Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes, Uncategorized

How to Use Ghost Nets to Benefit the Ocean with Woodlike Swimwear

There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around our oceans which can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade. Until then, they enter the ocean’s food chain, end up in the stomachs of marine life, and kill everything from humpback whales, albatross, to turtles.

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Upcycling these pieces of plastic is one of the ways we can deal with the plastic pollution issue, and closing the loop on plastic. In today’s episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast I am joined by Woodlike Swimwears Mauricio Palma who shares the mission of protecting our ocean, while creating eco friendly swimsuits made out of Econyl. They are one of the best 15 eco friendly brands.

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Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

Do Shark Nets Make Our Beaches Safer With Sea Shepherd’s Jonathan Clark

What are shark nets? What are drumlines? Do these methods truly help keep our beaches safe?

Sea Shepherd’s Apex Harmony campaign aims to protect sharks to help preserve the balance in the oceans. Jonathan Clark is the coordinator for this campaign and joins me today to tell us all about shark nets, drum lines, nonlethal shark methods, and what the data tells us.

The Queensland Government is spending upwards of $4 million dollars every year on the shark control program, which has no scientific evidence that it makes our beaches safer while killing thousands of protected species since the 70s. Just recently, another 17$ million more was allocated to expand the shark control program. Listen in to learn exactly what is happening off the coast of Queensland, why we need to defend sharks, and what you can do to help.

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Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

Sustainable Living for Our Ocean with Laura in Waterland

Are you ready to change small things in your life to make a big impact?

Do you know what the single biggest thing you can do for our oceans?

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Waste is not waste until it’s wasted.

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Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

How to work in conservation with Philipp Opperman

The newest episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast is up!

Have you always wanted a career in ocean conservation? In this week’s Ocean Pancake Podcast, Philipp Opperman discusses how he got into working with Shark Conservancy and other conservation efforts without being a Marine Biologist.

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We also touch upon seeing Great White Sharks underwater, treating yourself as a brand to maximize your potential to help the planet, along with worthwhile investments into your future.

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Podcast Episodes

How does Quitting Meat Save Marine Life?

Environmentalist, vegan activist, public speaker, and marine Biologist Scott Wallace talk to me about how going vegan can save our oceans and planet.

Check out the episode here.

Is going meat-free on Monday enough? What is the singular greatest thing you can do to help our marine life? How is Marine Biology linked to agriculture?

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Check out how this spearfishing, meat-loving, Australian local learned about the impacts of commercial agriculture, and how intertwined animal agriculture is with the health of our oceans.

He has been on Sea Shepherd campaigns, worked with Shark Conservancy, and spoken at Vegan festivals.

Check out his facebook page and instagram called Earthcentred!

Podcast Episodes

Study and Save Sharks in South Africa with Philipp Oppermann

What is the connection between sharks, livers, and killer whales? This is one of the fun facts that this conservation lover, ocean diver, and world traveller shared with me.

Check out part 1 of this two past podcast episode here.

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This week Phillip Oppermann shares probably my favourite ocean facts with me while discussing experience in Shark Conservancy in South Africa.

How did a non marine biologist get the opportunity to work with sharks? What does a typical day look like for volunteers? How does tagging great whites look like?

Learn how you can get involved and help save sharks today. 

Podcast Episodes

Where Do Our Yogurt Cups Go? With Alexis Mcgivern

Have you ever stopped to ponder where that ice cream packaging you threw away in 2nd grade went?

Well, Alexis Mcgivern had her ‘Plasteka-Eureka’ moment a few years ago, when she realised much of the trash we ever created is still somewhere on this planet.

Check out the podcast episode here.

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Join me with this incredible plastic-free warrior to discuss her journey, her experiences in dealing with waste management on the pristine islands of the Maldives, her work with the IUCN and her ultimate tips to help live a plastic-free life!

This amazing human being runs her own website named No Plastic Please with plenty of resources.

Make sure to check out her TEDeX talk on How to Live a Plastic Free Life!

Volunteering

Volunteer with Reef Restoration Foundation

Could you believe that the Great Barrier Reef did not have a single reef restoration organization or charity until 2016? Neither could I, nor the incredible individuals who started Reef Restoration Foundation in November of that year.

The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide as the largest living ecosystem in the world and is comprised of more than 32,000 individual reefs. In Queensland alone, over 64,000 jobs depend on it and the tourism brings in over $6.4 billion dollars annually.

Unfortunately, all of this is in danger due to climate change. The increasing sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and pollution will have severe impacts on fragile coral.

What is the Reef Restoration Foundation’s goal?

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The Reef Restoration Foundation aims to plant 1 million corals back on the reef by the year 2026. They are choosing to bleach resistant mother corals, breaking off parts and encouraging them to reproduce asexually. They do this by planting coral trees in stable conditioned areas, then monitoring the growth, cleaning them of extra algae and out planting them.

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Scuba Diving, Volunteering

Volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef

It’s the second to last day of the ten-day trip I volunteered on with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and honestly, I am sad to go. These past 8 days have taught me about scientific data gathering, coral species, fish identification they have allowed me to dive some of the most pristine and untouched reefs I have ever seen all while on a boat with excellent company and delicious food. For anyone looking to volunteer and expand your marine science knowledge volunteering with AIMS on the Great Barrier Reef is the ideal place for you.

Prerequisites

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Before you do volunteer with aims, you will need to provide a plethora of documentation to prove your qualifications and skills. Amongst these will be:

  • A professional dive medical less than a year old. The 2299 in Australia.
  • First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation with Oxygen provider certification.
  • Minimum of PADI Rescue Diver qualification or equivalent.
  • 50 hours of logged diving. (This is very important, you must have your logbook signed, dated with all the relevant information filled in)
  • Be 18 years of age

You will also have to go through an induction in Townsville at the AIMS headquarters, fill out numerous liability releases, safety sheets and become familiar with the equipment. Once on the boat you will also have dive and boat induction on your first day.

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Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes

Saving Sharks and Working in Conservation with Scott Wallace

The newest episode of the Ocean Pancake Podcast is out! This time it’s featuring my dear friend Scott Wallace!

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Are you interested in protecting the oceans apex predators? Getting involved in conservation and saving the oceans with Sea Shepherd. Scott Wallace is an environmental scientist, scuba diver, passionate educator, and activist. He believes we should transition our world view into a more earth-centered one. Join us on part 1 of the two-part podcast, with part 2 focusing on veganism!

Make sure to follow the wonderful Scott on instagram and facebook.

We talk about some really interesting stuff including what over fishing really means and the terrible dangers sharks are in. If the oceans die we die, so help me and help Scott protect our planet.

Did you know its almost Juneocean? The thirty ways in thirty days on how to protect our planet will be coming from June 1st!

Have you checked out the free guide you can download here?