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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Podcast Episodes

Heal Yourself to Heal the Planet with Shay Ryan

Have you wanted to create a positive impact on the environment? To keep perspective while spinning on this planet through outer space?

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Meet Shay Ryan, an earth lover who has dedicated his time to learning about our inner worlds to help create change in the outer world. We discuss the connection of the ocean, forests, love to yourselves, and our belief systems.

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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

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!

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?

Eco Tips, Product Reviews

Best Reusable Filter Water Bottles

Welcome to week 1 of the JuneOcean Challenge, 30 days with 30 ways to help save our oceans! Each week I am taking one of the ways and going into an indepth article right here on Ocean Pancake. However, for daily updates and information join the Ocean Pancake facebook group where you can share your ideas and eco knowledge!

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Before departing on my grand adventure to the Comoros, which you can read about here, one of the top things on my to do list was to purchase a sturdy waterbottle which would survive travel to the distant, middle of nowhere location my new job was in.  Moheli Island, is the smallest of the three Comoros Islands with some 35,000 inhabitants and 24h power exclusively at Laka Lodge thanks to the beauty of solar energy. I chose to get myself a pretty, blue, insulated hydroflask. Highly recommended if you do not need a filter. Here at Laka Lodge, the eco resort I work as a Scuba Diving Instructor at, depends on UV filter technology to ensure all our customers have clean drinking water.. Plastic Free!

Oh also, in case you are new here, plastic is my nemesis and I try and encourage everyone and anyone to decrease their use of plastic. Why? Just a quick overview

  • 38 billion plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year
  • That one bottle can take over 400 years to degrade
  • Just about every marine animal is in danger from injesting or becoming entangled in plastic

I have written up many posts about plastic waste management, quick and easy alternatives to plastic, how to travel plastic free, how to upcycle tshirts into bags, my favourite plastic free beauty products and how I helped rescue turtles from plastic and a full free guide to living plastic free!

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