Archive for the ‘Fishing’ Category

Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013



Ships and whales–we need both! We talk with Michael Carver, Deputy Superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, to learn about West Coast ship strikes to whales and what national marine sanctuaries are doing to help solve this problem. Find out how a new whale spotter app is engaging mariners to help!

Everyday Action: Go out on whale watching tours to view and learn about these magnificent creatures and enjoy your national marine sanctuary. Report injured, entangled and ship struck whale concerns to the 24-hour hotline: 877-SOS-WHALE.

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SHARKS! With Jean-Michel Cousteau

Monday, August 5th, 2013



It’s Shark Week and we want you to know that sharks play an important part in the ocean’s overall health. Sharks are thrilling and mysterious, yet are threatened by human actions and need to be protected, rather than feared. Join our guest, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed Jacques Cousteau and leader of Ocean Futures Society, to hear more about sharks and why they should be protected worldwide.

Everyday Action: Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used every year for shark fin soup, resulting in the collapse of many shark populations worldwide. Find out about shark finning and support movements and legislation that ban shark finning practices.

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Should We Fear Red Tides?

Monday, July 22nd, 2013



Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with Dr. Rafael Kudela, UCSC Biological and Satellite Oceanography Laboratory. Find out why HAB’s are harmful to both humans and marine life and how climate change may be making “blooms” of this toxic algae more common!

Everyday Action: Report HABs (red tides) or other unusual marine sightings when you see one. Report marine mammal and seabird strandings as they may be associated with a HAB.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish – California’s Sustainable Seafood

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013



When was the last time you ate seafood? Do you know where the seafood came from, how it was caught, and whether it was from a sustainable fishery? Purchasing sustainable seafood helps to support our local coastal communities while also addressing overfishing, environmentally destructive fishing methods, and seafood fraud. We talked with Valerie Termini, project manager at the Ocean Protection Council. The California Ocean Protection Council will be working with fishermen and the seafood industry to create a sustainable seafood certification program for seafood caught in California waters.

Everyday Action: You can make smart seafood choices now, by purchasing seafood that you know is being harvested sustainably. Download Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app or visit NOAA’s Fish Watch Program.

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New California Law Protects Sharks Against Brutal Finning

Monday, December 12th, 2011



Hammerhead Shark (Photo courtesy of Terry Goss/Marine Photobank)Shark finning is a practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean to die. The fins are then dried and consumed in costly shark fin soup. California’s historic Shark Protection Act, banning finning, was recently signed into law, working toward ending the destruction of shark species globally. We talked with Assembly Member Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) who, along with Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), authored the groundbreaking bill supported by a host of organizations, agencies and citizens who celebrated the signing. (Photo courtesy of Terry Goss/Marine Photobank)

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San Francisco Seafood Market

Monday, March 28th, 2011



Fishing Boats in Harbor (photo credit: Ocean Protection Council)Larry Collins, President of the Crab Boat Owners Association, talks about the creation of a sustainable wholesale and retail seafood market along San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Ecotrust, the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association and the San Francisco Community Fishing Association are partnering in this innovative venture. (Photo credit: Ocean Protection Council)

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California’s Most Dangerous Catch

Monday, February 14th, 2011



Dungeness Crab (photo courtesy of Valerie Termini)Larry Collins, President of the Crab Boat Owners Association, talks about this year’s crab season and of the challenges crab fishermen are facing. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Termini)

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Who is Watching the Ocean? Observing the Ocean Along California’s Coast

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Thank You Ocean is pleased to present a guest podcast for a special Thank You Ocean Report. Up and down the coast of California, abalone farmers, bar pilots and environmentalists — among others — are staking their profits, well being, and peace of mind on real-time ocean data provided by California’s two Ocean Observing Systems, SCCOOS and CeNCOOS. Credit: Ari Daniel Shapiro with COSEE NOW.

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Sport Fishing and Ocean Stewardship

Monday, July 27th, 2009


Sport Fishing (photo courtesy of Travis Tanaka, California Department of Fish and Game)
Recreational charter boat captains have an important role to play in ocean stewardship according to Jay Yokomizo, captain of New Huck Finn of Emeryville, California. (Photo courtesy of Travis Tanaka, California Department of Fish and Game)

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Sustainable Seafood: Sushi

Monday, June 29th, 2009


SushiToday’s guest, Casson Trenor, author of “Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time,” specializes in sushi and he is dedicated to transforming the American sushi complex into a sustainable industry. (Photo courtesy of Casson Trenor)

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