A: Well actually my dad was in the coastguard. At the time he was stationed in Cape May, NJ and I was born in Ventnor, NJ which is a little island out of the sea canal. I did all of my schooling there and lived a block from the beach and a block from the bay so we were in the water all of the time.
A: I've just always been out on the water and have always just been intrigued by the sea. Even as a kid watching all of those Jacques Cousteau films that used to be on TV. I became a scuba diver at the same time and just being 15-16 years old and being able to see so many amazing things was remarkable.
A: I've been a captain for over 40 years. I was blessed that when I got my license I started working for Subaru corporation, the car company, so we traveled around the world. They built a 65' sports fisherman so we just started going further and further. We went down to Belize and then I took them to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Nicaragua. And then we'd come back and go fish Venezuela, Aruba, and just been really blessed throughout my time as a captain.
A: Just being on the ocean and seeing all of the amazing things that are just - you can't describe. From the moment the sun rises until the sun sets. We've traveled at night - say going to Bermuda is about 610 miles so that takes 80 hours. So you get to see the sun rise as you're headed east and then it sets behind you in the west. In the morning - another sunrise and then a full moon at night. You just see amazing things. I've seen whales - sometimes a little pod of killer whales will swim right by the boat and that's really cool.
A: I was off the coast of Columbia when I worked for Tyson. This was another operation - we had a 175' mother ship and then a 65' sport fisherman so we could go anywhere for six months. So I told Mr. Tyson, "let's go down the canal, and go down the border of Colombia, and into this little bay." Up this river, I had heard from a few people that there was this Kuna Indian tribe. One day when I had time off, which, I never have time off, I took the smaller boat and went all the way up this river. I had a couple of mahi mahi with me and a few little tunas. Two hours up this river, it was like something you would see out of a Tarzan film, were all of these little huts on bamboo stilts. I took one of the fish out and all of these little kids came running down. I gave a mahi mahi and a couple tuna to this lady, and a man of the tribe came down and gave me this beaded necklace, and I thought that was really cool. I started eating those little cubes of ice from the cooler and didn't think anything of it - because it was hot - and the children were just watching me with these wide eyes. And then I realized: they've never seen ice before. So I took a piece of ice and put it in their hand and this little girl was like, "ahh!" and ran back to her mother. But after that they loved them. Then I had some Hershey kisses in the cooler and I showed them how to unwrap them and eat them - they've never had chocolate before. It was cool to experience that and meet the tribe.
A: There are many people out there who don't realize that everything we do has an effect. Too many people use the oceans as their trashcan. With 4Ocean I saw an opportunity to make a difference and teach awareness to all of those people who are not knowledgeable. We try everyday to explain to others what we are doing and how it has an effect.
A: I would say that we find a lot of bottle caps, smaller pieces of trash - which are bad for the environment. We find a lot of thin film, water bottles - mainly plastic.
A: I try my best to teach what I can about what I've learned over the course of time and I've been on the water for about 50 years. If someone has a question about anything, I answer them as best I can and teach them what I know.
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.