Ocean Currents Radio Program

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Ocean Currents is hosted by Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary on KWMR, community radio for West Marin in Northern California. The show hosts ocean experts about research, management issues, natural history, and stewardship associated with marine environment, especially in our National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Ocean Currents is hosted by Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary on KWMR, community radio for West Marin in Northern California. The show hosts ocean experts about research, management issues, natural history, and stewardship associated with marine environment, especially in our National Marine Sanctuaries.
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2019-02-15 21:49
last episode published
2019-02-13 12:57
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Looking upstream for solutions to reduce marine debris and carbon emissions: Recycling 101

Recycling and reducing waste is a significant way to reduce the threat of marine debris and reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to a warming planet.
Ruth Abbe, Zero Waste USA author

Helping Kelp on the Northcoast of California

With an unprecedented loss of kelp coverage on the Marin/Sonoma coast, the State Fish and Wildlife and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary worked with experts to create a plan to understand the issue more and look to ways to protect and restor...
Cynthia Catton, CA Fish and Wildlife; Rietta Hohman, Greater Farallones NMS author

More Sex in the Sea!

Lets hear it for Sex! Its the one thing that needs to happen to sustain our ocean and Dr. Marah J Hardt tells us some wild tales from beneath the waves. Deep sea worms, argonauts and more! (biological terms, but clean language!)
Dr. Marah J. Hardt author

Hope for People and the Ocean

The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco gave a lecture titled Hope for People and the Ocean at the SF State Estuary and Ocean Science Center in November, 2018. Listen in to hear about how policies have worked to bring overfished fisheries back and how new col...
Jane Lubchenco author

Do open ocean cleanups address our growing ocean trash problem effectively and California's new straw law!

Guests: Dr. Denise Hardesty of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Lisa Kaas Boyle Learn about the latest research about the accumulating marine debris problem in our global ocean. Do open ocean cleanup efforts eff...
Dr. Denise Hardesty and Lisa Kaas Boyl author

Part one: Reef Safe Sunscreen, what you need to know! Part two: natural history intensive on local beach ecology; sandhoppers, shrinking beaches, kelp and more!

Part one: Dr. Craig Downs of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory talks about the devastating findings about coral reef loss and the contribution of sunscreen chemicals to that loss, find out what these chemicals are and how to avoid them when prote...
Dr. Craig Downs and Dr. Karina Nielsen author

Slowfish and hiking the California Coastal Trail

Hear highlights from the 2018 Slowfish conference hosted by SlowFood San Francisco, bringing fishermen, buyers and chefs together to move towards "good, clean and fair fish" practices. On the 2nd half of the show hear about an amazing journey down the ...
Kelly Collins-Geiser/Slowfood San Francisco and Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli author

Heirs to our Oceans-youth taking on ocean awareness and conservation

Meet a few of the Heirs to our Oceans who are a rising tide of young leaders who are taking on ocean conservation through education and activism.
Heirs to our Oceans author

Tomales Bay: whats going on upstream and downstream

Terry Sawyer, co-owner of Hog Island Oyster Company, board foundation member of the Tomales Bay Watershed Council and elected board member to the Marin Resource Conservation District talks about what projects are happening to address the health of Toma...
Terry Sawyer, Hog Island Oyster Company author

The Return of Harbor Porpoise to San Francisco Bay

Harbor porpoise disappeared from San Francisco Bay in the 1960's and 70's and in recent years have returned heartily. Biologist Bill Keener from the Golden Gate Cetacean Society talks about their return and filmmakers Jim Sugar and Jessica Sison talk a...
Bill Keener, Jim Sugar, Jessica Sison author

Sea Foraging the Northern California Coast

Hear some salty stories about sea foraging/fishing on the Northern CA coast as written about by expert sea forager/educator/fish monger Kirk Lombard.
Kirk Lombard-The Sea Forager author

California Marine Protected Areas-5 years after implementation-where are we now?

Guest Cyndi Dawson a lead policy advisor on the Marine Protected Area Network in CA to the CA Ocean Protection Council, part of the CA Natural Resources Agency talks about the status of the entire state network of MPA’s, what baseline monitoring, educa...
Cyndi Dawson author

Wheres all the Sand going?

Guest Dr. Aurora Torres of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research talks about the growing crisis of sand mining. Overexploitation of global supplies of sand is damaging the environment, endangering communities, causing shortages and pr...
Dr. Aurora Torres author

Innovation and technology helping to solve ecological issues and inventory species.

Ecologists from Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge partnered with a mix of collaborators including artists to help breeding seabirds that were losing habitat to erosion. On the 2nd half of the show, learn about how the California Academy of Sciences is mobili...
Michelle Hester, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge and Rebecca Johnson, California Academy of Sciences author

Do plastics in the ocean smell like food to ocean seabirds?

"If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food right?" New research highlights how plastics may take on the smells of typical food that seabirds like to eat. Learn more about this recent research with marine ecologist and UC Davis gradua...
Dr. Matt Savoca author

Restorative 3_D Ocean Farming

Learn about a new method for ocean farming designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs for fisherman. Bren Smith of Greenware shares how he left the field of commercial fishing to look for a sustainable mod...
Bren Smith author

Sex in the Sea

Author Marya J. Hardt shares stories from her book Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex- Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep (book title)
Marya J. Hardt author

West Coast Rockfish Conservation Areas

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council instituted Rockfish Conservation Areas in 2002 in response to several species of valuable rockfish being designated"overfished." Learn about what they are, and what has changed in 14 years since the closure went...
Kelly Ames, Pacific Fisheries Management Council author

The Vital Role of Krill in our World Ocean

Krill are a keystone species, many animals in the food web depend on the success of this critical prey item. Jeff Dorman of the Farallon Institute talks what research and modeling tells us about the dynamics of krill. Some natural history, some researc...
Jeff Dorman, Executive Director of the Farallon Institute author

Blue Carbon: Why restoring coastal wetlands can help combat climate change

While efforts move forward to figure out ways to reduce global greenhouse gases and carbon emissions, efforts are also moving forward to figure out ways to sequester carbon. All along we've known marshes and coastal wetlands were good for habitat and f...
Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier author

Seamount protections proposed and explorations in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries

California Seamount Coalition director, Samantha Murray shares the latest campaign to add protections to significant seafloor features off the California coast. Also, in later August the E/V Nautilus will be exploring in the Greater Farallones NMS depl...
Samantha Murray and Maryjane Schramm author

Greater Farallones Sanctuary Update

A short update from Greater Farallones NMS about the current scoping period regarding Coast Guard discharge exemptions from sanctuary regulations. Also an update on whale entanglements and harbor seal pupping season.
MaryJane Schramm author

New Seamount Protections on the way? Explorations happening in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

A new proposal was initiated to protect seamounts and other significant seafloor features in California and throughout the EEZ. The California Seamount Coalition Director Samantha Murray shares the latest. The E/V Nautilus, a ship equipped with remote...
Heidi Herrmann author

Restoring White Abalone: from the lab back to the wild

White abalone were once prolific in southern CA waters, but over harvesting, reproductive failure and infections have diminished this species to become the first invertebrate to make the endangered species list. NOAA has been working on a restoration a...
Melissa Neuman and Kristin Aquilino author

Management of the High Seas

Dr. David Freestone shares information about the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea and how international waters are managed. Learn about the Sargasso Sea Commission that is advancing intentions of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea towards inter...
Dr. David Freestone author

Nasty Neurtoxins

Hear an update on the widespread harmful algal bloom that started in the Pacific in 2015, where is at now? What have the impacts of the lack of Dungeness crab season been for Bodega Bay Fishing families? On the 2nd half we learn about toxic fog. Recent...
Vera Trainer/NOAA; Dick Ogg/fisherman; Dr. Peter Weiss-Penzias author

Plastic in our seafood; Keeping plastic off the streets, meet the Litterati! Guests: 1st Half: Dr. Chelsea Rochman; 2nd Half: Jeff Kirschner/Litterati

New studies sampling fish in markets in CA and Indonesia reveal plastic fibers in the guts of fish. What does this mean? Should consumers be worried? Dr. Rochman discusses the findings and situation at hand. On the 2nd half, Jeff Kirschner of Litterati...
Dr. Chelsea Rochman and Jeff Kirshner/Litterati author

Shipwrecks off the Golden Gate and Sharktober 2015

Dr. Jim Delgado of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Maritime Heritage program talks about some significant findings in the"graveyard off the Golden Gate" and white sharks have returned to the"red triangle" between Ano Nuevo, Farallon Islands a...
Dr. Jim Delgado and David McGuire author

What may El Nino bring to CA 2015/2016

The west coast of the US has been in severe drought and is tracking the promise of rain that El Nino may bring to the western states during winter 2015/2016.
Warren Blier, NOAA Meterologist author

Blue Mind

What does science tell us about how the ocean affects us physically and cognitively. Authors Wallace J. Nichols, Author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science that Shows How Being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connecte...
Wallace J. Nichols and James Nestor author

Paleooceonography studies reveals historic ocean conditions that we may be headed towards

Dr. Sarah Moffitt discusses the research she conducted that looks at past climate events through ocean floor core samples to better understand what is currently happening in the modern climate system.
Dr. Sarah Moffitt author

2 part show: Free Beaches on Sonoma Coast at risk and microbeads in the ocean, turning the tide

On the first half, Cea Higgins of Sonoma Coast Surfrider talks about the proposal by the state of CA to install fee collections stations at currently free Sonoma Coast beaches. On the 2nd half of the show Lisa Boyle of 5 Gyres Institute discusses 5 Gyr...
Cea Higgins, Surfrider Foundation, Lisa Boyle-5 Gyres Institute author

Impacts of Desalination Plants on coastal ocean habitats

While CA faces the worst drought on record, cities throughout the state are considering desalination plants to produce some water. What projects are in the works in CA? What are the impacts on the ocean environment?
Guests: Claire Waggoner from the CA Water Resources Board and Bridget Hoover, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary author

Drift Gillnet Fishery in Southern CA

Guest Doug Karpa of the Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) shares what the latest issues are with the CA Drift Gillnet Fishery particularly focused in Southern California. What are drift gill nets and how and when have they been used in...
Doug Karpa, Turtle Island Restoration Network author

The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History

Guest John R Gillis, professor emeritus at Rutgers University,"bi-coastal" author discusses the many ways we have viewed the coast / shoreline in history. This significant feature on our planet has affected civilization and is in jeopardy.
John R. Gillis, Author/Historian/Professor Emeritus-Rutgers University author

Updates from the Pacific (Seabirds starving, expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, and update on seastar wasting disease)

Some speed interviews highlighting various topics: Seabird Die off on the West Coast of the US, the creation of the largest marine protected area in the world in the Pacific Ocean, and an update on seastar wasting disease. (Guests: Russ Bradley, Point ...
Russ Bradley, Lance Morgan, Pete Raimondi author

Whats does the future hold for Abalone in CA?

Sonoma Coast resident and avid abalone diver talks about the history and pressures on abalone in CA.
Jack Likens author

Ocean Wonders Ocean Wellness

Ocean Wonders Ocean Wellness is an installation at the Bolinas Museum in West Marin, CA. This show provides an overview of the exhibit and we talk with artists Chris Jordan and Isabella Kirkland who have works in the show.
Jennifer Gately, Chris Jordan, Isabella Kirkland author

Disentangling whales in CA and summer 2014 offshore research highlights

The Whale Entanglement Team (W.E.T) is authorized by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries service to disentangle whales. Guest Pieter Folkens talks about how its done. 2nd half of show shares highlights from the July sanctuary research collaboration Applie...
Pieter Folkens, Dani Lipski, Daniel Rivera, Dru Devlin author

Exploring the ocean by freediving and a summer 2014 update on El Nino

Learn about the fascinating science behind free diving and how divers can stay underwater for minutes at a time. Discover the benefits to free diving and varying levels of the recreational and competitive sport. Towards the end of the show we learn abo...
Francesca Koe and Logan Johnson/NOAA author

California Coastal National Monument

The coast of California has one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world. The rocks and islands along the coast have a special designation and level of protection by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s California Coastal National Monument . Th...
Richard Burns author

Fukushima fallout in California?

3 years after the tragic earthquake in Japan and following meltdown of the Fukushima Daiici Nuclear Power plant scientists and the public are curious as to how this is reaching the west coast of the United States. Kelpwatch 2014 is a campaign to determ...
Dr. Kai Vetter and Dr. Steven Manley-Kelpwatch 2014 author

Monitoring Marin's MPA's, Sea Star Wasting Event, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

3 topics: Amy Trainer of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin talks about the efforts to monitor the usage/compliance with the state marine protected areas that went into place. Dr. Pete Raimondi talks about the sea star wasting event happe...
Amy Trainer, Dr. Pete Raimondi, Ana Blanco author

Diving Cordell Bank

Tune in to hear about the Bay Area Underwater Explorers as they planned and executed a successful technical diving mission on Cordell Bank in October 2013. Cordell Bank is a rocky reef about 20 miles west of Point Reyes and its shallowest peak at 115 f...
Matt Vieta, Bay Area Underwater Explorers author

The Ocean and the Arts

The arts influence us in a multitude of ways. The arts have certainly expanded our understanding, appreciation, and awareness and knowledge about the ocean. I talk with 4 artists who have helped advance our understanding of the ocean through their work...
Jim Toomey, Larry Graff, Cleo Vilett, Jodi Lomask author

Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks

Jonathan Kathrein was just 16 at the time he endured a white shark attack at Stinson Beach, CA in 1998. The experience changed his life forever and he has become a passionate shark conservation spokesperson.
Jonathan Kathrein author

White Sharks around Point Reyes, CA

Scot Anderson, shark researcher and Ron Elliot, former urchin diver/recreational shark watcher talk about the white sharks around Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands. What are the researchers looking at and hear Ron's amazing stories of diving regular...
Scot Anderson and Ron Elliot author

Discussion with Liz Cunningham, author of upcoming book Ocean Country and latest ocean update from Jaime Jahnke

Hear passages and an overview of author Liz Cunningham's upcoming book Ocean Country. Liz travels to Indonesia, the Mediterranean, the CA Coast, the Turks and Caicos and more to discover how ocean conservation challenges are affecting real people and p...
Liz Cunningham and Jaime Jahnke author

Whale fall communities on the seafloor-how does nature recycle something as large as a dead whale?

When a whale dies and falls to the seafloor a fascinating community of animals take over in the deep sea. Shannon Johnson, a research technician at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute describes the process and how scientists are studying these...
Shannon Johnson author

What you've been longing to know about the ocean! 55 student questions and 55 expert answers from Oceanshore School, Pacifica.

Students from OceanShore School in Pacifica, CA have been getting ready for an in depth study of the ocean for Oceans Week. Listen to students from grades K-8 ask their questions about the ocean and listen to experts' answers as we all learn something ...
An assortment of ocean experts from the Central CA region author