Why Leave a Legacy?
The members of our Ocean Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to Ocean Conservancy’s future by naming Ocean Conservancy to receive a bequest in their will or trust, by beneficiary designation or other estate gift. Learn more about the people who have chosen to protect our ocean for future generations.
Ruth likes things simple! That’s why she chose charitable gift annuities as the best way to protect marine wildlife from the impacts of plastic floating in our ocean.
Ruth Baker: Preserving marine wildlife through Charitable Gift Annuities and sharing her ocean legacy story with friends along the way.
Ruth likes things simple! That’s why she chose charitable gift annuities as the best way to protect marine wildlife from the impacts of plastic floating in our ocean. It breaks her heart to know that there are islands of plastic floating in the ocean that entangle marine mammals, sea birds and fish. “What a terrible way to die and to think it is all preventable!”, says Ruth who will be 95 years young this month, is an avid recycler and encourages other residents at her independent living complex to recycle too.
Born in Ohio, Ruth lived on both coasts and settled in New York City. She became an actress and model, appearing in several movies and is still an active member of the Screen Actors Guild. When she retired, she and her husband, actor Ed Crowley, traveled the world to see and experience wildlife in their natural habitat. Her apartment is filled with photos of animals from those trips.
About ten years ago, Ruth read about charitable gift annuities and after some research and talking with her advisor, determined them a very smart investment. She redeemed low interest earning bonds for the gift annuity with a more attractive payment rate. She says, “I love that I can make my legacy gift to Ocean Conservancy with a very simple agreement; I feel confident that my ocean legacy is complete, and I didn’t need an attorney. Best of all, I’m enjoying the income!”
In fact, over time Ruth has created three annuities with Ocean Conservancy. She has annuities with other organizations she cares about as well. Because Ruth’s need for additional income is stable right now, she saves most of her annuity income until she accumulates sufficient funds (our minimum donation to create a gift annuity is $10,000) and then creates another. She saves taxes on the donation she makes to establish the annuity and some of her guaranteed annual payment is tax-free.
She feels so good about her investment in Ocean Conservancy that she shared everything she learned about gift annuities with her good friend, Erna Earle (shown with Ruth above). Erna decided to create her ocean legacy through an Ocean Conservancy gift annuity too.
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A Passion for the Ocean: Meet Eleanor Brew
Perhaps it was growing up in California or spending summers at the Jersey shore — or the fact that she comes from a Navy family — but Eleanor Brew has always been passionate about the ocean.
“The ocean is the soul of our planet,” she says. “Since I was a child, it has brought me peace.”
Eleanor has followed her ocean bliss to the far corners of the planet. Her living room, she says, “is full of travel photographs, none of which feature people and all of which are of water.” Each trip is a reminder, she explains, “that it’s important to give back to the planet that has nurtured us.”
“Most of us aren’t consciously aware that the ocean is connected to every other body of water on the earth,” she adds. “If we clean up one spot, it doesn’t solve the problem. It’s a beginning — but it’s important to understand the whole picture.”
Eleanor Brew has made what she calls “a permanent promise to keep the ocean healthy.” How? By making Ocean Conservancy a beneficiary of her will. “I wanted to have a good answer to the question, ‘What do you want to be remembered for?’ Leaving Ocean Conservancy a part of my estate means that my commitment to the ocean will live on.”
Brew’s husband, Denny, is also an environmentalist, but his passion is conservation. “Between us, our bequest gifts have both sides covered,” Eleanor says with a smile.
“People need to pick their passion. If the ocean is your passion, like it is mine, then it’s good to know that you can still make a difference even after you’re gone.”
I’m 81, still swim and sit by the hour with my friends listening and watching the endless variety of waves that break on the shore.
Julie and Don Dickinson
Seeing the World from the Ocean: Meet Julie and Don Dickinson
Growing up near the great Chesapeake Bay, Don Dickinson loved to crab and fish. His wife, Julie, on the other hand, grew up in the Midwest, far from the ocean — but she’s come to love the water as much as her husband. The couple spent their honeymoon on a trans-Atlantic cruise and have since traveled the world on ocean-going ships. Each trip has deepened their commitment to protecting and preserving the ocean.
“We love the ports of call,” Don says, “but we also love the sea days when you have time to relax and reflect.”
“Sadly, we’re seeing more and more ocean trash,” says Julie, noting that on a recent cruise to New Zealand, the cruise director gave a lecture on cleaning up the ocean and protecting the environment.
“It’s good to see greater awareness of the challenges facing the ocean,” Don says. “In my lifetime, I’ve seen tremendous erosion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which of course feeds into the Atlantic.”
Julie and Don have lived frugally and only recently have felt as though they could make the kind of financial contributions to Ocean Conservancy that they’d like.
“We know there are many worthy causes deserving of support,” Don says, “but so much of the earth is covered by water that it’s more critical than most people realize. That’s why we have made giving to Ocean Conservancy one of our priorities.”
The IRA Charitable Rollover gift opportunity turned out to be the right vehicle for the Dickinsons.
“We looked at it closely and read up on it,” says Don. “We were also told it was a good idea by a financial advisor.”
[For more on IRA Charitable Rollover gifts, see page XX.]
Through this newly renewed provision of the tax code, the Dickinsons transfer a portion of their required minimum distribution directly from their IRA to Ocean Conservancy. In this way, they avoid having to count the donated amount as income on their tax return.
Julie and Don want to do all they can to help clean up the oceans and promote clean water worldwide. “We hope our gifts can help address problems like these.”
“I want my grandchildren to experience the oceans in an even richer way than I have. Providing for Ocean Conservancy in my will feels like the right way to protect the ocean as well as respect its unique role in our lives.”
Sylvia Earle has pioneered underwater observations of dolphins and whales, and has set new diving records while exploring unknown waters throughout the world. Combing the credentials of scientist, explorer, policy maker, and conservationist, she is known worldwide as a passionate ambassador for the sea.
– Dr. Sylvia Earle,
Board of Directors and
Ocean Legacy Society
Jan Kern and Tom Grahame
Jan Kern and Tom Grahame: Supporting Science-Based Solutions to Restoring the Ocean’s Abundance
Jan Kern and Tom Grahame both grew up on Long Island Sound and their childhood experiences have had a profound impact on their adult lives and priorities. Jan recalls digging in the sand with her feet to find hard shell clams, and was deeply saddened as a young woman by the gradual degradation of the Sound and its creatures. Tom also recalls clamming as a child, before increasing water pollution caused clamming to be banned.
Even so, Jan and Tom have faith in the power of activism to restore and protect the ocean. “We view restoration of lost abundance as the most important goal of Ocean Conservancy,” Tom says. “We applaud how Ocean Conservancy has helped increase abundance of species in places like coral reefs, first by doing the science showing that creating “no fishing” zones in small parts of such reefs allows fish to achieve maximum effective size for spawning, resulting in many thousands more fertilized eggs, with repopulation of the rest of the reef.”
But they feel science is only the start: Ocean Conservancy was also was the most important force for creating marine reserves which allow for repopulation of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.” While Tom and Jan remain troubled by the “appalling loss of abundance in our ocean” — for instance of Caribbean turtle species which were once 1,000 times more abundant than now — they believe that understanding the scope of loss can help create more ambitious goals for recovery. As Jan says, “We need more science-based successes like these.” Tom adds, “I would love to see Ocean Conservancy play a role in the restoration of so many deleted cod fisheries, once so abundant.”
“Most of us have no idea that the ocean was once so much more full of living things of every variety,” Tom says. “It’s hard for me to put my arms around the size and importance of such loss.”
Although they grew up near the water, the couple have not spent a lot of time on the ocean. “I believe in the ‘existence value’ of the ocean and ocean species,” Tom explains. “Existence value is a school of economic though that says that we receive a benefit simply from knowing that a particular environmental resource, exists. That’s how Jan and I feel about the ocean.”
The couple’s childhood experiences have also fostered a deep commitment to giving back. “I was one of the many young people inspired by President Kennedy,” explains Jan. “My father always donated to charity,” Tom adds, “and when he passed away, one of the first things I did was make donations in his memory, including to Ocean Conservancy’s predecessor, the Center for Marine Conservation.”
Over the years, Jan and Tom have increased their support of Ocean Conservancy, including a gift of appreciated stock and establishment of a charitable gift annuity with the organization. Although the gift provides them with an annual payment, their motivation was altruistic: “We wanted to do all we could to restore as much of the ocean as we can,” they say.
Tom and Jan’s vision of what our environment could and should be is rooted in their many visits to family in Alaska over the past 25 years. According to Tom, “Wildlife is plentiful, even close to Anchorage—in fact, even the city itself is teeming with moose! And American Dippers breed in crystal-clear streams just a short drive from downtown.”
And they believe Ocean Conservancy is in the best position to protect and restore this abundance. “The issues Ocean Conservancy addresses are very important,” Tom says. “I can trust the science behind what they do.” He’s in a good position to know; he is an expert on airborne pollutants who once worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator serving on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Most of all, Jan and Tom believe, “you can’t take it with you, but you can fight back against loss—by supporting organizations like Ocean Conservancy that are dedicated to restoring ocean ecosystems and increasing species populations, now and later.”
Peggy and Bill Goldberg
Peggy and Bill Goldberg
After more than 30 years of scuba diving, Peggy and Bill Goldberg still relish the thrill of encountering sharks underwater. “A shark might bump me to figure out what I am,” explains Peggy. “But what’s striking is how benign and big they are. They overwhelmingly dwarf you in size. One must realize that humans are not a part of the shark’s food chain.”
The Goldbergs have dived with hammerheads, Galapagos, oceanic white tips, reef, silky and black tips, but the giants of the shark family—whale sharks—are still on their bucket list. “We hope we will get to see one,” says Peggy. “We’re saddened by the dramatic decline in the number of sharks we see on our dives. It used to be relatively easy to encounter them, but now it’s becoming rare.”
The Goldbergs understand that the tragedy of the disappearance of sharks goes far beyond their disappointment at not encountering them scuba diving. As Peggy puts it, “Sharks are an apex predator and play a critical role in the ocean’s ecosystem that the average fish does not. Removing sharks from the food web could have catastrophic effects on the health of our oceans, and our own food sources.”
Peggy, an accomplished underwater photographer, has changed her approach over the years from taking beautiful photos to documenting the decline of sharks, the coral reefs and other sea life.
But the couple is most concerned about what’s happening to the sharks. “We hope people will boycott staged shark feeds,” Bill says. On a trip to Turks and Caicos, they saw a shark that had been finned but had managed to survive. Shark finning- where they just cut off the fins of a living shark, and throw them back in the ocean to die- is a horrific waste for just soup- and must be stopped.
And now that summer is here, recently highly publicized shark attacks in Florida and North Carolina have Peggy and Bill worried that public overreaction will put sharks at even greater risk. The Goldbergs insist that even if you’ve never dived or snorkeled—and even if you live in a landlocked area—the ocean contributes so much to our well-being that everyone needs to be aware of how imperiled they are.
Since they met and married in 1967, Peggy and Bill have been environmentally active and conscious of the interconnectedness of life on earth. In addition to their activism on behalf of the ocean, they’ve gone beyond their annual support to make Ocean Conservancy a beneficiary of their estate. According to Bill, “While we’re alive, we are actively fighting locally, nationally and internationally to save the oceans. When we are gone, we hope our legacy will continue the fight. The mark we want to leave is a healthy ocean and healthy earth for future generations.”
Water has figured prominently in Henry Gorecki’s life since, as a boy, he and his family spent idyllic days swimming and picnicking on Wisconsin’s inland lakes. “Growing up in Milwaukee, there were many reminders of the importance of the lake in our lives. My Dad and I used to take long walks along the lake and the beauty of the cliffs on the shoreline is vivid for me to this day,” Gorecki says.
Gorecki also recognized early the connection between his beloved Lake Michigan—one of the largest fresh water bodies of water on the planet—and the ocean. “I used to see the big boats on the St. Lawrence Seaway with names that reflected their country of origin,” he recalls, “so I knew from a young age that my Lake Michigan was connected to the wider world.”
The idea of seeing the lake or the ocean polluted or full of trash moves Gorecki to act. He does his part globally, through his support of Ocean Conservancy, and also locally, spending occasional weekends picking up the trash in his neighborhood. His passion to eradicate trash stems from his boyhood memory of the first Earth Day and a Madison Avenue advertising campaign featuring native Americans saddened at the idea of a beautiful landscape marred by litter.
“I’m a firm believer that if you respect yourself, you’ll respect the environment, too. I want my commitment to encompass the whole world. That’s why I support Ocean Conservancy.”
Still living near Lake Michigan, Gorecki, an avid runner, appreciates the famous “lake effect” weather. “Sometimes I’ll be running,” he says, “and there will be a fog curtain because the temperature drop near the lake is that dramatic. Near the lake it’s warmer in winter and cooler in summer. With climate change we risk losing that natural temperature adjustment.”
As a Certified Financial Planner who owns his own investment firm, Gorecki is in a unique position to advocate for enduring support of the causes you care about. “You have to have a plan for what may happen to your assets when you die. If you don’t, the state and federal government have a plan for you,” Gorecki explains. “I encourage people to do what I’ve done and include Ocean Conservancy as a beneficiary of their retirement plan assets, one of the most tax-wise gifts. As I tell my clients: ‘Think about your legacy and the causes that are important to you now and include them in your plans.’”
– Henry Gorecki,
Ocean Legacy Society Member
Sue and Craig Grube
One Family’s Legacy: Love of the Ocean and a Commitment to Giving Back
Meet Sue and Craig Grube
Craig Grube traces his passion for the ocean and for volunteering to his childhood and his mother’s influence. “She volunteered at the National Aquarium in Baltimore,” he recalls, “and we would often vacation in spots where the family could snorkel together.”
Now Craig and his wife, Sue, have two sons—and Craig is following in his mother’s footsteps by passing down the same traditions to his boys. “We try to expose them to the wonders and challenges of our ocean in as many ways as possible,” he says. “We take ocean-based vacations, and my eldest son and I scuba dive down below, circling manta rays, while my wife and youngest snorkel above us. The opportunity for the four of us to share such a magical experience is enough to make anyone appreciate the beauty of the ocean.”
Craig’s sons have also joined him as a volunteer at International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day. “And they see me pull out my sustainable seafood app at the grocery store or in a restaurant. I’m a bit of a sustainable seafood nut—but it gives me the opportunity to educate them and open their eyes to the dangers of overfishing.”
As an avid scuba diver, Craig has seen firsthand the devastating changes in the ocean. “In the years I’ve been diving—even in the short time my eldest son has been diving—I’ve seen tremendous depletion of the fish stock and extensive degradation of habitat,” he says.
Living in an area where stranded marine mammals and trash routinely wash up onto the beach has given special and personal urgency to Craig’s mission to do whatever he can to make a difference. In addition to volunteering on ICC Day, Craig volunteers on a stranding team and serves on the board of directors of his local aquarium.
And, after nearly 20 years of making annual contributions to Ocean Conservancy, Sue and Craig have decided to leave a gift for Ocean Conservancy in their will. “Ocean Conservancy is working on many of the issues that are important to me, such as restoring sustainable fisheries, protecting special ocean places , protecting marine life from human impact and reforming government for better ocean stewardship.”
“Sue and I believe that if we don’t stand up now and support organizations like Ocean Conservancy that have clear and effective strategies, the oceans will soon be barren wastelands,” Craig says. “We also understand that, for organizations to thrive, they need funds not just for today but also for the future. We want to make sure that Ocean Conservancy’s critical work can continue even when we’re no longer around.
“It’s also important to us to make sure our boys are aware of this expression of our values,” Craig continues. “In fact, we hope that when they start to think about how to invest the fruits of their life’s work, they will also consider doing something that will make the world a better place.”
Although Ann Henderson didn’t see the sea until she was a teenager, she’s felt a kinship with it for as long as she can remember.
Although Ann Henderson didn’t see the sea until she was a teenager, she’s felt a kinship with it for as long as she can remember. “Growing up, I used to play make-believe with my dolls, inventing stories about visiting islands,” she recalls.
Her first two trips to the sea from her native Germany sealed her passion for the ocean. “The sights and smell drew me,” she says. “I was captivated, watching the waves and thinking about the tide and what lived beneath the water. For me there is a mystique about the ocean.”
Now living in landlocked Oklahoma, Ann remains as committed to protecting the ocean as ever. “The ocean is essential to our survival no matter where we live,” she says, “and I think of each of us should do what we can to respect and protect it. In Oklahoma, the Illinois and Arkansas rivers flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Everything we do affects our ocean.”
To protect the ocean, Ann picks up trash on the lake and lakefront where she lives. She does the same when she visits her daughter on the eastern shore of the U.S. or wherever she happens to be—even the grocery store parking lot!
“So much litter ends up in the ocean,” she laments. “Trash in the ocean harms sea life. I have colleagues who are scuba divers, and they’ve told me how undersea life has deteriorated over time. We need to protect the ocean for our children and grandchildren.”
Ann believes strongly in educating children about how vital the ocean is to life on earth, and how important it is to protect it. “If we can set an example of ocean conservation for children, they’ll carry the habit into adulthood and teach their own children, continuing the virtuous cycle.”
In addition to making small donations over the years, Ann has left a gift for Ocean Conservancy in her will to help protect the ocean for future generations. “I have two daughters and a grandson,” she explains. “I have left gifts for them, of course, but I also want to leave a legacy for the environment. Even after I’m gone, I want to help.”
By telling her story, Ann hopes to encourage others to leave a gift for Ocean Conservancy. “If each of us—those who share a passion for the ocean—does a little something, it can make a huge difference for the future.”
Pat Minnick, a third-generation California, can remember when Los Angeles was so small you could drive into town and park right in front of the movie theatre. She also recalls her earliest memories of the ocean. Her mother first took Pat to the beach when she was only six weeks old. Thereafter, they went once a week — swimming and eating a picnic dinner together afterward.
One of Pat’s other childhood passions was art. She started drawing at a young age and pursued formal studies all the way through college. Her love of design blossomed into a career as a landscape designer and, after retirement, as a master flower arranger. At age 92, she still teaches flower arranging and draws.
“I draw my Christmas cards each year,” Pat explains, “and many of them feature sea creatures. Dolphins are delightful. I have been whale watching local and in Mexico where the gray whales breed and have their calves. These wonderful ocean creatures are magical. With sea animals, there is such a variety of shapes and forms. I gravitate to the tropical fish, because they are so vibrantly colored.”
Pat can’t remember how she first became aware of Ocean Conservancy. As she puts it, “It was a natural organization for me to join, and it’s been so many decades now that it feels like I’ve always been associated with it.”
In addition to making small annual contributions, Pat has included a gift to Ocean Conservancy by bequest in her will, “so they can carry on their wonderful work.”
“Every day I walk a short distance to a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean,” says Minnick. “I’m so grateful to Ocean Conservancy for their dedication and work to keep the ocean I love sparkling.”
Because of her childhood association with the ocean, Pat is committed to helping the children of today and tomorrow enjoy the ocean as she did. “In school, we learn math and history — but we don’t really focus enough on nature. So many people live their lives without nature, and they miss a lot. I hope my bequest to Ocean Conservancy will help spread the word that it’s important to love nature and take care of it.”
Diane Scott & Florence Oliverio
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Diane Scott & Florence Oliverio
Diane Scott grew up on Long Island loving waves—“the bigger, the better,” she says. But it wasn’t until she participated in a dolphin swim in Mexico, where the animals were horribly exploited, that protecting the ocean and sea life became her passion. “That experience turned me into an activist,” she says.
Florence Oliverio grew up in Argentina and trained as an opera singer. “My father was an admiral, so my whole family loved the ocean,” she explains.
Though the women arrived at their love of the ocean along different paths, they are now united in their commitment to protecting it forever—and they are accomplishing this goal in two important ways.
Both work with schoolchildren: Diane as a speech therapist and Florence as a special education science teacher. “It’s so important that we motivate kids to care about the environment,” Florence says.Diane agrees. “What will happen if we lose the ocean?” she asks. “What will happen if we continue to contaminate it? These are questions our kids must understand.”
To demonstrate their commitment to a clean ocean, the two have designated a percentage of their estates to Ocean Conservancy. “It’s about not taking the ocean for granted,” says Diane. “A vibrant ocean is a more important inheritance for our loved ones than anything else we could give them,” Florence adds. “We’ve been so impressed with Ocean Conservancy,” says Diane. “It’s not just the work you do, but how you treat us that distinguishes you from other environmental organizations. You treat us as though we’re donating millions of dollars.”
Florence describes their commitment this way: “We both try to make a difference every day in the lives of children. Our bequest to Ocean Conservancy is our opportunity to make a difference for future generations.
“I’m really attached to the concept of science-based advocacy for the oceans,” he explains. “And, nobody does that better than Ocean Conservancy.”
“The thing about the ocean,” says diver, naturalist, and cinematographer Feodor Pitcairn, “is most people only see it from the top side as a glassy mirror.” Pitcairn’s mission over the past decade and a half has been to show what it looks like under the waves – to introduce people around the world to the magnificent creatures and fragile habitats of the ocean wilds.
“All life depends on the ocean. When you look at Mars, all dusty and dry and desolate that once had water, you appreciate what Earth would be like without our ocean.”
“I remembered Ocean Conservancy in my will because I simply can’t think of a better legacy than protecting the ocean I love so much.”
– Feodor Pitcairn,
Former Board Member and Current
Ocean Legacy Society Member
Rosemary & Jim Walsh
Rosemary and Jim Walsh, Minneapolis, MN
Rosemary and Jim Walsh are Depression-era babies whose parents instilled in them a great appreciation for the natural world — values the Walshes have passed down to their children and grandchildren.
Like her parents, Rosemary grew up in Wisconsin. Her mother was raised near the Wisconsin River, which was heavily dammed because of all the paper mills. “You could almost walk across, it was so polluted,” Rosemary says. Rosemary’s father, the son of a German immigrant dairy farmer, bought farmland on a river in Wisconsin, where the family planted thousands of evergreens themselves. Rosemary says, “It was imbued in my soul to care about the environment.”
As a child, Rosemary spent summers at a cabin with no running water. “We wasted nothing,” she says. “If you were raised during the Depression, you realized that you didn’t need a lot. We took care of our things.”
Rosemary’s background helped influence Jim. “She got me thinking about the importance of respecting all living things. It changed me for the rest of my life. She’s made me more aware of nature. She’s set a great standard for me,” he says.
The Walshes’ children are equally sensitive and protective of the environment. Rosemary remembers a time when her son was disconsolate after breaking a spider’s web. “The spider had worked so hard on it!” she recalls him saying. “We never preached to them, but they got it by example.”
Rosemary saw the ocean for the first time when she took her daughter to school in California. “The ocean is to be cherished,” she says. “It makes me want to cry to think of the things we’ve done to this miracle.” She bemoans the effects of global warming and humanity’s carelessness. “It all has to work together, the land with the water, the plants, the people. We have to fix the problem. There is no other way.”
The couple supports several environmental groups, including Ocean Conservancy. “We feel such a sense of accomplishment when we read about their successes,” Rosemary says. Thrifty to their core, they’ve saved a nest egg — as befits children of the Depression — and plan to pass much of it on to their children and grandchildren. But they’ve reserved part of their estate to go to Ocean Conservancy. Rosemary encourages others to turn their values into a lasting legacy. “Even 1 or 2 percent from each person would be a lot of money and could protect the ocean in the future,” she says.
I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. My favorite memories are the late afternoon fishing adventures with my father.
I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. My favorite memories are the late afternoon fishing adventures with my father. We’d set out in a little outboard boat with our fishing gear and a small cooler that contained two beers for my dad and two cans of apple juice for me. When I was very young, it seemed that there were plenty of striped bass (Rockfish) to be caught and they were delicious! Later, a moratorium was imposed and Rockfish were off limits for many years. Fortunately, the Bay is resilient and with the help of groups like Ocean Conservancy that work on saving treasures like the Chesapeake Bay, I am fishing again for striped bass and remembering my dad. I’ve been lucky to work for Ocean Conservancy for almost 30 years. I can’t imagine a more satisfying career than to work for a healthier and more sustainable ocean.
– Charlotte Meyer
Growing up the ocean was never far away. I quickly became entranced by the beauty and bounty of the ocean.
Growing up the ocean was never far away. I learned to sail at a young age on the Chesapeake Bay and spent summers exploring the Sheepscot River in Maine. My favorite memories of the summer are fishing for mackerel and exploring the tidal pools looking for crabs and other critters. I quickly became entranced by the beauty and bounty of the ocean. But as I grew older I started to learn about the threats facing the ocean and the need to protect it. Working at Ocean Conservancy has enabled me to help protect and preserve the ocean and marine wildlife for future generations and I could not be prouder to work here.
– Thomas Perkins