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Sustainability & The Sea

Made by ocean people, for ocean people.

A collection of conversations about saving our oceans - what are the problems, who is solving them, how it's being done, and how we can all be part of it. 


Made by ocean people, for ocean people. Led by two marine biologists committed to building bridges, Sustainability & The Sea is a collection of conversations about saving our oceans - what are the problems, who is solving them, how it's being done, and how we can all participate. Made for the ocean-minded, this series will introduce you to the challenges that our ocean faces, and the change-makers making waves across the world. Let's dive in!



Episode 1: Creative Conservation featuring Ilana Nimz


"We know what we need to do." Ilana Nimz is a marine biologist, artist, educator, and ecological consultant. In this episode, she recounts stories from the northwestern Hawaiian Islands in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, shares how art and other creative mediums can be used for the planet, and talks about all the ways she's helping save our oceans - from seabirds to videos. 

Episode 2: Disruptive Change featuring Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi 


"If your bathtub is overflowing, is your first reaction to get the mop or turn off the tap? It's the same with plastic." We sit down with Monica Mclenigan of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to learn more about the work this nonprofit is doing for our oceans. You'll learn about their work and their new program with ghost nets, if we need individual or corporate change first, how composting is linked to ocean health, incineration, and what makes SCH so effective at making disruptive change - and how you can too. 


Episode 3: Building Socially Sustainable Fisheries featuring Gabby Lout


"It's time to rethink what sustainable fisheries really are and to include the social impact as well as environmental." On this episode we talk with PhD candidate Gabby Lout to discuss the intersection between women, human rights, and the environmental issues surrounding the fishing industry. Gabby dives into her groundbreaking social science research in artisanal, small-scale fisheries in Guyana. During the episode, she recalls the human rights abuses that may take place within fisheries, the underrepresentation of women, criticism of 'sustainable seafood' labels, and the ways her and others are working towards solutions.


Episode 4: Pioneering Marine Debris Research ft. Center for Marine Debris Research


"So often, when you think of scientists, you think they have all these concrete answers. But when it comes to plastic research, we have only answered this tiny percentage of what is really going on and there are still so many unknowns." We sat down with Jenna Karr with the Center of Marine Debris Research (CMDR) to learn about the ground breaking work being conducted in regards to plastic pollution. On this episode we discuss ghost nets and what they are made of, eco-anxiety, and the female dominated, Hawai'i-based lab that is literally pioneering the methods of marine debris research. 

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Episode 5: The Power of Media and Cetacean Captivity ft. Natalie Parra

"With so many different forms of media and the accessibility of information, people can start questioning what they have been told and acting on what they think is right." On this episode, we sit down with Natalie Parra to discuss the importance of media in conservation. Natalie recalls how she got into conservation and how her organization Keiko Conservation got started and the tangible results that come from media campaigns. Later in the episode, Natalie describes her experiences in Taiji, Japan working with Dolphin Project, the transition from seaquariums to rehabilitation and wildlife centers, her work with Oceanic Preservation Society, and the future of conservation media.  

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Episode 6: Collaborative Conservation ft. Anita Harrington

“When it comes to climate change, I've learned that you really have to slow down and consider the values and loyalties of the other groups that you are working with.” This week, we sit down with Anita Harrington to discuss the huge role policy plays in marine conservation. Anita is a marine scientist who studied great white sharks, whales, and box jellies and is now a Knauss Fellow working in the science applications program in Washington DC. On this episode we discuss her work in collaborative conservation; what it feels like to accidentally discover a new species; indigenous communities serving as a frontrunner of climate adaptation; and the powerful uses of biotechnology in conservation.