Conservation

Episode 73: Dan Haifley

Dan Haifley -- ocean activism, preventing oil drilling, preserving the wild

In Episode 73 we speak with Dan Haifley, an ocean activist who has spent decades working to protect California waters. Dan takes us through the amazing story of battling oil companies in the 1980’s and 90’s to block their offshore oil drilling north of Santa Barbara, CA. We hear of the grass roots activism Dan was involved in with Save Our Shores where he worked closely with NOAA and local government agencies to designate the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a 6,000+ square mile protected area along California’s coast. Dan talks about his interaction with Jack O’Neill leading into development of the Sea Odyssey program to educate and inspire school children on the ocean. Dan shares a lot of great perspective on citizen involvement to protect the ocean, the challenges we face today around conservation, and the amazing people he’s worked with over the years.

Thanks for sharing Dan’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Facebook , Oneill Sea Odyssey, and Save Our Shores.

This Ocean Life Podcast Dan Haifley

Episode 72: Josh Smith

Josh Smith - marine biology, kelp forest changes, scuba diving

In episode 72 we speak with Josh Smith, a marine biologist spending his time underwater in the kelp forests of California. Josh takes us through his research to understand the changes in kelp forests with a relatively recent explosion in sea urchin populations and the interactions of other animals like otters, abalone, and sea stars are involved. We hear about the day to day operations of doing research in the cold waters of Monterey Bay, the physical demands of daily scuba diving, and talk about how the loss of kelp forests and other changes to the ocean environment may be part of larger cycles that we humans just haven’t been around long enough to understand yet. Josh also shares some neat perspective on the importance of mentors, both in the water and on land, to help us pursue our calling. If you want more on marine biology in California waters, see a related episode with Steve Lonhart.

Thanks for sharing Josh’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on InstagramFacebook and website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Josh SMith

Episode 71: Ginaia Kelly

Ginaia Kelly - ocean protection, volunteer, professional surfing

In Episode 71 we speak with Ginaia Kelly, a woman of the water who spends her days supporting ocean protection, volunteering to help those less fortunate, and pursuing her own passion in the water. Ginaia takes us through her work with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to raise awareness and support for ocean protection along the California coast. We hear of the dynamics behind supporting a designated marine sanctuary and the coordination role that Ginaia plays. Ginaia shares her stories of surfing in the waters of Santa Cruz, stand up paddle boarding with whales, and volunteering her time with Ride A Wave, getting disabled children into the surf, and volunteering with Operation Surf (getting veterans into the surf). Tons of great perspective on helping the ocean, helping others, and loving life in the water from Ginaia.

Thanks for sharing Ginaia’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of her on Facebook and Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation website. Photos by Bob Island Kristin Heitzler.