Why Ocean Conservation Matters to Me
I spent my childhood in and around the water. The ocean helped shape me into the person I’ve become. I can’t imagine my world had I not been lucky enough to get to experience wildlife at a young age. Part of why I became a freediver and underwater photographer was because of the adventures I had under the sea.
There are spots I would dive in Kauai as a child that used to be covered in healthy reef and thriving. Today, those same spots are desolate and lack the abundance of wildlife I got to observe growing up.
I am passionate about research and conservation that makes an impact on the health of the ocean. I want others to be able to have the same incredible dives and experiences I have. My background in marine science and biology combined with my work as a photographer and videographer allows me to connect the dots between the image and its importance. I hope others fall in love with the ocean the same way I have and hopefully want to protect it as well.
Selfishly I care about ocean conservation because I want to continue to freedive and explore it.
Why You Should Care About Ocean Conservation
The ocean covers over 70% of the planet and is responsible for over half of the oxygen production on Earth. Quite frankly if you don't care about the health of the ocean you have your priorities twisted.
Not only does the ocean help to regulate our planet's climate and provide habitat for millions of species, it also provides economical, medicinal, and food security.
photo credits: @joshmunoz, @taylorrwalstonphoto