Thank You Ocean Report

The Thank You Ocean Report focuses on interesting and exciting California ocean topics such as marine mammals, the latest news on ocean health, timely ocean issues and fascinating ocean facts. Stories feature interviews with ocean experts, explorers, scientists, conservationists, government and business leaders. Listeners learn about ocean activities and recreation, surfing, fishing, boating, and the many ways we all can thank the ocean through conservation and stewardship.

California Winter Rains: El Nino

February 9th, 2010

California Winter RainsNOAA is predicting an El Nino winter in California. Mark Jackson, Meteorologist in Charge, NOAA National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, discusses the cause and effect of an El Nino on California’s winter rains. (Photo courtesy of Jayme Laber/NOAA)

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Pledge to Help the Ocean

January 8th, 2010

Pacific Coast“Today everyone can make changes in what we do and in the actions we take that can have a positive impact on the ocean,” says Matt Stout, Chief of Staff for National Oceanic and Atmospheric’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. In this report, Matt offers some great New Year’s resolutions! (Photo courtesy of Josh Pederson / SIMoN NOAA)

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Edward James Olmos, the New Spokesperson for Thank You Ocean

January 8th, 2010

Edward James OlmosThis iconic figure and environmental supporter encourages ocean protection through English and Spanish-language public service announcements and a new Spanish language Web site.

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The Ocean and Rain

January 8th, 2010

8th Street RunoffThis 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 various pollutants accumulate during the dry season and are washed into the ocean when it rains. (Photo courtesy of Warren Yogi)

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ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

January 8th, 2010

ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean AcidificationACID TEST, a film produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet. NRDC’s Lisa Suatoni talks about the film.

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Protecting Great White Sharks

October 12th, 2009

White Shark Face Scars (Photo credit © Scott Anderson)Great white sharks are an important part of the ecosystems off California’s coast. Media and Public Outreach Specialist for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Mary Jane Schramm discusses new regulations to protect great white sharks in this sanctuary just west of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Photo credit © Scott Anderson)

Remotely Operated Vehicles

September 28th, 2009

Deep Ocean Vector M4 ROVIn our need for more information about the health of marine ecosystems, ROV’s are becoming important new allies because they help scientists ’see’ beneath the surface of the ocean. Learn more from Dirk Rosen, founder and president of Marine Applied Research and Exploration, ROV developers.

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California’s Coastal Cleanup

September 14th, 2009

Postcard of 25th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup DayWith 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 Eben Schwartz with the California Coastal Commission and Jolyn Bibb with Whole Foods about California Coastal Cleanup Day which annually brings tens of thousands of volunteers to the state’s beaches and inland shorelines to remove the debris that has accumulated over the course of the year.

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Surfing in California

August 31st, 2009

Surfer (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)Matt McClain with the Surfrider Foundation talks about surfing in California and it’s history of ocean sport and stewardship. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

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California Climate Adaptation Strategy

August 17th, 2009

The ocean produces more oxygen than all of the forests combinedChristine Blackburn, PhD, Program Manager with the Ocean Protection Council, comments on the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy Discussion Draft which summarizes the best known science on climate change impacts in seven specific sectors and provides recommendations on how to manage against those threats.

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