As a devout volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this eventually led me to a job as an instructor for the summer kids’ program, Underwater Explorers. This fed into a desire to work closer with the ocean, so I moved to Hawai'i (aka Big Island) in 2013 to become a SCUBA Instructor, logging over 3500 dives in the last eight years in Kona.
In 2021, I had the amazing opportunity to help clean up the oceans in a huge way – by working with NOAA's Marine Debris project, involving a 30-day mission to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to clean up a staggering 123,690 pounds of marine debris. I now work as an offshore aquaculture technician, focusing on algae as a sustainable alternative to seafood, and still guides Blackwater dives in Kona, Hawai'i.
Why I support ODA: Kurt's passion for cleaning up the ocean is contagious. There are many “ocean cleanup” organizations – but I loved Kurt's ability to work with the community, inspire outreach, and really get results on his cleanup missions. I am proud to continue working with ODA to help promote a cleaner, healthier ocean!