Brian Yurasits of the TerraMar Project

A Show about the advocacy to protect the high seas

On this episode of the Sea Change podcast, Jenna Valente sits down with Brian Yurasits, Development Director for The TerraMar Project. Brian has conducted research about marine protected areas and worked with the Global FinPrint Project helping survey sharks and rays that live around the world's tropical reefs. He was a fisheries observer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which many of us lovingly referred to as NOAA, during that time he was onboard commercial fishing vessels where he collected data on fisheries operations in the Northeast United States. Brian now leads TerraMar, an organization dedicated to educate and inspire a global community to promote awareness, transparency and responsibility for the Ocean.

Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.