OCTOPOD is OCTO's flagship podcast, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news and research from the world of sustainable ocean management and conservation. Find out what's happening in your oceans with Nick, Allie, and Raye — your regular OpenChannels Team!

We plan to release a new 10-20 minute episode each week.

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You may browse individual episodes of OCTOPOD below.

Conference Conversations with the Northwest Straits Commission

We had the awesome opportunity to record a podcast at the Northwest Straits Commission conference this year and we are so excited to share the talented and passionate people who help preserve and protect the Northwest Straits marine ecosystem. This episode features a mash-up of 9 interviews from a variety of roles and locations within the initiative. We focused on citizen (or community) science and in this episode we hope you all discover a new way to take action in your communities!

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He's PhDiving to learn more about coral reefs

In this interview episode Allie and Raye welcome Joshua Manning to the podcast. Josh is a doctorate student at Florida State University doing some interesting research on coral reefs and the organisms who live with them. This episode covers Josh's research and how it is going with that whole PhD thing. 

Links mentioned in the episode:

The McCoy lab website: http://www.marecology.com/

Josh's website: https://joshuacmanning.wixsite.com/coralreefecology

Lab Instagram: mccoy_marine_ecology

Josh's Instagram: coralecoguy

America says goodbye, Taiwan says hello (to seahorses)

Raye and Allie get a little political (sorry) about President Trump's actions to leave the Paris Climate Accord, but then bring it back to happy news about social media helping confirm the adorable presence of pygmy seahorses in Taiwan. Raye also shares a food-for-thought article about the importance of including locals in marine protected area planning. 

Coming soon to a pole near you... open water

This episode is hosted by Allie and Nick (with a special guest appearance by Mike Hay who is OCTO's data scientist). Allie shares some new research on when we can expect the arctic ocean to be ice free for part of the year, hint hint it's soon. Allie also shares an article on a new tool that recently came out called Spyglass that helps fisheries enforcement officials (or you) track criminal fishing around the world.

Virtually bringing the ocean to you with Cyan Planet

In this interview episode Allie and Raye speak with two member's of the Cyan Planet team, Julia Jung and Tom Sanborn. Cyan Planet is an immersive media (think virtual reality) organization that focuses on marine conservation and science communication. Imagine being underwater and a dolphin, but also in a comfortable chair very much on land and able to breathe. That will soon be a possibility.

Follow along with Cyan Planet's work on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Happy Halloween from the deep sea

In this episode (recorded on Halloween) we focus on the deep sea (spooooky). Allie shares some research on bioluminescent organisms in the benthic zone (the floor) of the deep sea and Nick plugs some great deep sea networks and news organizations. He also shares some recent news about the continuing environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the lack of monitoring almost a decade after the disaster.

Be sure to check out:

  • INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems) DOSI (Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative): http://www.indeep-project.org/

Just be better!

In this episode Nick is back from the dead to tell us that research works, even if it's only to tell bad news, and to inform us on the inform us on the latest in publishing scandals with Science on a paper about Microplastics. Raye is also in to give you the low-down on some ocean literature, news, and events. Enjoy!

CORRECTION: Nick means to say NAS the National Academy of Sciences is a government mandated monopoly, not AAAS. Apologies for the confusion. Acronyms!