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.
Imagine a barren underwater “desert” turned back into a lush, healthy habitat in mere months! We talk to David Witting, with NOAA’s Office of Habitat Restoration, about a project to restore kelp off the coast of Southern California by a diverse group of coastal users, including fishermen and NGOs. After pollution and ravaging sea urchins destroyed the kelp forest, this project is bringing kelp forests back to life, benefiting all species within the ecosystem.
Everyday action: Stop pollution at the source. Keep trash and chemicals out of storm drains. This includes pet waste. Visit Thank You Ocean’s web page on water pollution to find out more.
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.
Come see what your Thank You Ocean Campaign is all about! This short, fun-filled report will take you on a tour of the campaign, and show you how to make the most of the thankyouocean.org website, information, links and materials. You’ll quickly learn how to access the Thank You Ocean Report podcasts, sign up for the newsletter, join Facebook, follow on Twitter, and get the latest news, events, and other exciting stories about our ocean. Watch, listen, learn and be a part of the campaign!
Everyday action: Visit thankyouocean.org for things you can do to thank the ocean, “Like” TYO on Facebook, follow TYO on Twitter, and subscribe to Thank You Ocean Report podcasts.
Ever wonder what lies beneath the surface of our ocean in California? Prepare to be dazzled by the incredible photographs of our California coast and rich marine life, taken by photographer Marc Shargel. Shargel has dedicated his photography career to documenting marine life in California, exploring and bringing to life the rich history of California’s coast and ocean. Through his colorful images, he hopes to communicate the beauty of our ocean and motivate others to preserve it.
Everyday actions: Go out, explore, and learn about your local MPAs—you can dive, tidepool, kayak, and just enjoy these areas. Become a citizen scientist and help monitor MPAs. And don’t forget to dive into the Pacific Ocean with Marc by checking out his photo books, filled with some of California’s incredible sea life.
Can the ocean strengthen global relationships among different cultures? We think so. Ocean for Life brings together high school students of diverse backgrounds and cultures to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. We talk to Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, who heads up the Ocean for Life Program. Learn about these international “Ambassadors of Change” and watch the videos created by the Ocean for Life participants.
Everyday Action: Visit www.oceanforlife.org and watch the student videos. If you’d like to support Ocean for Life, learn about fundraising opportunities on the web site.
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 Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager with the California Coastal Commission, tells us about Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s one of the easiest and most rewarding volunteer efforts you can join.
Where have all the abalone gone? Travel back in time to see what our ocean and coasts were like 100 years ago! You will be amazed at how abundant our ocean once was. Photographer Marc Shargel’s new e-book “Yesterday’s Ocean” takes us on a visual journey through time, with incredible historical photos. Through these photographs, Shargel demonstrates the serious decline in our ocean’s creatures and resources, and emphasizes the importance of ocean conservation efforts, like marine protected areas, to conserve what we have left.
Everyday actions: go out and explore your local MPA—tidepool, kayak, and just enjoy these areas. Become a citizen scientist and help monitor these areas. Get involved in the decision making process by attending and giving your input at public hearings such as the Fish and Game Commission and Ocean Protection Council meetings.
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.
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.
Summer and ocean fun go together. Whether it’s in the ocean, at an aquarium, or at home reading a book, the ocean and its critters provide entertainment, fascination, and just plain fun! We talk with Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. She shares fun ocean activity ideas, from building sand castles, swimming, fishing, whale watching and tidepooling to reading books and listening to music.
Everyday action: Feel like a kid again! Splash in the waves, build a sandcastle, explore a tidepool–with or without accompanying child!