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Speak Up For The Ocean Blue raises awareness of the variety of ocean science and conservation projects conducted all around the world. It educates you, the listener, on the different Ocean Conservation Projects that are happening around the world. By listening to our guests, I hope to inspire you to live an ocean-friendly life through their stories and the information I provide to guide you towards a living a life that will be healthy for the Ocean. On the podcast episodes, I discuss, sharks, marine mammals (whales, dolphins, manatees, sea lions, seals), seabirds, fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod, etc) as well as ocean issues like climate change/global warming (ocean acidification, increased sea temperatures, sea level rise, arctic melting, changing weather patterns), water pollution, plastic pollution (single-use plastic), coastal development, overfishing, whale hunting, fish poaching and more.

Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Andrew Lewin

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 37 Ratings

Speak Up For The Ocean Blue raises awareness of the variety of ocean science and conservation projects conducted all around the world. It educates you, the listener, on the different Ocean Conservation Projects that are happening around the world. By listening to our guests, I hope to inspire you to live an ocean-friendly life through their stories and the information I provide to guide you towards a living a life that will be healthy for the Ocean. On the podcast episodes, I discuss, sharks, marine mammals (whales, dolphins, manatees, sea lions, seals), seabirds, fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod, etc) as well as ocean issues like climate change/global warming (ocean acidification, increased sea temperatures, sea level rise, arctic melting, changing weather patterns), water pollution, plastic pollution (single-use plastic), coastal development, overfishing, whale hunting, fish poaching and more.

    Bleached reefs can still support nutritious fish

    Bleached reefs can still support nutritious fish

    A study based in Seychelles found that there some fish species will remain on a reef after the corals have bleached, which could help maintain fisheries and some form of nutrition for humans. 
    Coral reefs are at risk from or are bleaching in many parts of the world, which could have negative implications on the fish communities and the human communities that rely on them for food.
    The study identified five micronutrients that are found in a diverse array of fish (zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids) that live on coral reefs. However, when the reefs bleach, only two micronutrients are commonly found (zinc and iron), which could affect the human population that relies on them.
    Link to article: 
    Mongabay: https://bit.ly/345ZBqv
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    • 13 min
    A new Gentoo penguin colony discovered by Greenpeace with help from climate change

    A new Gentoo penguin colony discovered by Greenpeace with help from climate change

    A Greenpeace research vessel discovered a new colony of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica. It is the only colony that has been detected this far south on the icy continent. It's an important discovery because Gentoo penguins prefer low-lying, rocky areas that have no ice. 
    The ice in Antarctica is melting six times faster than it was in the 1970s due to climate change. Melting ice will have an effect on global sea rise, weather patterns, and prey availability (krill). 
    Greenpeace and other organizations are calling for the nations of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to implement a network of Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica to relieve fishing pressure on the habitats. 
    Links to articles:
    1) Mongabay article: https://bit.ly/3KzSN5l
    2) Gentoo Penguins: https://bit.ly/3GXIC8u
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    • 16 min
    Can media headlines affect motivation on climate change?

    Can media headlines affect motivation on climate change?

    There was a headline on Rollingstone magazine (link below) that mentioned the Doomsday Glacier was on the verge of melting. The headline didn't make me feel good about where we were at on reducing climate change, but it also didn't motivate me to do anything about it because the problem seemed too big. 
    Conservation optimism is important when trying to change people's behaviour to live for a better ocean. Optimistic stories can inspire people to do more for the ocean. 
    Reading the headline "'the fuse has been blown' and the Doomsday glacier is coming for us all" does not seem to instill inspiration, but more apathy. 
    The headline proves that the movie "Don't Look Up!" is less of a satire than it intended. 
    Link to article: https://bit.ly/3nJxqVn
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    • 18 min
    How Pharmaceuticals are affecting water quality

    How Pharmaceuticals are affecting water quality

    Did you ever wonder what happens to your pee and poo after you flush the toilet? I bet you never thought you would read those words on this podcast, but the fact of the matter is our water quality is dependent on how well our sewage treatment plants can stop nasty stuff that we excrete from getting into our waterways, including the ocean.
    Mongabay posted a great editorial about how the world is dealing with preventing pharmaceutical waste that we excrete from getting into our water. It doesn't look like we are doing a great job. 
    Many places around the world cannot treat their sewage with the basic process let alone afford to implement the technology to treat pharmaceuticals. 
    The sludge that does get produced after some sort of treatment gets added as a fertilizer on farmland, which means pharmaceuticals are in our fertilizer that helps produce the food in which we ingest. 
    Pharmaceuticals are also affecting fish behaviour and physiology. I discuss two examples of studies that look at how elevated levels of estrogen (from birth control) and behavioural changes from psychiatric medicine affect fish in aquatic systems. 
    The technology to treat pharmaceuticals does exist but has not been widely implemented. 
    Link to article:
    1) Mongabay: https://bit.ly/3IiJg0m
    2) Fish paper: https://bit.ly/32faSEu


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    • 15 min
    Undersea Volcano erupts near Tonga affecting nearby islands

    Undersea Volcano erupts near Tonga affecting nearby islands

    You likely heard of the undersea volcano that erupted in the South Pacific near the island of Tonga as it was all over the news. The eruption reached 20 km in the air and the blast was visible from space. Unfortunately, the eruption caused Tsunami-like waves to crash into the island of Tonga and cause damage to properties, cut out power, and flood many parts of the island.  New Zealand is sending rescuers and supplies to help the nearby island but is having trouble communicating with the island.
    A volcanic eruption is violent and destructive, but it is also part of the ocean's process to constantly evolve. I discuss the ways that underwater volcanos lead to biodiversity over time. 
    Link to articles:
    1) Volcano eruption: https://bit.ly/33jYmUP
    2) Undersea Volcanos: https://bit.ly/33kttQ6
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    • 18 min
    Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area?

    Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area?

    Coffee pods are popular in most households. You can make any type of coffee quickly without any mess of having to take teaspoon measurements of the coffee beans and pour them into the coffee-maker. All you have to do is pop them into the designated area and press a button and voila! A wonderful coffee to start your day! However, are you aware that your coffee pod may not be recyclable even though it says it is on the packaging? Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada claimed that their K-Cups were recyclable all over Canada, but most places outside British Columbia and Quebec would not accept them in their facility. 
    K-Cups are made from polypropylene #5, which is rarely recycled in Canada. Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada had to pay $2.3 million in fines and $631 thousand in donations to environmental charitable organizations for misleading consumers. 
    The incident begs the question: Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area?
    Link to articles:
    1) Keurig Dr. Pepper Fined: https://bit.ly/34UaVXn
    2) Keurig Dr. Pepper Go Green: https://bit.ly/3I0wWBS
    3) Canadian Plastics Defined: https://bit.ly/3KaTn9l
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Mina Mtsh ,

Great Podcast🌟

This podcast is so inspiring. As a student in fish & wildlife, I’ve really enjoyed the topics and found some very useful information. Always excited to listen!!

Peachy🍑Jess ,

Surprisingly interesting

I was expecting some casual chatting about random topics related to ocean conservation, but andrew actually brings up subjects that are really captivating. The latest ocean talk friday was delightful, hopefully there will be more coming!! Thank you! Much love from montreal :))

mmmtcghitef ,

Amazing Podcast

As balanced, unbiased and welcoming of a conversation around conservation and activism you can get. Enjoy the real conversations without unnecessary added effects of drama just for the sake of good listening.

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