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The Sargassum Podcast

The Sargassum Podcast

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Podcast hosted by marine educators and scientists with vast expertise in Sargassum and Coastal Communities. The podcasts interviews scientists, entrepreneurs, managers, community project leaders, government officials, artists, fishermen, people working in the tourism sector and others on how they experience Sargassum, a floating algae that has caused severe problems when beaching in the wider Caribbean and West Africa. Each interviewee will tell us of a solutions or new knowledge they came up with while dealing with Sargassum. The podcasts enables bi-directional knowledge exchange between exp
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Episode 6: Connecting people working with Sargassum with Prof. Ligia Collado-Vides

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Episode 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
Episode 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.
45:11
February 17, 2021
Episode 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
31:21
February 6, 2021
Episode 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
46:57
January 30, 2021
Episode 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
43:07
January 24, 2021
Episode 2: 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.! 
43:26
January 17, 2021
Episode 1: 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 
39:23
January 17, 2021
Episode 3: 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 
38:17
January 5, 2021