Season 1

SUFB 396: 15,000 Scientists Tell Us We Are Screwed...but they say we can still change

Nov. 17, 2017

An article came out this week where over 15,000 scientists agreed upon on thing: we are screwing up this planet royally. But don't let the title fool you, the authors highlight 9 things that either went wrong or are going wr…

SUFB 395: All Good Products With Caroline Duell

Nov. 15, 2017

Products that are good for our health and the environment actually exist!!! I know, right! Today, on the podcast, I have Caroline Duell, founder of All Good Products, which sell products such as lotions and sunscreen that ar…

SUFB 394: Parachute Science & Walruses Are Losing The Battle Against Climate Change

Nov. 13, 2017

I comment on a recent article from Oceans Deeply where Dr. Asha de Vos commented on how the Marine Science and Conservation field needs to move away from Parachute Science and support more long term local initiatives in deve…

SUFB 393: Ocean Talk Friday - The Vaquita, Sea Shepherd and Mexican Land Use

Nov. 10, 2017

Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan joins us on the podcast today to discuss some major stories that are roaming around the Marine Conservation World this week. Here is the breakdown of the stories: 1) Can we really save the Vaquita? (6:01…

SUFB 392: Hustling Like an Oceanpreneur With Dr. Austin Gallagher

Nov. 8, 2017

Dr. Austin Gallagher is someone who never stops in this Marine Science and Conservation Industry. He conducts research on sharks and other predators all over the world, he founded and leads a non-profit organization called B…

SUFB 391: Managing Fish by Habitat; Collaborative Marine Conservation Websites Are Good; and, Octopuses Walk on Land

Nov. 6, 2017

Today's Update episode cover two stories and an opinion piece that I have about something that people freak out on way too much.  There is so much news out there that it was tough to pick just 3 things, but I thought these w…

SUFB 390: Ocean Talk Friday - Talk on Shark Protection, No expansion of Antarctic MPA, Prestigious award for fishing study and weird sailing story

Nov. 3, 2017

Dr. Lyne Morissette joins me on the podcast again this week for another instalment of Ocean Talk Friday. Today we talk: 1) Volvo Award goes to Canadian Economist for High Seas Fishing Study; 2) The expansion of an Antarctic …

SUFB 389: Beyond Data in Fisheries with Ret Talbot

Nov. 1, 2017

Ret Talbot is a Freelance Fisheries Jounalist, and a friend of Speak Up For Blue, who has recently released a podcast of his own called Beyond Data. It's a podcast about fisheries, the data behind them (or lack thereof) and …

SUFB 388: Last Ditch Efforts to Save the Vaquita...and more news

Oct. 30, 2017

On this week's instalment of Ocean Updates, we tackle the last ditch efforts of the collaborative, Mexican-led group, of VaquitaCPR to try to save the last 19 individuals of the endemic Vaquita. If you read the story, you wo…

SUFB 387: An Update from the 22nd Biennial Conference for the Society of Marine Mammalogy

Oct. 27, 2017

Dr. Lyne Morissette, marine mammal scientist and science communicator extrodinnaire, joins us on the podcast today to discuss her takeaways from the 22nd Biennial Conference for the Society of Marine Mammals. That means she …

SUFB 386: Open Access Marine Conservation Literature Database With Nick Wehner

Oct. 25, 2017

Open Access to Science is crucial to sharing information across the world. If you think about it, the entire scientific process is all about one scientists being able to duplicate an experiment of a study based on the method…

SUFB 385: Salmon Researchers Have First Nets Empty While Sampling

Oct. 23, 2017

As always, there is quite a bit going on in Marine Science and Conservation field so it's a good thing that the Speak Up For Blue Podcast is here to keep you updated. Here are the stories for today: 1) Open Acces Week (3:34)…

SUFB 384: Antarctic MPAs; South Pacific MPA; and, Engineers Try To Recreate Octopus Camouflage

Oct. 20, 2017

Nathan Johnson is back again for another Ocean Talk Friday episode. Nathan makes a special announcement about his career and how being a co-host of the Ocean Talk Friday Episodes helped him attain this new goal.  We also tal…

SUFB 383: Tracking Oil Spills and Illegal Fishing From The Sky With Paul Whitaker

Oct. 18, 2017

Marine Conservation is great when we see things like water quality policies and Marine Protected Areas implemented into law by governments; however, enforcing those policies on the Ocean is a huge challenge. It takes a numbe…

SUFB 382: Fishers Become Sea Farmers

Oct. 16, 2017

The New York Times wrote a great article of fishers in Maine, USA who were diversifying their lone revenue stream of fishing lobsters by farming oysters and kelp. You might wonder, "Why in the world would they want to do tha…

SUFB 381: Ocean Talk Friday, A Little Rant

Oct. 13, 2017

Climate Change has really been on my mind these days, specifically the people who have been affected by the Hurricanes in Small Island communities such as Barbuda, Dominica, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The magnitude a…

SUFB 380: Broome Community Seagrass Project with Fiona West

Oct. 11, 2017

Seagrass monitoring projects are crucial to the overall health of coastal systems as seagrass beds all around the world are habitats of great biodiversity...and biodiversity make habitats more resistant to degradation. Unfor…

SUFB 379: Protecting sharks and the People who study them

Oct. 9, 2017

Shark advocates and scientists strive for the same cause: protect sharks from their rapid global decrease in population. However, advocates and scientists don't always agree on the methods. Some people want all finning and f…

SUFB 378: Ocean Talk Friday Octo Edition

Oct. 6, 2017

We continue our introduction to the Octo (Open Communications for The Ocean) team this week as John Davis, Nick Wehner and introducing Sarah Carr join me for Ocean Talk Friday to discuss the articles that were published in t…

SUFB 377: Open Communications For The Oceans

Oct. 4, 2017

Open Communications For The Oceans (Octo) has become a partner of Speak Up For Blue and we will now work together as a team to further share Marine Science and Conservation to help live for a better Ocean. As you know, Speak…

SUFB 376: My Big HUGE GIGANTIC Announcement!!!

Oct. 2, 2017

It's not everyday where you realize your dreams, especially in the field of Marine Science and Conservation. However, it has happened to me today as this is the first day that I am working full time on Speak Up For Blue and …

SUFB 375: Scientists Make A Case Not To Ban Sharks Fins In the US

Oct. 1, 2017

Shark finning, the act of removing a shark's fin at sea and discarding their mangled body overboard for them to die, is a terrible act and the reason why many marine conservation organizations are trying to ban finning and f…

SUFB 374: The Struggle To Find Tap Water In Public Is Real

Sept. 27, 2017

I tell a story about my trip with some friends to the Buffalo Bills game last Sunday. It was crazy hot!!! The Bills stadium ran out of bottled water by half time and wouldn't give us regular tap water. It sucked because it w…

SUFB 373: Should Graduate Students Have A Side Hustle?

Sept. 25, 2017

Graduate student life is fun when you look back on it after 15 years. You realize that you had so many freedoms and you didn't have to worry about the "real world" yet; however, the real world hits you as a graduate student …

SUFB 372: Florida Evacuation Experience In The Face Of Hurricane Irma

Sept. 22, 2017

We are featuring another episode of the Marine Conservation Happy Hour where Dr. Scarlett Smash recounts her and her husband's experience of evacuating the state of Florida along with millions of other people. Let's just say…

SUFB 371: Tales From The Sea At IMCC

Sept. 20, 2017

There are quite a few spectacular things that go on at the International Marine Conservation Congress every year; however, one of my favourites is the Tales From The Sea.  It's an event that goes on in a theatre where Marine…

SUFB 370: Italians Adapt To Climate Change By Eating Jellyfish

Sept. 18, 2017

Today's stories have a couple of things in common: 1) All stories are about invertebrates and, 2) You have to find out at the end of the episode.  I thought I would pick these stories to discuss because I wanted to cover som…

SUFB 369: Marine Conservation Conferences on Ocean Talk Friday

Sept. 14, 2017

Dr. Ed Hind-Ozan joins me on this episode of Ocean Talk Friday to discuss how conferences benefit people in the field of Marine Science and Conservation. Conferences are great for networking, collaborating on future projects…

SUFB 368: Canadian Government Gives 25% of Arctic Surf Quota to First Nations

Sept. 13, 2017

The Canadian Government has a long relationship with the First Nations groups across Canada; however, the relationship sucks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to reconcile Canada's relationship with Firs…

SUFB 367: Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Away From Coast And Why Fish Eat Plastic

Sept. 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida over the weekend reeking havoc in different counties across the state as it did across many Caribbean Islands. As people in the path of Irma checked in as safe on social media and shar…

SUFB 366: Ocean Talk Friday

Sept. 8, 2017

Nathan Johnson joins us on Ocean Talk Friday after a busy summer. Today we talk about the following articles: 1) Canada designates it's largest conservation area (not an MPA, but similar); 2) Hawaiian National Monument gets …

SUFB 365: Social Marketing To Change Behaviours Around the Ocean with Brian Day

Sept. 6, 2017

Raising Ocean Awareness through any means may not be enough to be successful at conserving and protecting the Ocean. I know! I was surprised to hear that as well. We often watch documentaries or participate in campaigns that…

SUFB: How To Find Out How Many Whale Sharks There Are And Where They Go

Sept. 4, 2017

Whale sharks are one of the most iconic species in the world. As the largest fish, people are so captivated by their sight that they will travel thousands of miles just to get a glimpse of them in the wild. However, these sh…

SUFB 363: Ocean Talk Friday

Sept. 1, 2017

Marine Conservation Careers seems to be on your mind as we covered it on a couple of episodes over the past week. Last Friday, we heard from 3 generations of Marine Conservationists on the challenges we faced in our career. …

SUFB 362: Hurricane Harvey Made Worse By Climate Change

Aug. 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm, has left Houston and the surrounding areas and is now heading for Louisiana as a tropical storm; however, the imprint it left on Houston was devastating. A Politico article said Harvey w…

SUFB 361: Atlantic Salmon in Fish Farm Escape in Pacific and Politician Takes Aim at Great White Sharks in Cape Cod

Aug. 28, 2017

Two crazy pieces of news to cover today. Last week was a big week in crazy news. A Fish Farm in Washington blames the eclipse on stronger tides and currents and breaking nets, releasing Atlantic Salmon into the Pacific Coast…

SUFB 360: Marine Conservation Career Struggles: 4 Perspectives

Aug. 25, 2017

Marine Conservation Careers is a dream that all of us have that work, or are trying to work, in this field. Two episodes ago, I discussed an article on the struggles people were having trying to get a job. Many of the proble…

SUFB 359: Starting Oceanswell with Blue Whale Research with Dr. Asha de Vos

Aug. 23, 2017

Blue whales are the largest animals on the planet and Dr. Asha de Vos studies a unique population that occurs in the Northern Indian Ocean. She has pioneered marine mammal research and conservation in her home country of Sri…

SUFB 358: Sea Otters Eat Octopus, But Is It Dangerous?

Aug. 21, 2017

Sea otters can eat a variety of prey (up to 50) according to an article that photo-documented a sea otter eating a giant Pacific octopus off the coast near Juneau, Alaska. The sea otter had some pups with her, which begs the…

SUFB 357: The Struggle To Building A Career In Marine Science And Conservation

Aug. 18, 2017

I read a great article on the that inspired me to discuss it on today's installment of Ocean Talk Friday. The article was about how hard it is for young people to build a career in Conservation. It dives into many of the is…

SUFB 356: Drones for Marine Conservation with David Johnston

Aug. 16, 2017

Drones in Marine Conservation is quite the hot topic these days. They provide Marine Scientists and Conservationists with so many advantages when studying the marine environment at a much lesser cost than the traditional mea…

SUFB 355: Protected River Sharks and Their Interaction with Recreational Anglers

Aug. 14, 2017

There are two protected River Sharks in the Adalaide River in the Northern part of Australia, the Speartooth Shark (Critically Endangered) and the Northern River Shark (Endangered). A new study has revealed a potential conse…

SUFB 354: Restoration vs Conservation and Why Conferences Matter (Ocean Talk Friday)

Aug. 11, 2017

I am doing a solo Ocean Talk Friday as I wrap up a busy week. In this episode I cover a great article on Coral Reef Restoration from Mongabay News and a new paper out on Why Conferences Matter co-authored by a number of frie…

SUFB 353: The Search For Lost Sharks with Dr. Dave Ebert

Aug. 9, 2017

Sharks are a diverse type of animal with over 530 species with more being found and identified every year. Dr. Dave Ebert is a shark scientist who has been responsible for discovering and naming over 40 species with his team…

SUFB 352: Brexit Identifies A Disconnect Among The Fishing Industry

Aug. 7, 2017

Brexit negotiations are underway for the break up of the UK from the European Union. Fisheries has come to the forefront of the media hype surrounding the negotiations. A identifies the hopes and concerns of various players…

SUFB 351: Ocean Talk Friday

Aug. 4, 2017

Nathan Johnson is back again to chat with me of all thing Ocean. We had some great topics today. Here they are: 1) ; 2) ; 3) ; and, 4) . Enjoy the Podcast!!! Let me know what you think of the episode by  Support Speak Up For…

SUFB 350: Managing Water Quality in a Rapidly Growing Tourism Industry in Mexico with Dr. Ed Hind-Ozan and Marisol Flores

Aug. 2, 2017

Tourism in tropical areas that are based on Ocean services such as beaches, swimming, diving, snorkelling, fishing, and more are very popular in many places around the world. One such area that has benefited from tourism is …

SUFB 349: Shark Dragging Abuser May Get Away With Deplorable Acts

July 31, 2017

A shark being dragged across the water while tied to a boat surfaced in an Instagram video about a week ago. The video quickly went viral to the point where the abusers were identified along with where they lived. The abuser…

SUFB 348: How to Build the Public's Trust Through Marine Conservation Communication

July 28, 2017

Marine Science Communication has to be done properly to gain trust of your audience and inspire them to do more for the Ocean.

SUFB 347: Managing Salt Marshes With Dr Judith Weis

July 26, 2017

Dr. Judith Weis spent a good part of her career working on Salt Marshes as a Professor and Researcher at Rutgers University. She is here to talk about Salt Marshes, their importance and how we need to manage them in the face…