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"In the United States, maritime academies, training centers for merchant marine officers and engineers, are filled to capacity with excellent jobs awaiting every graduate...The maritime industry may be a bell-weather of better things to come. Next time you look out to the ocean, look beyond the wind and wave and understand that what you are seeing is a massive system of global activity vital economic exchange, and jobs, jobs, jobs."

~ Peter Neill from WOR 208: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

World Ocean Radio in February

210: Conrad & the Sea
210: Conrad and the Sea
About this episode: Many of literature's great classics are set on the ocean where Nature's beauty and force are bound to the human experience. In this episode we'll suggest that the greatest author of such sea-based literature was Joseph Conrad and will share some observations from one of Conrad's most well-known books on the ocean, "The Mirror of the Sea."

209: Canals
209: Canals
About this episode: Canals bring people together through work, exchange and community. They hold a special place for many as the lifeblood of a city, as historic centers, as sites that provide us with a better understanding of architecture, art, culture, civilization and more. In this episode we'll take a tour of the canals of the world.

208: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
208: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
About this episode: The maritime industry is a major index of the health of the global economy and is a significant economic contributor to employment the world over. In this episode we'll outline ways in which the sea serves as a massive system of global activity and will assert that the maritime industry may be a bell-weather of better things to come.

207: 21st Century Working Waterfront
207: 21st Century Waterfront
About this episode: Civilization was built by the sea. The 20th century waterfront was an accumulation of functions that were best placed on or near the coast. As populations grew, demands emerged with greater impactful consequences. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll ask, "What will a 21st century waterfront look like? What will benefit the future welfare and health of urban populations? How will we make it work for us as a necessary and fulfilling reality in the future?"

About World Ocean Radio: Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by community radio stations worldwide. You may also subscribe to the weekly podcast on ITunes or find us on,, and OceansInc.

World Ocean Radio is pleased to welcome its latest affiliate: WAZU 90.7 FM in Peoria, IL!

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Ocean Classroom on World Ocean Video
Do you know a teenager looking for an at-sea opportunity? Check out our latest World Ocean Video production, "Sea Experience" in which we'll explain the programs of the Ocean Classroom Foundation. They offer varied programming throughout the year from Gap Term experiences to short summer camp sails to semester-long, accredited programs. Check out our video today for more information.

A Big Month for
Ocean News

Africa: International Guidelines | Illegal Fishing
International Guidelines Take Aim at Illegal Fishing
Unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is one of the greatest threats to sustainable fisheries and related livelihoods. International guidelines developed through an FAO-led process aim to cut down on IUU fishing by improving the accountability of flag states.

NASA | The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate
Shell Oil Abandons Arctic Drilling for 2013
2012 was the year of the blunder for Shell Oil. In February, Shelll announced they've cancelled their plans to drill for oil in the Arctic for 2013. This is a huge moment for the Arctic and everyone who has campaigned to stop Shell, but the threat remains.

World Ocean Video
A Closer Look at the Creation of a Vast Pacific Shark Sanctuary
The Cook Islands established the world’s largest continuous shark sanctuary last month, enforcing heavy fines on violators who are found with any part of a shark on board their vessel within the 771,000 square mile exclusive economic zone. The sanctuary protects all sharks from targeted fishing and aims to prevent possession, sale, and trade of shark products.

World Ocean Radio Broadcast Affiliates Weekly Program
Japanese Tsunami Debris is Piling Up on Alaska's Shores
Marine debris is not a new problem for Alaska, but in the wake of the Japanese tsunami (March, 2011) the problem has gotten much, much worse. Wreckage began arriving last spring and environmental activists maintain that the trash problem isn't being taken seriously enough.

EU Combats Overfishing
EU Ministers Agree on a Plan to Combat Overfishing
The discard practice for superfluous fish has long been condemned as wasteful and harmful to the environment. In February, EU ministers agreed on a timetable to phase out the practice. The plan will help to combat overfishing by limiting the amount of fish that can be discarded into the sea. Critics say the deal is not good enough.

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