The moment I fell in love with the ocean is still vivid in my memory. I was five years old out on my parents boat in the San Juan Islands (off the coast of Washington state). My brother and I were inside the cabin when we were pulling into the marina and heard my dad yelling for us to come outside. We both clambered to the stern and our jaws immediately dropped. We were surrounded by thousands of jellyfish the size of car tires. I had never seen anything like it, and at that moment I knew I wanted to experience everything that the ocean had to offer.
As I got older I began devoting all of my time to studying the ocean as well as experiencing its beauty. I knew that I wanted to make any sort of difference that I could to leave the earth and the ocean better than I found it. I am currently furthering my knowledge of the ocean while pursuing my degree in marine biology at Hawai’i Pacific University on Oahu. I am also a member of our Division II soccer team as well as on the cross country team.
While not at school, practice, at work or in the water, I have been fortunate enough to work at the Oceanic Institute in Waimanalo, Hawai’i and to learn about the selective breeding of shrimp for aquaculture. As the population of the world increases, aquaculture could be invaluable as a source of sustenance for the masses.
My motivation for beginning work with Five Oceans began when I stumbled upon Five Oceans. A friend and I were brainstorming about the uses for recycled copolymer monofilaments (fishing line). The research and amount of science behind recycling man made materials led me to reading more and more about the recycling of ocean plastics. As a science minded individual the process fascinated me. With the discovery of an organization whose views and missions aligned with mine I was overjoyed.
I immediately reached out to Luise and was thrilled by the positive response I received. I am stoked to be part of the team and can’t wait to see what the future has to hold.
Meghan is the author of “A Playground Among the Wreckage” and more articles to come.