Sharks

Episode 121: Madison Stewart

Madison Stewart -- life dedicated to saving sharks, helping fishermen convert to ecotourism

**Interview episode 121**

Madison Stewart has been focused on sharks since she was 7 years old. Growing up on the Gold Coast she was attached to the ocean at an early age, scuba diving and traveling the world as a teen ager, spending countless hours in the water with sharks of all kinds.

Today we hear of Madi’s commitment to helping protect sharks in Indonesia by working with local shark fishermen to convert their boats and livelihoods into ecotourism. Her story of gaining trust from a fishing village, bringing them a new, sustainable business, and helping locals develop their own sustainable model is really amazing. The horrors of shark fishing are real and present in Madi’s story in Indonesia and back home where she helped document the 80 year shark culling program ran by the Australian government, now being brought to the public with a new movie, Envoy: Cull (you can hear from both the director and Madi in episode 118 to learn more).

Madi balances the reality of shark fishing with her own unique style and feminine strength in the ocean, which you can see more of on her website www.projecthiu.com and Instagram. For now, sit back and enjoy the stories of this dynamic, young woman making a difference in our natural world.

This Ocean Life Podcast Madison Stewart

Episode 118: Envoy: Cull The Movie

Envoy:Cull — documentary film on Australia and 83 years of shark killing

** Interview Episode 118 **

 For over 80 years the Australian Government has supported the killing of sharks along popular Queensland and New South Wales beaches through nets and baited hooks under the guise of public safety. Today we hear the truth behind this senseless ‘culling’ of sharks that not only kills other animals, such as whales, dolphins, and rays, but also has zero proof of positive impact on human safety in the water. Today Andre Borrell, director and producer, with Madison Stewart, shark conservationist and co-star, take us through the history and horrors of the Australian shark culling program and how they have came together with many others to create this amazing movie, Envoy:Cull, that has the sole purpose of ending this 83-year government program. In this we have epic stories of bravery and passion for the ocean, with tales of following an undeniable calling in life that some, like Andre and Madi, are fortunate to realize.

Remember the old saying, ‘If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention’? Well sometimes there is so little information available on a tragic activity, like shark culling, that there’s almost nothing to pay attention to. That’s exactly why Envoy, is so important — the film is bringing awareness to all of us around the world about shark culling in Australia and is exactly that ‘thing’ that we can pay attention to. So now that we know, how about we do something? Dive deeper at www.envoyfilm.com.au and share the Envoy trailer on Facebook. Also go to https://www.envoyfilm.com.au/ and see how you can get involved. With more people paying attention, more people will be mad, and more people will be willing to do something to make change happen to save sharks. Let’s all be part of that togethe
This Ocean Life Podcast Envoy Cull Film
This Ocean Life Podcast Envoy Cull

Stoked Grom Stories: Perlyn Bros

Stoked Grom Stories: Perlyn Brothers - surfing, fishing, diving, running a company

In this episode of Stoked Grom Stories we talk with Ethan and Merritt Perlyn, two brothers enjoying their ocean lives in the waters around Miami, Florida. The boys take us through their recent adventures of surfing in Costa Rica, diving with sharks in the Bahamas, experiencing the icy waters of Northern California for the first time, and developing a deep connection with the ocean. We hear how Ethan and Merritt started their clothing and lifestyle company, CREPIC, after a great surf session that was both ‘crazy’ and ‘epic’ at the same time. They boys take us through the day to day of CREPIC and how they place strong focus on sustainability (no plastic packaging) and giving back to local non-profits (anti-bullying and Surfers for Autism). We also hear about prone paddling, shark tagging, and many more activities the boys enjoy in the water. Ethan and Merritt skillfully handle the highly anticipated grom lightening round of questions and leave us all with inspiration to do something good for the ocean.

Thanks for sharing Ethan and Merritt’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures of them ripping on Instagram and check out their CREPIC gear.

This Ocean Life Podcast CREPIC
This Ocean Life Podcast CREPIC

Episode 54: Stefano Ulivi

Stefano Ulivi - Diving and filming the Azores, shark conservation

In episode 54 we speak with Stefano Ulivi, a man of Italy who has devoted his life to raising awareness of ocean conservation through underwater filming. Stefano describes the underwater world of the Azores, an island group off the coast of Portugal, where he leads scuba diving tours and films the amazing animals of this special place. We hear of Pico Island, a relatively new volcanic island that hosts huge schools of manta rays and many species of marine mammals. Stefano shares his story of finding his passion for the ocean and his perspective on the evident decline in shark populations due to overfishing and poor management. We hear of trips to Tonga and Baja California where Stefano interacted with a 2-week old humpback whale and a ‘tornado’ of huge fish. Stefano shares a ton of enthusiasm for protecting the ocean that we can all be inspired by.

Thanks for sharing Stefano’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Stefano on his Instagram page and Facebook

This Ocean Life Podcast Stefano Ulivi

Episode 35: Katerina Topouzoglou

Katerina Topouzoglou and All For Blue

In Episode 35 we speak with Katerina Topouzoglou an amazing woman of Greece who has dedicated her life to ocean conservation and awareness. Katerina takes us through her life story of growing up in the waters of Greece where she became a world class spearfisherwoman, underwater target shooting champion, freediver, and scuba instructor. We hear her amazing story of founding the non-profit All For Blue organization that coordinates underwater cleanups of trash and promotes shark conservation and education. Katerina lives an inspiring life in the ocean and shares so many great perspectives and stories with us on this episode.

Thanks for sharing Katerina’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Katerina on her Instagram page and All For Blue website.

This Ocean Life Podcast Katerina Topouzoglou

Episode 29: Pia Oyarzun

Pia Oyarzun and Made in the Water

In episode 29 we speak with Pia Oyarzun, an amazing woman who has a built a great ocean life in the Bahamas as an underwater photographer. Pia shares with us her stories of growing up in the ocean of both the Bahamas and Chile, finding her passion for photography, and working with the incredible animals and people of the Bahamas. We hear about Pia’s work with Shark Week, diving with Shaq, and filming models underwater as part of her business, Made in Water. Pia’s perspective on the ocean environment of the Bahamas and her work capturing the scenes of this amazing area is fun and inspiring.

Thanks for sharing Pia’s ocean life with us. You can find pictures and video of Pia on her Instagram page and her Made In Water website.

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Episode 28: Mike Bolton

Mike Bolton and a Life with Sharks

In episode 28 we speak with Mike Bolton, a legendary underwater photographer and shark conservationist who has spent a lifetime working to raise awareness of our ocean world. Mike shares stories from learning to dive in Panama’s pristine waters in the 60’s, becoming a competitive spearfisherman, and working to salvage treasure from historic shipwrecks. Mike relates on his transition to hunting fish with a camera to learn and protect rather than for game and his last decade of work with white sharks in the famous Guadalupe Islands of Mexico where he returns every year to lead tours and document these amazing animals. Mike’s youthful personality and humility is awesome and his stories from working with dozens of shark species are very inspiring.

Visit the One Ocean Diving website for more information on the white shark tours hostd by Mike at the Guadalupe Islands.

This Ocean LIfe Mike Bolton Tiger Shark

Episode 10: Ulu Boi

Ulu Boi and Giving Back

In Episode #10 of This Ocean Life podcast we speak with Ulu Boi, a humble and gracious professional surfer from Hawaii. Ulu shares his stories growing up on the Big Island and finding his passion for waves, community, and helping others. We hear about his ongoing work with the Mauli Ola Fondation and helping children with cystic fibrosis find relief and joy in the ocean as well as Ulu’s incredible story of physically and mentally overcoming a massive injury from a shark incident in his teens to living his dream chasing the WQS of professional surfing today. Ulu’s perspective on life is inspirational and helps us all take a look at our own sense of sharing love of the ocean with others. 

Ulu Boi This Ocean Life Podcast