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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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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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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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Life's A Beach!

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We’re celebrating our 100th Thank You Ocean Report podcast in style–beach style! It’s summer, and more people enjoy the beaches than any other time. California’s beaches offer a variety of experiences, from quiet coves to broad expanse of sand to

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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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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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Wallace "J" Nichols: Sea Turtles and Citizen Science

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Sea turtles are fascinating iconic symbols of the ocean. All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered, and they connect us with many of the environmental challenges facing the ocean. We talk with Wallace “J” Nichols, research associate at

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Enjoy-But Do Not Disturb-Coastal Wildlife

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While we enjoy observing coastal wildlife, it’s important to avoid disturbing them. Our guest Mary Jane Schramm, Media and Public Outreach Specialist with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says failing to be respectful and cautious when encountering

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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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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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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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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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Adventure Swimmer and Ocean Ambassador

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Bruckner Chase is an internationally recognized marathon swimmer and one of only two people to swim across Monterey Bay. Now he is on a quest to connect us with his sport and the ocean he wants us to help protect.

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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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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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Hope Spots

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World renown oceanographer and scientist Sylvia Earle is focusing on places in the ocean that merit special protection such as National Marine Sanctuaries. For more information, visit: The Syvia Earle Alliance-Hope Spots

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A Commitment to Protecting the Ocean

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Marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. On this report she emphasizes the importance of protecting the Ocean. For more information, visit: Mission

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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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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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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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