The health of our oceans is under major threat. Every fortnight, Jeremy Brown (co-founder of Ocean Protect) and Brad Dalrymple (Environmental Engineer with Ocean Protect) host a variety of guests, including scientists, educators, activists, and politicians – to discuss the key issues affecting the health of our oceans – and what can be done about it. This podcast is for anyone interested in learning more about the health of our oceans, the key pressures (e.g. marine pollution, climate change, over-fishing, whaling), and the potential solutions – and not just for ‘someone else’ to implement, but for the listener too.
“There will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050”, but where is most of it coming from? In our inaugural episode, hosts Jeremy Brown and Brad Dalrymple introduce the Ocean Protect podcast, themselves, and drop a few of incredible facts and figures about the health of our oceans along the way.
• “There will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050”: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf, https://www.businessinsider.com.au/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1?r=US&IR=T, https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35562253
• 80% of marine plastic comes from land-based sources: http://www.eunomia.co.uk/ , https://www.ecowatch.com/80-of-ocean-plastic-comes-from-land-based-sources-new-report-finds-1891173457.html, https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/marine-plastics, https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Marine_plastics/Report/c02
• “Science study predicts collapse of all fisheries by 2050” – https://news.stanford.edu/news/2006/november8/ocean-110806.html
• State of the world’s fisheries: http://www.fao.org/3/i9540en/I9540EN.pdf
• “As much as 40% of fish caught globally every year are discarded”: http://oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Bycatch_Report_FINAL.pdf, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/20/americas-nine-most-wasteful-fisheries-named
• “Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels”: http://oceana.org/sites/default/files/reports/Bycatch_Report_FINAL.pdf, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/20/americas-nine-most-wasteful-fisheries-named
“One Earth” website – http://www.oneearthweb.org/
“Turning the Tide Against Plastics” book by Lucy Siegle – https://www.booktopia.com.au/turning-the-tide-on-plastic-lucy-siegle/prod9781409182986.html
Our guest for Episode #2 is Jim Lenhart, who Jeremy calls the “Godfather” of stormwater. Jim is based in Portland, Oregon, USA and is the Chief Technology Officer for Stormwater for Contech Engineered Solutions. We talk about a range of topics, including the history of stormwater management in USA, the impacts of excessive sediment and phosphorus in lakes and waterways, the link between fish mental function and heavy metal contamination, endocrine disruptor and phthalate pollution in waterways, total maximum daily load targets and stormwater utilities.