There is a fire alarm going off in the ocean

An episode of OCTOPOD

An oceanic news and research podcast. Find out what's happening in our oceans with us: Nick, Allie, and Raye!
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An oceanic news and research podcast. Find out what's happening in our oceans with us: Nick, Allie, and Raye!

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What do viruses, New Zealand, and 3D printed corals have in common? This podcast!
Raye and Nick are back talking some good and bad news. Raye discusses a recent article by National Geographic on climate change advancing arctic viruses and Nick brings some good news from New Zealand along with some very interesting works in the UK and among corals. 
November 15, 2019
Virtually bringing the ocean to you with Cyan Planet
In this interview episode Allie and Raye speak with two member's of the Cyan Planet team, Julia Jung and Tom Sanborn. Cyan Planet is an immersive media (think virtual reality) organization that focuses on marine conservation and science communication. Imagine being underwater and a dolphin, but also in a comfortable chair very much on land and able to breathe. That will soon be a possibility. Follow along with Cyan Planet's work on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
November 5, 2019
Happy Halloween from the deep sea
In this episode (recorded on Halloween) we focus on the deep sea (spooooky). Allie shares some research on bioluminescent organisms in the benthic zone (the floor) of the deep sea and Nick plugs some great deep sea networks and news organizations. He also shares some recent news about the continuing environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the lack of monitoring almost a decade after the disaster. Be sure to check out: INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems) DOSI (Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative): http://www.indeep-project.org/ Deep Sea News: https://www.deepseanews.com/
November 1, 2019
Just be better!
In this episode Nick is back from the dead to tell us that research works, even if it's only to tell bad news, and to inform us on the latest in publishing scandals with Science on a paper about Microplastics. Raye is also in to give you the low-down on some ocean literature, news, and events. Enjoy! CORRECTION: Nick means to say NAS the National Academy of Sciences is a government mandated monopoly, not AAAS. Apologies for the confusion. Acronyms!
October 25, 2019
Make shrimp lobster again
Allie shares some cool deep sea exploration finds and what's going on with sawfish, and Raye lays down what shrimp you should be eating and not eating. 
October 18, 2019
There is a fire alarm going off in the ocean
Allie and Raye interview their colleague Sarah Carr in this special interview episode. Sarah Carr is the editor of The Skimmer as well as the coordinator for the EBM Tools Network. Sarah shares how she got into marine science and what the latest lead article of The Skimmer is all about. 
October 11, 2019
No touchy the sharky
In this episode Allie and Raye discuss a recent photo shared by the Ocean Cleanup Project and why it's causing some well deserved Twitter outrage  then tell you all to do the supposedly obvious and leave great white sharks alone. 
October 4, 2019
Control your butts
Allie shares some recent research about cigarette butt pollution. Raye continues the talk about trash and spills the tea about plastic in our tea and in our sea ice. She also shares an opportunity to volunteer in Antarctica studying microplastic. 
September 27, 2019
Too much carbon!
Raye brings up America's first planned offshore aquaculture set-up and Nick discusses a recent article on the Lyme Bay MPA.  The two also celebrate a huge accomplishment for MarXiv!
September 20, 2019
Give us the good news, Nick!
Raye is back! In this episode Raye describes some freshwater news on plastics in the Great Lakes and the loss of large freshwater animals, while Nick gives you some happy news about California's MPA system! 
September 13, 2019
It's snot all lost. With Iain Kerr
An interview with Iain Kerr of SnotBot and Ocean Alliance starts with Pharrell Williams, whale snot, and drones then dives into some of the sadder things happening to our oceans and how we can make a difference together. 
September 3, 2019
Everyone is sailing except Allie
In this episode we discuss a giant raft of pumice making it's way to Australia, manta ray friendships, a traditional whale hunt possibly starting again, an almost official new Marine Protected Area, and 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg who just sailed across the Atlantic.
August 30, 2019
It's a plastic eat plastic world
In this episode we talk a lot about plastic. Nick shares that recycling is kind of a sham and Allie shares some news about microplastics being found in snow in remote areas and a new report by the World Health Organization that basically says we know nothing. Allie also shares a new research article about ship strikes causing whale deaths. 
August 23, 2019
Raye raves about Rowan
In this episode Allie discusses recent research (now available free on MarXiv) about sediment effects on critters and Raye tells you about a wonderfully written article about a plastics summit, some good news for coral reefs, and a recent interview she did on her hometown radio station. 
August 16, 2019
Boats, boats, boats and Monsanto
In this episode Allie shares some feel-good news followed by some new research about sharks and fishing vessels. Nick moves a bit away from ocean news to share some news about a recycling plant shuttering, faculty making some threats for a good reason, and Monsanto getting up to no good.
August 9, 2019
But what fish should I eat? With Tim Fitzgerald
Raye and Allie interview Timothy Fitzgerald who works in the Oceans Program of the Environmental Defense Fund and focuses largely on sustainable fisheries. He also did some cool stuff with sharks in the past!
August 6, 2019
A teenager is smarter than us
In this episode we share that a new country now tops the charts for the most deaths of environment defenders, corals might like sea level rise over the short term, a teenager won a bunch of money for a new process that could help clear our water of micro-plastics (also see here), and The Skimmer by OCTO is out for this month.
August 2, 2019
The future is in a data depot
In this somewhat upbeat episode, Nick and Raye update you on the ridiculousness of big publishing companies and share some fun news.
July 26, 2019
Do not pick up giant clams
In this episode, Raye and Allie discuss a new literature item about the perceived impacts of SCUBA diving and share some news and information about a "ghost fleet" in Maryland and about a gaping hole in the Green New Deal. Hint it's blue. 
July 19, 2019
Mice are the chicken nuggets of the world
Nick and Allie host this episode and they share how pride month isn't actually over in the ocean since now we know how some fish change sex, the orcas came back finally, and the government is no longer going to drop tons of poison on an island. Mostly good news in this episode, enjoy!
July 12, 2019
Life can be over-whale-ming, so let's be there for each other.
Raye and Nick are back to bring you recent news and reports. Raye talks about Japan's commercial whaling program and Nick discusses two recent reports from the European Marine Board. Enjoy! And, please visit our show notes to read the full articles! 
July 5, 2019
Subsumed by fish and Fair Trade with Julie Kuchepatov
In this special interview episode Allie and Nick speak with Julie Kuchepatov, who works as the Seafood Director at Fair Trade Certified, about her interesting path into that career and why Fair Trade and certification programs are important for both communities who fish and consumers.
July 2, 2019
Helping citizen scientists help you
In this episode Allie dives into a recently released journal article on using photos and citizen scientists to conduct research and Raye struggles to speak... but also tells us about some new indicators that could be used to help manage overfishing. Finally we invite you to join Team OCTO for the Plastic Free EcoChallenge!
June 28, 2019
Making Palau-ances for Japan and depressing wall art
This episode features Allie and Nick talking about lots of recent happenings in the marine world. We mention Palau making some changes to their protected area plans, a world record for an underwater clean-up event, THC in the Puget Sound, a cool new way to visualize climate change, and some issues with where to put dead whales.
June 24, 2019
MarXiv travels for Future Oceans
In this episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Nick bring you a sneak peak to what Raye will be presenting on at the IMBeR Future Oceans 2 Conference in Brest, France. Listen to the full episode to get caught up on the history behind our current academic publishing system. 
June 14, 2019
Building nurseries out of nubbins
In this episode Allie monologues about recent research on heat tolerant corals and shares some good news about South African waters.
June 7, 2019
Trust in animals and hope for internet
Raye and Nick are back again to bring you a variety of news! Raye stays on the topic of animals reporting an invasive-mussel sniffing dogs and fish dependent penguins, while Nick dives into a NOAA / NASA partnership that lightens darkened vessels. 
May 24, 2019
Some words are hard to say
In this episode Nick talks about a recent paper researching the meridionalization of fish in the Mediterranean and Raye discusses how NOAA should take some advice from NGOs. 
May 17, 2019
Like us on Facebook because we post Octopus pics
Allie and Nick are your hosts for this episode of OCTOPOD. Allie discusses recent research about science communication on social media and Nick informs us on 5G broadband and the horrors of ResearchGate. 
May 10, 2019
Don't Touch Anything
Allie and Raye are talking in your ears today bringing you facts about how much do US coral reefs save us money as well as info on a hopeful antidote for a harsh sting. 
May 3, 2019
Don't forget your lionfish necklace!
Nick talks about spatial variation in lionfish and Raye brings up global warming and a new law aimed at supporting forage fish. 
April 26, 2019
Aluminum helps save sea creatures, plastics do not
In this episode, Nick and Allie discuss baby fish eating plastics and amphipods with aluminum shields. 
April 19, 2019
The ocean is loud! Do local citizens hear?
In this episode Raye and Allie are back to talk about ocean noise pollution and how management could improve with local ecological knowledge.
April 12, 2019
MarXiv Summary: The Ecosystem-Service Values of Italy’s Coastal Dunes
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mita Drius about her recent research quantifying the ecosystem services provided by coastal dunes along the Italian Adriatic coast. Her team’s results show that while more people are benefiting from the services provided by these dunes, these same people are putting additional pressures on the habitats. You can read the full-text of these research results in the MarXiv archive.
April 9, 2019
Marine Protected Area Awareness
In this special episode of OCTOPOD, Raye and Allie interview Tharaka Sriram founder of Ocean Education. She recently traveled to 17 countries in 11 months to learn about the management and effectiveness of marine protected areas. Listen to learn more about her story!  
April 2, 2019
Poop and P-Values
Allie and Nick talk dirty on bird poop loving corals and the antiquated use of p-values. Rate and subscribe!
March 29, 2019
People prefer happy news. Who knew?
Raye and Allie bring you this episode of OCTOPOD!  Allie talks about how to succeed at twitter and Raye brings you an Australian news mash-up.  
March 22, 2019
Look before you bite a bait ball
On this episode of OCTOPOD, Allie shares the story of somebody's life-time and Nick describes a new MarXiv paper on the politics of migratory marine species. 
March 15, 2019
Underwater Aesthetics and Seafood Fraud
Allie summarizes her new favorite paper on the aesthetic value of the GBR and Raye talks about seafood fraud. 
March 8, 2019
MarXiv surpasses a million and Lake Erie cheers
In this episode Raye discusses current news with Lake Erie officially becoming humanized, while Nick brings up some amazing MarXiv news! Also, a plea for help. What are some ways we can get researchers to share their literature on MarXiv? Let us know! Comment on the episode or on Facebook or Instagram (@OpenOCTO),
March 8, 2019
Would you rather have a slow death by quicksand or move to New Jersey
Nick and Allie bring us our weekly news and literature, discussing use of imidacloprid on shellfish beds and how fishing communities can adapt in climate change driven waters. 
February 22, 2019
Can anybody find me some Goby to love?
In this episode Allie talks about vulnerable fish in the aquarium trade and Raye brings up probiotics for corals. 
February 15, 2019
Endangered, threatened, recovering, or slipping away: Does the ESA work
In this episode, Allie and Nick are back! Allie discusses the effectiveness of the ESA for marine mammals and sea turtles, while Nick brings listeners up to date on what's been happening around OCTO. 
February 8, 2019
A MarXiv Surprise with Sea Cucumbers Inside!
In this episode it's Raye and Nick again. Nick describes some exciting MarXiv news and realizes he has commonalities with Raye over sea cucumbers. 
January 26, 2019
Even Whales Get Earworms
In this episode, Raye and Nick discuss the insider revolt at Elsevier and then jest over musical oceanic earworms. 
January 18, 2019
Corals, parrotfish, and the fight against property law
In this episode Allie describes a fascinating new paper that can be found on OpenChannels and MarXiv! Then, Raye and she try to understand property law. Did their masters degrees in Marine Policy teach them this? Listen to find out. 
January 11, 2019
Bad bamboo & big plans for 2019
The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news again, because it broke: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/updates/wilson-to-return-to-port-for-repair-and-upgrade/  Think your bamboo cloth is green? Turns out, probably not. It's most likely rayon, which isn't that great for the ocean at all: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayon Allie gives a sneak-peak at all the new OCTO services coming online in 2019. We're also re-naming the MEAM newsletter to "The Skimmer" -- if you have content you'd like to see covered, contact Sarah Carr at skimmer@octogroup.org. Lastly, are there academic papers you'd like to read but can't access? Give the MarXiv Bookmarklet a try: https://www.marxivinfo.org/request. We'll contact the author to ask that they share a copy in MarXiv so you (and the world) can access the paper for free, legally, forever and ever. 
January 3, 2019
Jellyfish live in deathtraps. You're welcome.
Allie chats about jellyfish discrimination (https://oct.to/109) and Nick chats about not-at-sea compostable-plastics (https://oct.to/108).  Also, Allie says "Keep an eye on your inbox if you use one of OCTO's services for an update on what is changing and what new projects OCTO has in store for 2019 and 2020." On the recent salish shes we at OCTO discussed what it is we do and how we all ended up loving and living near the salish sea. More info at https://oct.to/110.  P.S. Follow us on Facebook at @OpenOCTO and/or on Twitter at @OpenOCTO
December 20, 2018
The One About the Ocean Cleanup Project
Episode 21 has Raye and Nick talking realities of the Ocean Cleanup Project. Agree? Disagree? Let us know!
December 14, 2018
Algal Blooms and IPAs
Raye and Allie host episode 20 of OCTOPOD. Allie talks about the harmful effects of algal blooms on shellfish in the UK, while Raye brings up both good new and some bad. Additional mentions at the end for an upcoming webinar and volunteering to become a MarXiv ambassador!
December 7, 2018
MarXiv Summary: Capture of pregnant sharks, skates, and rays can induce abortion
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Kye Adams about his recent research which shows that fishing capture of pregnant elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) can cause these animals to abort their young. The findings suggest that gear restrictions and seasonal closures around the breeding season might be warranted in areas where endangered elasmobranchs are prevalent. You can download a PDF of this MarXiv Summary at https://marxiv.org/8k245
December 3, 2018
MarXiv Summary: Fully-protected MPAs can enhance effectiveness of biodiversity protection for their
In this MarXiv Summary audio-edition, we interview Mirta Zupan and Emanuel Gonçalves about their recent research, which shows that neighboring fully-protected areas can enhance the effectiveness of partially-protected areas. The research also shows that weakly-regulated marine protected areas (MPAs) are not effective at protecting biodiversity. You can download a PDF of this MarXiv Summary at https://marxiv.org/8vhgd
December 3, 2018
Happy birthday, MarXiv!
It's episode 19 with Allie and Nick! Allie talks about confused acid fish, while it's MarXiv's one year anniversary so Nick is reopening applications for MaXiv ambassadors! Happy birthday MarXiv!
November 30, 2018
Chill Chile fish follow trendy topics
It's Raye and Nick for episode 18! We cover a recent news update about heating oceans, aggressive farmersfish, and discuss a MarXiv summary on google trending words in Chile.
November 16, 2018
It's a wicked world
Episode 17 is all about problems and solutions. Raye talks about the newest initiatives to save the southern resident killer whales, and Allie discusses modern slavery in fisheries. Plus, more.
November 9, 2018
Can you hear the heat?
It's Allie and Raye again with episode 16. The world is heating up and human's are unsure what to do! At least there's relaxing sounds of algae (or eelgrass) to listen to in this episode as we give a brief shout-out to Montana State University's Acoustic Atlas.
November 2, 2018
How can we restore marine ecosystems?
Allie and Nick discuss the latest issue of the MEAM newsletter, which interviewed global experts on the field of marine ecosystem restoration.
October 19, 2018
Self-Archive and Educate
Allie and Raye bring up topics surrounding education (tools and projects), while Nick informs listeners on the importance of repositories, plus...murder??
October 12, 2018
Plastics are reliable, our planet is not
In the unlucky #13 episode, it's just the girls. Allie discusses a Japanese deep-sea plastics database that's been around since the 80s and Raye wonders how to get people to care about Climate Change.
October 5, 2018
Rethinking recycling and other re-news
In this episode we discuss revaluation. Revaluating sea-level rise, migration, turtles, recycling, and science itself.
September 28, 2018
Women, microbes, and more
In this episode Allie describes why women are important in fishing communities, Raye becomes a little too excited about microbes, and Nick discusses the EU's plan S.
September 17, 2018
A simple solution
In episode ten, Nick describes two MarXiv summaries, while Allie shares literature on the High Seas, and Raye brings a sad but hopeful note with news on the Salish Sea residential orca pods.
September 5, 2018
Sound, sand and bodies: whats happening in the ocean
In the ninth episode of OCTOPOD we discuss the latest in vessel noise on marine mammals, beach nourishment, and the newest in fish tracking technology. As well as, Nick brings up some MarXiv summary classics.
August 3, 2018
Do you really know p-values?
If you've ever taken a statistics class you most likely have learned about p-values. But were you actually taught what they really mean? Special guest Mike Hay from OCTO explains.
July 11, 2018
We laugh a lot, we cry a lot
The seventh episode from us octopodians details the revamping of certain legislative bills, and discusses the newest MPA News which focuses this month on marine debris! Among other topics. Enjoy!
July 5, 2018
Is everything a lie?
Nick and Allie discuss the ocean clean-up project and what it actually means. What ecological "law" is and how aquatic mammals are being used to catch other animals. All this and more in Episode 6 of OCTOPOD.
June 27, 2018
It's a money thing
In episode 5 of OCTOPOD, Allie and Nick discuss new information about Australia's GBR "Rescue Fund," and bring up the importance of trust and money.
June 22, 2018
The debate over large vs. small MPAs
Allie and Nick are joined by John Davis, Editor of OCTO's MPA News newsletter, to discuss the May 2018 issue of MPA News focuses on "the continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field." You can read the new issue of MPA News for more information on this topic at https://mpanews.openchannels.org/mpanews/issue/may-2018-196. We also cover a new MarXiv Summary which will be available soon at https://www.marxivinfo.org/summaries.
May 21, 2018
Culturomics for conservation
Raye and Nick discuss the May 2018 issue of the Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) newsletter, which focuses on culturomics. Learn how scientists are mining social media, like Flickr and Facebook, to aid marine conservation efforts. You can read the full issue of MEAM at https://meam.openchannels.org/meam/issue/may-2018-117.
May 16, 2018
Snotbot and social capital
This week's episode of OCTOPOD fills you in on some cool news, like Snot Bot, Australia's pledge for funding to rescue the Great Barrier Reef, and Hawaii's ban on coral-harming sunscreens. Learn more from the OC Overview at https://www.openchannels.org/news/oc-overview/oc-overview-week-april-30-2018. We also covered two new MarXiv summaries: one focusing on social capital in fisheries, and the other on tourists' willingness to pay fishers not to fish in an MPA. Learn more about this research at https://www.marxivinfo.org/summaries.
May 11, 2018
Oceanic metaphors and bungholes
Who benefits from aquaculture, anyway? + Marine Metaphors. Come learn what's happening this week at OCTO (Open Communications for the Ocean) in our very FIRST podcast.
April 20, 2018
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