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Endangered White Abalone

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White abalone is on the brink of extinction — but what does breeding have to do with it? Our guest is Kristin Aquilino, Manager, White Abalone Captive Breeding Program, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. She introduces us to the unique

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Vaquita: On the Verge of Extinction

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The enchanting, small Vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine marine mammal in the world, and the call is out to halt its threatened extinction. We talk with Dr. Barbara Taylor, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, who gives us insight

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California Sea Otters

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Everyone loves sea otters — they’re entertaining, interesting, and just so darned cute! But there’s a lot we might not know about these marine animals who populate our coastal areas. Sea otters are an “indicator species” for environmental health, and

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What is Ocean Acidification?

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What is ocean acidification? What about hypoxia? How serious are these issues? Our guest is Dr. Tessa M. Hill, Associate Professor at the University of California-Davis, who tells us about what the changes in ocean chemistry mean to the health

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Sharks in Peril!

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Sharks: exciting, mysterious and dramatic. Although often misunderstood, sharks are a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystem and are in need of protection. We spoke with Ania Budziak, Associate Director for Programs at Project AWARE, who tells us how scuba

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Every Week is #SharkWeek! With Jean-Michel Cousteau

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It’s #SharkWeek!, when more people watch, share and talk about shark stories than any other time of the year. Some tales are thrilling, some are scary, and some are intentionally silly. (We’re looking at you, #Sharknado!) But sharks play an

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome UPDATE!

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We have the newest information! Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Over the last couple of years, sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America have been experiencing

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What’s Happening to California Sea Lions?

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Stranded, starving and sickly sea lion pups are showing up by the hundreds on California beaches, miles from their mothers who would normally be nursing their young. The situation is reaching crisis proportions, and keeping a valiant team of experts

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Whale Alert App!

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Slow-moving whales are vulnerable to ship strikes since feeding and migration areas overlap with shipping lanes. The public and mariners on the West Coast now can use an app to help decrease the risk of injury or death to whales

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Slowing Ships for Cleaner Air, Safer Whales

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Can reducing ship speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel reduce ship/whale collisions while improving air quality? A new trial program in the Santa Barbara Channel gives cargo ships incentives to slow down to reduce air pollution and increase protection of

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Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles

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What reptile outlived the dinosaurs, is the largest of its kind on earth, can dive to a depth of half a mile, and migrates more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean? The answer is the Pacific leatherback sea turtle

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Channel Islands Bald Eagle Restoration

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Bald eagles once nested and lived among all of California’s Channel Islands. However, by the early 1960s, bald eagles disappeared from the Channel Islands due to human impacts, including the introduction of DDT. We talk with Annie Little, Montrose Settlements

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

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Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality event called sea star wasting syndrome. We talk to

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Bringing a Kelp Forest Back to Life!

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Imagine a barren underwater “desert” turned back into a lush, healthy habitat in mere months! We talk to David Witting, with NOAA’s Office of Habitat Restoration, about a project to restore kelp off the coast of Southern California by a

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Reducing the Threat of Ship Strikes to Whales

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Ships and whales–we need both! We talk with Michael Carver, Deputy Superintendent of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, to learn about West Coast ship strikes to whales and what national marine sanctuaries are doing to help solve this problem. Find

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Yesterday's Ocean

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Where have all the abalone gone? Travel back in time to see what our ocean and coasts were like 100 years ago! You will be amazed at how abundant our ocean once was. Photographer Marc Shargel’s new e-book “Yesterday’s Ocean”

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SHARKS! With Jean-Michel Cousteau

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It’s Shark Week and we want you to know that sharks play an important part in the ocean’s overall health. Sharks are thrilling and mysterious, yet are threatened by human actions and need to be protected, rather than feared. Join

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West Coast Ship Strikes

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The U. S. West Coast is a critical feeding destination for endangered whales. It’s also home to busy ports and essential shipping lanes. Where whales and ships overlap, there is an increased risk of ship strikes that can cause serious

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part II)

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It’s a spectacular year for whale sightings off the California Coast, with blue whales and humpbacks in abundance. Why are they here in such large numbers, and how can we best experience them? We continue our discussion with Mary Jane

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One World One Ocean Campaign

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The One World One Ocean Campaign is using the power of film, television and new media to inspire people to protect and restore the health of the ocean. Learn about the campaign from Greg MacGillivray, Chairman of the One World

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Help Give Sharks A Fighting Chance

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The Project AWARE Foundation is a non-profit conservation organization working with divers around the world to conserve underwater environments. On this report, Director Jenny Miller Garmendia talks about one of their projects that is aimed at protecting sharks. For more

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