Author Archives: Ret Talbot

About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.

Free Science Writing Workshop

As part of the 2019 Maine Science Festival, I will be teaching a Science Writing 101 Workshop on Saturday (16 March) from 11:30 to 1:30 in Bangor, Maine. Many scientists find it challenging and time-consuming to communicate in clear, simple … Continue reading

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Cayman Islands Journalist on Front Line of Coral Reef Health

  Joe Avary is a reporter with with Cayman 27 in the Cayman Islands, and we’ve been in touch since my Yale Environment 360 story that mentioned coral disease at a popular Grand Cayman dive site published earlier this month. … Continue reading

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Saving Grand Cayman’s Killer Pillar

I recently published a story about coral disease in Yale Environment 360, and I’ve had a lot of follow-up through social media. One of the top questions/comments I’ve received concerns Killer Pillar, a Grand Cayman dive site mentioned in the … Continue reading

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As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions (Excerpt from Yale E360)

The following is an excerpt of my article on climate disease fromYale Environment 360. Click “CONTINUE” at the end of the excerpts to read the full article at https://e360.yale.edu. In September 2014, William Precht received an alarming phone call. “I’m … Continue reading

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‘Holy Grail’ Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed [Excerpt from NatGeo]

This is an excerpt from my latest article in National Geographic. A widely celebrated test believed to be able to determine if tropical marine aquarium fish were caught illegally using cyanide may be based on problematic data, a new study … Continue reading

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Beyond Data Podcast in the News

Thanks to the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Communications and Marketing for directing folks to my podcast episode Brown Trout – Beloved Invader that looked at invasive species through the … Continue reading

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Chefs on Seafood, Changing Menus & Trust – A Special Report from Seafood Expo North America 2018

Click here or on the play button below to listen to a special episode of Beyond Data reporting on the 2018 Seafood Expo North America. //html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6361259/height/90/theme/custom/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/ In this episode, we focus on chefs as change agents in the seafood industry. Forward-thinking chefs who … Continue reading

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Special Episode of Beyond Data Podcast Released – Resiliency in Maine’s Lobster Fishery & More

This special episode of the Beyond Data Podcast is reported from the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, which recently wrapped up here in Midcoast Maine. In this episode, we hear from Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher on resiliency in the State’s … Continue reading

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Introducing the Beyond Data Podcast

This month, I launched the first episode in the first season of the Beyond Data Podcast, and I hope you’ll give it (and the rest of season one) a listen. //html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5759856/height/360/width/640/theme/legacy/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/backward/ As many of you know as readers of my … Continue reading

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The Big Reboot!

Dear Readers, It’s been almost a year since I last published on The Good Catch Blog. There are lots of reasons for that, but at the moment, they are relatively unimportant. What is important is that in a year of … Continue reading

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