Monterey Bay

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 41: Mike Baxter

Mike Baxter — Fisherman, Steward, Man of the Water

In Episode 41 we speak with Mike Baxter, a man who has spent a lifetime with a passion for pursuing fish. Mike shares his stories of growing up on the boats of his commercial fishing father in the rugged waters of Northern California and developing his skills at rigging gear and reading water. We hear of Mike’s commitment to learning the patterns of the fish and his appreciation for those who came before him on the water that relied on relatively basic tools for fishing compared to the technology we all enjoy today. Mike shares a great perspective on the idea of ‘sportsmanship’ in fishing and the effort he puts in with the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project to help preserve Central California’s salmon population for everybody to enjoy. 

Thanks for sharing Mike’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of him on Instagram and Facebook pages. Also learn more about how you can get involved with Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.

This Ocean Life Podcast Mike Baxter Monterey Bay Fishing
This Ocean Life Podcast Mike Baxter Steelhead