUFB 512: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week Kickoff with Dr. David Shiffman

July 22, 2018

Shark Week has been running for 29 years and this year will be its 30th year running as it had educated, inspired, scared and trick many people over its tenure. Shark Week seeks to educate and entertain; however, 3 years ago…

SUFB 511: Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group Works To Help Solve Watersport Incidences With Sea Turtles

July 21, 2018

One of the great things about the Speak Up For Blue Facebook Group is that people who are facing marine science and conservation problems can post in the group and other people (scientists/conservationists) can provide some …

SUFB 510: Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission Request Proposals To Limit Land-Based Shark Fisheries

July 20, 2018

The Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission decided in April to consider limiting Land-based shark fisheries occurring along its coasts in order to protect swimmers and sharks alike. The initiation of this policy change ca…

SUFB 509: Scientist Discovers Hermaphrodite Sharks Off East Coast Of India

July 19, 2018

Alissa Barnes of the Dakshin Foundation discovered 7 hermaphrodite bigeye houndsharks of the East Coast of India at a Port of Odhisa during a survey of fishers. The survey was to determine whether a gear change was the cause…

SUFB 508: We Need To Talk About What Happened At A Recent Conference

July 18, 2018

Conferences in the Marine Science and Conservation fields are super important in sharing information, establishing collaborations, networking for your career and your work; however, conferences for some have been a nightmare…

SUFB 507: Columbian Army Dispatched To Protect Black Land Crab In Providencia

July 17, 2018

The Columbian government have dispatches the army to protect migrating Black Land Crabs who travel to the coast from the dry, dense forests on the Island of Providencia to lay eggs and where the larvae develop in the Ocean f…

SUFB 506: Illegal Fishing Detected In Mediterranean MPAs

July 16, 2018

Oceana has written a report blasting countries such as Italy, France, Malta and Greece for not enforcing fisheries regulations. The report called out Italy, specifically because they allowed over 10,000 hours of trawling in …

SUFB 505: Working Toward Decolonizing Marine Conservation

July 15, 2018

Basten Gokkon wrote a great article on Mongabay News that was an interview with one of the plenary speakers at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia. the presenter is named John Aini, wh…

SUFB 504: Nurse Sharks and Common Sense 101

July 14, 2018

Nurse sharks have been in the news lately, but not for good reasons. There have been two incidents in the recent weeks that have been published where two people have been bitten by nurse sharks.  The first person was feeding…

SUFB 503: Whale Watchers Criticize Canadian Government On Orca Viewing Distance of 200m

July 13, 2018

The Canadian Government recently implemented a 200 m minimum distance for any ship in the area of Orcas. They also chopped the Chinook Salmon quota by 35%. The government is doing this because the Southern Resident Orca popu…

SUFB 502: Scott Pruitt Out As EPA Chief Administrator

July 12, 2018

We all dreamed about this day, but now that Scott Pruitt has resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is it really what we want? As Scott Pruitt leaves office, Andrew Wheeler replaces him. Unfortunat…

SUFB 501: 10 Years of SciComm with Dr. Andrew Thaler Part 2

July 11, 2018

The Second Part of my conversation with Andrew Thaler on the last 10 years of Marine Science and Conservation Communication.  If you are someone who has been doing SciComm in the same field, how have you noticed the field ha…

SUFB 500: 500th Episode and 10 Years Of SciComm with Dr. Andrew Thaler

July 10, 2018

500 EPISODES!!! I can't believe the time has finally come where the Speak Up For Blue Podcast has reached 500 episodes!!! What do I do to celebrate? I announce that I will be posting from 3 times a week to 7 times a week. Mo…

SUFB 499: Global Whale Shark Study Reveals Preferred Habitat

July 9, 2018

A global whale shark study that used bathymetry (depth profiles), as a way to identify potential favourite habitats, along with whale shark sightings revealed a preferred habitat for the largest fish in the sea.  Whale shark…

SUFB 498: Government Of Canada Prioritizing Right Whale Protection Over Fishing Community?

July 8, 2018

Last year, the North Atlantic Right Whale population lost 19 individuals in the US and Canada due to ship strikes and/or fish gear entanglement. It was a surprise in Canada as Right Whales sightings were rare in the Gulf of …

SUFB 497 Season 2 Episode 12: Reflections On IMCC5

July 7, 2018

After 2 years of preparing, making travel arrangements, preparing presentations, renting podcasting equipment, getting vaccinations and finally, attending the conference...IMCC5 is officially over.  Before I spend my time lo…

SUFB 496 Season 2 Episode 11: Helping To Manage The Lionfish Invasion Through Jewelry with Phil Karp

July 6, 2018

Lionfish have invaded most, if not all, of the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean. They have become a huge problem for fishing communities and tourist industries.  There are many peop…

SUFB 495 Season 2 Episode 10: Plastic Pollution Change with Dr. Judith Weis

July 5, 2018

Dr. Judith Weis and I got to sit down face to face at IMCC5 to discuss an ongoing conversation we have had for about a month online. The conversation centred around plastic pollution and the way we are trying to deal with th…

SUFB 494 Season 2 Episode 9: Part 2 COMPASS The Art Of Story Telling

July 4, 2018

This is Part 2 of the COMPASS "The Art Of Story Telling" Workshop at IMCC5, where 9 people attended a pre-conference workshop on how to communicate their own science and conservation to the public.  I talk to more of the wor…

SUFB 493 Season 2 Episode 8: Part 1 COMPASS The Art Of Story Telling

July 1, 2018

COMPASS is a communication organization that helps scientists tell the public their research through engaging ways. They held a 2-day pre-conference workshop at IMCC5 with 9 delegates. I had a chance to sit down with some of…

SUFB 492 Season 2 Episode 7: Make For The Planet With Alex Dehgan

June 30, 2018

Alex Deghan, Founding Director of , joins me on the podcast at IMCC5 in Kuching, Malaysia. Alex uses Conservation X Labs to create competitions in different parts of the world to put ideas into practice that solve conservati…

SUFB 491 Season 2 Episode 6: Part 2 - MPA Standards with Nina Bohla and Lance Morgan

June 29, 2018

As I continue to post from IMCC5, I had the chance to sit down with Nina Bohla (UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and Lance Morgan (Marine Conservation Institute) to discuss the IUCN Marine Protected Area (MPA) Stan…

SUFB 490 Season 2 Episode 5: IUCN MPA Standards With Angelo Villagomez

June 28, 2018

The IUCN has launched a new document about Marine Protected Area (MPA) Standards to help redefine what an MPA is. Why is this important? It's because the world needs to protect 10% of biodiversity by the year 2020 according …

SUFB 489 Season 2 Episode 4: Project Seagrass Team Getting Seagrass Part of the Conservation Conversation

June 27, 2018

Today's episode of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast has me talking to 3/4 of the Project Seagrass Team. We discuss all things seagrass and how the team is trying to get Seagrass part of the Conservation Conversation. Seagrass a…

SUFB 488 Season 2 Episode 3: IMCC5 Conference Exhibitors From Malaysia, Bangladesh and the UK

June 26, 2018

The International Marine Conservation Congress is known for having great exhibitors that have booths in the main hall of the conference. It gives a chance for each organization to discuss the great things that they are doing…

SUFB 487 Season 2 Episode 2: The International Marine Kids Conference With Patrick Goff

June 24, 2018

I welcome back Patrick Goff to the podcast to discuss why and how the International Marine Kids Conference is happening. We talk about what the kids will do during this week and how they will be integrating with scientists t…