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How Blue is Your Mind?

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We know that people will pay more for an ocean view, but did you know that water actually makes you more creative? That a walk along the coast helps you be more connected? We talk with Wallace J. Nichols, the

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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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Don’t Trash the Beach!

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California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we

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Ocean Protection Through Action

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What does a seafloor map look like, and who uses one? How does California use Marine Protected Areas as underwater laboratories? In this Thank You Ocean Report, we continue our conversation with Cat Kuhlman, the California Ocean Protection Council’s Executive

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Protecting California's Ocean

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The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive

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Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

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YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben

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Should We Fear Red Tides?

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Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with

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Central California Marine Protected Areas "On Track" To Help Ocean

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The first major study of California’s marine protected areas shows they are on track to help to improve ocean health. Scientists, fishermen, resource managers and environmentalists gathered recently to share results from the first five years of monitoring in the

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David Helvarg's The Golden Shore

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What discoveries shocked author and Blue Frontier president David Helvarg while writing The Golden Shore? What would surprise you about California and its environmental history? We talked with David about The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea, the

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America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project: "More Than A Sport"

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Excitement is building as America’s Cup comes to San Francisco in 2012 and 2013. Your Thank You Ocean campaign is proud to support the Healthy Ocean Project, “the embodiment of the America’s Cup commitment to leave a positive social and

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BLUEMiND: The Ocean and Your Mind

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BLUEMiND is a look at the Ocean through neuroscience, linking studies of the mind and ocean. Summit founder Wallace J. Nichols talks about BLUEMiND questions: why the Ocean makes us happy, why we are drawn to the ocean, and what’s

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Ocean Acidification

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What is this threat and how can it affect our ocean world? What does it mean for organisms such as sea urchins? Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, discusses her work with

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Earth Day's Big Blue Marble

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On Earth Day, we often see the NASA photo from space of Earth as a Big Blue Marble, but what makes it blue? The ocean! We talked with Wallace J. Nichols about BlueMarbles.org, the global movement inspired by the Earth

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Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

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On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain

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California Coastal Cleanup Day

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California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup held on the third Saturday of September, is the state’s largest volunteer event. Shannon Waters, California Coastal Commission Public Education Program Assistant, lets you know how you and your

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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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Ancient Discoveries in Channel Islands Aid in Marine Management

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Studying archaeological data from 12,000 years ago is helping marine scientists forumlate management strategies. Our guest is Todd J. Braje, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Antropology at Humboldt State University. For more information, visit: University of Oregon/Anthropology/Erlandson webpage Torben C. Rick

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Sea Level Rise

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One of the responsibilities of our guest, John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, is to serve as the chair of the Ocean Protection Council which provides scientific research on a number of issues including sea level rise. And, according

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Earth Day 2011

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This Thank You Ocean Report podcast celebrates Earth Day with a focus on the ocean. While there are very significant issues facing the ocean, there is also a connection between what goes into the ocean and all of us. Our

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San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project

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San Francisco Bay is said to be the most studied estuary in the world but most of that effort has been focused on the shoreline and tidal wetland areas. Marilyn Latta, Project Manager with the California State Coastal Conservancy, talks

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Who is Watching the Ocean? Observing the Ocean Along California’s Coast

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Thank You Ocean is pleased to present a guest podcast for a special Thank You Ocean Report. Up and down the coast of California, abalone farmers, bar pilots and environmentalists — among others — are staking their profits, well being,

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Explorations Inspiring a Life’s Journey

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Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. For more information, visit:

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California and the World Ocean Conference 2010 (CWO '10)

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Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, highlights the upcoming “California and the World Ocean Conference 2010” to be held in San Francisco from September 7-10, 2010. As with the previous CWO

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BLUE Ocean Film Festival

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The goal of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival is to share at all levels the latest insights on what is happening in our ocean and to provide tangible ways people can make a difference. Executive Director Debbie Kinder talks about

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Protecting the California Coast

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The ocean impacts life in California in many ways. In this report, Amber Mace, Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council, talks about the role of the OPC in protecting our coastal and ocean resources.

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Decommissioning Oil and Gas Rigs

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Skyli McAfee, Executive Director of the California Ocean Science Trust, offers a perspective on decommissioning oil and gas rigs that sit off the coast of California. (Photo credit: Platform Irene, North of Point Arguello: Linda Snook) For more information, visit:

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Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay: Preparing a Better Response

This Thank You Ocean Report highlights excerpts from the “Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay: Preparing a Better Response” conference sponsored by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership on May 11, 2010. For more information, visit: San Francisco Estuary Partnership  

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Governors Take Action Toward Ocean Health

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In July 2008, the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington released a West Coast Governors’ Agreement on Ocean Health Action Plan that identified common ocean and coastal management priorities. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the

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Gulf Oil Spill

On April 22, 2010 the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. On this report you will learn how you can find current information on the spill and how you can help. (Photo credit: U.S.

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Ocean on the Edge

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Ocean on the Edge is an exhibit focusing on the issues that impact the ocean and what we can do about them. Our guest is Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, the exhibit’s creator

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Earth Day 2010

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April 22, 2010 is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On this report, we celebrate by focusing on the Ocean with our guest Kaitilin Gaffney, Pacific Ecosystem Program Director for Ocean Conservancy. (Photo courtesy of NASA) For more information, please

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Pledge to Help the Ocean

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“Today everyone can make changes in what we do and in the actions we take that can have a positive impact on the ocean,” says Matt Stout, Chief of Staff for National Oceanic and Atmospheric’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Edward James Olmos, the New Spokesperson for Thank You Ocean

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This iconic figure and environmental supporter encourages ocean protection through English and Spanish-language public service announcements and a new Spanish language Web site. For more information, visit: Mira El Anuncio De Servicio Público Del Actor Edward James Olmos View the

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ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

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ACID TEST, a film produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire

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Remotely Operated Vehicles

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In our need for more information about the health of marine ecosystems, ROV’s are becoming important new allies because they help scientists ‘see’ beneath the surface of the ocean. Learn more from Dirk Rosen, founder and president of Marine Applied

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California's Coastal Cleanup

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With so much trash and litter entering our ocean every year, the problem of preventing and reducing marine debris is an urgent challenge that we must meet to preserve the health of our ocean. On this report, we talk with

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Surfing in California

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Matt McClain with the Surfrider Foundation talks about surfing in California and it’s history of ocean sport and stewardship. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock) For more information, please visit: Surfrider Foundation Mavericks – the Wave Beyond Surfline – Know Before You

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Marine Mammal Center

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The Marine Mammal Center recognizes human interdependence with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment, the health of which is essential for all life. Learn more about this unique hospital for marine mammals that cares for

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Ocean Protection Council

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The mission of the Ocean Protection Council is to insure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. Learn more about the OPC from California Secretary for Natural Resources

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Monitoring Marine Protected Areas in the Channel Islands

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The objective of marine protected areas is to protect and enhance the fish and invertebrates that live there as well as the habitat they rely on. The question is: are those objectives being met? John Ugoretz, Resource Assessment Program Manager

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Research at Cordell Bank

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Jennifer Stock, Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, describes how researchers study Cordell Bank in its natural habitat. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Renzullo/Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary) For more information, visit: Research in Cordell Bank

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Resolutions for the New Year

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The ocean takes care of us so let’s return the favor! Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary of Ocean and Coastal Policy for the Resources Agency of California, offers some great suggestions for our New Year’s resolutions. (Photo courtesy of Claire Fackler,

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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is located west of Bodega Bay in Northern California. Cordell Bank is basically a large under water rock that sits on the sea floor and reaches to within 115 feet of the surface. It

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California Coastal Cleanup Day

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 20, 2008 and join in California’s largest volunteer cleanup event. Eben Schwartz, Outreach Manager with the California Coastal Commission, says that more cleanup activities will be happening off the beach than on the coast

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California Marine Life Protection Act

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This important tool for managing and conserving marine life and habitat in California is explained by our guest Melissa Miller-Hensen, Program Manager for the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. (Photo courtesy of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative) For

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