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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

How Blue is Your Mind?

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We know that people will pay more for an ocean view, but did you know that water actually makes you more creative? That a walk along the coast helps you be more connected? We talk with Wallace J. Nichols, the

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Posted in Environmental Education, Ocean Facts, Ocean Health

Every Week is #SharkWeek! With Jean-Michel Cousteau

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It’s #SharkWeek!, when more people watch, share and talk about shark stories than any other time of the year. Some tales are thrilling, some are scary, and some are intentionally silly. (We’re looking at you, #Sharknado!) But sharks play an

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Life Decline, Uncategorized, 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

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles

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What reptile outlived the dinosaurs, is the largest of its kind on earth, can dive to a depth of half a mile, and migrates more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean? The answer is the Pacific leatherback sea turtle

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Life Decline, 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

Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration

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Bald eagles once nested and lived among all of California’s Channel Islands. However, by the early 1960s, bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands due to human impacts, including the introduction of DDT. We talk with Annie Little, Montrose Settlements

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Life Decline

109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

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Did you know that hundreds of historic ships and aircraft lie beneath the waves off of California’s coast? We talked with Bob Schwemmer, a NOAA maritime archaeologist, whose job is to explore and document shipwrecks like the wreck of a

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Posted in Boating, National Marine Sanctuaries

Sanctuary Exploration Center

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the

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America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project: “More Than A Sport”

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Excitement is building as America’s Cup comes to San Francisco in 2012 and 2013. Your Thank You Ocean campaign is proud to support the Healthy Ocean Project, “the embodiment of the America’s Cup commitment to leave a positive social and

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Posted in Boating, Ocean Health, Ways to Help the Ocean

California Coast: Whale World! (Part II)

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It’s a spectacular year for whale sightings off the California Coast, with blue whales and humpbacks in abundance. Why are they here in such large numbers, and how can we best experience them? We continue our discussion with Mary Jane

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Posted in Marine Animals, Marine Life Decline, National Marine Sanctuaries

California Coast: Whale World! (Part I)

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One of the best shows of summer can be found right off the California coast with an abundance of whales visiting our shores. Mary Jane Schramm is co-author of the book “West Coast Whale Watching” and is media and public

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Posted in Boating, Marine Animals, National Marine Sanctuaries

Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.”

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Posted in National Marine Sanctuaries, Ways to Help the Ocean

Enjoy-But Do Not Disturb-Coastal Wildlife

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While we enjoy observing coastal wildlife, it’s important to avoid disturbing them. Our guest Mary Jane Schramm, Media and Public Outreach Specialist with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says failing to be respectful and cautious when encountering

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Posted in Marine Animals

National Marine Sanctuaries

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America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to touch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in

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California King Tides Initiative: Glimpses into the Future of Rising Sea Levels

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King Tides are the highest predicted high tides of the year.  Combined with winter storm events, these high water levels can show us how rising sea levels due to climate change might impact our communities in the future.  The California

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Posted in Climate Change, Ocean Photography

Ocean for Life

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Ocean for Life brings together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries provide the optimal setting for this unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural relationships, while

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Seal and Sea Lion Recovery

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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

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Posted in Marine Animals, National Marine Sanctuaries

Youth: The Next Wave for Change

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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

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Ancient Discoveries in Channel Islands Aid in Marine Management

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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. For more information, visit: University of Oregon/Anthropology/Erlandson webpage Torben C. Rick

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Adventure Swimmer and Ocean Ambassador

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Bruckner Chase is an internationally recognized marathon swimmer and one of only two people to swim across Monterey Bay. Now he is on a quest to connect us with his sport and the ocean he wants us to help protect.

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