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.

Engaging the Public, Protecting the Coast, and Capturing the Moment

August 8th, 2011

Santa Monica Beach (Photo courtesy of Shannon Yee)The California Coastal Commission Public Education Program engages the public in coastal protection and restoration activities and increases the public’s understanding about California’s marine resources. Sylvie Lee, Public Education Program Coordinator, tells us about the Coastal Commission’s many outreach programs and events, as well as how you can get involved in the 13th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. (Photo courtesy of Shannon Yee)

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Seal and Sea Lion Recovery

July 25th, 2011

Elephant seals on the south coast of San Miguel Island (Photo courtesy of Todd J. Braje/Humboldt State University)There has been a dramatic recovery in seal and sea lion populations around the north Pacific where the animals have found protected places to recover, such as the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Anthropologist Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Humboldt State University, tells the story. (Photo courtesy of Todd J. Braje/Humboldt State University)

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Tide Pool Treasures

July 11th, 2011

California’s rocky intertidal shores are dotted with tide pools. Filled with water at high tide and exposed to air at low tide, tide pools are home to a variety of sea life. Pat Krug, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University-Los Angeles, talks about these special places and the interesting creatures you might find there.

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The Ocean, Sea Slugs and Medicine

June 20th, 2011

Pill AdDid you know that the ocean is a source of medicine for a variety of diseases? Pat Krug, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University-Los Angeles, has devoted 20 years of his life studying one kind of herbivorous sea slug. He says that there are a number of drugs in the pipeline that were originally found in marine invertebrates.

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Youth: The Next Wave for Change

June 6th, 2011

June 8 is World Ocean Day and the theme this year is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” On this report we introduce MERITO (Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans), a marine conservation outreach effort comprising approximately twenty-five regional groups that participate in ocean and watershed education programs that serve students, teachers, adults and families living near the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

May 23rd, 2011

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 take to help clean up our coasts and ocean. Actor and activist Edward James Olmos adds his powerful Thank You Ocean message, “Don’t Trash the Beach.”

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Ancient Discoveries in Channel Islands Aid in Marine Management

May 9th, 2011

Studying archaeological data from 12,000 years ago is helping marine scientists forumlate management strategies. Our guest is Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Antropology at Humboldt State University.

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Sea Level Rise

April 25th, 2011

Waves washing over the road in Santa Cruz, California during a combination high tide and wave event (Feb. 2008). As sea-level rise continues, flooding and coastal erosion will increase in intensity and duration raising infrastructure maintenance costs and disrupting transportation. Photo courtesy David L. Revell – ESA PWAOne of the responsibilities of our guest, John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, is to serve as the chair of the Ocean Protection Council which provides scientific research on a number of issues including sea level rise. And, according to the Secretary, recent research leaves little doubt that sea level rise will occur.

Earth Day 2011

April 11th, 2011

John Laird, California Secretary for Natural ResourcesThis Thank You Ocean Report podcast celebrates Earth Day with a focus on the ocean. While there are very significant issues facing the ocean, there is also a connection between what goes into the ocean and all of us. Our guest is John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources. (Photo courtesy John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources)

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San Francisco Seafood Market

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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