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Whale Rescue!

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How do you help a whale entangled in marine debris? It’s not a job for amateurs, and those who respond are highly-trained to handle a dangerous, tricky operation. We talk with Justin Viezbicke, NOAA Fisheries California Stranding Network coordinator, who

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Posted in Fishing, Marine Animals, Marine Debris

Storm Water Runoff

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Would you want to swim in automobile oil and cigarette butts? Surf in lawn pesticides and floating trash? Storm water runoff carries chemicals and waste into the ocean, causing some coastal areas to post access warnings after major rainstorms. We

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

Forgotten Ghost Ships of San Francisco Bay

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A mystery wreck of an early steam tugboat is now home to schools of rockfish, a pair of wolf eels and a giant octopus. It’s one of more than 300 “ghost” shipwrecks being documented by researchers off of San Francisco.

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Posted in Boating, Marine Debris, National Marine Sanctuaries, Ocean Photography

The Ocean Wants You…to join September 20th CA Coastal Cleanup!

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What are you doing Saturday, September 20? You can make a difference and have fun at the same time by joining the California Coastal Cleanup. We talk with Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, who

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

The Microbead Dilemma

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Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser, and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk with Anna Cummins, Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute, who explains the dangers

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Don’t Trash the Beach!

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California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we

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Posted in Environmental Education, Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Ocean Photography, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Guardians of the Ocean

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Want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the ocean and conservation? Follow the lead of local California students in Ocean Guardian Schools who have made a commitment to protecting the ocean and preserving local watersheds.

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Posted in Environmental Education, Marine Debris, Ways to Help the Ocean

Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

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YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben

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Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Tsunami Debris Hits California

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UPDATE! Debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami is making its way across the ocean and landing along the West Coast. Most recently, the first confirmed debris from the earthquake washed up along California’s north coast. We interviewed Sherry Lippiatt,

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

Help Give Sharks a Fighting Chance – Winner of the Thank You Ocean Favorite Podcast Contest!

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In celebration of our upcoming 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast, we launched a contest that let our supporters and fans select their favorite podcast. The winner: sharks! The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Debris

Pacific Gyre

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The Pacific Gyre is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents. We talked with Marcus Eriksen, the executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, about ocean gyres and the Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be twice the size of

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

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On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain

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Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Water Pollution

California Coastal Cleanup Day

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Your browser does not support the audio element. California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup held on the third Saturday of September, is the state’s largest volunteer event. Shannon Waters, California Coastal Commission Public Education Program

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Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Ways to Help the Ocean

Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

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With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Litter in the Ocean

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The majority of the debris that ends up on our beaches and in our waterways comes from litter and urban runoff. Learn more from Eben Schwartz with the California Coastal Commission. (Photo courtesy NOAA Marine Debris Program/Ocean Conservancy) For more

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The Ocean and Rain

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This winter NOAA is predicting greater rainfall than normal. On this report, we ask the question: How does rainfall affect the ocean? Bridget Hoover, Director of the Water Quality Protection Program for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, describes how

Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

California’s Coastal Cleanup

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With so much trash and litter entering our ocean every year, the problem of preventing and reducing marine debris is an urgent challenge that we must meet to preserve the health of our ocean. On this report, we talk with

Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Ways to Help the Ocean

Ocean Protection Council

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The mission of the Ocean Protection Council is to insure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. Learn more about the OPC from California Secretary for Natural Resources

Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Water Pollution