Season 1

SUFB Season 1: Southern Louisiana Coastal Optimism

March 18, 2018

OceanDotComm18 is a new event that brings together 50 science communicators all walks of life and professions to discuss one single topic. There are many forms of science communication products that will be published by the …

SUFB 445: Birding For Seabirds with Alain Clavette

March 14, 2018

Alain Clavette, a CBC Radio host and avid birder, joins me on the podcast today to talk all about seabirds. We don't talk a lot about seabirds on this podcast because I don't know much about them; however, Alain does know ab…

SUFB 444: Thousands of Starfish Wash Ashore Dead in UK; Trump Admin Changing Silencing Science; and Emperor Penguins take selfie

March 12, 2018

On today's Ocean Update Episode I chat about why 1000s of starfish wash ashore dead along the UK coastline; why the Trump Administration is trying to silence scientists that want to alert the public about dramatic decreases …

SUFB 443: Sea Level Rise in SF Bay; Seafood Corps Pay for Conservation?; and, Scientists Not Eat Meat?

March 9, 2018

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast today for another episode of Ocean Talk Friday. We sit down to chat about Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay as well as how much of the land is sinking exacerbating the effect of …

SUFB 442: Diver Films Trash In Bali; India Natural Wastewater Treatment; and, Canada Sticks to Promises To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 7, 2018

No interview today (my apologies). Instead I cover some news items including a diver's video of underwater trash goes vital; an Indian natural wastewater treatment system treats 198 million gallons of water; and, Canada conf…

SUFB 441: The Climate Change Effect For Humans and Animals

March 5, 2018

I dive into what I like to Call the Climate Change Effect, which I define as how the world is adapting, or not adapting to climate change. I look at two real world examples covered in the Atlantic and the Verge to help you u…

SUFB 440: Get Started in SciComm...NOW!!!

March 2, 2018

This is a motivational rant to inspire you to get moving on your science communication efforts. The world needs more people to inspire the public to do better. Publications are just a tiny portion of SciComm since most peopl…

SUFB 439: SciComm and Climate Adaptation with Doug Parsons

Feb. 28, 2018

Doug Parsons, producer and host of the podcast America Adapts: A Climate Change Podcast, joins me on the podcast to discuss the importance of science communication and why he invited a climate change denier on his podcast. I…

SUFB 438: Debt Financing for MPAs; Fighting Pseudoscience with SciComm; and, Belugas Alter Feeding Behaviour in Absence of Sea Ice

Feb. 26, 2018

I cover a lot of information in this week's Ocean Update episode. First, I discuss how the Seychelles worked with The Nature Conservancy to refinance their nation debt in exchange for designating 30% of its EEZ as a Marine P…

SUFB 437: We Need To Dedicate More Time To SciComm (Ocean Talk Friday)

Feb. 23, 2018

On today's episode of Ocean Talk Friday, I talk about Science Communication in the Marine Science and Conservation field, focusing on how we need to dedicate more time on communicating our projects and people online via soci…

SUFB 436: What It's Like To Do Orca Studies In The Antarctic With Dr. Andrew Wright

Feb. 21, 2018

Dr. Andrew Wright joins on the podcast to discuss his experience working in the Antarctic collecting acoustic information on Type C Orcas within the newly implemented Ross Sea Marine Protected Area. He tells us how he got th…

SUFB 435: Queen Conch In Decline In Protected Areas; The Power of Celebrities in Ocean Conservation; and, Your Shampoo Might Be Polluting the Air

Feb. 19, 2018

On today's Ocean Update Podcast, I chat about a Mongabay article that reveals a decline in protected Queen Conches in the Bahamas due to fishing upstream; I give my opinion on the power of Celebrities in Ocean Conservation; …

SUFB 434: Ocean Talk Friday

Feb. 16, 2018

Nathan Johnson is back on Ocean Talk Friday to talk about some Marine Science and Conservation and some invertebrate species!!! Here are the topics for today: 1) How Conservationists Can Overcome the Awareness-Action Gap; 2)…

SUFB 433: Fisheries Act Changes With Dr. Brett Favaro

Feb. 14, 2018

The Fisheries Act has been a crucial piece of legislation that has helped protect the Canadian aquatic environment for decades. The Act has been cumbersome to natural resource businesses as well. In 2012, the Canadian Govern…

SUFB 432: Patagonia Releases New Matching Site For Activists; Content Is King; and, Jellyfish Threaten Salmon Farming in Norway

Feb. 12, 2018

Today's Ocean Update Episode has two stories and book-ending my weekly opinion piece: 1) Patagonia releases project to match Environmental Organizations with wannabe Activists; 2) Content Should Always be King and we need to…

SUFB 431: Green Water Increase in Lakes and Oceans, EPA Leader Thinks Climate Change Will Benefit Humans and The Queen Bans Plastic Straws

Feb. 9, 2018

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast to discuss 3 stories that were in the news this week: 1) The Mediterranean Sea and the Great Lakes are experiencing higher eutrophication levels than ever before due to poor water …

SUFB 430: Mexican Resort Review For Ocean Health Protection

Feb. 7, 2018

Traveling to any place around the world is an exciting adventure full of positive thoughts about travelling, enjoying foreign cultures, food and drinks. Yet there seems to be little thought on Environmental Protection when w…

SUFB 429: All MPA Stakeholders Need to be Included, Ocean Science Comm Rant and Aquaculture Spill Follow Up

Feb. 5, 2018

I'm back from my Mexico trip with the family and I can't wait for you to hear today's episode. In this episode, I talk about the results of the first 5 years of 83 marine reserves in Southern Australia and their status and w…

SUFB 428: $60 Million Wasted On Great Barrier Reef Projects, Plastic Pollution Affect Corals and Diversity May Help Protect The Antarctic Sea (Ocean Talk Friday)

Feb. 2, 2018

On today's episode for Ocean Talk Friday, I discuss 3 stories that I think you should know about: 1) The Australian Government may be wasting $60 Million on ineffective projects, according to expert panel; 2) Scientists dete…

SUFB 427: Discovering Deep-Sea Skate in the North Pacific with Dr. Dave Ebert

Jan. 31, 2018

I am proud to have Dr. Dave Ebert back on the podcast to discuss deep-sea sharks from around the world. Dave gives us career advice, tells us a story about how he and colleagues discovered a species of skate in the North Pac…

SUFB 426: 300 Dead Thresher Sharks Found On Side Of Road In Mexico and other news

Jan. 29, 2018

I am covering 3 Ocean News stories for today's episode: 1) There were 300 dead thresher sharks found on the side of the road in Mexico and investigators are saying it has to do with organized crime; 2) A fisher in Costa Rica…

SUFB 425: Trump Halts Solar Panels Imports And Pay-For Internships Bringing Marine Biology A Bad Name (Ocean Talk Friday)

Jan. 26, 2018

On today's episode for Ocean Talk Friday, I talk about 2 important issues that came across my desk this week. Trump implemented a 30% tax on Imported Solar Panels from China to protect American Jobs; however, the move will l…

SUFB 424: Mesoamerican Reef Report Card with Melina Soto

Jan. 24, 2018

Melina Soto from Healthy Reefs, a non-profit organization based in Mexico, is here to talk about the health of the Mesoamerican Coral Reef that spans 4 countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. We talk about the rap…

SUFB 423: Animal Rights Groups Sue US Government Over Right Whale Deaths, How To Get Over Conservation Exhaustion and Is Single Use Plastic Done

Jan. 22, 2018

Right Whales may have their day in court, how to get over the depressing part of conservation and is this the beginning of the end for single use plastic (I certainly hope so!!!) are the topics that I am covering today on th…

SUFB 422: East China Sea Oil Spill and Vancouver Aquarium Stops Cetacean Program (Ocean Talk Friday)

Jan. 19, 2018

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me today for Ocean Talk Friday where we discuss the East China Sea Ship Collision and Oil Spill that occurred last week.  We also discuss the Vancouver Aquarium's announcement that they are ending t…

SUFB 421: The Quest To Film the Birth of Kohola (Whale) in Hawaii with Chris Cilfone

Jan. 17, 2018

Chris Cilfone and he team are on the quest to accomplish the impossible, filming the birth of a Humpback Whale in the Ocean. Filming an event like this has never been done before so the Kohola (Meaning Whale) team has a huge…

SUFB 420: Did A Whale Really Save A Marine Biologist From A Tiger Shark; Florida Gets Exempt From Oil And Gas Drilling; and, Blue Crab Pee Freezes Mud Crabs

Jan. 15, 2018

Happy Monday Folks! Today's episode I chat about:  1) Wether a whale saved a marine biologist from a tiger shark (8:52); 2) Why the Trump Administration gave Florida an exemption from oil and gas exploration/drilling and not…

SUFB 419: UK Organization Work Towards Banning Plastic Straws and Bonnethead Sharks Eat Seagrass

Jan. 12, 2018

Melissa Marquez joins me on the podcast today to discuss the hot topics of the week in Marine Science and Conservation. This week, we discuss a push to ban plastic straws in the UK and how Bonnethead sharks have been found t…

SUFB 418: Oxygen Depleted Zones Around The World Are Expanding and Climate Change Affecting The Sex Ratios Of Sea Turtles

Jan. 10, 2018

Hypoxic, or oxygen-depleted zones, are growing in size and number around the world. I cha about why this is happening and my experience working with a research team that measured the extent of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of…

SUFB 417: US Oceans Open For Oil and Gas Drilling; Should We Ignore the Scientific Contribution of People Outed by #MeToo Movement; and, How To Save A Cold Stunned-Cold Sea Turtle

Jan. 8, 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed to open 90% of US Outer Continental Shelf to Oil and Gas Drilling. I discuss what that means for the Marine Environment and its Conservation and how we can prevent these types of changes…

SUFB 416: How Breastfeeding Affects Fishing Effort In The Philippines

Jan. 3, 2018

Science and Policy articles always give us an insight on how local communities depend on local resources. In today's episode, I discuss an article that studies how breastfeeding is a socio-economic driver for fishing effort.…

SUFB 415: Weather vs Climate Freezing Weather Does Not Disprove Climate Change

Jan. 1, 2018

Climate Change is not proven or disproven by the current Weather. Freezing temperatures have brought on questioning by climate deniers as to whether climate change is real. It's still real and I talk about why during the pod…

SUFB 414: What's Happening in 2018 for the Speak Up For Blue Podcast

Dec. 29, 2017

In this last episode of 2017, I breakdown what you can expect from Speak Up For Blue in 2018. Here is the list: 1) New podcast shows: Marine Conservation Happy Hour, ConCiencia Azul (Speak Up For Blue in Spanish, hosted by M…

SUFB 413: The Top 5 Downloaded SUFB Episodes for 2017

Dec. 27, 2017

As we wind down 2017 and get ready for 2018, I revisit the top 5 most downloaded podcasts of 2017: 5) Episode 285 - Ocean Talk Friday featuring Lyne Morissette 4) Episode 326 - How To Eat Sustainable Seafood with Fish Nerds …

SUFB 412: My Christmas Wish List for Marine Science and Conservation

Dec. 25, 2017

I wanted to post a shorter episode today (Merry Christmas everyone!!!) to highlight my wishes for the Marine Science and Conservation Field: 1) I would like to see people read more science papers or know more about them; 2) …

SUFB 411: Ocean Talk Friday - How Trawling, Seagrass and Ocean Acidification Are Connected

Dec. 22, 2017

Climate Change has a number of consequences that affect you and I directly and indirectly. Some consequences such as increased storm frequency and intensity, we see in front of our eyes (think Hurricane Irma); however, other…

SUFB 410: Coral Reef Conservation For Coastal Communities With Vic Ferguson

Dec. 20, 2017

Coral Reefs have had it rough over the past few decades; however, the past 3 years were just devastating. Each of the last 3 years have been the hottest year on record. Coral reefs don't do very well when the Sea Surface Tem…

SUFB 409: Marine Conservationists, We Still Have A Lot Of Work To Do!!!

Dec. 18, 2017

Welcome to the Ocean Update Episode where I take you through 2 stories and an opinion piece that I think are important: 1) Scientists did not find a 512 year old Greenland Shark (9:54); 2) Opinion: We have quite a bit of wor…

SUFB 408: Three Men Are Charged With Shark Cruelty; Did Blue Planet II Help Save The Planet?; and, Shrimp Get Injected With Substance to Make Them Look Bigger

Dec. 15, 2017

I ask myself three questions on today's Ocean Talk Friday episode: 1) Will charging 3 men with animal cruelty deter others from hurting animals?; 2) Did Blue Planet II help save the Ocean by raising awareness? Was it designe…

SUFB 407: Japan Aquaculture Recovery After A Tsunami

Dec. 13, 2017

Bonnie Waycott joins me on the podcast today to discuss how the Japanese aquaculture industry is recovering after the March 11th, 2011 Tsunami that devastated part of Japan. Recovery efforts are still ongoing almost 7 years …

SUFB 406: Discussing the Starving Polar Bear Video

Dec. 11, 2017

Polar Bears have been facing a number of challenges that have played a role in decreasing their global population in the Arctic Environment. Climate change and metal poisoning have been two of the top issues facing Polar Bea…

SUFB 405: Ocean Talk Friday

Dec. 8, 2017

Nathan Johnson joins us on the podcast today to discuss this week's top stories that we think you should know about: Giving Small-Scale Fishing a voice on an international platform; Regular people work to help Sea Turtles; C…

SUFB 404: The Wandering Biologist With Dr. Nathan Robinson

Dec. 6, 2017

I had the pleasure to catch up with my friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan Robinson, who is a Sea Turtle Biologist, a Marine Scientist, and a Science Communicator.    Nathan is known for being the scientist that pulled a stra…

SUFB 403: Nations Make Pact To Protect Arctic Fisheries; Science Communication Gone Wrong; and, Chinese Navy Uses Jellyfish Shredder

Dec. 4, 2017

Science Communication (SciComm) is a great tool for Scientists and Conservationists to use to reach the public. It provides Scientists with the power to drive their own message straight from their own mouths, especially now …

SUFB 402: The Science of the Climate Change Denier's Strategy

Dec. 1, 2017

This week on Ocean Talk Friday, I cover 3 stories: 1) The Science of The Climate Change Denier's Strategy to confuse people; 2) President Trump is reducing the area in National Monuments and allowing mining and commercial fi…

SUFB 401: Selling a SEA Change With Brennan Fitzgerald

Nov. 29, 2017

SEA Change Clothing Co. is a company on a mission to change the way we make decisions when we buy our clothes to reduce plastic pollution. Most shirts and sweaters are made with micro-plastics and every time we wash our clot…

SUFB 400: The Media Needs To Stop Throwing Sharks Under The Bus!!! And More

Nov. 27, 2017

Ocean Update today is a special one...400 EPISODES here on The Speak Up For Blue Podcast!!! I take some time to Thank You for helping me get there and helping me build this fantastic community!!! I also talk about how the Me…

SUFB 399: Ocean Talk Friday - Keystone Pipeline Leak and Blue Planet II Plastic Pollution

Nov. 24, 2017

Ocean Talk Friday is all about dealing with human issues (as much of marine conservation is!). I start off today by talking about a 210,000 gallon oil leak of the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last week as well as some n…

SUFB 398: OCEANDOTCOMM With Dr. Craig McClain

Nov. 22, 2017

Dr. Craig McClain is on the podcast. This is his second time on the podcast as he was on our second ever episode, so this is really special. Craig is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Marine Consortium (LUMCON) and the…

SUFB 397: 4 Sperm Whales Die While Stranded In Indonesia, Changing The Way We Live and Trump Delays Trophy Hunting Import Decision

Nov. 20, 2017

I cover 3 unrelated topics this week. The first story is a tragedy, the second is a call to action and the third is a congratulatory story...kind of...let me explain. Here are the topics for today: 1) 4 Sperm Whales Die Afte…