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

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

9 Easy Eco Friendly Choices

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The whole point of the #juneocean challenge was to get as many people involved in changing their habits a little bit each day to add up to a bigger, positive impact on our earth. It’s the end of June, however, we are now entering July which is also known as Plastic Free July. I have already created a guide on how to go plastic free in your life, which is available for free when you join the mailing list! Just enter your email and start your transition to a plastic-free life.

So let’s recap some of the environmentally friendly choices we can make.

1.Chose to Say No Thank you

Stay strong and say no to those unplanned random occurrences: the free water bottles passed out, the plastic bags filled with treats, the extra bag your local farmer tries to give you. If you have never taken a moment to explore minimalism, I highly recommend having a look into it. It’s a lifestyle which allows you to live with less, focus on mental, spiritual and your own happiness rather than material possessions. Keep things that make you happy and don’t fall for every convenient offering.

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Eco Friendly Companies, Eco Tips

15 COMPANIES THAT ARE SAVING THE OCEAN

Apart from the big names we are already familiar with such as Patagonia and Sea Shepherd, I wanted to highlight some potentially smaller companies which still prioritise our ocean in their message.

Patagonia

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Patagonia is a household name for just about anyone outdoorsy, along with their extensive inventory from snowgear to sleeping bags, they have an enormous focus on going green. They have built repair centers worldwide to increase the longetivity of their products and decrease their environmental footprint. In 2016, they gave 10$ Million dollars to grassroots environmental groups. The corporate philosophy is 100% for the planet, and while they are not open and mostly open about it, they are one of the powerhouses driving eco friendly change.

The newest and most exciting thing I heard from the Speak Up For The Blue podcast, is that they created a dating website for environmental activists and environmental groups to connect. Patagonia Actionworks is the place you can go to “Answer with Action”. While I tried to search for environmental agencies near by.. I got results in Portland. Maybe Comoros is not included in their algorythm yet. However, the Plastic Free Fund is going strong, with you being able to donate and hopefully come vollunteer in the future!

Sea Shepherd

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Another enormous company, is Sea Shepherd, this non for profit is the leader in ocean conservation. They do not just speak, they act. With three enormous multimillion dollar ships, Sea Shepherd must be backed by gigantic donations. Their T-shirts are also an excellent way to spread awareness about the plight of our oceans, starting a conversation and standing in unity.

If the oceans die, we die.

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