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Forgotten Ghost Ships of San Francisco Bay

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A mystery wreck of an early steam tugboat is now home to schools of rockfish, a pair of wolf eels and a giant octopus. It’s one of more than 300 “ghost” shipwrecks being documented by researchers off of San Francisco.

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Creatures of the Deep

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Monsters? Spaceships? Aliens? No, these are Creatures of the Deep! These strange, odd and fascinating animals live in the waters off our shores, in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and beyond. We speak with Dr. George Matsumoto, Senior Education and

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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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Get Into Your Sanctuary!

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Kayaking! Diving! Surfing! Wildlife watching! June is the month to explore your national marine sanctuary. Make a splash in the four off California: Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. Bill Douros, West Coast Regional

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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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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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Wetlands Restoration Helps You!

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Coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate, despite their importance to ocean and coastal health, humans and the economy. We talk with Megan Cooper, Project Analyst at the State Coastal Conservancy, about how coastal restoration provides benefits to the

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Cowabunga! Surf History!

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Duke Kahanamoku, Gidget, Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the Endless Summer — how much do you know about surfing’s history? We talk with Jane Schmauss, Co-founder, California Surf Museum, about surfing’s roots in California, surfers’ connection to the ocean, and what you

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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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17th Annual Ocean and Coastal Photo Contest Winners

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The power of a breaching whale, the luminous mystery of Morro Bay at sunset, memorable family moments at the beach and startling seafloor surprises—all are captured by photographers in the 17th Annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest. Discover images

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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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Ghost Ships Off California

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Ghost ships! Tales from the deep! The waters along California’s coast form one of the greatest underwater maritime museums in the country. We talk to Robert Schwemmer, West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries,

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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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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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Big Blue LIVE

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The magnificent marine life of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary — gigantic whales, leaping dolphins, soaring seabirds, lively sea lions and playful sea otters — will be the stars of Big Blue LIVE, presented this month by BBC and PBS.

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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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Exploring Sea Caves in the “Galapagos of the North”

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Happy World Ocean Day! What better time to celebrate the ocean world right off our shores? Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park are called the “Galapagos of the North” for the untamed beauty, variety of wildlife and unique

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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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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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Two California National Marine Sanctuaries Doubled in Size!

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NOAA recently announced an exciting milestone: Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries have been expanded to protect more of what is called the “Blue Serengeti” off the California Coast. The sanctuaries are destination feeding areas for

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Whale Rescue!

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How do you help a whale entangled in marine debris? It’s not a job for amateurs, and those who respond are highly-trained to handle a dangerous, tricky operation. We talk with Justin Viezbicke, NOAA Fisheries California Stranding Network coordinator, who

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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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Storm Water Runoff

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Would you want to swim in automobile oil and cigarette butts? Surf in lawn pesticides and floating trash? Storm water runoff carries chemicals and waste into the ocean, causing some coastal areas to post access warnings after major rainstorms. We

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Ocean and Coastal Photo Contest Winners

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The power of a breaching whale, the luminous mystery of Morro Bay at sunrise, the quiet drama of a surfing memorial and a startling seafloor surprise—all are captured by photographers in the 16th Annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest.

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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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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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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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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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