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It is with great joy and an explorer's spirit that we present to you the second in a three-part adventure series focused on surfing, sailing, and sustainable seafood in New England. Over the course of the month, we will be following along as adventure filmmakers Ben Hayden, Willis Brown and Spike Smigelski set sail from the North Shore of Massachusetts, making their way up the Maine coastline in search of prime surf spots, learning about sustainable food, and connecting with kindred spirits that call Downeast home. During this episode, Jenna catches up with the trio, now at their mid-way point in Harpswell, Maine as they learn from the team at Quahog Bay Conservancy about sustainable oyster farming, invasive green crabs, water quality, and how to connect a community to their environment.
Jenna Valente talks with Mary Crowley, President and Founder of the Ocean Voyages Institute, an organization dedicated to providing sail training opportunities to youth on a worldwide basis as well as providing access to the ocean world and educational programs. In 2009, she launched Project Kaisei to focus on major ocean clean-up and to raise awareness regarding the global problem of marine debris/ocean trash.
Host Dan Martin welcomes Emillie Mazzacurati to the show to talk about her company Four Twenty Seven. Four Twenty Seven, an affiliate of Moody’s, is a leading publisher and provider of data, market intelligence and analysis related to physical climate and environmental risks. Mazzacurati founded Four Twenty Seven in October 2012 after Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that the lack of planning for climate impacts could bring even the most the powerful financial institutions to their knees. Driven by the conviction that businesses have a critical role to play in building resilience if provided with the right tools and guidance, Four Twenty Seven offers science-driven risk analytics to investors, corporations, and governments.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham are joined by Ole Varmer, the recently retired NOAA attorney who garnered the nickname and reputation as the governments "shipwreck guy" for specializing in the law governing the historic preservation and salvage of shipwrecks. On this show, we explore the particular case of the RMS Titanic, a wreck with such popular interest that it has caught the eye of the private sector for the salvage of elements of the ship and its debris. Ole played a leading role in the multi-lateral negotiation of the International Agreement on Titanic, implementing Guidelines, and legislation. We discuss the fascinating legal structures that govern activities on and under the high seas, and discuss what future the wreck of the Titanic and other culturally significant shipwrecks might hold.
Happy Independence Day! On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham set sail on this, the second installment of our two-part series for Independence Day, focusing on naval power, ships of sail, tactics, design, armaments and more. It's a dedicated show on naval warfare; after all, it is the American victory in the War for Independence that we celebrate this week. Our guest is the incredible Drach, the nom de plume for an amazing naval historian who runs the Drachinifel youtube channel. If you love ships, history, ships, naval battles, ships, guns, and more ships, this is the pod to catch. In Part II, coming on the 4th of July, we move past the age of sail and dive into the subject of ship design and development up to through the age of the battleship to the great aircraft carriers of WWII. Serious fun for this holiday. Only, as you know, on ASPN!
On this joint episode of The Capitol Beach and Sea Change podcasts, Derek Brockbank & Jenna Valente interview two congressional staffers to discuss how what’s it’s like to work on coastal policy-making from inside and outside the halls of congress. Yes, the so-called “revolving door” of staffing in Washington DC is not always about making money, sometimes people move from government positions to jobs in the non-profit sector (and back) so they can do the most to help protect this coast. Podcast guests, Sara Gonzalez-Rothi and Elizabeth Mabry, have had similar careers working with coastal senators, then for conservation organizations (National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund) and returning to Capitol Hill to work as committee staff. On the podcast you’ll learn how their roles shaped coastal policy, what it’s like to work in DC, and gain a little insight – and perhaps inspiration – from two talented women who’ve worked their way up from junior Hill staff to being hugely influential in US coastal policy.
Dan Ginolfi and Howard Marlowe are back from our nation's capitol to take us inside of Congress, federal coastal appropriations, and the Army Corps of Engineers. It'll keep you on your toes so check it out.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham set sail on a two-part series for Independence Day, focusing on naval power, ships of sail, tactics, design, armaments and more. It's a dedicated show on naval warfare; after all, it is the American victory in the War for Independence that we celebrate this week. Our guest is the incredible Drach, the nom de plume for an amazing naval historian who runs the Drachinifel youtube channel. If you love ships, history, ships, naval battles, ships, guns, and more ships, this is the pod to catch. In Part II, coming on the 4th of July, we move past the age of sail and dive into the subject of ship design and development up to through the age of the battleship to the great aircraft carriers of WWII. Serious fun for this holiday week. Only, as you know, on ASPN!
It is with great joy and an explorer's spirit that we present to you the first in a three-part adventure series focused on surfing, sailing, and sustainable seafood in New England. Over the course of the month, we will be following along as adventure filmmakers Willis Brown and Spike Smigelski set sail from the North Shore of Massachusetts, making their way up the Maine coastline in search of prime surf spots, learning about sustainable food, and connecting with kindred spirits that call Downeast home.
In this episode Chef Robert has an in-depth conversation with Margaret Henderson about the future of farm-raised seafood. Henderson represents Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS), a broad coalition of large seafood, agriculture, and restaurant companies that are lobbying for clearer standards for aquaculture. Around the globe, there is robust farming of finfish, shellfish, and seaweed, but Henderson discusses how U.S. companies face bureaucratic barriers that stifle innovation and investments. Could aquaculture help revive working waterfronts and re-balance our seafood trade deficit? Listen in to find out.
Looking for a mid-week energy boost? Join Jenna on the latest episode of the Sea Change Podcast as she sits down for a lively and free-flowing conversation with Peter Neill, Founder and Director of World Ocean Observatory. During this discussion, the two explore the world of ocean research, education, and conservation and share insights into what it will take to transition to a sustainable, resilient future.
Jacques Hebert and Simone Maloz chat with two experts from the Audubon Society. First we talk with frequent guest Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana. He looks back at the Louisiana’s first named storm of 2020 – Tropical Storm Cristobal. The storm impacted coastal birds across Louisiana and Mississippi’s coast including the newly completed nesting site at Queen Bess Island. In the second half the show, we chat with Charles Allen, Community Engagement Director for the Gulf Coast for the National Audubon Society. He talks about his extensive background working in public health and environmental issues in Louisiana. Charles also reflects on race and racial inequities coming to light in this moment in our nation's history and highlights the importance of uplifting the principles of equity, justice, diversity and inclusion in all the work we do, particularly on efforts to restore and protect Louisiana's coast for all communities.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham hook up with Jason Fox, founder of Vetiver Farms Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii, to talk about shoreline stabilization and vetiver grass, a tenacious, clumping perennial grass he has used all over the Hawaii and the South Pacific to stabilize eroding coastlines. But, there is much more to Jason and his passion for this unique and amazing Sri Lankan grass used world-wide for everything from bioremediation to erosion response to production of aromatic oils. He lives a life many would envy: off the grid, on a farm, tending the land, and restoring and stabilizing shorelines. It sounds idyllic but it is hard work and Jason has the passion and the skills to make it work. Take a trip to Hawaii and met Jason, one of the coolest, most innovative entrepreneurs we've met on the American Shoreline Podcast.
At the close of the Civil War, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and read General Order No. 3, informing Texas slaves that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and a half years earlier by President Lincoln. Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Since 1979, Juneteenth has been an official state Holiday in Texas but it has been widely celebrated by African Americans across the south since 1866.
Take a dive into this unique American holiday with Linda Jann Lewis, a distinguished African American activist and leader in Texas who’s family has celebrated Juneteenth for more than 100 years on the very plantation where her ancestors were enslaved.
In a storied career in Texas politics, Linda served Texas governors from both parties, the famed Lt. Governor Bob Bullock, was the fist African American Elections Administrator in Texas, and, among other things, helped found KAZI, a listener-supported, community radio station in Austin, Texas. And, best of all, she’s an amazing story teller and human being. Jump into an amazing holiday tradition many Americans have never encountered on this Special Juneteenth Edition of the American Shoreline Podcast! Only on ASPN.
In his inaugural episode of the Coastal Conundrum Podcast, Bill O'Beirne, a veteran of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, welcomes another to the show, Grover Fugate, who lead the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) for 30 years. Bill is joined by Peter Ravella as a one-time co-host for this interesting discussion on the policy and practice of coastal management. The pros who do this work around the country have a huge influence on what happens on the American shoreline. Get the inside skinny from two of the best ever on Bill's new Coastal Conundrum Podcast. Only on ASPN.
On this episode, Jacques and Simone talk with their friends and colleagues about being storm ready by Getting a Game Plan. First, they talk Katie Gruzd with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta, who’s talents extend far beyond running a highly efficient and effective campaign, including developing and illustrating a children’s resource to living with water in New Orleans! We are then joined by the wonderful Rubby Douglass from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security who will help you and your family prepare physically and mentally for severe weather, including hurricanes and beyond.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham sit down with Katie Mosher, Director of Restoration for the Billion Oyster Project, an incredible NGO dedicated to, well, restoring oyster reefs in the tidal waters around America's greatest coastal city. BOP is a cutting edge organization and they work with NYC's Harbor School, a free public high school that offers students deep immersion in coastal and marine science, engineering, and practical skills. Jump in and learn how one incredibly creative coastal NGO is really setting a high bar for effective coastal advocacy. Great stuff and only on ASPN!
On this episode of Shaped By The Sea, Brian Yurasits catches up with his friend and colleague, Johnny Joaquin Bohorquez, to talk about the most efficient ways to protect our world's oceans. Johnny is a PhD Candidate at Stony Brook University, and has spent the past 5 years researching how we can sustainably finance marine protected areas. Protecting vast expanses of the ocean from exploitation isn't cheap, but it's necessary. Money makes the world go 'round, but where does the money used to finance marine protected areas come from? How can we set these special places up for success? Johnny stresses the importance of community involvement in the creation of protected areas. When locals directly benefit from protecting areas of our ocean, enforcement becomes cheaper and marine life can recover. There's plenty we can learn from Johnny's experiences and his unique connections to Maine, New York, and Columbia.
Meet Gaelin Rosenwaks on this episode of Shorewords as she talks with Lesley Ewing, Shorewords host. Gaelin is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer and filmmaker. Her life-long passion for the oceans and marine mammals started when Physty – a young sperm whale beached on Coney Island with pneumonia. A two-year old Gaelin looked Physty in the eye and she was hooked. In addition to some stories about her ocean voyages and research, Gaelin shares some of her favorite ocean books and poetry, and reads a few poems and discusses the inspiration that she finds from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
On this episode, Jacques and Simone talk with Emily Vuxton, who is the Policy Director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s (CRCL). Emily talks with Simone and Jacques about the legislation that could impact coastal restoration from the Louisiana Legislature’s 2020 regular session. They also catch up with their oldest and most frequent guest, Dr. Alisha Renfro, staff scientist also with NWF. Alisha reviews a recent Tulane study on the future of coastal land loss in Louisiana.
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham take a breather from guests and take a walk around America these days. Mostly, it's a show about nothing coastal. Recent events have impacted Americans, no matter what we do for a living, where we live, or who we vote for. The pandemic doesn't care about politics and the protesters are taking on significant questions about who we are as a country. So, we talk about that and we talk about our favorite recent shows by our incredible ASPN hosts and what's coming up. Not our usual fare.
Sustainable development, community well-being, and inclusive growth are necessary for cities to embrace and include in planning for a resilient and sustainable future. During this episode, Jenna is joined by Hannah Payne, the Sustainability Coordinator for her home city of Somerville, Massachusetts, to discuss the vital role cities, and those that live in them, play to ensure a healthy future for all.
ASPN's premier DC show on congress, the Corps of Engineers, and federal appropriations. It's a don't-miss show when Howard Marlowe and Dan Ginolfi take us inside the Capitol and share their insights into the complex world that drives so much activity and policy on the American shoreline. They're two smart pros. Don't miss it!
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome back to the show Dr. Joe Kunkel, ASPN's favorite lobster researcher to learn about new developments in his ongoing study of Lobster Shell Disease, his tales from quarantine in Maine, and learn about the pet eel Dr. Kunkel kept in college. Another great show with Joe!
On this episode of Friday Happy Hour, Tyler Buckingham sits down with ASPNers, Peter Ravella and Thane Tienson, and two of Thane's aquaculture lawyer buds Hallie Templeton and Amy van Saun. Thane is himself the co-council for the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat. Hallie is the Senior Ocean Campaigner at Friends of the Earth and Amy is the Senior Attorney at the Center for Food Safety. Collectively, they bring us up to speed on what aquaculture is and the many ways industrial methods are being used on the American Shoreline to produce shell and finfish. After a warmup beer (or two) we turn our attention to the regulatory stance that the aquaculture industry has taken before and during the COVID era, and discuss how important is it to manage aquaculture industry as it becomes an increasingly common fixture on the American Shoreline.
Dan Martin welcomes Ray Lauenstein to the NextGen Waterfronts podcast to discuss how the Aquatic Development Group is looking at present and future of coastal related attraction development, such as water parks, hotels and resorts, municipal aquatic centers, and zoos and aquariums. De-siloed perspectives only found on ASPN!
Jacques and Simone chat with Charles Sutcliffe, Louisiana’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer and member of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities. Charles recently participated in an information exchange convened by Environmental Defense Fund with resilience officers from across the country to discuss strategies that help protect communities, businesses and ecosystems in the face of sea level rise and climate change. Charles discusses the work his team has done to build resilience in Louisiana and highlights some lessons learned from other coastal states. In the second half of the show, Simone chats with Jeannette Dubinin, Director of Coastal Programs for Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) to discuss work her organization has done to help communities build resilience to Louisiana’s changing coast and climate.
On this Memorial Day, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham have assembled an all-star lineup of guests for this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast. We kick off the show with former Texas Senator and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Vietnam vet, and one-time leader of the Texas General Land Office, the state's lead coastal agency. We're then joined by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (22:43), Co-Chair of the Senate Coastal Caucus, and one of the leading thinkers on coastal policy and climate change in the United States. Always a privilege to speak to Senator Whitehouse. Finally, we top off this amazing day with Bob Perciasepe (58:58), former Deputy and Acting Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and current President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. These three leaders have spent a lifetime working in the public interest, especially on coastal issues. They bring to the table decades of experience, leadership, and judgement and they share with us their insights into the state of the American shoreline today. Don't miss this premier episode of the American Shoreline Podcast. Only on ASPN.
All along the American shoreline, the Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional kick off of the summer beach season. In the northeast, many will head to the Jersey shore but COVID-19 is still smoldering in New York and New Jersey. Out in the beach air, it seems safe enough but what about packing into restaurants and bars? Joe Mancini, Mayor of Long Beach Township, NJ, is back with Peter Ravella on the Local Control Podcast to talk about reopening the Jersey shore and how best to absorb waves of visitors during a pandemic. There's only so much you can do but Mancini and his team are as ready as they can be. Catch this first-hand account of how to run a beach town during a pandemic, an odd situation faced by coastal leaders all along the American Shoreline.
This Shorewords podcast is the second of two episodes that offer some coastal reading options for SIPers (Shelter-in-Placers) – 19 reading options for Covid-19. Both lists have some fiction, some non-fiction and each reading option covers some aspect of the coast, the ocean, and often the people who live and work there. The reading list is provided below; listen to the podcast to understand why these books made the list, and feel free to send me your coastal reading list – email@example.com. If you ever want to hear me read poetry, this is your chance.
To start, here is the second half of the list are:
Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier
Sea Change – Sylvia Earle
Shipping News – Annie Proulx
Song for the Blue Ocean – Carl Safina
Travis McGee books – John McDonald
Two Years before the Mast – William Henry Dana III
Waves and Beaches – Willard Bascom
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Lagniappe – The Sea – Pablo Neruda poem
The books covered in the first episode were:
Susan Casey – Devil’s Teeth and The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues
Circe – Madeline Miller
Endurance – Caroline Alexander and The Storied Ice – Joan Boothe
Floating Coast – Bathsheba Demuth
Gifts from the Sea – Ann Morrow Lindbergh
Carl Hiaasen Books – Especially Tourist Season (with Shriners) and Stormy Weather (with Skink)
The Hungry Ocean – Linda Greenlaw
Kem Nunn Books – Surf Noir -- Dogs of Winter and Tapping the Source
Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Perfect Storm – Sebastian Junger
During this episode, Jenna chats with Richard Charter, Senior Fellow with The Ocean Foundation. Richard has more than 40 years of experience ensuring the protection of fragile ecosystems and sensitive coastlines. If you're interested in learning about the history of offshore oil and gas development and marine protected areas in the U.S., where they stand today, and how you can make a difference within your own community and on the national stage, this is the show for you.
On this week's episode, Simone and Jacques chat with Dr. Robert Twilley, Executive Director of Louisiana SeaGrant and professor of LSU College of the Coast & Environment, about the latest news from SeaGrant and resources available to the public through their website. They then bring on first-time guest Thomas Hymel, marine extension agent with both the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant, to discuss the Louisiana Fisheries Forward program and Louisiana Seafood Direct, where consumers can get their fresh, delicious Gulf seafood directly from fishers.
We like to look back occasionally on the American Shoreline Podcast and examine historical trends to see what light they can shed on our current situation. Dr. Joel Pattison (Yale-Cambridge-Cal Berkeley) joins Tyler Buckingham and Peter Ravella to explore the implications of one of the great sea trading periods and regions on the planet, the Mediterranean Sea. This is truly a "scratch the surface" conversation with a great scholar on a topic that is fascinating, intricate, and relevant to coastal communities today. We would spend a day with Dr. Pattison if we could. From the 12th - 15th centuries, maritime trade was an seminal driving force for civilization, diplomacy, politics, and economics around the Mediterranean, including the invention of insurance and finance. It was traders and merchants who had to learn to get along with societies of different religious traditions, divergent political beliefs, and competing alliances. It was through maritime trade that we humans cross-pollinated culturally. Sea traders pushed ship-building technology, port infrastructure, invented dredging, and even contended with pandemics. The world "quarantine" was a medieval maritime term from Venice (first enforced in 1377) to keep ships from plague-stricken countries waiting off its port for 40 days to assure that no latent cases of the plague were aboard. Essentially, it was the first "Stay at Home Order." Set sail with this intriguing conversation about medieval maritime trade, one of the coolest shows we've ever done on ASPN.
Dan Martin, host of ASPN's NextGen Waterfronts Podcast, welcomes to the show, Paul Labovitz, who leads America's newest national park, the Indiana Dunes NP, which hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Like everyone else these days, Paul and his team are adjusting to the pandemic and that is no easy task as antsy Americans look for ways to get outside and enjoy the natural world. Catch this insightful discussion with America's newest National Park Superintendent. Yup, only on ASPN.
Joining Arica Sears on this episode (Part 4 of an ongoing COVID-19 series) of Big Tourism is Kate Crump, a fishing guide and co-owner of Frigate Travel and ambassador for Patagonia, Loop Tackle, Costa, Fishpond, and Rising Tools. If she had to sum up her current situation with COVID-19 it would be ‘closed’. Business is shut down, boat launches are blocked, and clients can’t make their way out west for the adventure of a lifetime. But this doesn’t stop someone used to guiding groups in the wild, working alongside wolves and bears, and speaking out about large environmental issues like aerial spraying herbicides on the Oregon Coast and the proposed Pebble Mine in the pristine Bristol Bay. Learn how Kate is navigating the tricky waters of COVID-19, environmental activism, and small business ownership in Oregon and Alaska. Only on ASPN.
On this week's episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome two legends to the show to talk about the current state and the future of the American Shoreline. Dr. Orrin Pilkey is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University and the author and coauthor of numerous books. His work focuses on both basic and applied coastal geology. Gil Gaul is an author and journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize twice and been a finalist four other times. Gil has served stints at The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other papers.
How should we manage future coastal development with the prospect of higher sea levels and stronger, more frequent storms? And, how did we get here. Pilkey has been contemplating, researching, and writing about the topic for decades. His latest collaboration with his son, Keith Pilkey -- Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami On America's Shores -- sounds the alarm on the coastal crisis looming for the country. It's a great read. And, Gil Gaul has released his own seminal book on how and why we have developed the shoreline the way we have and the significant risks ahead. The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts is one of the best-researched and comprehensive books on the topic.
Jump into this wide-ranging exploration of American shoreline development with two of the best thinkers on the subject. Upfront, we confess we did encounter a few internet glitches in the recording but we hope you can forgive us. This is a don't-miss interview!
The Next Swell podcast returns to ASPN, as host Rob Nixon welcomes Brandon Hill (AECOM) and Reuben Trevino (USACE) to this especially "chill hang" episode to discuss the thought process, procedures, and best way forward for our beaches as we contemplate reopening during the COVID pandemic.
Let's say you're the leader of a barrier island beach town with 4,000 off-season residents, average age 66, and you're facing a summer onslaught of 100,000 visitors ready to pour into town and hit the beach in as little as two weeks. The economy is important to be sure but this year is very different.
As COVID-19 continues to ravage NY and NJ, cries to "open the beach" are rising and the crowds are on the way to the Jersey shore. Long Beach Township Mayor Joe Mancini, a long-time town leader who's father served as the mayor for 40 years, is rightly concerned with the health of his community, the limited medical facilities available, and the crowds that so far have shown little regard for social distancing.
The Mayor joins Peter Ravella to discuss what could be a recipe for disaster as COVID-19 lurks and the summer crowds begin to gather. Local government officials all along the American shoreline are facing similar circumstances and there are no easy decisions ahead.
Step into the shoes of Mayor Joe Mancini and get a first-hand account of his thinking, the tradeoffs, and the concerns from one of the most capable and competent barrier island mayors we've met. A important episode of the Local Control Podcast on ASPN. Don't miss it!