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.

Elephant Seals: Back from the Brink

April 7th, 2014

Hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800′s, California’s elephant seals have made a remarkable comeback and are now protected by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seals is in California at Año Nuevo State Park, adjacent to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We talk with Terry Kiser, Año Nuevo State Park superintendent, about these fascinating marine mammals and what we can do to help protect them.

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy the beautiful coast and ocean. Respect your local marine life. Tread lightly, or not at all, on tide pools and rocky shore habitats, and keep your distance from marine animals as you can disturb their feeding or resting.

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Extreme Drought

March 24th, 2014

California is experiencing record-breaking drought and we all need to take action. Governor Brown has urged us to reduce our water consumption by 20%. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, about this issue and what long-term drought could mean for the state. Find out what we all need to do to reduce our use of water at home and outdoors.

Everyday Action: Reduce your water consumption by 20% every day, indoors and out! Take shorter showers, wash only full loads of clothes, fix any leaks and don’t let the tap run. Outdoors, check your sprinklers, water less frequently and in the early morning or late evening, or re-landscape with native plants. More tips at Save Our H2O.

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

March 3rd, 2014

Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality event called sea star wasting syndrome. We talk to Dr. Pete Raimondi of the University of California, Santa Cruz about the coast-wide effort to track the extent and cause of the syndrome and its impacts on sea star populations.

Everyday Action: If you’re curious about sea stars and other rocky intertidal creatures, practice tidepool etiquette when visiting tidepools. Watch where you step, look closely, touch gently and return things to where you found them. You can also download a free app called “California Tidepools” for your smart phone or tablet to enhance your tidepool experience.

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Ocean Protection Through Action

February 10th, 2014

What does a seafloor map look like, and who uses one? How does California use Marine Protected Areas as underwater laboratories? In this Thank You Ocean Report, we continue our conversation with Cat Kuhlman, the California Ocean Protection Council’s Executive Director, as she explains some of the innovative and collaborative projects the council is working on. Protecting California’s coasts and ocean is a challenge, to say the least!

Everyday Action: Teach children to respect nature to instill an environmental ethic. Take them on hikes, beach exploring or camping. Help them plant a tree, pick up litter, or learn about the ocean. Be a good example and role model. Do your part to protect California’s ocean and coasts for the benefit of current and future generations. Want to know how? Visit Thank You Ocean’s Take Action page.

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Protecting California’s Ocean

January 27th, 2014

The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. So what exactly does the Ocean Protection Council do? In part one of our two-part series, we talk with Catherine Kuhlman, Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council, to learn more about the OPC’s unique role in protecting California’s coast and ocean.

Everyday Action: No matter where you live in California you can impact the ocean. We can all take action every day to help keep our ocean a healthy and thriving place. One person can make a difference. Join a beach clean-up, or conduct your own. Use re-usable bags, carry your own mug, and follow the Ocean Protection Council’s work.

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Ocean and Coastal Photo Contest Winners

January 6th, 2014

Spy on a shy spotted octopus. Gaze at a traveling sea nettle jelly. Gasp at the sunrise hitting the Golden Gate Bridge. The 15th Annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest provides an array of images capturing our ocean and coast’s beauty, wonder and excitement. We hear from Sylvie Lee, program coordinator for the California Coastal Commission, with winning entries from the more than 1000 images submitted.

Everyday Action: Go to the beach and appreciate our beautiful ocean and coast. Bring your own water bottle. Take only photos. Leave it cleaner than you found it.

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California King Tides: “Snap the Shore, See the Future”

December 16th, 2013

What will happen to our coastline with sea level rise? Help us find out! Learn how you can help gather important information about our changing coastline by simply taking and sharing your photos of California’s “King Tides” — the highest tides of the year.

We talk with Heidi Nutters, with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, about California’s King Tides Initiative, the photography project where your photos play a part in helping scientists and others better understand the impacts of rising waters along the California Coast. King Tides dates this season are December 30-31, January 1-2, and January 29-31, so start thinking of your favorite coastal spots and get your cameras ready!

Everyday Action: Get involved in the California King Tides Initiative. Be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions.

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Bringing a Kelp Forest Back to Life!

December 2nd, 2013

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.

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Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

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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Take The Tour!

October 21st, 2013

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 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 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.

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