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Building Ocean Leaders Through Awareness, Education, and Action
Building Ocean Leaders Through Awareness, Education, and Action

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I am very pleased to announce my first webinar that will take place on March 11 at 8pm EST. Click the link to register for the webinar. http://www.speakupforblue.com/wordpress/webinar1-registration-page

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Citizen Science is a great way for you to take action to conserve the Ocean. Check out my trip with a citizen science program at the University of Miami's RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. 

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My new post about what conservation actually means is posted on Speak Up For The Blue. 

What do you think conservation is?

http://bit.ly/17J5Kj0
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The threats that a coral reef has to face don't affect just the coral itself! A healthy coral A healthy coral has a balance between growth of new parts and erosion of the older ones, which is done by waves, fishes and photosynthetic microborers. Well, a new study says these microborers seem to be more effective in warm and acidic oceans....They "eat" the carbonate part of the corals, their skeleton!

Read more about it: http://www.speakupforblue.com/in-ocean-news/coral-microborers-starving-as-co2-and-temperature-rise 

Everyday we discover new awful threats to the coral reefs, so do you think its time to take this kind of studies more seriously?
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Have you ever thought about doing a PhD in Marine Sciences? It is a really important decision for your career, so maybe it's good to know how it feels first!
Meet Jesse Senko, who is a 2nd year PhD student at Arizona State University. In this interview, Jesse talks about his reasons for doing a PhD, how he got into the program, and what his experience has been so far. 

http://www.speakupforblue.com/ocean-conservation-careers/about-marine-science-phd-with-jesse-senko

Share your experiences with us, and feel free to ask for more information!
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And... another threat to the Great Barrier of Reef!! Here comes another one that you might not expect: URANIUM. Yes! Uranium! There has been a ban in Queensland on uranium mining for 28 years, but last October Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman ended the ban.
This means that lots of ships exporting uranium would be able to travel across these wonderful reefs... The UNESCO committee is not very happy with this dedecision, and they will have a meeting with the Federal Government in June, so we’ll have to wait to what will happen until then.

Read more: http://www.speakupforblue.com/in-ocean-news/the-way-to-a-radioactive-great-barrier
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What kind of skills do you need to get an ocean conservation job? Experience is really important, but you'll need more than that! Check out 3 extra skills that will come in handy to many Ocean Conservation Organizations out there that can be attained with a little hard work up front.

http://www.speakupforblue.com/ocean-conservation-careers/3-skills-to-help-you-get-an-ocean-conservation-job
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Do you know what the Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) are? they are floating things, like sargassum or discarded fishing nets, moored to the bottom or not, with a GPS transmitter. They are used as shelter by juveniles, and they attract predators. This predators will attract even bigger predators and so on! 

To know how they use it in commercial fishing: http://www.speakupforblue.com/ocean-solutions/5471

Remember to check not only the species of fish you are buying, but also the way it was caught!

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It’s usual to find information about Antarctica or Greenland ice melting…but what’s going on with the rest of the world’s glaciers? Canada, in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (CAA), has the third largest repository of frozen water, and according to a new study, its melting is irreversible. By the end of this century, the glacier would lose about 20% of its mass. This loss of ice mass would result in a rise in the sea level of about 3.5 cm!!

Read more: http://www.speakupforblue.com/in-ocean-news/climate-change-canadian-glaciers-on-an-irreversible-mass-loss
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Do Public Aquariums do enough for Ocean Conservation? Check out the discussion between Andrew Lewin and Rebecca Dolson from SpeakUpForBlue.com
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