Passionate oceanistas who support ClearOceans and share with us why the oceans matter to them!
Explorer, Conservation Biologist, Photographer and Co-Founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation
“While the ocean can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, the diversity and equilibrium of life in the ocean is awe-inspiring. Hundreds of thousands of organisms live in this dynamic liquid world, each highly refined to take advantage of their specific niche, each playing such a critical role in the ecosystem. Humans are slowly coming to the realization that we live on a blue planet. Water is actually what sets us apart from other planets.
It is surprising for many people to learn that the oceans supply most of our breathable oxygen, dictate world weather patterns, and help to feed the majority of humans on earth. The oceans represent life. Our life.”
Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographer, Photographer, Conservationist
“My love of the oceans fuels me and I am captivated by the grace and beauty of the marine life within it. Recognizing that people only protect what they love; I am on a mission capture inspiring and dramatic imagery that connects the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species. And through this connection, I hope the world will ultimately share my passion for these creatures and be inspired to act before it is too late.”
Photographer & Co-Founder of Prawno Apparel
Lia Barrett is an underwater, travel, and fine art photographer. Her work and interests have taken her around the world from the far corners of West Papua New Guinea to the deep darkness of the Cayman Trench. Her photography ranges from coral reefs to macro critters to individuals and their relationship with water and nature.
“The oceans are one of Earth’s vital organs, and therefore their functionality, health and wellbeing are extremely crucial to the survival of us all.”
Environmentally Friendly Illustrator
“I’ve always been in awe of the ocean and its inhabitants – whether diving on the Great Barrier Reef with rays, sharks and turtles or seeing a pod of 200 wild dolphins in New Zealand, some of my most cherished experiences have been interacting with wild creatures in their own habitat, which is why I’m proud to be an advocate of the fantastic ClearOceans initiative.”
Conservation Biologist, Manta Trust Indonesian Country Lead & Founder of Indonesian Manta Project
“The ocean is truly wild and untamable. All of nature is wondrous but there is something mysterious about the ocean that has always captivated me, constantly drawing me in and guiding my life choices. In our human altered world, time spent in and on the ocean regenerates my soul and is a way I feel a part of the wild again.
We are a part of nature. Like it or not, we are connected to nature and always will be. We must look after the oceans because it is a part of us, destroying the oceans means destroying ourselves.”
Brendon Ford Sing
Shark Conservationist & Co-Founder of Shark Guardian
“I grew up in South Africa and as a kid I had a huge interest in sharks. Every time I went to an aquarium I would head straight for the shark tank and literally stand there for hours just watching the sharks swim by on the other side of the glass. People would walk by the shark tank saying how scary and freaky the sharks looked. Teasing other children that the sharks would try and eat them. I was not deterred, I found sharks absolutely fascinating. I wanted to dive with sharks and learn more about them.”
Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski
Award-Winning Underwater/topside Photographer, Journalist, Presenter, Travel Writer and Film-maker
“Like all great women, the ocean is unpredictable, it’s beautiful, and it’s worth fighting for. Currently, our oceans are in a mess: polluted, warming, rising, and catastrophically overfished. I want my children, and my children’s children, to enjoy the marine world in the way our generation has, and generations before us. ”
Ocean Advocate, Skipper and Director of Pangaea Explorations
“Every breath we take literally comes from the ocean; I think we feel so calm near water because it’s so crucial to our survival. Wherever we live on planet earth, we are privileged enough to enjoy the benefits of the ocean, but it’s also our responsibility to care for it.”
Street & Life Photographer
“The ocean is everything. Calm/turbulent, open/mysterious, adventurous or nurturing. The wealth of creatures and magic contained within it continue to surprise and amaze us. It is our lifeblood, our source. Without them we die.”
Become a ClearOceans Advocate
Are you an ocean lover interested in marine conservation? Are you passionate about protecting this incredibly diverse and beautiful resource? Does your work involve spending time in the oceans? Then ClearOceans wants to hear from you! Joining ClearOceans as an advocate means you will benefit from a feature on our Advocate Wall of Fame, and of course you can use the ClearOceans logo on any marketing and PR materials to show your support for healthier and happier oceans.