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A Summary of World Ocean Radio

"Reciprocity makes everyone a winner, everyone a builder, everyone a giver. It is a simple framework that allows us to understand another way of being, how to support a shift from our present way that is making us all losers, all destroyers, and all takers until we have nothing left. Is that really what we want for the land, for the ocean, for ourselves and our future?"
~ From World Ocean Radio 224: Reciprocity II

World Ocean Radio in May

224: Reciprocity Part II
224: Reciprocity Part II
About this episode: In the last edition of World Ocean Radio we suggested reciprocity as a value on which to build our response to the environmental degradation of the terrestrial and ocean systems on which we depend for survival. In this episode we'll follow up with three statements and examples to help us accept a reciprocal relationship with Nature as our obligation and contribution:

1. By not taking, we are giving back.
2. By paying a fair price for what we need and use, we are giving back.
3. By acting and applying these values, we are giving back.

World Ocean Radio 223: Reciprocity Part I
223: Reciprocity Part I
About this episode: There is no single fix to deal with the many challenges facing the world ocean. The ocean community has identified various strategies such as mitigation, adaptation, invention, and changes in value as interim steps to move us in the right direction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss changes in behavior and core values such as sustainability and a newer concept--reciprocity, a state of mutual exchange--which would create an obligation wherein we pay back and sustain Nature through equitable contribution.

World Ocean Radio 222: Trophic Cascade
222: Trophic Cascade
About this episode: A trophic cascade is an ecological phenomenon triggered by the addition or removal of top predators, involving changes in populations of both predator and prey through the food chain, resulting in dramatic changes in the ecosystem. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll ask, "Who is the top predator here?" and, "If certain endangered species do in fact contain medicinal value, are there not other, more supportive ways to meet demand without decimating supply?"
This episode is also a recent World Ocean Video production.

World Ocean Radio 221: More About Wind
221: More About Wind
About this episode: Wind is of particular relevance to the ocean, as evidenced by the number of near and offshore wind turbine proposals currently projected and in motion. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll describe a variety of innovative wind projects in varying stages of development  and use around the globe.

World Ocean Radio 220: Fisheries Crime
220: Fisheries Crime
About this episode: Fisheries crime is on the rise and the consequences are dire. In most instances of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), enforcement is a major issue: lack of personnel, commitment to prosecution, and the capacity to survey and arrest on the vast, open ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we'll discuss efforts being made my Interpol and other organizations to combat unreported fishing loss, the cost to the global economy, and the ever-shrinking core group of owners and corporate structures at the heart of this illegal activity.

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 in Africa
World Ocean Observatory Facebook
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with DList Benguela and DList Agulhas. In late May we welcomed these two African affiliates to the World Ocean Radio community.
DLIST Benguela provides information for those who are interested in the welfare of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem in Angola on the western coast of Africa. This web-based platform was created to help provide access to information for all stakeholders who have an interest in the welfare of the BCLME, its coastal areas and local communities.  
DLIST ASCLME, its sister website, targets the western Indian Ocean region of Africa including Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania. DLIST ASCLME is a place of exchange of information for all stakeholders who have an interest in the welfare of Western Indian Ocean, its coastal areas and local communities.

Time to Wake Up: Protecting Our Oceans
Sheldon Whitehouse | Protecting Our Oceans
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) is THE leading ocean advocate in Washington today and is one of great ocean champions in the United States. He is a powerful voice with a clear message: "Our oceans face an unprecedented set of challenges from climate change, pollution, energy extraction, and more. In order to effect change we need to deploy political conditions that require three actions: 1. There must be a regulatory threat to the polluters; 2. There must be a political threat to the deniers in Congress; and 3. We must gather the armies on our side. All of the tools are available to us now. We just need to do it. As someone once said, “Yes we can.”
In May of 2013 his National Endowment for the Oceans amendment was voted in by bipartisan vote: 68-31.
Blue Mind 3:
This is Your Brain on Water

In late May a group of neuroscientists, oceanographers, artists, film makers, educators, poets, outdoor professionals and other blue-minded thinkers gathered to consider the science behind the question, “Why do we love water?” The new field of Neuroconservation offers other ways of connecting people to the ocean beyond the usual convention of policy and statistics. Blue Mind 3 was a weekend of deeper insights into the science of "our brains on water" by exploring an array of cognitive values associated with healthy waterways.
In this month's feature we'll highlight six innovative speakers at this year's summit and the inspiring work they're doing for the world ocean.

Celine Cousteau
How Do We Create Compassion for the Sea?
Celine Cousteau
Filmmaker & Explorer

At Blue Mind, Cousteau discussed the science of empathy and the role of aquatic education in the development of healthy brains. Granddaughter of legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, she uses film, photography, written word and art to share stories of the environment and the people within it, with the express goal of inspiring positive action.

Wallace J Nichols | Blue Mind
We Protect What We Love
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols
Scientist, Activist, Community Organizer, Author

J works to inspire a deeper connection with nature and is the driving force behind Blue Mind: Mind Ocean Initiative. It is his goal to merge the fields of cognitive science and ocean exploration, and campaigns to reconnect us to our watery world both cognitively and spiritually. Follow him on Twitter @wallacejnichols.

Ran Ortner
Ocean Beauty:
Painting the Sea

Ran Ortner
Artist & Waterman

Ran Ortner reflects on beauty, the history of painting the sea, and his own body of artwork that powerfully captures the emotion and movement of water on canvas. His paintings of the ocean are on canvases as large as 8- by 32-feet: the works show no land, sky, boats, or points of reference. Viewers often experience powerful emotions standing in front of these vast canvasses--that the works may not be about the ocean at all, but are instead "tapestries of our human condition."

Operation Surf | Van Curaza
Ocean Addiction: Deep Connections to the Sea
Van Curaza
Operation Surf

Curaza uses recreational ocean therapy to help wounded active-duty veterans by exposing them to the healing power of the ocean through adaptive surfing taught by world-class instructors. Operation Surf is, "an epic, life-changing adventure for our wounded active duty military heroes - giving them confidence to move forward in a positive direction."

Ocean Language:
Words for the Sea

During Blue Mind 3, NYU neurolinguist Dr. David Poeppel spoke about the language of water accompanied by sound artist Halsey Burgund and cartoonist Jim Toomey.
Jim Toomey | Sherman's Lagoon
Jim Toomey
Cartoonist, Ocean Advocate
Toomey is an advocate for sharks, using his nationally syndicated Sherman's Lagoon comic strip with an amusing cast of aquatic characters including Sherman the Shark to entertain and educate by addressing issues including shark finning, over-fishing and the importance of establishing marine protected areas.
Halsey Burgund | Ocean Voices
Halsey Burgund,
Musician & Sound Artist

Halsey joined up with J Nichols to collect the voices of people around the world recounting their personal experiences with the ocean. The resultant collage of music and voices has become a new composition entitled "Ocean Voices." Follow on twitter @oceanvoices.

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