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Tales from the Sea

Storytelling is a powerful way to share knowledge and experiences, connect with others, and effect change.

Conservation scientists are recognizing the power of stories and are learning to share them. These stories come from experiences at the front lines of global change. From working with diverse partners to find solutions. And from  personal connections with nature.

Below you’ll find stories told at the International Marine Conservation Congress, the conference of the SCB Marine Program. These demonstrate the power of sharing conservation messages through storytelling.

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Press Release: Uniting Science and Stories

Enjoy the Stories


2018 Tales from the Sea: IMCC5 Kuching, Malaysia

These stories were told at the Tales from the Sea live storytelling event at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia.

Following a two-day pre-congress workshop, scientists shared their stories with a live public audience at the Old Courthouse Auditorium.

Enjoy, and please stay tuned for future content as we deliver Tales from the Sea at IMCC 6, hosted online in August 2020! 


Brock Bergseth (Australia, @BrockBergseth), on reporting poaching to bolster conservation outcomes


Emily Cunningham (United Kingdom, @EG_Cunningham), on celebrating the wildlife in British seas 


Gabrielle Johnson (USA), on joining together to address ocean pollution


Gavin Jolis (Malaysia, @gavinjolis), on working with communities to stop poaching


Jonatha Giddens (USA, @JonathaLauren), on the Ocean's answer to a question she had



Jorge Torre (Mexico), on Gender equality in decision making tables


Juan Mayorga (Colombia, @juan_s_mayorga) on tracking ocean protection in the deep


Naima Andrea López (Spain, @NaimasOcean), on finding inspiration on nature's wonders


Rachel Skubel (USA/ Canada, @rachelskubel) on fostering relationships between people and wildlife

2016 Tales from the Sea: IMCC4 Newfoundland, Canada

These stories are from the  2016 Tales from the Sea at the Marine Program's 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4) in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scientists participated in a pre-congress storytelling workshop, and in a special lunchtime event, shared their stories with other delegates and the general public during "Sea Stories: Tales from the Field"

We hope to continue Tales from the Sea at IMCC5 in Kuching, Malaysia, in 2018, but for now enjoy these stories from IMCC4!


Angela Quiros (Philippines, @SurfNSeagrass), on seagrass, mud, and family. #community #seagrass #conservation


Daniel Raberinary (Madagascar), on building relationships to support sustainable fishing. #octopus #fishing #community


Derya Akkaynak (Israel, @dakkaynak), on missing spring in Washington, DC. #journeys #spring


Julia Mason (United States, @juliajmason), on the ups and downs of science-based management. #sciencetrials #community


Melissa Orobko (Canada, @Melissa_Orobko), on a lifelong love of math. #journeys #BritishColumbia #conservation #math


Phil Karp (United States/Caribbean, @pkarp24), on turning lemons into lionfish lemonade. #invasivespecies #community #lionfish ########


Aerin Jacob (Canada, @Aerin_J), on a shellfish dinner under the stars. #oceanacidication #BritishColumbia #journeys


Josh Silberg (Canada, @joshsilberg), on experiments that don’t always go as predicted. #sciencetrials #kelp #BritishColumbia


Matt Tietbohl (Saudi Arabia, @WhyOceansMATTer), on a love of nature under rocks, in mud, and on reefs. #Jamaica #Pennsylvania #conservation #mangroves #coralreefs


Sarah Engelhard (Australia/Netherlands, @sarahengelhard), on science, art, and roadkill. #journeys #art&science #management

Tales from the Sea: 2014: Glasgow, Scotland

These stories are from the  2014 Tales from the Sea workshop at the Marine Program's 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The scientists below learned storytelling techniques via a training developed by scientists and science communication specialists at COMPASS, the David Smith Conservation Research Fellowship program, and Oregon State University

Kyle Gillespie (@kylemgillespie) Canada


Elizabeth McLean Puerto Rico, U.S.


Fadilah Ali (@FadilahZAli) Bonaire/United Kingdom


Henry Goehlich Germany/Seychelles


Delphine Rocklin France


Martin Russell (@martin1ocean) Australia


Nohora Galvis (@ICRIcolombia) Colombia


Skye Augustine (@SkyeAugustine) Canada


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