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The Sargassum Podcast

The Sargassum Podcast

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Since 2011, vast masses of the free-floating algae Sargassum have been washing ashore on Caribbean beaches – some leaving coastlines three feet deep in seaweed. When it isn't rotting on beaches, Sargassum has incredible properties and could fuel an entire new blue economy. The Sargassum Podcast aims to cure marine science blindness by providing listeners with an in-depth look into how sargassum impacts local communities, coastal biomes, and the world at large – and how we can harvest it to build a diversified blue economy.
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E52: Acción ciudadana de Sargazo en Costa Rica con Jose Ugalde
La llegada masiva de Sargazo flotante al Caribe de Centroamérica es un evento relativamente nuevo. Y el papel de las personas de la comunidad es un punto clave para comenzar los inicios del manejo de este fenómeno. Don José es pescador artesanal miembro de la Asociación de Pescadores del Caribe Sur de Costa Rica. Es co-director del proyecto regional para manejo y control del pez león ha logrado ser parte de la creación y publicación del protocolo para el manejo óptimo de pez león en conjunto con otros países como México, Panamá, Colombia y Belice. Ha participado en la escritura de artículos para revistas internacionales y actualmente es parte del consejo de áreas de conservación del caribe en el tema del manejo y prevención del sargazo.   Entrevistamos a Jose para que nos contara más sobre su papel como miembro de la comunidad y parte del consejo sobre la situación actual de la llegada masiva de Sargazo a Costa Rica.   3:00 introducción sobre Jose Ugalde y su rol en la comunidad del Caribe Sur de Costa Rica  4:50 Que es el Sargazo para Jose Ugalde?  6:23 ¿Es la primera vez que llega Sargazo a la comunidad del Caribe Sur de Costa Rica?   8:55 La participación de Don Jose en su comunidad  10:10 La participación de Don Jose en cuanto a la llegada de Sargazo  11:20 Cómo se ven afectadas las actividades por Sargazo en las comunidades  12:40 Afectación de la llegada masiva de Sargazo a los pescadores   13:40 Organización de la comunidad ante la llegada de Sargazo  17:25 ¿Qué piensa Don Jose que es importante incluir para lograr un mejor manejo de este evento?  20:20 La importancia del Caribe Sur y su protección. Si quieres saber más sobre el trabajo de jose, aquí tienes los links a sus proyectos:   ֍ Asociacion De Pescadores Artesanales Del Caribe Sur Facebook  ֍ Asociacion De Pescadores Artesanales Del Caribe Sur Instagram    Si quieres ponerte en contacto con nosotros mándanos un e-mail a sargassumPodcast@gmx.net o conecta con nosotros a través de las redes sociales  facebook,  twitter,  instagram,  linkedin .   Quieres más? Conviértete en uno de nuestros patrocinadores desde 1 USD al mes! Conocerás a nuestros próximos invitados y podrás hacerles preguntas. Agradecemos enormemente cualquier apoyo y estamos deseando conectar con todos ustedes!    Te gusta nuestra música? La canción se llama: “Them Ah Pree” de Drizzle Roadranna. Síguele en Spotify   y youtube 
31:58
August 11, 2022
E 51: The long road to a Sargassum barrier with Rolando Chavez Penaherrera
Rolando Chavez Penaherrera is the Latin American General manager for the Enviro-Clean segments of DESMI and Head of DESMI SEAWEED Division.DESMI is Danish manufacturer of pumps, pumping systems, environmental cleaning equipment and related products and services, Founded in 1834 and headquartered in Denmark, DESMI provides pumping solutions to end-markets including marine and offshore, industrial, utility, and defense and fuel. The company also provides environmental solutions for oil spill response, seaweed collection and cleaning waterways. Next to managing oil spills they also started in 2014 designing products for Sargassum management.    Listen to the episode to learn about:    1:31 : Presentation of Rolando   2:20 : Localization of the office  2:46 : What is sargassum to Rolando  4:26 : How Desmi decided to make a barrier of sargassum  10:07 : How do the barriers work  12:24 : Type of anchors used for the boom  14:24 : Wave resistance of the boom  17:04 : How to remove the boom and the time needed for it  20:17 : Transfer systems used to remove sargassum from the water  24:36 : How to avoid bycatch   26:35 : Who are the customers buying the barriers  28:09 : Three years of testing needed before using the boom for cleaning public beaches : proven technology   29:10 : Future projects related to sargassum : how to always improve removal capacity  38:08 : Environmental approval   35:10 : Debriefs   Learn more about Rolando:    DESMI website  Rolando´s linkedIn  We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
38:14
July 29, 2022
E50 The voices of the invisible - Sargassum impacts fishing communities with Bethia Thomas
Bethia Thomas is currently a postgraduate student at CERMES pursuing a PhD in Natural Resource Management. Her research seeks to venture into the novel territory of pelagic sargassum with special emphasis on a community-based participatory approach to vulnerability analysis and adaptation planning for pelagic sargassum influxes in the Eastern Caribbean, using the island of Saint Lucia as a case study.  Bethia joined us to talk about how sargassum impacts island communities in the Caribbean.   3:51 - What is sargassum to Bethia?  6:31 - How are the communities Bethia researches being impacted by sargassum?  11:50 - How has sargassum impacted fish populations around the communities? 14:00 - What kinds of solutions would people like to see regarding sargassum?  17:30 - What hurdles would make it hard to implement these solutions?  19:30 - What kinds of people did Bethia interview for her research?  24:00 - What else is Bethia working on?  30:07 - The wind-down   Watch the videos Bethia made together with the local communities   - Conversations – Sargassum Exchange. Brown Curse or Golden Blessing  - Sarg-Chat – A Praslin People Perspective on the Pelagic Plague  - Sargassum Talks – The People of Micoud Tell All   We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
42:55
July 07, 2022
Sargassum podcast Ep 49: Dr. Geoff Smith and Dr. Betsabe de la Barreda Bautista " SATELLITES, SARGASSUM, AND CARIBBEAN COASTLINES "
Part of the problem with sargassum’s sudden proliferation is hard to track. Things like weather, currents, and even marine animals can make it challenging to understand where a sargassum beaching will occur and how big it might be when it does. Dr. Geoff Smith and Dr. Betsabe de la Barreda Bautista have a great solution: they’ve created a service that archives photos from satellites to create a working, updated map of the sargassum movement. Dr. Geoff Smith has a strong background in the fundamental interactions of radiation with vegetation and other surface materials. He has applied this knowledge in developing prototype systems to measure and monitor surface properties, with a particular focus on land cover. He has worked in academia, government research, and the private sector with links to UK, European and international organizations. Dr. Betsabe is an observational earth scientist who uses GIS and statistics to understand the environment. Her main research interests include vegetation response to climate events using remotely captured data, understanding how ecosystem productivity is linked to environmental conditions, and assessing vegetation condition and land cover change over time. You can find their incredible project at http://sasams.org/ University of Nottingham             https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Specto Natura Ltd                           http://www.specto-natura.co.uk/Hybrid Geospatial Ltd                    https://www.hybrid-geospatial.com/Centro de Investigación en Ciencias de Información Geoespacial, (CentroGeo)                                    https://www.centrogeo.org.mx/Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, National Autonomous University of Mexico, (UNAM)              https://www.icmyl.unam.mx/Planet Labs Inc.                               https://www.planet.com/ UK Space Agency                             https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-space-agency .
43:58
June 08, 2022
Sargassum podcast Ep 48: La llegada masiva de sargazo en Costa rica, con Cindy Fernandez.
La llegada masiva de Sargazo flotante al Caribe de Centroamérica es un evento relativamente nuevo, es por ello que conocer cómo está la situación actual de este fenómeno es muy importante para responder a ello. Cindy Fernández como investigadora en el área de Ficología, ha comenzado iniciativas para conocer más sobre estas algas en el Caribe de Costa Rica.   Cindy está trabajando la parte de documentación sobre la llegada de esta alga y el análisis de metales pesados, conociendo estos aspectos importantes Cindy piensa que se puede tener una idea más clara para tratar este problema.  Entrevistamos a Cindy para que nos contara más sobre lo que está haciendo el laboratorio de Ficología de la Universidad de Costa Rica con respecto a la llegada masiva de Sargazo a sus costas.
28:29
May 30, 2022
Sargassum podcast Ep 47: How drones can help quantify Sargassum with Kim Baldwin
Kim Baldwin is a marine ecologist who uses geospatial tools and information technology to work with people to collaboratively create comprehensive spatial information to strengthen ecosystem-based environmental management in the Caribbean, California & beyond.  She is an integral part of Marine Spatial Information Solutions, which provides a range of geospatial mapping, analysis, and training services tailored to sargassum tracking and many other ecological surveying implications. Their training courses include drone flying, mapping and monitoring planning, GIS, participatory mapping, spatial analysis, information creation, and web-mapping collaboration tools. All projects are tailored to your needs to allow you to leverage information technologies to support environmental management more efficiently and effectively.    Learn more about Kim Baldwin and her project: - Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dronesorbust/- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/drkimbaldwin/ - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MarineSpatialInformationSolutions- Website  - Marine Spatial Information Solutions, Inc.  https://www.marsis.us/- Email List for more information on the upcoming Sargassum training course: http://eepurl.com/hW-SlH     - CERMES Website: https://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/cermes/getdoc/d3e05941-1216-4c43-af81-788832769b08/16945.aspx- SargAdapt - Sargassum Monitoring Protocol (PDF)  https://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/cermes/projects/sargassum/docs/sargadapt/baldwin_et_al_2022_smp_guide_final_v1_03-03-22.aspx
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May 08, 2022
Ep 46 Les sargasses, objets de coopération caribéenne avec Lydia Barfleur
Début mars 2022, le Sargassum podcast a reçu Madame Lydia Barfleur, coordinatrice du projet Sarg’coop. Docteure en droit international de l’université de la Sorbonne, Lydia Barfleur a étudié et enseigné la régionalisation économique dans la zone des Carai͏̈bes avant de coordonner Sarg’coop. Ce programme de coopération caribéenne sur les sargasses, porté par la Région Guadeloupe, mis en place à partir de 2019, contribue aux partages d’expertises et échanges de savoir-faire, au soutien, à la concertation et à la consolidation des initiatives régionales à différentes échelles, au questionnement de la réglementation internationale, et contribue à la mise à l’agenda du problème des sargasses Découvrez l’évolution du projet Sarg’coop : 3’11 : La sargasse, un objet de recherche et de coopération 6’11 : Genèse, déroulement et partenaires du projet Sarg’coop 9’36 : 1erwork-package : état de la connaissance et organisation de la conférence internationale sur les sargasses en 2019 en Guadeloupe 12’37 : 2ème WP : télédétection et projet d’établissement d’un réseau caribéen pour les mesures de l’air 17’06 : 3èmeWP : communication au public avec la création d’une plateforme digitale 19’39 : 4èmeWP : les actions d’internationalisation 21’40 : Sur la Convention de Carthagène et les évolutions des stratégies des politiques environnementales 24’55 : Livre blanc sur les sargasses, enjeux et stratégies à mettre en œuvre 27’05 : Doter les sargasses d’un statut juridique international 28’30 : Partages d’expertise sur les mesures de qualité de l’air 29’03 : Articulation du local au global dans les politiques publiques 36’30 : Diffusion des résultats pour le grand public sur la plateforme digitale 39’05 : Intérêt des jeunes générations pour les problématiques environnementales 43’02 : Représentation des femmes dans la recherche environnementale 45’36 : Annonce finale Pour en savoir plus : Sur le projet Sargcoop :  A propos du rapport Théophile  La régionalisation économique dans la zone des Carai͏̈bes, thèse de Lydia Barfleur  Déclaration finale de la conférence internationale sur les sargasses   Pour contacter sargacoop : contact@sargcoop.org On adorerai vous écouter, n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer un email à SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, et à nous rejoindre sur les reseaux sociaux. facebook , twitter, instagram, linkedin. Vous en voulez plus? Devenez un de nos mécène pour seulement 1 $ par mois, vous pouvez nous soutenir et avoir l’opportunité de participer à l’élaboration de l’entretien en nous transmettant vos questions pour les invités! Nous sommes sincèrement reconnaissants  envers chacun de nos donateurs et nous avons hâte de vous rencontrer.
56:46
April 22, 2022
Ep. 45 Tracking Turtles Through the Lens of Sargassum with Dr. Kate Mansfield
Dr. Kate Mansfield is a marine scientist, a sea turtle biologist, and an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on sea turtle biology, ecology, behavior, management, and conservation. Using various census and telemetry methods, Dr. Mansfield’s research interests include sea turtle and other marine vertebrate movements, migration, and habitat utilization. We spoke to Kate this week about how sargassum impacts sea turtles on Atlantic coastlines throughout their life cycles, from hatching, to feeding on floating sargasm colonies, to nesting. 0:35 - Intro 1:58 - What does sargassum mean to Kate? 3:52 - What are turtle lost years? How does sargassum impact them? 8:54 - Tagging and tracking juvenile turtles 14:25 - How do turtles interact with sargassum in the water? 18:20 - What threats does sargassum pose for sea turtles? 23:11 - How long does it take for sea turtles to mature? 26:08 - What does sargassum do to turtle nests? 28:40 - Debrief Our team loves to hear from our listeners! Drop us an email at SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, or connect with us on social media. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons on Patreon.com for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you.
32:36
April 05, 2022
Ep. 44 Tura Homemade: A Healthy and Sustainable Fertilizer
Sargassum impacts the coastal and seaside communities of many countries, including Tobago. The piles and piles of it on the Atlantic side of the island leave an awful trace of toxins in the air that can be harmful to the population. Yet, where others only see it as a natural disaster, trained natural resource manager and researcher for the government of Tobago (and our guest for today) Avisha Baran sees it as a freely available resource. Avisha and her husband Adrian found a way to use sargassum to make Tura Homemade, an organic fertilizer. This fertilizer provides the plants with many micronutrients with natural biotoxins to repel pests ad construct more robust crops. Today, we'll chat about how sargassum is a resource to foster healthy, local, and sustainable agricultural production and how it fulfills a healthier lifestyle in the Caribbean. (2:04) Tura Homemade introduction (3:20) What is sargassum to Avisha? (4:30) How is sargassum affecting Tobago? (7:18) What is Tura Homemade's product made of, exactly? (9:35) How do we make Tura Homemade a final product? (16:12) How is Tura Homemade packaged and shipped? (17:15) Who's using Tura Homemade? (20:10) What's the best way to use sargassum fertilizer? (23:22) How difficult is it to market fertilizer made from sargassum? (25:40) What other sustainable solutions has Avisha found for sargassum? (31:35) Which ingredients of Tura Homemade are imported? (34:33) Outro Our team loves to hear from our listeners! Drop us an email at SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, or connect with us on social media. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons on Patreon.com for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you.
39:10
March 22, 2022
Ep. 43 Biostimulant: a soil solution from the sea with Daria Parshina and Nina Bangert
Sargassum beaching events have become an international challenge that requires globally-cooperative solutions. With such pressing challenges, thankfully, come incredibly innovative solutions to sargassum overproduction and decay.  Due to climate change, there is more and more sargassum on shores, which creates trouble for marine ecosystems and coastal communities. Our guests today work to turn that issue into agricultural opportunities for localized communities.  Today, we talk to Daria Parshina and Nina Bangert, who is part of Seasoilution, a social entrepreneur initiative that turns sargassum into fertilizer. - Introduction to Daria and Nina (2:20)   - What sargassum means for Daria and Nina (4:20)   - How much sargassum is there in a beaching, really? (6:30)   - How Seasoilution's product works as a biostimulant (also, what a biostimulant is) (7:15)   - Why are petroleum-based fertilizers bad? (9:45)   - Why should you care about local communities affected by sargassum? (10:20)  -  - What did you learn first-hand from your trip to sargassum territory? (12:35)  -  - Why are people from Europe concerned about the Caribbean sargassum problems? (14:24)   - How does the interdisciplinary nature of your work affect your success? (16:24)   - How would you encourage students to take part in the solutions to environmental issues? (19:23)   - Wrap-up and debrief (21:05) We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net,  Connect with us on social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you.
25:46
March 08, 2022
Ep. 42: Flying Fish, Blue Weddings, and Sargassum in Barbados with Dr Shelly-Ann Cox
Since 2011, vast masses of the free-floating algae Sargassum have been washing ashore on Caribbean beaches – some leaving coastlines three-feet deep in seaweed. When it isn't rotting on beaches, Sargassum has incredible properties and could fuel an entire new blue economy. The Sargassum Podcast aims to cure marine science blindness by providing listeners with an in-depth look into how sargassum impacts local communities, coastal biomes, and the world at large – and how we can harvest it to build a diversified blue economy.   Join us today as we talk to Dr. Shelly-Ann Cox, an experienced ocean professional and fisheries management specialist. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management from the UWI Cave Hill Campus, and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Natural Resource Management with Marine Biology from the UWI St. Augustine Campus. Shelly-Ann has ten years’ experience in applied interdisciplinary climate-related research and fisheries management research.   Listen to The Sargassum Podcast's latest episode to hear about:   -Introduction to Shelly-Ann Cox: 2:14 -What sargassum means for Shelly-Ann and her community: 3:40 -The impact of sargassum on dolphinfish and flying fish landings: 7:30 -Sustainable fishing, marine catching, and marine reproduction cycles: 10:30 -Fishers, sargassum, and creating tracking mechanisms for sargassum drift: 11:15 -Blue Shell Productions and fisheries management consulting: 18:10 -Blue guerrilla marketing and blue weddings: 22:55 -Offsetting carbon emissions with blue-conscious events: 29:07 -Wrap-up and debrief: 35:00  And from our team, welcome to #SargassumSeason2!   Learn more about Dr. Shelly-Ann Cox:  Facebook Linkedin Instagram Website Research gate Sargassum outlook bulletin   We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net,  Connect with us on social media: Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you.
41:31
February 20, 2022
Ep 41: Dolphins and Sargassum with Dr. Denise Herzing and Cassie Rusche
Dr. Denise Herzing is the Founder and Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project and has studied Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamian waters for over 35 years. In addition to many scientific articles, she is the co-editor of Dolphin Communication and Cognition, author of “Dolphin Diaries: My 25 years with Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas” and “The Wild Dolphin Project (2002)”. Cassie Rusche spends her summers living on a boat in the Bahamas studying wild dolphins. But 10 years ago, she thought she’d be working as a pharmacist. She started University as a pre-pharmacy student. However, after just a few short months of school and working in a pharmacy, she realized it was not for her. Eventually she discovered her real passion for understanding animal behavior. So, she switched to the ecology/evolution/organismal biology concentration and has been working for the Wild Dolphin Project since her graduation. Wild Dolphin Project is the world’s longest running underwater study of dolphins in the world. Since 1985, the team has spent months out at sea every summer, living on boats and studying two species of dolphins that live on the shallow sandbanks of the Bahamas: Atlantic spotted dolphins and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Researchers have made many discoveries over the years regarding aspects of social structure, paternity, habitat use, behavior, communication, and movement patterns. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (2:39) What sargassum is to Dr. Denise and Cassie (4:59) How dolphins use sargassum (5:51) How dependent dolphins are on sargassum (8:45) Do dolphins use sargassum to clean themselves (10:15) Do the hydroids in sargassum cause irritation to dolphins like they do to humans (11:28) Studying dolphins in the wild vs captivity (12:15) Challenges of studying dolphins in the wild (15:11) Are dolphins bothered by the drones used to conduct observation and research (18:04) Time span and experiences on research trips (19:42) Dolphin behavior (22:04) Reproductive activity (27:10) Most memorable moments in the field (30:28) Debrief (36:22) Transcript Learn more about Dr. Denise Herzing and Cassie Rusche: ֍ Scientific Papers ֍ Wild Dolphin Project We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
47:22
November 15, 2021
Ep 40: Sargassum and Ocean Circulation with Dr. Rick Lumpkin
Dr. Rick Lumpkin is the Director of the Physical Oceanography Division of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) research laboratory in Miami, FL: the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). Dr. Lumpkin’s research focuses on upper ocean processes and ocean circulation. As Principal Investigator of AOML’s component of NOAA’s Global Drifter Program (GDP), he oversees a global array of ~1300 satellite-tracked drifting buoys. He also helped design ocean currents displays in the Sant Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (3:44) What sargassum is to Dr. Rick Lumpkin (5:26) How the sargassum belt was established (8:12) Nutrients fueling sargassum blooms (12:32) Upwelling in the equatorial Atlantic (15:15) Explanation of methods and data used (16:56) Seasonality of sargassum influx (24:14) Permanence of the tropical Atlantic sargassum belt (26:55) Predictions of climate change (29:36) Possibility of a current that can remove sargassum (32:32) Debrief (36:54) Transcript Learn more about Dr. Rick Lumpkin: ֍ Graphics from Johns et al. (2020) ֍ NOAA’s Global Drifter Program ֍ Rick Lumpkin, PhD, Acting Director, Physical Oceanography Division ֍ AOML’s experimental Sargassum inundation reports ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Facebook ֍ Twitter We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
46:08
November 07, 2021
E39: Tourism, Sargassum, and Water Quality in the Cenotes of Quintana Roo Mexico with Courtney Gallaher and Emely Hernandez
Courtney Gallaher is a jointly appointed associate professor in the Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University. Her fields of studies include Women in science, Sustainable agriculture and food systems and Environmental management and sustainability. Emely Hernandez is a master’s student in Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences at Northern Illinois University who researches how tourism impacts water quality in Quintana Roo Mexico. She also does some work in the field of environmental sustainability and is an advocate for advancing minorities in STEM. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (5:44) What sargassum is to Courtney and Emely (7:15) How tourists in Quintana Roo react to sargassum (10:04) What cenotes are (12:24) Anthropogenic impacts on the cenotes (16:35) Contaminates in groundwater (19:25) Tourism and water quality in the cenotes (22:45) Tourism’s vs sargassum’s contamination effects (27:12) Suggestions to reduce tourism’s effect on groundwater quality (29:50) Women and minorities in STEM (33:58) Debrief (44:17) Transcript Learn more about Courtney and Emely: ֍ Northern Illinois University Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences ֍ LinkedIn, Emely Hernandez ֍ Courtney Gallaher, Associate Professor, Ph.D. ֍ Poster on Tourist Perception of Sargassum ֍ Paper on Tourist Perception of Sargassum We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? This song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
54:26
November 01, 2021
E38 : Sargasses : quel(s) droit(s) ? avec Victor David PhD.
VictorDavid est docteur en droit de l’environnement. Il est chargé de recherche à l’IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement), et en poste actuellement au Campus Agro Environnemental Caraïbe en Martinique. Il est affilié à l’Unité Mixte de recherche SENS (Savoirs Environnement Sociétés) et collabore avec le LC2S (Laboratoire caribéen des sciences sociales) de l’université des Antilles. Victor David nous présente le projet CESAR dont un des volets est l'étude des enjeux du droit de l'environnement appliqué aux sargasses au niveau du bassin caribéen. Nous avons abordé avec lui le problème du statut juridique fluctuant de la sargasse. Nous avons également parlé de l’hypothèse du changement global pour la prolifération des sargasses et d’une responsabilité qui pourrait être commune mais différenciée, ainsi que des différences en droit de l’environnement entre la Nouvelle Calédonie, où Victor David a vécu et travaillé, et la Martinique, où il habite depuis 2019. Mise à jour : cet épisode a été enregistré en juin 2021. Nous y parlions aussi d’un amendement en lecture au Sénat, à propos du statut de catastrophe naturelle. Cet amendement a été adopté le 15 octobre 2021. - Présentation (0’34) - La sargasse, un objet d’étude (4’47) - Personnalité juridique d’un fleuve en Nouvelle-Zélande (6’26) - Vide juridique autour des sargasses (7’14) - Les nationalités des sargasses en eaux internationales et eaux territoriales (9’01) - Protocole de Nagoya (12’50) - Un non-déchet (13’41) - Les objectifs du projet ANR CESAR (15’26) - Qui est responsable ? (20’42) - Les méthodes de l’enquête (21’49) - Changement global et sargasses (24’54) - Une catastrophe naturelle ? (29’42) - Plans communaux de sauvegarde des communes (31’45) - Comparaison entre les Antilles et la Nouvelle-Calédonie (33’32) - Discussion sur les enjeux de cette recherche (38’) - Debrief (44’52) Transcription Pour lire plus sur le sujet : ֍ Projet CESAR ֍ Projets ANR (Agence national de la recherche) sur les sargasses ֍ L’UMR LC2S, Laboratoire caribéen des sciences sociales ֍ L’UMR SENS, Savoirs, Environnement, Sociétés ֍ Victor David sur Research gate ֍ Code de l’environnement français sur le site de Légifrance ֍ Pour contacter Victor DAVID : victor.david@ird.fr
53:43
October 24, 2021
Ep37: Saving Sea Turtles from Sargassum in Curacao with Ard Vreugdenhill & Julietta Castro
Ard Vreugdenhill is storyteller and conservationist with Nature Connecting, an NGO.  He just finished working in Barbados. Before that, he worked for over five years for Sea Turtle Conservation in Curacao. Julieta Castro is a volunteer for Sea Turtle Conservation in Curacao and is 15 years old, our youngest podcast guest so far. Listen to the episode to hear about: Intern introduction (0:39) Episode transcripts (0:57) Guest introductions (3:11) What sargassum is to Ard and Julietta (4:36) 2021 sargassum season in Curacao (7:30) Sea turtle conservation and sargassum management (9:28) Rescuing sea turtles from sargassum (11:53) Building a rescue team (15:40) Number of turtles that were rescued (17:00) What it looks like when a turtle is rescued (18:58) What happens after rescue (22:48) First aid for the turtles (25:17 Feeding the turtles in the aquarium (29:30) Rescue and COVID (33:32) Julietta’s media presence (35:26) Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao (40:39) Nature Connecting NGO (44:34) What’s next for Julietta (47:32) Debrief (51:17) Transcript Learn more about Ard and Julietta: ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Website ֍ News Article ֍ Media Appearance We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? This song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
58:46
October 17, 2021
Bonus episode: Guanaja: After the fire - an interview with Darson Benet aka Drizzle Roadrunna and Ms Mazy
The Sargassum Podcast's Robby Thigpen interviews Darson Benet aka  Drizzle Roadrunna and his mom Ms. Mazy about the fire on Guanaja, their  family there and what they are trying to do to help. If you would like  to donate to help feed the people of Guanaja, please go to our Guanaja  After the Fire Donation page:  https://marinefrontiers.org/guanaja-a... Donation are being collected through Oct 31st.  All donations that come in through this page will go directly to feeding  and helping the victims of the fire. We are one world and one people  and our brothers and sisters need your help.
30:26
October 14, 2021
Ep36: The Living Ecological Community within Sargassum with Lindsay Martin & Amy Siuda
Lindsay Martin is an Ocean Policy Specialist at the National Science Foundation (NSF) who is passionate about combining research with education. She has quite literally sailed around the world and is working to make research more equitable and accessible. Amy Siuda is an Associate Professor of Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and former Professor and Chief Scientist at Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is a marine ecologist and biological oceanographer whose research interests span marine plankton ecology from organismal to population and community levels. Lindsay and Amy just published a paper on the motile animals found on different types of pelagic Sargassum. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introductions (3:08) What sargassum is to Amy and Lindsay (4:28) Animals in sargassum (7:50) Collection and analysis methods (13:42) Sample sizes (17:11) Sargassum morphotypes and the habitats they create (21:18) Herbivores and sargassum consumption (34:31) Changes in the tropical Atlantic and effects on the food web (38:14) Sargassum samples from different locations (44:44) Sea Education Association experiences (47:10) Debrief (51:50) Episode Transcript Learn more about Lindsay Martin: ֍ LinkedIn ֍ ResearchGate Learn more about Amy Siuda: ֍ Faculty Page ֍ LinkedIn ֍ ResearchGate ֍ Sargassum Research ֍ Scientific Paper ֍ Sea Education Association We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
01:00:06
October 11, 2021
Ep35: Biofuel from wild Sargassum with Ute Marx and John Roles
Ute Marx is Professor of Medical Engineering at Pforzheim University, but she has spent some of her research time in Brisbane Australia. Her teaching focuses on the subjects of technical sales and marketing, as well as natural science subjects such as molecular biophysics and metabonomics. Her research activities focus, among other things, on the question of how metabolic products in body fluids can provide information about the course of diseases and the success of therapies. Her interest in algae research started in 2005 studying the metabolism of H2 producing algae. John Roles is a research fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, Australia. Together with Professor Ben Hankamer he researches the economic potential of algae generated products. He has over 35 years of experience in the design and construction of energy projects including power generation and renewable fuels. His PhD was directed at the generation of the TELCA platform for economic and environmental assessment of renewable fuel production. Professor Ben Hankamer is from the University of Queensland. He is the group leader of Bioinspired design of solar biotechnology systems lab group and the Director of the Centre for Solar Biotechnology, as well as the founding director of the Solar Biofuels Consortium. The Centre for Solar Biotechnology focuses on developing next generation microalgae systems tapping into the huge energy resource of the sun capturing CO2 to produce a wide range of products. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (2:35) What sargassum is to Ute and John (5:05) How Ute and John began working with sargassum (8:29) Solar biotech (14:20) Making crude oil (16:46) Using sargassum vs land-based algae (18:37) Biotech locations (22:41) Base case scenario and number estimates of operation (26:07) Future plans and turning theory into reality (38:07) Additional comments from Ute and John (43:19) Debrief (45:45) Episode Transcript Learn more about Ute Marx and John Roles: ֍  Bioinspired Design of Solar Biotechnology Systems Lab Group ֍  Professor Ben Hankamer ֍ Sargassum blooms in the Atlantic Ocean- From a burden to an asset We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? This song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Road Ranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
53:49
September 15, 2021
Ep34: Sargassum Networking in West Africa with Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo
Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo is a coastal processes specialist with vast experience in the West Africa coastal region. He is the Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) in the University of Ghana. Recently he has focused his research on developing an integrated approach to sustainable port development, which embraces the three perspectives of engineering, ecosystem services, and governance, as well as sargassum in West Africa. He is a member of the Expert Group of High-Level Panel for Sustainable Ocean Economy, who provide advice to the High-Level Panel of 13 Heads of Governments. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (3:10) What sargassum is to Professor Kwasi (4:10) Sargassum in Ghana (5:42) Health impacts of the sargassum in Ghana (9:46) SARTRAC (10:45) Professor Kwasi’s role in SARTRAC (13:46) Why a Sargassum Network is needed (16:50) Setting up a Sargassum Network (22:09) Climate change in Ghana (24:50) Projects to mitigate the effects of climate change in Ghana (29:16) Debrief (34:10) Episode transcript Learn more about Professor Kwasi Appeaning Addo: ֍ University of Ghana, Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences ֍ Proposal To Set Up the Gulf of Guinea Sargassum Network (GGSN) We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: Facebook, twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? This song is called Them Ah Prey by Drizzle Road Ranna. Follow him on YouTube and Spotify
48:09
September 07, 2021
Ep.33: A Different Kind of Invasion - Panel on Sargassum horneri in California
Sargassum Podcast Episode 33: A Different Kind of Invasion - Panel on Sargassum horneri in California  Our panel of guests today are:    Melissa Hanson   Melissa is the Co-Founder of Kelpful, a wild harvested seaweed company based in the Central Coast of California.   ֍ Learn more about Kelpful here:  https://www.kelpful.com/   Dr. Emily Ryznar Emily recently received her Ph.D. in Biology from UCLA and is currently serving as a California Sea Grant State Fellow.    ֍ You can find more information about Dr. Ryznar's work here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-ryznar-ph-d-aa47b349/ https://caseagrant.ucsd.edu/profile/emily-ryznar https://sites.lifesci.ucla.edu/eeb-fonglab/current-graduate-students/ https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1365-2745.13509   Lauren Smith Lauren is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA in Dr. Peggy Fong's lab. She is researching invasive Sargassum horneri in Southern California.   ֍ You can find out more about Lauren’s work here:  https://dornsife-blogs.usc.edu/wrigley/?p=2219 https://smbasblog.com/2020/11/10/seaweed-faceoff-devil-weed-vs-giant-kelp-zoom-evening-meeting-reminder-tuesday-10-november-730-p-m-3/   Dr. Lindsay Marks-Orsini   Lindsay is a marine scientist who studied sargassum for her Ph.D. research. She now works for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife managing invertebrate fisheries.   ֍ You can find out more about Dr. Marks-Orsini’s work here: https://marine.ucsc.edu/data-products/invasive-species/ https://escholarship.org/uc/item/8rh799jz https://caseagrant.ucsd.edu/blogs/lindsay-marks-making-connections https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/feb18/underwater-landscaping-foster-scholar-lindsay-marks-removes-invasive-seaweed.html   Sarah Mastroni Sarah is a graduate student in UCSC's Coastal Science and Policy program where she is working to incorporate algae in cows' diets to decrease their methane emissions.   ֍ To find out more: https://www.blueoceanbarns.com/    ֍ Listen to the episode to hear about:   Introduction (0:00)  Guest introductions ( ) ()   ()   ()   ()   ()   ()    ()   ()   Transcript  ֍ We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to:  SargassumPodcast@gmx.net  ֍ Connect with us on social media:   facebook https://www.facebook.com/sargassumpodcast/   twitter https://twitter.com/sargassump   instagram https://www.instagram.com/sargassumpodcast/   linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-sargassum-podcast  ֍ Can’t get enough?  Become one of our patrons: https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast   For as little as $1 a month patrons get to submit questions for our guests ahead of the interviews that we will ask during the recording! We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connect with you!
01:16:27
August 30, 2021
Ep.32: Harvesting Algae and Climate Change in the Azores with Henrique Ramos
Henrique Ramos is the CEO of SeaExpert, which is a fisheries services and consultancy firm. He developed several aquaculture projects through SeaExpert, as an algae harvesting operation for the cosmetics biotech industry, as well as contributing to the world’s science on animal feed and production, leading to the Azores exporting high quality products abroad. Within SeaExpert, Henrique is also responsible for managing several fisheries observer programmes for the Portuguese fleet operating throughout the world, for monitoring and scientific purposes.  Henrique also works independently as a sustainability consultant for Green Destinations and SustainAzores. As an active member of No More Plastics for the Azores, he raises awareness of the increasing problem of marine debris, particularly plastics’ destructive effects on marine life and ecosystems. Listen to the episode to hear about: Introduction (2:20) Climate change in the Azores (4:06) SeaFields (6:37) What sargassum means to Henrique (7:18) What the Azores are and where they are located (9:42) Sargassum in the Azores (12:33) Seaweed production (17:16) Species of algae used for harvesting (23:20) Promotion of algae products and sustainability models (28:26) Aquaculture (32:30) Debrief (57:59) Transcript Learn more about Henrique Ramos and SeaExpert: ֍ Website ֍ LinkedIn ֍ YouTube ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtube and Spotify
01:10:05
August 24, 2021
Bonus épisode Tremblement de terre en Haïti avec Marc Edouin Juste
Le samedi 14 août, un tremblement de terre de magnitude 7,2 a frappé Haïti, suivi lundi par la tempête tropicale Grace. Cette catastrophe a fait de nombreux morts, blessés et sans-abri. Nous avons parlé à Marc Edouin Juste de la situation en Haïti et de la façon dont nous et vous pouvez aider. Nous vous invitons à écouter et à envisager de donner des biens ou de l'argent pour les personnes touchées. Nous avons indiqué ci-dessous comment envoyer des fonds à la Fédération de Marc. Chaque petite chose compte. Marc-Edouin Juste est un entrepreneur social et le président fondateur de la Fédération Haitienne de la Peche Sportive en Mer. Il habite en port-au-prince. - La paypal de Federation Haitienne de la Peche Sportive en mer: https://paypal.me/fhpsmhaiti?locale.x=fr_XC -faire un don par l'intermédiaire d'un ami de Marc en France, y compris une réduction d'impôt de 75 https://paypal.me/pools/c/8C930yXH7m Donation sur le compte bancaire de Marc Eduin No: 160-2015-17029970 Banque : Unibank Nombre : Marc-Edouin Juste Tel: 509 3658-4910 Email: fhps.mhaiti@gmail.com Adresse: 14 bis,fraternity street,Delmas 33,Port-au-Prince,Haïti. Pour les transferts vers western union, money gram et cam transfer, veuillez prendre contact avec Marc pour organiser.Tel: 509 3658-4910 Email: fhps.mhaiti@gmail.com
40:32
August 20, 2021
Ep.31: Island Innovation and Sustainable Development with James Ellsmoor
Our guest today is James Ellsmoor, who is the Founder and Director of Island Innovation, which connects rural and island locations around the world working on similar development issues. Island Innovation began with a newsletter and a series of virtual events, and has evolved into a community of over 127,000 members. He is also the co-founder of Solar Head of State, which works with governments to push action on renewable energy. The NGO has focused on small island developing states (SIDS) with solar installations on the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Government House in Saint Lucia and the Presidential Palace of the Maldives. SHOS is now working with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Pacific Island Development Forum to install solar on the official residences across these organizations’ combined 24 member states. James has a master’s degree in “Island Studies” from the University of the Highlands and Islands and is a true expert on sustainability on islands. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Introduction of our summer intern Eloise (0:50) - How Franziska got involved with Island Innovation (2:17) - Introduction of James Ellsmoor (3:40) - What sargassum means to James (5:14) - What an island is and what it means to be an islander (7:35) - Common challenges of island life (8:33) - How islands drive innovation (9:25) - Advantages of island life (12:18) - Political implications of being an island community (16:56) - Viewing sargassum as an opportunity (23:08) - What Island Innovation is (25.38) - Getting involved (26:36) - Community discussions around sargassum (28:30) - Island Innovation Summit (30:36) - Debrief (33:51) Episode Transcript Learn more about James Ellsmoor and Island Innovation: ֍ Website ֍ YouTube ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Facebook ֍ Twitter ֍ Instagram We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtube and Spotify
41:56
August 16, 2021
Ep.30: Sargassum is part of Galveston’s history with Dr. Tom Linton and Brandon Hill
Dr. Tom Linton is an emeritus professor at Texas A&M. Tom has  studied the impacts of Sargassum on Gulf Coast beaches for decades and  was also involved in the development of the predictive model for  forecasting Sargassum landings. Brandon Hill is a coastal resources  manager for the City of Galveston and has previously worked as director  of the shoreline department of the city of South Padre Island and as  Sargassum Early Advisory System Project Manager at Texas A&M  University.Together they have developed a hay bale-style collection  method to bale Sargassum and use it as natural dune-building support. - Intros (2:15) - What is Sargassum to Brandon and Tom? (3:30) - Captain Robert Webster’s work Part I (4:30) - Historical accounts of Sargassum in Galveston Newspaper 1842 to 2018 (5:08) - Project was ready to get rolling and there has not been any Sargassum since 2018! (5:50) - Doing science under the veil of tourism (6:10) - Finding out that Sargassum travelled through the Mona channel (8:00) - Discovery of Sargassum’s cyclical history (13:00) - Confederate soldiers hiding in Sargassum from the Union troops (14:10) -  Post-Depression Era ‘New Deal’ Sargassum out to sea (15:08) - Sargassum has always been a part of Texas (16:40) - What is the Sargassum Early Advisory System (18:25) - All about MacGyver Science! No fancy equipment (20:15) - How they were using the LandSAT  Data (20:42) - Sargassum grows well in nutrient-rich waters (22:36) - There is a wide-spread benefit/need for this system (23:05) - Captain Robert Webster’s work Part II (24:35) - Bailing Sargassum for dune restoration (26:00) - In Texas you were not allowed to remove Sargassum from the beach (32:16) - The idea of baling Sargassum (34:35) - Towns people were divided on Sargassum (37:10) - Using fresh or dry Sargassum and why fresh is better (39:10) - Physical and chemical properties of Sargassum (43:15) - From hip deep Sargassum in 2018 to none at all after (45:50) - Can bales be used for anything else than dune restoration ?(47:50) - Concept of the Sargassum baling system (51:40) - Working with local organizations such as the City of Galveston and the Park board (52:02) - Sargassum as a carbon sink & what will the effects be (56:26) - What can Sargassum as an ecosystem teach us(59:50) - Interactive beach walks & the bucket brigade! (65:00) - Sargassum is part of the beach (66:30) Transcript ֍ Texas A&M-Galveston Researchers Tackling Stinky Seaweed Problem ֍ Innovative Technology Seaweed Prototype Dunes Demonstration Project ֍ Coastal sand dunes and dune vegetation: Restoration, erosion, and storm protection ֍ Sargassum Early Advisory System SargassumPodcast@gmx.net facebook twitter Instagram linkedin 
01:16:21
August 08, 2021
Ep.29: An Entire Island Nation Driving on Sargassum with Dr. Legena Henry
Dr. Legena Henry is an MIT graduate, and a Mechanical Engineer, who is now the Lecturer for Renewable Energy at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, specializing in Renewable Energy and Applied Mechanics. She researches sustainable energy sources in the Caribbean, such as bio-fuel from Sargassum seaweed, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, and wave energy. Listen to the episode to learn about: Intro (2:30) What Does Sargassum mean to Legena? (3:39) Barbados 100% Fossil Free by 2030! (3:48) Effect Sargassum has on Tourism in Barbados (4:51) Thoughts on renewable energy sources (6:10) Tourism, sargassum removal and placement into landfills and Hydrogen Sulfate gas (9:00) Success in Barbados of creating sargassum biofuel (10:52) How much water does it really take to make 1 bottle of rum and how much is wasted? (11:56) How you can help save the planet by drinking premium Caribbean rum - Part I (14:45) Ratio between wastewater and solids to make methane for fuel (16:54) Historical cane industry in Barbados (18:20) Why you should drink premium Caribbean rum – Part II (19:36) Why not cane for fuel? (20:00) Can we make rum from sargassum though? (20:55) Scaling up this as a solution (22:45) The micro digesters being used to create this project and how they are scaled-up (25:50) 100K USD grant received at the UN General Assembly for this amazing work! (26:50) What is the scale-up going to look like? (27:50) What happens to the waste from this process? (28:27) Is this sargassum methane biofuel the best option for Barbados right now? If so, why? (31:25) Renewable energy options for Barbados (32:35) Benefits of using fresh sargassum materials (34:00) Closing (35:00) Wrap-Up (35:45) Outro (39:56) Episode transcript To learn more about Legena Henry and her work: ֍ Legena's website ֍ Legena's LinkedIn page ֍ Legena's Researchgate page ֍ Paper: Experimental Evidence on the Use of Biomethane from Rum Distillery Waste and Sargassum Seaweed as an Alternative Fuel for Transportation in Barbados  We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtubeand Spotify
44:39
August 01, 2021
Ep.28: Habiter le littoral malgré les sargasses avec Florence Ménez
Florence Ménez est titulaire d’un PhD en anthropologie culturelle et sociale (EHESS, Paris) et d’un PhD en Histoire sociale européenne contemporaine (Université Ca’Foscari, Venise). Elle est coordinatrice du projet de recherche-action SaRiMed (2021-2023), concernant les impacts sanitaires des sargasses en Martinique et à Marie-Galante (Antilles françaises). SaRiMed est financé par la Fondation de France et réunit des chercheur.e.s en sciences sociales de l’UMR AMURE, ainsi que de l’UMR LC2S et de l’EA AIHP-GEODE de l’université des Antilles, des médecins du CHU de Martinique, des membres de la société civile et des artistes. Présentation (0:45) La sargasse perturbation et lien, qui échappe à la société, symbolisée en un écheveau d’où partent des fils thématiques définissant autant d’enjeux, ou bien symbolisée en boîte de Pandore (2:39) La recherche INVABIO comme première approche des perturbations apportées par les proliférations algales (5:05) Enquête sur l’acceptabilité sociale de la transformation des sargasses en amendement agricole dans le programme de recherche Eco3Sar, Ecologie, Ecotoxicologie des sargasses (2018-2020) (6:54) « Sargasses menace », une installation artistique en juin 2018 qui réunit geste politique et geste esthétique (7:54) Singularité des impacts des sargasses sur le littoral martiniquais et guadeloupéen (9:04) Alerte dans la revue The Lancet sur la sargasse comme « menace réelle pour la santé » due à la décomposition des sargasses(10:54) Incidence sanitaire de la chlordécone ? (12:48) Génèse de SaRiMed avec le groupe de recherche sur les sargasses du CHUM (13:06) Présentation de SaRiMed, du consortium et des objectifs (15:44) Constitution du corpus (17:14) Diversité des parcours préventifs et curatifs pour vivre avec les sargasses (19:56) Interdisciplinarité représentée au cœur du consortium pour analyser ce « fait social total » (20:46) Travail des artistes sur l’invisible et les traces (22:35) Une écriture et une médiation de la recherche grâce aux artistes (24:24) Comment traduire l’expérience sensible ? (25:34) Implications des artistes dans le projet art & science (26:36) Partenariat avec le lycée Victor Anicet de Saint-Pierre, Martinique (28:21) Appel à d’autres études sur les impacts sanitaires dans les territoires insulaires et/ou continentaux caribéens (29:21) Impacts des sargasses par contact, hors décomposition (30:38) Apport des sciences sociales dans les recherches interdisciplinaires (32:09) Conclusion (34:36) Transcription Pour lire plus sur le sujet : ֍ Résumé de SaRiMed  ֍Pour en savoir plus sur les risques sanitaires, un ensemble de documents présentés sur le site de l’URML (Union Régionale des Médecins Libéraux)  ֍Article publié dans The Lancet : Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean islands: an international public health concern ֍ Résumé du projet Sargacare Sargassum Podcast Email: SargassumPodcast@gmx.net  Facebook Twitter  Instagram LinkedIn  Patreon
42:42
July 24, 2021
Ep.27: Arsenic and Algae with Teresa Chavez-Capilla
LINK TO LISTENERS SURVEY: https://forms.gle/cWVDc9ZUDM56mFsG8 Our guest today is Teresa Chavez-Capilla who is an environmental and bioanalytical chemist, working as a post-doc at the University in Bern, Switzerland. She is working in the Soil Science Unit within the Interfaculty Cooperation Project One Health, which looks at the microbial-mediated effects and transformations of different pollutants in the environment, and across the food chain. Her research focuses on the microbial-mediated transformations of arsenic from food in the mammalian gut. She is specialized in studying the metabolism of the arsenic available to humans from the diet, including that in seaweed. Besides her position at the University of Bern, she is part of the coordination team of 500 Women Scientist Bern-Fribourg, an organization aimed to promote women in STEM. Listen to the episode to hear about: -Survey announcement (0:35) -Teresa Chavez-Capilla Introduction (3:43) -Teresa's impression of sargassum influx in the Tropical Atlantic (4:57) -What sargassum means to Teresa (6:15) -Inorganic vs organic arsenic (8:00) -How much arsenic is in the food we eat (10:01) -What arsenic does to the human body when ingested (12:54) -Bioaccumulation and bio modification as related to arsenic (15:27) -Avoiding arsenic exposure in the food chain (16:51) -What products we have to test for arsenic levels (19:10) -Where arsenic in the ocean comes from (22:55) -Whether arsenic is present in other algae (24:26) -Organic arsenic sugars and carbohydrates in seaweed (26:06) -Debrief (28:20) Episode transcript Learn more about Teresa Chavez-Capilla: Twitter Research gate ORCiD Soil Science Research Group One Health Research Cooperation 500 Women Scientists Bern-Fribourg Publications We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month. Patrons get to submit questions to us prior to the interviews that we will then ask our guests. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtube and Spotify
36:21
July 11, 2021
Ep.26: Sargassum, economia azul y fucoidano con Luis Macías
Luis Macías es un experto en comercio internacional con un doctorado en Sociedad de la información y conocimiento, con más de diez años de experiencia en desarrollo empresarial y coordinación de proyectos. Forma parte de la “Earth Life University” en Playa del Carmen, México y además es el cofundador de Alquimar. Alquimar es una empresa dedicada a obtener productos de alto valor a partir del sargazo. Uno de sus últimos logros ha sido producir el bioestimulante fucoidan a partir del Sargazo. Escucha el episodio para aprender sobre: - Presentaciones (0) - Quien es Luis Masia (2:28) - Que es el sargazo para Luis Macías : una solución para la salud (2:45) - Explicando la Earth Life University, una universidad alternativa y humana (5:10) - La empresa Alquimar : como nació la idea, y como comenzaron a utilizar el sargazo (5:10) - Como se hace la recolección del sargazo (12:48) - Usos del sargazo en Alquimar : biofertilizantes, alimentación animal (18:46) - Extracción de los componentes del sargazo para varios usos : alginato, fucoxantina, fucoidano (21:52) - Fucoidano : extracción y utilizaciones por la salud humana (covid, colesterol, etc.) (22:49) - El protocolo de recolección con Puerto Morelos. La penta helice : empresa, sociedad, gobierno, academia y naturaleza (29:51) - Visión de Luis de la colaboración internacional por el sargazo (34:53) - El sargazo como industria azul (40:42) - Charla entre Mar, Paola y Clio (42:28) Transcripcíon (ESP) Transcript (ENG) Si quieres saber más sobre el trabajo de Veronica, aquí tienes los links a sus proyectos: ֍ Su empresa Alquimar y su experiencia ֍ La empresa Earth Life University  Si quieres ponerte en contacto con nosotros mándanos un e-mail a sargassumPodcast@gmx.net o conecta con nosotros a través de las redes sociales facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Quieres más? Conviértete en uno de nuestros patrocinadores desde 1 USD al mes! Conocerás a nuestros próximos invitados y podrás hacerles preguntas. Agradecemos enormemente cualquier apoyo y estamos deseando conectar con todos ustedes! Te gusta nuestra música? La canción se llama: “Them Ah Pree” de Drizzle Roadranna. Síguele en Spotify y youtube
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July 04, 2021
Ep.25: Sargassum Collection Benefiting Local Community with Andrés Bisonó León
Our guest today is Andrés Bisonó León who is the CEO and co-founder of SOS Carbon. He is from the Dominican Republic and studied mechanical engineering and finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia. SOS Carbon started as an R&D based at MIT in 2018. After successfully validating the technologies and system, the leading team developed a spinoff project. SOS Carbon is an environmental service company whose mission is to provide the most cost-effective & responsible solutions for sargassum collection and disposal. SOS Carbon efforts have also focused on involving local communities and acting as liaison between government agencies, private sector, academic institutions, and countries across the Caribbean with the goal to join forces to effectively compact the problem. - What sargassum means to Andrés (8:17) - Goals of SOS Carbon - Sargassum as a beneficial resource and opportunity! (9:00) - Andrés history and passion for sargassum and giving back to the community (10:21) - Partnering with colleague at MIT for technology-based solutions (12:30) - Effects of sargassum in the Dominican Republic and Caribbean-wide (15:28) - Local villages, mangroves and ecosystems are effected by sargassum events (19:20) - SOS Carbon ("Sargassum Ocean Sequestration of Carbon") and carbon sequestration (22:00) - Collaborations with MIT & local agencies and institutions for open-ocean solutions technologies (24:10) - "We (SOS Carbon) were really sequestering a positive amount of carbon, meaning that our system wasn't going to require more energy than what we were going to sequester." (26:50) - Continued work with other experts and teams to create the best system to manage the sargassum problem (29:13) - Blue economics, ocean carbon sequestration and impact of sargassum on tourism (30:13) - The many benefits of Littoral Collection Method (LCM) for fishing community and ecosystems (34:05) - Uses of systems outside of sargassum specifically (38:00) - Working together as a team to integrate communities and create opportunities (41:07) - Associated costs (in USD) for the SOS Carbon hardware, fleet and the formal employment platform (44:16) - Addressing by-catch within SOS Carbon solutions (47:21) - Contact info and closing (50:11) *see below* Transcript Learn more about Andrés Bisonó León and SOS Carbon: ֍ Website ֍ LinkedIn ֍ LinkedIn (SOS Carbon) ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram ֍ Twitter ֍ Youtube (Episode video) ֍ LCM system ֍ SOS Carbon Tech (Open Ocean) ֍ SOS pilot on Rio Ozama (same river where The Ocean Cleanup has Interceptor 004) We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in exclusive perks!
58:24
June 29, 2021
Ep.24: Les avantages du papier réalisé en sargasses avec Pierre-Antoine Guibout
Pierre-Antoine Guibout est le fondateur de Sargasse Project, un projet de transformation des sargasses en pâte à papier destinée à la fabrication de papier, carton, et plus largement tout objet en cellulose moulée. Originaire de Bretagne (France), Pierre-Antoine Guibout a mené des études en droit des affaires (université de Rennes) et en droit financier (ESCP et université de Paris XI), ce qui lui a permis de fonder une société de conseils. Juriste fiscaliste, il est aussi l’inventeur d’une pâte à papier à base de sargasses, créée grâce à son expérience des échouements de sargasses sur l’île de Saint-Barthélémy, où il habite depuis 2012. Pour pérenniser son invention, mieux valoriser la sargasse et allier l’écologie à l’économie, il a créé la start-up Sargasse Project en 2019. Shownotes Présentation des participants Que représente la sargasse pour Pierre-Antoine Guibout ? Une menace et une opportunité (1 :11) Arrivé en 2012 à Saint Barthélémy, un an après les premiers échouements massifs de sargasses, Pierre-Antoine Guibout nous parle de sa première approche des sargasses et de l’évolution du phénomène sur l’île, y compris au niveau du ramassage et de la prise en charge par la Collectivité (2 :59) Le phénomène physique : saisonnalité, circulation des flux de sargasses, zones d’échouements et impacts à Saint-Barthélémy (6 :38) Les sargasses changent de qualité et de statut selon leur progression en mer puis à terre. Plutôt que de s’intéresser au statut juridique fluctuant de la sargasse, Pierre-Antoine Guibout a préféré partir d’une « page blanche » (9 :25) Naissance du projet de valorisation (10 :55) Le processus de fabrication du papier et ses aléas (12 :26) Relativiser le problème de l’arsenic et autres polluants dans les sargasses ? (15 :44) Processus de fabrication du papier et ses aléas (suite) (19 :56) Développement de l’idée avec cellulose moulée (23 :54) Normes, analyses (24 :38) Logistique (29 :52) Propriétés ignifuge et résistance à l’eau (31 :16) Quels types de partenariats à développer ? (32 :56) Un passage d’une production artisanale à une production industrielle ? (34 :13) Prix, communication et propositions de financement (36 :46) Prospections dans d’autres territoires caribéens (38 :45) Collecte et sélection de la matière première (41 :56) Transcription Pour en savoir plus : ֍ Website Sargasse project ֍ Instagram ֍ Facebook ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Twitter ֍ Ecofeutre, spécialistes des emballages ֍ CEVA, Centre d’étude et de valorisation des algues ֍ Collectivité de Saint-Barthélémy Sargassum podcast:  email SargassumPodcast@gmx.net facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin
53:37
June 21, 2021
Ep.23: Doubling nature to restore the climate with Sven Jense and Eelco Leemans
Sven Jense is the founder of Climate Cleanup an entrepreneurial non-profit organization with the mission of restoring the global carbon balance by removing 1500 gigaton of CO2 out of the atmosphere using natural climate solutions (NCS). One of the most promising and scalable solutions is seaweed. Eelco Leemans joined Climate Cleanup to work on marine solutions and how the oceans can help to sequester carbon. Together they are investigating if Sargassum can help. Listen to the episode to learn: -  Intro ~ 0:00 - Guest intro ~ 3:45 - What is sargassum to you? ~ 4:50 - Work in St. Martin (Nature Foundation, the issues like fumes, shipping a ton of sargassum, and local response) ~ 12:20 - Carbon capture study and changing economy based on new plants ~ 14:40 - The nutrition of sargassum (not for direct consumption) ~ 17:36 - Donut economy ~ 18:38 - St. Martin managing the sargassum (they are not doing that much), and how to think about solutions ~ 22:51 - What they are doing with the dried sargassum (chemical analysis, student awards, fertilizers and more) ~ 25:00 - Strength of sargassum and concrete ~ 26:33 - “Double nature solutions” ~ 28:35 - Long term carbon storage in building materials ~ 30:16 - Climate change driven flooding ~ 32:23 - What is needed for their carbon sequestration goals ~ 34:27 - Communication with local people ~ 37:48 - Funding by members logistics ~38:39 - “What do you need?” ~ 40:18 - Paying people  ~ 41:05 - Goodbyes ~ 42:47 - Debrief ~ 43:07 Transcript Want to learn more about Climate Clean up: ֍ Website ֍ Linkedin ֍ Twitter ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram ֍ Sargassum clean up report We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtube and Spotify
50:34
June 13, 2021
Ep.22: Understudied Sargassum landings in Tanzania with Jerry Mang’ena
Jerry Mang’ena is a Marine Biologist, Aquapreneur, and the co-founder and director of Aqua-Farms Organisation in Tanzania. He is a tutor at the School of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology of the University of Dar es Salaam a co-organizer of TEDxOysterbay, a Mandela Washington Fellow, a Global shaper and a Climate Reality leader. Jerry has been able to penetrate the international seaweed market by exporting Seaweed to the United States. He is committed to protecting the ocean from unsustainable use and firmly believes that if aquatic resources are sustainably used they can help to mitigate climate change impacts and poverty. Since 2018, using a Gender-sensitive approach, he has changed lives of 58 women from Zanzibar Islands through training on financial literacy, business management skills, value addition to seaweed-based products. He lives in Tanzania and does most of his work in Zanzibar, an island on the East Coast of Africa that also experiences influxes by Sargassum, a phenomenon that is not well known. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Intro ~ 0:00 - Guest intro ~ 1:28 - What is sargassum to you ~ 3:00 - History of sargassum in Zanzibar ~ 4:04 - Quantity of sargassum ~ 6:50 - Sargassum’s effect on different stakeholder groups ~ 8:01 o Fisherman and sargassum ~ 10:00 o Seaweed farmers ~ 11:30 o Tourism industry ~ 13:30 o Fishing industry ~ 15:30 - People positively interacting with endangered species (dugongs, sea turtle) ~ 17:45 - The coral reefs of the region ~ 21:00 - People interacting with sargassum ~ 23:40 - People using sargassum ~ 24:45 o Chickenpox medicine ~ 25:00 o Skin care ~ 25:38 - Aquaculture ~ 26:38 - Nile fish ~ 30:10 - International organizations helping with local community ~ 31:57 - Good bye ~ 34:58 Transcript For more information about Jerry and his organisations: ֍ Aqua farms organization Website ֍ Aqua farms organization Twitter ֍ Aqua farms organization Instagram ֍ Aqua farms organization Facebook ֍ Aqua farms organization: Youtube channel ֍ Jerry‘s Linkedin ֍ Jerry‘s Instagram ֍ Seaweed Innovate Instagram We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons Become one of our patrons (https://www.patreon.com/Sargassumpodcast) for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on youtubeand Spotify
45:57
June 06, 2021
Ep.21: Predicting Sargassum landings using satellites with Marion Sutton
Our guest today is Marion Sutton, an oceanographer and project manager in the Environmental Applications Department of Collecte Localisation Satellites or CLS for short. She was in charge of developing new environmental products and services based on Earth Observation data for the oil & gas and maritime transportation industries. She is now in charge of several projects to valorise the use of Earth Observation marine data through diverse environmental monitoring and drift modelling applications. Collecte Localisation Satellites is subsidiary of the French Space Agency CNES and of CNP, a worldwide company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for Earth since 1986. The company is a provider of ARGOS environmental data. Its mission is to deploy innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet, and to manage its resources sustainably. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Introduction (0:00) - Guest introduction (4:30) - She has never seen Sargassum in real life (6:33) - She sees Sargassum on satellite images (7:08) - CLS started using Satellite data for Sargassum prediction in 2015 (10:13) - SAMtool helping locals through Satellite detection of Sargassum and prediction of where it ends up in the next few days through drift models (12:28) - SAMtool is designed for operational people who manage Sargassum removal on land but also used by Meteo France for their Sargassum predictions and CERMES to compare to their predictions (16:10) - Geographic range of SAMtool spans across the entire wider Caribbean and West Africa (18:13) - Until 2020 SAMtool was free and the users helped with feedback to develop this tool (19:48) - They are looking for new ways to finance SAMtool: Institutions or governments could finance and make the system free for the user or ask a fee from the users to use the system (20:23) - Between the first detection of Sargassum on Satellite images in 2015 and the SAMtool launch in 2019 they managed to adapt the Sargassum detection algorithm from 1000 m resolution images to 300 m resolution images (23:19) - They use the MODIS aqua and Sentinel 2 & 3, LandSAT 8 satellite data to get daily information at 300 m resolution for the entire area and every 2-3 days information at 20 m resolution close to shore (26:08) - High resolution satellites images (20m pixel) are available up to 300km from the shore (29:13) - SAMtool was developed with a lot of imput from it’s end users (30:06) - Improvements of SAMtool  (33:27) - Another development in progress is seasonal planning  (36:33) Transcript Learn more about the Marion Sutton and CLS:   ֍  SAMtool Website ֍  CLS Twitter ֍  CLS youtube channel ֍ Marions Linkedin ֍ Pilot 5.4 Sargassum detection for seasonal planning ֍ Space climate Observation France Honors list We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net facebook, instagram, twitter, Linkedin Become one of our patreons
48:58
May 30, 2021
20 Episodes celebration trailer
We made it to 20 Episodes!    Here a little flash back!   Thanks to all our listeners and our amazing guests so far! Lowell  Iporac from Florida International University   Vanessa Selk from Tout monde art Foundation  Dayre Catzim from Salgax  Victor Smetacek from Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research   John Milledge from Greenwich University   Ligia Collado-Vides from Florida International University   Thierry Lebrun from Martinique   Javier Diaz from Stichting Uniek Curacao   Debbie Bartlett from University of Greenwich   Jason Cole and Jorge Vega from C-combinator  Gug from Gug Underwater   Paola Diaz from Universidad de Costa Rica   Deemian Vera from Grupo Dakatso de México   Teresa Mackey and David Freestone from Sargasso Sea Commission   Brigitte Gavio from Universidad Nacional de Colombia   Louisa Marajo from Tout monde art Foundation  Jasmine Harrison ( Rudderly Mad ) and Mark Sealey who completed the Atlantic Campaigns   Veronica Monroy from UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México   Jake Kheel from Grupo Puntacana   Christophe Mouvet from BRGM
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May 25, 2021
Ep.20: Gestion des impacts environnementaux des jus de Sargasses stockés à terre avec Christophe Mouvet
Christophe Mouvet est hydrogéochimiste, docteur en hydrobiologie, ingénieur au BRGM (Service géologique national) à Orléans (France), à la Direction Eau, Environnement, Procédés et Analyses. Durant les 10 dernières années, il s’est beaucoup intéressé au chlordécone ; il avait travaillé sur l’arsenic dans une phase antérieure de sa carrière. Christophe Mouvet est le chef du projet Sarg As Cld, lauréat de l’appel à projets “Sargasses” lancé en 2018 par l’ANR et d’autres financeurs. Dans ce podcast il nous parle de cette recherche pluridisciplinaire qui sera menée en Martinique sur la quantification, l’atténuation et la perception sociale des impacts environnementaux des lixiviats de Sargasses. A noter, un changement depuis notre enregistrement : c’est Patrick Ollivier, le collègue de Christophe Mouvet, qui poursuit la direction du projet. - Présentation des participants (0:32) - Que représente la sargasse pour Christophe Mouvet : entre souvenir onirique de la Mer des sargasses et objet de recherche et source de préoccupation (0:59) - Comment la sargasse a fait son apparition dans un projet du BRGM ? (02:35) - Parution de l’appel à projets de l’ANR (04:07) - Quelle importance revêt l’interdisciplinarité dans le projet ? (04:58) - Les compétences du BRGM (06:25) - L’arsenic est-il organique ou inorganique ? (09:10) -Le problème de la chlordécone (12:15) -L’importance de l’analyse des sols de sites de stockage (16:30) -Obstacles à la diversification des sols analysés (18:27) -Expérimentation avec la DEAL Martinique (21:12) -La composition de l’équipe du projet, entre Orléans et les Antilles (23:20) -Le projet de surveillance d’arrivées des sargasses du BRGM (28:02) -Un manque de laboratoires d’analyses appropriées aux Antilles françaises (29:24) -Une coopération internationale dans la Caraïbe ? (30:54) -Envisager cet objet de recherche : entre vertige et enthousiasme ? (34:57) -Debrief (38:29) Transcription Pour lire plus sur le sujet : ֍Pour en savoir plus sur le projet Sarg As Cld ֍Pour en savoir plus sur les différents projets ANR (Agence national de la recherche) sur les sargasses  ֍ Le BRGM, Service géologique national ֍ Le BRGM Martinique  ֍ Des recherches du BRGM aux Antilles sur les sargasses : Pré-caractérisation des sites de stockage de sargasses en Martinique Suivi des échouages de sargasses et de la dynamique du trait de côte par caméra autonome dans les Antilles françaises ֍ Les articles de Christophe Mouvet sur Research gate ֍ Le rapport Eco3Sar ֍ Une expérimentation menée avec la DEAL Martinique (Direction de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement) 
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May 23, 2021
Ep.19: Sustainable tourist destination becomes a Sargassum innovation hub with Jake Kheel
Jake Kheel is an environmental innovator whose efforts in the Dominican Republic with the Grupo Punta Cana Foundation have won numerous awards and made the country’s tourism more competitive and environmentally sustainable. Jake directs the Center for Sustainability, a think tank partnering with renowned universities to conduct environmental research. He helped pioneer one of the Caribbean’s largest coral reef restoration projects as well as research and development on ways to tackle the Sargassum crisis. To him Sargassum is both an incredible ecosystem and an immense challenge for the tourism industry. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum as an incredible ecosystem (3:50) - Sargassum as major challenge for the tourism industry and local community and environment (4:45) - Impact of Sargassum on tourism: image, guest experience, smell, cost of removal, sand erosion due to removal (5:30) - The Sargassum inundations started in Punta Cana in2011 but were a problem of a few months, then in 2012 and 2015 it became a much larger problem and the resort started coming up with long term strategies to manage it (10:00) - Using their companies talents and resources to constructing barriers to keep Sargassum away from the beaches (12:20) - Punta Cana became an innovation hub for Sargassum solutions (19:15) - How the resorts history and commitment to sustainability gave them unique skills to tackle the Sargassum challenge (22:32) - Ability to innovate and adapt to new challenges is needed now and in the future as we are facing rapid changes (23:20) - Algaenova piloting composting, biogas and compostable single use plates in Punta Cana (24:25) - Creating alternative job opportunities for fishermen to prevent overfishing of the coral reefs (31:40) - Hiring local fishermen to maintain floating Sargassum barriers turned these fishermen into Sargassum entrepreneurs (34:10) - The Groupo Punta Cana foundation has been establish in 1994 and works on sustainable solutions for challenges the local community and their resort faces. As part of that they invested in local education and health and found solutions for solid waste management at the resort. The manage the marine habitat and the resort into a wildlife refuge for wild hawks (37:10) - Instead of looking at companies as the cause of environmental problems or the funding source for solutions, we should consider then think tanks of innovation (42:45) - Jake’s new book “waking the sleeping giant” is a book for anyone but especially the implementers, solution folks and problem solvers in companies (45:25) - Recommendations for a company that wants to become more sustainable (48:50) Transcript Learn more about Jake and the topics we talked about: ֍ Jake’s book waking the sleeping giant ֍ Grupo Punta Cana Foundation website ֍ Jake’s LinkedIn ֍ Jake’s Instagram Listen: Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW4vMX6b_Sc We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons. For as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests.
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May 16, 2021
Ep.18: Sargazo como imán para la biodiversidad marina con Dr. Verónica Monroy.
En este episodio hablamos con la bióloga marina mexicana Verónica Monroy que nos habla de todos los bichitos asociados con el Sargazo. Verónica es experta en taxonomía, biología y ecología de crustáceos e invertebrados asociados a praderas de pastos marinos y arrecifes coralinos. En 2018 comenzó a estudiar la epifauna asociada al sargazo pelágico y desde 2019 trabaja como investigadora postdoctoral en el laboratorio de la Dr. Brigita van Tussenbroek de la UNAM. Escucha el episodio para aprender sobre: -Presentaciones (0) -Que es el sargazo para Veronica (1 :54) Como empezo su amor y dedicacion con la taxonimia y como se encontro a trabajar con el sargazo -Su experiencia de trabajo en el laboratorio de Brigitta Van Tussenbroeck : los crustaceos (6 :30) -Un amor por la taxonomia (8 :30) - La virtud de la paciencia para poder ser taxonomista (10 :20) - De que forma el sargazo afecta los pastos marinos y los arrecifes (11 :40) - La campania oceanografica en los paises bajos para colectar sargazo : estudio de los bryozoarios y hydrozoarios (14 :55) -El rol que tiene esta macrofauna en el ecosistema del sargazo (17 :45) - La macrofauna del mar de Sargazo y del cinturon Atlantico se parecen pero tambien pueden variar en abundancia (19 :30) - La macrofauna en el sargazo podria ser exotica invasora ?(24 :49) - La mortalidad associada con las llegadas de sargazo (29 :50) -Los estudios que faltan por hacer sobre la fauna de sargazo (34) -Charla entre Mar y Clio sobre lo aprendido durante la entrevista (37 :49) Si quieres saber más sobre el trabajo de Veronica, aquí tienes los links a sus proyectos: ֍ Su researchgate ֍ Su Linkedin ֍ Un articulo con la macrofauna associada al sargazo ֍El articulo de 2019 sobre la mortalidad associada a los arribazones de sargazo Si quieres ponerte en contacto con nosotros mándanos un e-mail a sargassumPodcast@gmx.net o conecta con nosotros a través de las redes sociales facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Quieres más? Conviértete en uno de nuestros patrocinadores desde 1 USD al mes! https://www.patreon.com/theSargassumP...​ De esta forma podrás participar en nuestra “happy hour” mensual con los entrevistados en nuestro podcast y otros fans de sargazo. Agradecemos enormemente cualquier apoyo y estamos deseando conectar con todos ustedes! Te gusta nuestra música? La canción se llama: “Them Ah Pree” de Drizzle Roadranna. Síguele en Drizzle RoadRanna | Spotify 
46:02
May 10, 2021
Ep.17: Follow the yellow brick road to Antigua with Jasmine Harrison and Mark Sealey
In this episode we talk to Jasmine Harrison and Mark Sealey. Both of them have completed the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and rowed 3000 miles from the Canary Island of La Gomera to Antigua. More people have climbed Everest in one year than have rowed the Atlantic Ocean, and it is rightly considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet. Jasmine Harrison represented the team Rudderly Mad and did the crossing solo. Mark Sealey rowed the Atlantic as part of the 4 person Force Genesis team. Both of them experienced Sargassum during their crossing and tell us the story of their crossing. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum being a welcome sight to see while out a sea as long as it doesn’t get stuck in the rudders (5:25) - What it is like to hear about Sargassum the first time while being in the middle of the Atlantic (7:00) - The three charities they are raising money for while doing the crossing (9:45) - How Jasmine heard about the Atlantic crossing and decided to take part (12:00) - Seasickness, bad weather, capsizing, gear breaking, mental challenges and close encounters with ships : toughest moments out at sea (14:05, 17:30, 22:15) - Sunsets, night skies, flat water and wildlife: best moments out at sea (15:30, 17:45, 23:50) - Support vessels checking in with them (18:10) - How they switched between rowing and sleeping (18:45) - How does wildlife change across the Atlantic (26:10) - Most of the plastic seen was in the Sargassum (30:05) - Dorado, Mahi Mahi and Triggerfish were some of the larger fish they saw (33:00) - Scary moment: Getting your boat harpoon speared by blue marlin (35:40) - Getting stuck in thick Sargassum mats (40:00) - “Are you really going to row the Atlantic?” “Why wouldn’t you?” (44:40) - The feeling of arriving in Antigua (47:00) Transcript Learn more about the two rowing teams: Jasmine Harrison ֍ Website ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram ֍ Charity/donation link Mark Sealey ֍ Website ֍ Facebook ֍ Instagram ֍ Twitter ֍ Charity/donation link  Sargassum podcast:  SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Become one of our patrons  Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtubeand Spotify
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May 02, 2021
Ep.16: Les sargasses, une inspiration artistique avec Louisa Marajo
Nous continuons avec l’artiste Louisa Marajo, pour qui les sargasses constituent depuis 2018 une source d’inspiration. Louisa Marajo est d’origine martiniquaise, vit et enseigne à Paris, mais crée souvent in situ sur le littoral de son île natale. Elle a exposé récemment ses œuvres à Paris, ainsi qu’à Miami. Elle co-organise depuis 2019 l’exposition Homo Sargassum avec Vanessa Selk (podcast sur youtube ). Ecoutez cet épisode : Présentation des participants (00:40) Que représente la sargasse pour Louisa Marajo ? « Une plante envahissante et rebelle » (02:30) Projets d’expositions (04:11) : l’idée du chaos au Perez art museum, et l’idée de « construire un monde avec les sargasses » Performance dans l’exposition parisienne : serons-nous tous des sargasses prochainement ? (05:41) Une question néo-coloniale ? La relation à la sargasse comme rapport du local au global et l’invisibilité de ce problème inhérent à la Grande Caraïbe ? (06:52) Homo sargassum, centre et défragmentation (08:08) Scientifiques et artistes, ensemble pour la redécouverte des « fléaux et des ruines de ce monde » (09:12) L’organisation des différentes formes d’exposition (10:24) Le travail entre artistes et scientifiques, en sciences sociales comme en sciences expérimentales sera une construction/déconstruction d’idées, de création, de pratiques (10:54) Quel message et quelle vision du monde l’expression peut apporter à ce problème écologique ? L’artiste apporte un déplacement du problème (11:51) Le rôle des entrepreneurs et des acteurs locaux dans Homo Sargassum : mouvement et intersectionnalité (14:20) Le papier de Sargasse project et les amendements agricoles de la société Holdex (16:31) Changement de trajectoire du projet à cause du Covid-19 (17:08) Carnet du confinement (20:29) Se nourrir des peurs générées pendant le Covid et difficulté à respirer lors des décompositions de sargasses (22:24) Renaissance (23:27) Remerciements (24:54) Debrief (25:30) Vous pouvez écouter en version complète notre générique, par Drizzle RoadRanna(35:02) Transcription Si vous voulez en lire plus sur les sujets développés par Louisa Marajo : - Le site de Louisa Marajo  - Homo sargassum sur le site de Toutmonde Art Foundation  - L’exposition Poussières océaniques à la Galerie Dix9  - La valorisation des algues en papier  Les amendements agricoles d’Holdex environnement présentés sur le site Martinique 2030 
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April 26, 2021
Volcano E3: Impact of La Soufriere Eruptions on St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Our guests today are Melissa de Freitas, Maxine Trotman and Tessa Davy.  Melissa is a Geophysicist working as Energy Officer at the Energy Unit  of the Government of St. Vincent. Maxine currently lives in Atlanta  Georgia and organizes relief effort from there and Tessa is a retired  healthcare professional and is currently on St. Vincent for her tourism  related work. Melissa and Tessa share how they experienced the volcanic  eruptions on St. Vincent and Maxine shares with us how she organizes  relief from afar.     Ways to donate:   Non profit Constructive Solution Inc., which is coordinating immediate  distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent:  https://tinyurl.com/7pkypx8c   Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account  General-Disaster Relief fund: Banking Information for Disaster Relief  (www.gov.vc) Island Innovation page on the Volcanic Eruption with  up to date information and further options to donate:  https://islandinnovation.co/saint-vincent-volcanic-eruption/ *The Sargassum Podcast and MCB are not affiliated with any of organizations raising funds for disaster relief. If  you have been affected by the eruptions of La Soufriere in St. Vincent  and would like to talk to us about it on the podcast then please get in  touch per email: sargassumpodcast@gmx.net
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April 20, 2021
Ep.15: Impact of Sargassum on remote turtle habitats with Brigitte Gavio
In this episode we talk to Brigitte Gavio who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She leads the Research Group in Molecular Systematics and Biogeography of Marine Macroalgae and her research focuses on taxonomy and biogeography of marine algae. Listen to the episode to hear about: - The importance of Sargassum for sea turtles (7:00) - Currently only the San Andres Archipelago receives Sargassum in larger quantities in Colombia, however the Caribbean coast should still prepare in case they ever get beaching events (9:00) - Her research trip to the very remote Cayo Serranilla where they found a large amount of turtles nesting (12:30) - Sargassum arriving on Cayo Serranilla during their research trip (17:20) - Impact of Sargassum and rats on nesting turtles and emerging hatchlings (18.30) - Size of Cayo Serranilla and its rocky and sandy shore line (22:00) - Rat removal on islands (23:00) - Use of turtles of offshore Sargassum mats(28:00) Transcript Learn more about Brigitte’s work: ֍ Brigitte’s professional website ֍ Molecular Systematics and Biogeography of Marine Macroalgae research group ֍Gavio and Santo- Martinez, 2018. Floating Sargassum in Serranilla Bank, Caribbean Colombia may jeopardize the race to the ocean of baby sea turtles
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April 18, 2021
Volcano E2: Impact of La Soufriere Eruptions on St. Vincent and the Grenadines with Dr. Ashley John
Our guest today is Dr Ashley Johns, the founder of Constructive Solutions which is helping with disaster relief efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He has 20 years experience in disaster response and is an Island Innovation Ambassador. His island Bequia is the closest of the Grenadine islands to St. Vincent and was and is heavily affected by the ash cloud from the recent eruptions of La Soufriere in St. Vincent. He explains to us how he experienced the eruptions and ash cloud and how this is the first natural disaster that scared him. He also reports on what has been happening on St. Vincent and Bequia. Lastly he goes into detail on what type of help the people of St. Vincent will need to recover from these eruptions. We accompanied the interview with videos and photos from the region to paint a clearer picture. Ways to donate: Dr. Ashleys Non profit Constructive Solution Inc., which is coordinating immediate distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account General-Disaster Relief fund: Banking Information for Disaster Relief Island Innovation page on the Volcanic Eruption with up to date information and further options to donate: More about our guest Dr. Ashley John
58:46
April 18, 2021
Volcano E1: Impacts of La Soufriere Eruptions on Barbados with Stacey Alvarez
To see videos and pictures head to our youtube channel and watch the interview there: https://youtu.be/bOfXRGUunBo          Our guest today is Stacey Alvarez, a digital sales manager, legal  assistant, educational consultant and Island Innovation Ambassador from  Barbados. Her island was and is heavily affected by the ash cloud from  the recent eruptions of La Soufriere in St. Vincent. She tells us about  the weekend when the island was wrapped in darkness and about the  effects the ash has on people’s health and their daily lives. We  accompanied the interview with videos and photos from the region to  paint a clearer picture. The impact of the volcanic eruption is of course felt much harder on  St. Vincent and we touch on what is happening there as well. We will  cover this in more detail in our next bonus episode. If you would like  to support the people of St. Vincent then Stacey suggests to support  grassroots NGOs as well as Government organizations. [recorded  13.04.2021] Watch Now! Listen Now! Ways to donate: Constructive Solution Inc. non-profit who is coordinating immediate distribution to affected citizens in St. Vincent: https://tinyurl.com/7pkypx8c Bank transfer to Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Account General-Disaster Relief fund: Banking Information for Disaster Relief (www.gov.vc) Island Innovation page on the Volcanic Eruption with up to date information and further options to donate: https://islandinnovation.co/saint-vincent-volcanic-eruption/ Stacey’s linked in profile where she will post ways to donate as they emerge: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-alvarez-de-la-campa-ba-hons-llb-16a275147/ *The Sargassum Podcast and MCB are not affiliated with any of organizations raising funds for disaster relief.
20:32
April 14, 2021
Ep.14: Conserving an incredible ecosystem with Teresa Mackey and Dr David Freestone of the Sargasso Sea Commission
E14: Conserving an incredible ecosystem with Teresa Mackey and Dr David Freestone of the Sargasso Sea Commission The Sargasso Sea Commission was established in 2014 with the goal of conserving the Sargasso Sea. Ms. Teresa Mackey is the Programme Manager of the Sargasso Sea Commission and has been working with it since 2017. Dr. David Freestone is the Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission.He is Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. He has written widely on the Law of the Sea and international environmental law, and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. The Sargasso Sea – on which their project is based  is an incredible diverse ecosystem, also called the golden floating rainforest of the Atlantic. - Species that use Sargassum as a habitat in the open ocean ( 8:10) - Location of the Sargasso Sea ( 9:30) - UN was looking into protecting or conserving areas in the high seas beyond national jurisdictions and the Sargasso Sea Project was designed to show how important it was to do this  (11:30) - The role of the Sargasso Sea Commission (13:10) - The Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization  has closed off all the seamounts in the Sargasso Sea to bottom trawling and to use of gear that might touch the bottom (18:00) - The Commission received the first high seas ecosystem grant to put forward a strategic action programme for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea(18:30) - The negative connotations with Sargassum linked to the inundations in the Caribbean made it difficult to convince people to protect the Sargasso Sea (19:45) - The Sargasso Sea Commission isn’t directly involved in work concerning the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt but supports efforts to minimize negative effects on coastal ecosystems and communities (21:45, 27:35) - The Commission is worried that more Sargassum natans VIII might  arrive in the Sargasso Sea from the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt and is monitoring for this (25:45) - Will there likely be laws around which country owns Sargassum as a resource? (29:40) - International collaboration in early warning systems (31:40) - Nutrient added Sargassum growth (e.g. for carbon sequestration) should not be tried in the Sargasso Sea (34:30) - Benefits of Sargassum for beach nourishment in Bermuda (36:32) - How can we make a legal framework similar to the UNFCCC for Sargassum ?(38:30, 42:25) Transcript Learn more about the Sargasso Sea Commission: ֍ Website ֍Useful information on the Atlantic Sargassum Belt ֍ Facebook ֍ Twitter ֍ Instagram ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Nonsuch expeditions Sargasso Sea Sargassum podcast SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Become one of our patrons
01:10:12
April 11, 2021
Ep.13: Ingeniería marítima para prevenir las arribazones de Sargazo con Deemian Vera y Dagoberto Ruiz
En este episodio hablamos con Deemian Vera  y Dagoberto Ruiz de la empresa mexicana de ingeniería marítima Dakatso. Demian nos habla de las barreras anti-sargazo, los botes de recolección del sargazo y su último producto: el “sargcreto”. Para ellos sargazo es un gran problema cuando llega a las playas de México, pero a la vez es una gran oportunidad como empresa para poder aportar su granito de arena en la búsqueda de soluciones a estas inundaciones. Por eso crearon el Proyecto GIS para la Gestión Integral del Sargazo. Si quieres saber más sobre cómo prevenir las arribazones de sargazo y aprovechar el sargazo recolectado, escucha nuestro último episodio. Escucha el episodio para aprender sobre: (For the editing: We had to restart the interview, so it starts in min 3:38 and in min 4:34 we need to cut a few seconds) - Presentaciones (0:35 ) - Introducción de la empresa Mexicana Dakatso (2:13) - Que es Sargazo para Deemian de Dakatso (2:51) - Como la empresa empezó a trabajar con el sargazo (3:40) - Importancia de recoger el sargazo en cuanto antes al llegar en las playas (5:15) - Presentación del plan de Gestión Integral del Sargazo, proyecto GIS : Contención, recolección, disposición, industrialización (5:38) - El proceso final del proyecto GIS, el concreto (hormigón) “Sargcreto” (10:00) - Los barcos de recolección y el desarrollo del proceso de recolección en mar (11:45) - Donde llevan el sargazo una vez en tierra y con quien trabajan (15:18) - Tiempo de vida de las barreras y mantenimiento (16:30) - Las diferentes aplicaciones del sargazo triturado (21:17) - La red neuronal para monitorizar el sargazo: drones y satélites (22:58) - La barrera más larga de Dakatso (25:42) - Estudios previos para diseñar la barrera (26:51) - Intervención de Dagoberto y agradecimientos (28:32) - Charla sobre lo aprendido durante la entrevista entre Mar y Clio (31:07) Si quieres saber más sobre los proyectos de Dakatso, aquí tienes los links a su empresa: https://www.dakatso.com.mx https://flow.page/grupodakatso Si quieres ponerte en contacto con nosotros mándanos un e-mail a sargassumPodcast@gmx.net o conecta con nosotros a través de las redes sociales facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin.  Quieres más? Conviértete en uno de nuestros patrocinadores desde 1 USD al mes! https://www.patreon.com/theSargassumP...De esta forma podrás participar en nuestra “happy hour” mensual con los entrevistados en nuestro podcast y otros fans de sargazo. Agradecemos enormemente cualquier apoyo y estamos deseando conectar con todos ustedes!  Te gusta nuestra música? La canción se llama: “Them Ah Pree” de Drizzle Roadranna. Síguele en Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/03bre2kTFwQjUIhn7E956s y youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCyK...
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March 30, 2021
Ep.12: Assessing Sargassum landings through interviews with Paola Diaz
In this episode we talk to Paola Díaz a biologist from Honduras currently studying a masters in Integrated Management of Tropical Coastal Areas at the University of Costa Rica. Her upcoming project with Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología at the University of Costa Rica involve the documentation of the arrivals of Sargassum to Central America. According to her most people think of Sargassum as a problem but in the recent years more and more people also see it as an opportunity and wake-up call as a result of environmental impacts. - Her studies in Coastal Management(5:25) - Sargassum situation in Costa Rica (9:05; 11:00) - Using interviews and Epicollect 5 to document Sargassum landings in Costa Rica(9:45) - How she is planning on collecting data from remote beaches (12:34) - Working together with NGOs that monitor beaches and hotels that have beaches (13:50) - Plans to involve local community: first make local connections, then give locals information and then interview them to learn how they are experiencing Sargassum (15:40) - Interview method that is standardized and used in different places in the Caribbean (17:30) - First they plan informative webinars for NGOs and government and then practical webinars for people who will collect data (18:45) Transcript Learn more about Paola’s work: ֍ Research gate profile with publications ֍ Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología Instagram ֍ Paola’s Instagram ֍ Paola’s twitter ֍ Become a Sargassum citizen scientists: 1. Download Epicollect5 for iphones Download Epicollect5 for Android 2. Within the Epicollect5 download the projects Sargassum Watch (English) or Monitoreo de Sargassum (Spanish) if you want to collect full data sets or EZ Sargassum, Sargazo facil (Spanish) or Sargasse facile(French) to just snap pictures 3. Take pictures of the beach every time you visit even if there is none We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtubeand Spotify
32:17
March 21, 2021
Ep.11: The beautiful world below Sargassum mats with Chris Gug
In this episode we talk to Chris Gug who is better known as just Gug. He is regarded as one of America's foremost underwater photographers. Gug has been making waves in the art scene for well over a decade and has won countless awards, many of which are internationally acclaimed. He didn’t receive a formal photography education, but acquired his skills while living full time on dive boats, shooting pictures every day. Now he is based in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida where he has an art gallery called the Gug Underwater Gallery. For Gug, Sargassum is a artistic opportunity, a floating habitat that brings many amazing creatures and doubles as a great backdrop. - The camera he uses (3:00) - How he became a full time professional underwater photographer at 15 years old (4:00) - The importance of observations (6:40) - The joy of exploring a Sargassum patch underwater (8:00) - Examples of pictures and videos he took (12:15) - Reaction of beach goers to sunken Sargassum (16:00) - Sargassum quantity increased from 2017 in Florida but only in 2019 and 2020 was there an increase in animals associated with Sargassum (17:30) - Shifting baselines and the loss of ecosystem health(21:15) - Floridian view on Sargassum and them often confusing it to the red tide (24:00) - Introducing kids to Sargassum and nature (27:15) - Amount of plastic within the Sargassum has increased in the last two years (29:30) - Take time to watch wildlife and approach it slowly to get good pictures (32:45) Learn more about Gug’s work and his amazing art work: ֍ Website ֍ Visit the Gallery: 216 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 ֍ Facebook ֍ Twitter ֍ Instagram ֍ Pinterest ֍ Youtube We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtubeand Spotify
44:36
March 13, 2021
Ep.10: Scaling up Sargassum based products with Jason Cole and Jorge Vega Matos from C- Combinator
In this episode we talk to Jason Cole and Jorge Vega Matos, who are part of the 20-person strong team at C-Combinator, a public benefit corporation creating valuable circular economies based on Sargassum that can address regenerative agriculture, sustainable manufacturing, and scalable carbon sequestration. Jason Cole is the Executive VP for Innovation and Jorge Vega Matos is VP for Marketing & Communications. To them, Sargassum is a sign of disrupted ocean ecosystems. As Sargassum is thriving with this new climate, they plan to work with the ocean to avert climate collapse. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum beaching events in Tanzania (10:00) - Mission of C-Combinator to help restore the oceans and climate through the growth of naturally occurring seaweeds (11:15) - C-Combinator is opening the first high tech biorefinery for macroalgae in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and Mexico) (11:45) - Their plans to innovate with sargassum and scale a large range of products in a sustainable way (12:25) - As a public benefit cooperation they are about economy justice for island and coastal economies (13:30) - Biggest hurdle to close shore seaweed farming is regulatory, to get the permission to put lines in the water (16:00) - Deepsea seaweed farming has large potential in the future but need to still be scaled up(19:00) - Jason journey from IT to C- Combinator (23:00) - Jorge background commercial anthropologist and foresight researcher (29:00) - Seaweeds are one of the groups of obscure organisms with amazing properties that we are rediscovering (29:30) - Helping local communities through job creation and mitigation of negative effects of Sargassum (32:45) - Cultural value of beaches and the ocean (35:45) - Multitude of partners at Universities, Government and elsewhere (36:20) - Producing biostimulant from Sargassum (38:10, 41:45) - Other products they developed such as super absorbants for agriculture, replacements for leather, foam (40:45,( 47:25) - The vision of C- Combinator as the anti-oil company(43:30) - Do we need to farm Sargassum to make all these products ?(52:15) - Using Sargassum for climate mitigation (56:30, 1:02:32) - How to remove arsenic and other contaminants from harvested Sargassum in the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico (59:00) Transcript Learn more about C-Combinator: ֍ C- combinator website ֍ LinkedIn ֍ Twitter ֍ Climate foundation website ֍ Movie: 2040 Join the Regeneration We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtubeand Spotify
01:13:54
March 07, 2021
Ep.9: Nature based solutions and social impacts of Sargassum with Dr. Debbie Bartlett
In this episode we talk to Dr. Debbie Bartlett.  She is Professor of Environmental Conservation at University of Greenwich. Her background is in consultancy, and she had experience of working for local authorities and government agencies before moving to full time employment in academia. Together with John Milledge who we interviewed in Episode 5 she works on a Darwin Plus Project to find Sustainable Solutions for Sargassum Inundations in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI). As part of this, she conducted one of the first studies to determine the social and economic impacts Sargassum has on island communities. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum muticans, an invasive species in the UK (2:30) - Pelagic Sargassum as a community (3:40) - Nature based solutions (4:00) - Importance of local people’s input (6:00) - How to involve local communities in issues that happen in the connected ocean (6:30) - Sargassum on hotel beaches creates employment opportunities (8:46) - Gamefishers like Sargassum mats but pull in more fish with shark bites (9:30) - Local fishermen are likely not impacted by Sargassum in the TCI (12:00) - Effect of Sargassum on Seagrass beds in the TCI (14:00) - Different things we do not understand yet about Sargassum (17:30) - Impact of Sargassum on Mangroves (18:00) - Need for basic science on Sargassum (18:30) - For a Sargassum industry you need to know how much is arriving to your island (20:00) - Determine where does the Sargassum do the most damage and where does it the most good (21:00) - Debbie’s surprise when she witnessed a “cruise boat day” on Grand Turk(24:00) - Dive tourism concerned about bad publicity that comes with Sargassum(28:00) - Sargassum affects jet ski operators massively(28:30) - Hotel are often worries about their image when islands receive Sargassum (29:45) - Is there a coordinate effort between all stakeholders involved in the TCI? (31:30) - Can you extrapolate the results from TCI to other areas? (36:30) - Solutions to the Sargassum problem threat the symptoms but not the cause (39:30) Resources mentioned during the podcast: ֍ Bartlett D (2020) Chapter 5 Landscape Character Assessment: A method to include community perspectives and ecosystem services in landuse planning in Nature based Solutions: Science, Innovations and Strategies in South Asia.  Ed Dhyani S, Gupta A K and Karki M. Volume 1 in the Springer Nature series Disaster Resilience and Green Growth ֍ Onus or Bonus? Researchers assess the impact of sargassum seaweed in the TCI. ֍ Sargassum uses guide (published by CERMES) ֍ Milledge JJ Maneein S, Arribas López Bartlett D (2020) Sargassum Inundations in Turks and Caicos: Methane Potential and Proximate, Ultimate, Lipid, Amino Acid, Metal and Metalloid Analyses Energies 2020, 13(6), 1523; ֍Bartlett D (2020) Golden Tides – A Collaborative Search for a Sustainable Solution to the Seaweed Inundations on Caribbean Beaches In Practice - Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, 107: p30-33 We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media
50:14
February 28, 2021
Ep.8: Impact of Sargassum on Curaçao’s Bokas with Javier Diaz
In this episode we talk to Javier Diaz. He is a Marine Biology Master student at University of Groningen, researching the importance of healthy fish nursery habitats in Curaçao, where he is from. He is also a board member and the research coordinator at Stichting Uniek Curaçao, a NGO group that works towards heightening the life quality of the local residents and among other things is removing Sargassum in parts of Curaçao. Sargassum to him is a nursery in the open water but becomes a problem when it reaches the coasts. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum has always occurred on Curaçao but the blooms are more severe now  (2:00) - Impacts of Sargassum on Curaçao (3:00) - Stichting Uniek Curaçao and what it does for the local people, nature and youth (3:45) - Traditional ecological knowledge of fishermen in Curaçao and how it relates to his science education (6:00) - Languages spoken on Curaçao (9:00) - Languages that Uniek Curaçao uses for their outreach (10:16) - How is Sargassum dealt with on Curaçao and the planned development of a removal protocol (13:15) - Mortality of wildlife during Sargassum events (19:30) - Rescuing Seaturtles from compacted Sargassum (22:00) - Sargassum arrives in Curaçao March/April and sits bays until July (24:30) - Health impacts of Sargassum on Curaçao (24:45) - Storage of removed Sargassum on Curaçao and plans for using it as products (25:30) Learn more about Uniek Curaçao and watch the videos Javier talked about in the episode: ֍ Stichting Uniek Curaçao facebook page ֍ Kiko sargassum ta?- Video explaining Sargassum in Papiamentu ֍ Video of turtle rescue in Boka Ascencion ֍ Video of plastic and debrief pool in Boka Ascencion ֍ Video of volunteers cleaning up Boka Patrick ֍ https://www.facebook.com/465248466901826/videos/1881404935286165 We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube and Spotify
38:34
February 20, 2021
Ep.7: Impacts des sargasses sur la santé avec le docteur Thierry Lebrun
Pour cet épisode, nous discutons avec le docteur Thierry Lebrun, médecin anesthésiste-réanimateur et référent Anesthésiste, au Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de la Martinique (CHUM) Pierre Zobda Quitman, depuis sa fondation en 2018. Il habite en Martinique depuis plus de 40 ans et est engagé en tant que médecin et en tant que citoyen contre les dangers que peuvent représenter pour les riverains et les ramasseurs les sargasses échouées sur les rivages. Le docteur Thierry Lebrun est un lanceur d’alerte, et représentant du collectif citoyen SOS Sargasses Martinique. Le Sargassum Podcast permet d’offrir un espace de dialogues où chacun peut exprimer librement son opinion.  Ecoutez cet épisode :  - Présentation des participants (0:30)  - Qu’est-ce que les sargasses pour Thierry Lebrun (2:57)  - Les enjeux sanitaires des sargasses (4 :00)  - Rôle de citoyen lanceur d’alerte, comment cette engagement a commencé (5:13).  - Conséquences des expositions chroniques aux émanations de gaz sur la santé et mesure de ces émanations (8:00)  - Parallèle avec les algues vertes en Bretagne(10 :58)  - Contrôle des expositions chroniques par les médecins sentinelles et conséquences sur la santé (11:58)  - Mobilisation citoyenne, attentes et déceptions (15 :20)  - Échange d’informations entre médecins dans la Caraïbe (20:16)  - La prévision des échouages de sargasses (22 :25)  - L’avenir de la Caraïbes avec les sargasses (26 :10)  - Études impacts sargasses sur corps humain et sur les maisons (29 :40)  - Importance de la mobilisation citoyenne pour faire remonter les informations du terrain et moyen mis en œuvre (34 :00)  - Remerciements (36 :30 )  - Debrief (36 :45)  Pour lire plus sur le sujet :  ֍Pour en savoir plus sur les risques sanitaires, un ensemble de documents présentés sur le site de l’URML (Union Régionale des Médecins Libéraux) ֍Article publié dans The Lancet : Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean islands: an international public health concern  ֍Les journalistes relaient l’invitation du Dr Lebrun : ”Sargasses : un médecin du CHUM, à bout, invite le Préfet chez lui !”  ֍ De nouveaux projets de recherche en France sur les risques sanitaires : Sargacare, développée par le CHUM, financée par l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche : SaRimèd, recherche en SHS financée par la Fondation de France  ֍Les mesures prises par Madininair  ֍Et le dispositif de surveillance de la DEAL (Direction de l’Environnement, de l’Aménagement et du Logement)  ֍Roman graphique Algues vertes : l’histoire interdite d’Inès Léraud et Pierre Van Hove, https://livre.fnac.com/a13413882/Pierre-Van-Hove-Algues-vertes-l-histoire-interdite  ֍Une thèse en SHS sur l’algue verte : Vivre avec l’algue verte : médiations, épreuves et signes  ֍L’association APNE (Association pour la Protection de la Nature et de l’Environnement),  On adorerai vous écouter, n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer un email à SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, et à nous rejoindre sur les reseaux sociaux: facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin  Vous en voulez plus? Devenez un de nos parrains pour seulement 1$ par mois et participez à un happy hour exclusif  mensuel avec nos invités du podcast et d’autres passionnés de saragasses. Nous sommes sincèrement reconnaissants  envers chacun de nos  donateurs et nous avons hâte de vous rencontrer.
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February 17, 2021
Ep.6: Connecting people working with Sargassum with Prof. Ligia Collado-Vides
In this episode we talk to Dr. Ligia Collado-Vides. She is a professor at Florida International University and has been studying the ecology of marine macroalgae in the Caribbean and south Florida for the last 20 years. Sargassum is to her a large group of brown algae with more 350 species. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Information we are still missing about the life cycle of Sargassum natans and fluitans (4:30) - Differences between Sargassum blooms and other blooms (5:30) - Which Sargassum species are landing on beaches (6:30) - SargNet: The network connecting people working on Sargassum (7:30) - How to communicate in a linguistical diverse region such as the Caribbean (16:30) - Future of SargNet (19:00) Take Action ֍Join the SargNet mailing list ֍ Post about your work on the SargNet mailing list so people that joined recently know what you do. Make the post multilingual (use www.deepL.comto translate your text into other languages) ֍Learn how to identify the three pelagic Sargassum morphotypes: natans I, natans VIII and fluitans III ֍ Learn more about the Ligia’s Lab ֍ Read some of Ligias’s work We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube and Spotify
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February 06, 2021
Ep.5: Turning Sargassum into fuel? With Dr. John Milledge
In this episode we talk to Dr. John Milledge, a member of Algal Biotechnology Research Group at the University of  Greenwich. He is currently researching the potential exploitation of  Genus Sargassum for biofuel and other products. Sargassum is to him a vibrant offshore ecosystem that causes economic challenges when it beaches. He is researching whether we can turn this golden tide into a golden opportunity. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Historic gathering of seaweed in the UK (3:30) - Sargassum muticum, which invaded the UK waters (4:30) - Sargassum is theoretically well suited for fuel but in practice not as much fuel is produced (6:50) - The compound that inhibits fuel production (phenolics) can potentially be used for  pharmaceutical and dental products (8:00) - Has pelagic Sargassum come up the Gulf stream to the UK (9:30) - What type of products could be made from Sargassum (13:30) - Concentration of arsenic and other heavy metals in Sargassum (14:30) - How freeze drying can help with transporting samples over long distances (18:00) - Why Sargassum tastes salty (20:30) - Brominated compounds found in algae reduce methane production of cattle (22:00) - Producing methane through anaerobic digestion (24:00) - Return on energy investment of fuel (30:00) Read some of John’s work: ֍ Milledge et al. 2020 Sargassum Inundations in Turks and Caicos: Methane Potential and Proximate, Ultimate, Lipid, Amino Acid, Metal and Metalloid Analyses ֍ Milledge and Harvey, 2016 Golden Tides: Problem or Golden Opportunity? The Valorisation of Sargassum from Beach Inundations ֍ Further information on the work of Dr Milledge and Aquatic Biotechnology and Biology Group of the University of Greenwich Dr. Milledge’s work is supported by Darwin Plus (DPR7P\100059), “Sustainable Solutions for Sargassum Inundations in Turks & Caicos. We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connecting with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube and Spotify
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January 30, 2021
Ep.4: Turning Ocean deserts into vibrant algae farms with Victor Smetacek
In this episode we talk to Emeritus Prof. Victor Smetacek, a biological oceanographer by training. Before retiring a few years ago he was leading the Pelagic Biology Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. Victor once picked up a Sargassum fish while swimming in India thinking he was picking up Sargassum. For him Sargassum is an incredible algae that could be farmed in gyres to sequester carbon. Listen to the episode to hear about: - His encounter with the Sargassum fish (1:30) - How seaweed can grow without being attached to the bottom (6:00) - How farming seaweed can revolutionize our society and help us combat climate change (8:15) - Public opinion on ocean iron fertilization (10:00) - How algae farming in gyres would work (12:00) - Why Sargassum is well suited for gyre farming and carbon capture (14:30) - Will this affect Caribbean shore ? (15:00) - Could lobsters, crabs be grown in these farms as well ? (17:00) - Technical aspects of the farms (18:30) - Bailing Sargassum for deep sea carbon storage (22:30) - Water exchange between oxygen depleted zone and surface water (25:00) - How the Caribbean can be involved in gyre farming (25:30) - How iron fertilization gives you control (28:00) - The power of ocean based solutions (32:00) Read some of Victors work: ֍ Smetacek, V. (2017) Beating the retreat of ice. India Today, January 2017. ֍ Smetacek, V. (2020) Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change by Manipulating the Global Carbon Cycle. Geography and You Special Report 1, LIGHTS, New Delhi We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patronsfor as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connect with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube Spotify
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January 24, 2021
Ep.3: Salgax- Cómo convertir sargazo en una oportunidad comercial con Dayre Catzim.
En este episodio hablamos con la emprendedora mexicana Dayre Catzim que fundó junto a su marido la empresa Salgax para producir fertilizante, papel y otros productos a partir del sargazo recogido en las playas. Para Dayre sargazo es su forma de vida y una forma de generar trabajo y empleos. Para su pueblo, los mayas, es un recurso nuevo y parte de su trabajo ha sido enseñarle a la cultura maya la utilidad de las algas como recurso marino. Escucha el episodio completo para aprender sobre los siguientes temas (minuto en paréntesis): Dónde recolectar Sargazo en      México durante todo el ano (6:50) Cómo nació Salgax-la romántica      historia detrás de la empresa de biotecnología marina (7:50) Qué es la biotecnología azul y      cómo podemos aplicarla en tierra (10:15) Los productos que produce y      comercializa Salgax a partir de Sargazo. (13:09) La conexión de los      fertilizantes de sargazo con los campesinos y las amas de casa (14:20) Dayre nos ensena sus productos:      papel, fertilizantes, material inífugo de Sargazo (16:00) Cómo ha reaccionado la      comunidad local a estos productos (20:00) Diferentes tipos de arribazones      de algas marinas en México y cómo educar a los pescadores locales a diferenciarlos      (21:00) Cómo recogen las algas para sus      productos (22:40) Proceso de secado y      desalinizado: El sargazo al secarlo tiene cristales de sal que hay que      eliminar antes de utilizarlo para fertilizante (23:25) Dónde se comercializan los      productos de Salgax y los procesos de certificación (24:26) Los mayores desafíos y ventajas      de trabajar con Sargazo (27:45) Wrap up in english by Robby, Fran and Mar. (32:00) ֍ Sitio web y productos de Salgax ֍ Página de Facebook de Salgax ֍ Salgax instagram ֍ Salgax twitter ֍ Canal de youtube de Salgax Si quieres ponerte en contacto con nosotros mándanos un e-mail a sargassumPodcast@gmx.net o conecta con nosotros a través de las redes sociales facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin. Quieres más? Conviértete en uno de nuestros patrocinadores desde 1 USD al mes! De esta forma podrás participar en nuestra “happy hour” mensual con los entrevistados en nuestro podcast y otros fans de sargazo. Agradecemos enormemente cualquier apoyo y estamos deseando conectar con todos ustedes.! 
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January 17, 2021
Ep.2: Homo Sargassum – how Sargassum inspired an art project with Vanessa Selk
In this episode we talk to Vanessa Selk, the executive and artists director of Tout-Monde Art Foundation and former French diplomat. For Vanessa, Sargassum are living creatures that are having a dialog with us humans on an economic, ecological, historic and creative level. Listen to the episode to hear about: - The Caribbean folkloric story of the Soucouyant as portait in a painting by  Edouard Duval-Carrié (2:30) - Sargassum is a living being that is holding a dialog with us on a economic and ecological, historic and creative level (5:30) - Sargassum as a memorial and reminder of the Transatlantic Passage (7:00) - How she championed French Caribbean artists as a French diplomat and now does the same for Caribbean artists in general with Tout-monde art foundation (8:30) - How the history of melting of European, African and American identities and cultures shape the Caribbean art (11:30) - The 3 E’s of Tout-monde art foundation: Equality, Ecology and Education (15:00) - Art that serves a political and social purpose (17:00) - Homo Sargassum art project: Wider Caribbean and West Africa, Artists and Scientists (19:00) - How they adapted to COVID-19 and came out with a video first and hopefully will do an exhibition later (22:00) - Why we need to reconnect to nature(25:00) Learn more: ֍ Website tout-monde art foundation ֍ Information on Homo Sargassum project ֍ Homo Sargassum short film: - 8 min version - 3 min version ֍ Tout monde art foundation instagram ֍ Donate to Tout-monde art foundation ֍ volunteer with Tout-monde art foundation We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connect with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube 
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January 17, 2021
Ep.1: Citizens help scientists with the Sargassum Watch App with Lowell Iporac
In this episode we talk to Lowell Iporac, a PhD student at Florida International University. He is the communications manager of the International Sargassum Network (SargNet) listserv and primary manager of the citizen science project “Sargassum Watch”. Sargassum is a “hell of an accident” to Lowell. His PhD was focused on invertebrates in seagrass beds until Sargassum came along and now it is taking over his PhD. Listen to the episode to hear about: - Sargassum as Golden Rainforest in the Sargasso Sea (6:00) - Insects living in Sargassum on the shores (8:00) - Citizen science app “Sargassum Watch” on Epicollect5 (app) to collect data on Sargassum levels on beaches (12:30) - How sea turtle monitoring groups are collecting data on Sargassum levels through the citizen science app (13:00) - The two levels of engagement possible through the citizen science app: “Full observation” and “snap pictures and go” (14:00) - The different languages that the app is available in: English, Spanish and soon to come French (15:30) - How the data from the citizen science project made it possible to see variability in timing and severity of Sargassum landings across the Caribbean. (16:00) - How in the future, the data collected may help other scientists to fine tune prediction models (18:00) - How the citizen science project could be expanded to offshore observations (22:00) Learn more: ֍ Join the SargNet mailing list ֍ Become a Sargassum citizen scientists: 1. Download Epicollect5 for iphones Download Epicollect5 for Android 2. Within the Epicollect5 download the projects Sargassum Watch (English) or Monitoreo de Sargassum (Spanish) if you want to collect full data sets or EZ Sargassum, Sargazo facil (Spanish) or Sargasse facile(French) to just snap pictures 3. Take pictures of the beach every time you visit even if there is none ֍ Use the data: Sargassum Watch EZ Sargassum Monitoreo de Sargassum We love to hear from you, feel free to drop us an email to SargassumPodcast@gmx.net, and connect with us on social media: facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin. Can’t get enough? Become one of our patrons for as little as $1 a month and take part in an exclusive monthly happy hour with our podcast guests and other Sargassum crazy patrons. We are grateful for each supporter and look forward to connect with you. Like our music? The song is called Them Ah Pree by Drizzle Roadranna. Follow him on spotify and youtube 
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January 05, 2021