Ocean Experts, Podcast Episodes, Uncategorized

How Electric Current Can Increase Coral Growth with Hannah Kish

Not all ocean conservation organisations are legitimate or doing the right thing for our planet or the volunteers. Today, we decided to discuss some of the less happy points of volunteering.

Have you wondered how coral nurseries work? How regrowing coral can help the great barrier reef? Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef?

Join me and Marine Biologist Hannah Kish as we discuss coral spawning, threats to the reef, and how you can help!

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This incredible woman has worked with Florida’s Coral Conservation along with the Great Barrier Reef’s Reef Restoration Foundation. We met when we were both volunteering on Fitzroy island and cleaning the coral tree nurseries from excessive algae growth. She is an inspiring woman who is now working towards finding which methodologies or systems can increase coral grown in nurseries.

In this Ocean Pancake Episode we talk about all things coral: from spawning, taking care of coral, sexual and asexual reproduction and why it is so important in our coral reef ecosystems.

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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!

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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comoros, Travel

Humpback Whales in Moheli Comoros

 

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It is that time of the year again, when the humpback whales have arrived to Mohéli, Comoros. A remote, isolated island in the country of Comoros located in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar. These clean, calm and safe waters have been the birthing ground for Humpback whales for as long as the locals remember, and every year from July to October pregnant mama’s travel all the way from Antarctica to give birth here.

Photos by the ever talented Philipp Oppermann.

Humpback Whale Migration

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Eco Tips

30 Ways To Help Our Ocean

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Our Oceans Are Dying

If the Oceans die, we die. 70% of all of our oxygen comes with the algal blooms in the ocean, billions of individuals depend on the ocean for their livelihood, income and food and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, is worth $56 AUD Billion.

I am sure you have read by now the reports, that the biggest coral bleaching event ever recorded just occurred worldwide in 2016, that there will be more plastic than fish by kg by the year 2050 and that just last year we surpassed the carbon parts per million forewarned by the scientists.

Get the FREE INFOGRAPHIC HERE!

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