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O’Neill Sea Odyssey – Building Ocean Leaders of Tomorrow

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O’Neill Sea Odyssey was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O’Neill. A living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fourth through sixth grade students from schools throughout Central

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Children’s Songs from the Sea: Banana Slug String Band

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An ocean of fun! The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. Their Only One Ocean CD is 14 rockin’ songs designed to inspire young people and their families

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The Microbead Dilemma

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President Obama signed a bipartisan bill that prohibits selling and distributing products containing microbeads. Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk

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You Can Be an Ocean Warrior!

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Enjoy getting outside in nature? Do you want to make a difference and help the ocean and marine wildlife? We talk with Dana Roeber Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager and Marine Scientist for Heal the Bay, who tells us about

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California King Tides 2015/16: “Snap the Shore, See the Future”

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What will happen to our coastline with sea level rise, and how will it impact your community? You can help answer these questions through snapping photos during California’s “King Tides” — the highest tides of the year. We talk with

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Trashy Fun!

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A million pounds of debris collected in just three hours—this year, let’s make it more! With 850 cleanup sites around the state, there’s no reason why everyone can’t take part in the California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19.Thousands of

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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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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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Extreme Drought UPDATE!

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California’s record-breaking drought continues, and we all need to take action. For the first time in history, Governor Brown has ordered mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources,

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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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California King Tides: “Snap the Shore, See the Future”

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What will happen to our coastline with sea level rise and how will it impact your community? You can help answer these questions through snapping photos during California’s “King Tides”–the highest tides of the year. We talk with Sara Aminzadeh,

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Nominations Open for New National Marine Sanctuaries

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Our national marine sanctuaries protect special places in America’s ocean and Great Lakes, and promote responsible and sustainable uses to protect the health of our ocean for future generations. We talk with Matt Brookhart, Chief for Policy and Planning, NOAA’s

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The Ocean Wants You…to join September 20th CA Coastal Cleanup!

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What are you doing Saturday, September 20? You can make a difference and have fun at the same time by joining the California Coastal Cleanup. We talk with Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, who

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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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Guardians of the Ocean

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Want to make a difference in your community? Are you passionate about the ocean and conservation? Follow the lead of local California students in Ocean Guardian Schools who have made a commitment to protecting the ocean and preserving local watersheds.

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California's "Next Generation" of Ocean Leaders

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Where will California’s future ocean scientists and policy experts come from? We talk with Shauna Oh, Associate Director of California Sea Grant, about the California Sea Grant State Fellowship Program where fellows acquire “on the job” experience at various state

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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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Take The Tour!

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Come see what your Thank You Ocean Campaign is all about! This short, fun-filled report will take you on a tour of the campaign, and show you how to make the most of the thankyouocean.org website, information, links and materials.

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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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Red Fish, Blue Fish – California’s Sustainable Seafood

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When was the last time you ate seafood? Do you know where the seafood came from, how it was caught, and whether it was from a sustainable fishery? Purchasing sustainable seafood helps to support our local coastal communities while also

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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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Jean-Michel Cousteau's "My Father, The Captain"

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What was the biggest surprise Jean-Michel Cousteau learned about his father, Jacques, in writing “My Father, The Captain”? Jean-Michel Cousteau talks about his famous father, the ocean world, and the Cousteau legend and legacy. He’s created a book and film

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San Clemente Dam Removal

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Since 1921, the Carmel River and its wildlife resources have been impacted by San Clemente Dam. As a result, the Carmel River suffers accelerated erosion, the once vibrant steelhead run has dramatically decreased, and lives and property below the dam

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Rain Garden: Slowing Pollution at Its Source

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In spring 2012, the City of Elk Grove, a community just south of Sacramento, California, opened a rain garden that is a magnet for wildlife, prevents pollution from running off into local streams, and an important tool to teach others

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California Coastal Cleanup

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Saturday, September 15 is the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2011, nearly 72,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways. For this year, debris

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BLUE Ocean Film Festival: September in Monterey

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September 24-30, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives and the general public, will gather in Monterey at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our ocean, and to collaborate on improving 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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Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.”

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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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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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National Marine Sanctuaries

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America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to touch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in

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New California Law Protects Sharks Against Brutal Finning

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Shark finning is a practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean to die. The fins are then dried and consumed in costly shark fin soup. California’s historic Shark Protection Act, banning

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Enforcement of Marine Protected Areas

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A network of marine protected areas (MPAs) are in the process of being established along California’s 1,100 mile coastline. One of the critical aspects of managing these MPAs is enforcement. On this podcast, we talk with California Department of Fish

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Managing California’s Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) directs the state to re-evaluate and re-design California’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Becky Ota, Habitat Conservation Program Manager of California’s Department of Fish and Game (Marine Region), discusses how adaptive, long-term management

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Using the Power of Film to Protect the Health of the Ocean

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MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s largest independent producer of IMAX theatre films with an extraordinary track record and a new campaign to restore the health of the ocean. For more information, visit: One World One Ocean MacGillivray Freeman Films

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Ocean for Life

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Ocean for Life brings together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all. NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries provide the optimal setting for this unique opportunity to enhance cross-cultural relationships, while

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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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Engaging the Public, Protecting the Coast, and Capturing the Moment

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The California Coastal Commission Public Education Program engages the public in coastal protection and restoration activities and increases the public’s understanding about California’s marine resources. Sylvie Lee, Public Education Program Coordinator, tells us about the Coastal Commission’s many outreach programs

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Youth: The Next Wave for Change

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June 8 is World Ocean Day and the theme this year is “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” On this report we introduce MERITO (Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans), a marine conservation outreach effort comprising approximately twenty-five regional

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Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

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With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can

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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 Ocean Film Festival

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March 9-13, 2011: The 8th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the nation’s premier cinemaquatic [R] event, will feature more than 50 adrenaline-drenched and thought-provoking films exploring the beauty, mystery and excitement of the ocean. Learn more from our guest

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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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Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries

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This new series of books focuses on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Our guest is Jean-Michel Cousteau, the series author. For more information, visit: Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures

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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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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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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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