From fishing to tourism, acting as the lungs of the planet and supermarket to the world, our oceans prove their worth daily. Environmental conditions indicate that ocean reefs are deteriorating and important aquatic communities are declining.
Breakdowns in aquatic systems are evident in coral reefs around the globe. In beautiful, magical places like the Bahamas and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and even the Antarctic, there are signs of acidification, bleaching, and contamination.
In support of the important work underway to conserve this beautiful, essential ocean environment, Sea Lily is joining the effort by teaming up with non-for profit organizations that are dedicated to improve and save our oceans. Every stitch and every button of each Sea Lily purchase sees a portion of proceeds donated to ocean conservation and stewardship. We invite Sea Lily fans and family to join us in the quest to preserve ocean environments through Sea Lily garments, providing beauty all around, for both you, and the ocean.
Dr. Kenny Broad
Environmental anthropologist, Dr. Kenny Broad, has participated in extreme scientific and filmmaking expeditions on every continent – from studying cocaine distribution patterns to venomous snakes to the deepest caves on the planet – to gather information and samples that shed light on little known environmental and cultural subjects. Broad and the late Wes Skiles received the National Geographic Explorer of the Year award in 2011 for work in the Blue Holes of the Bahamas.
He is a professor at the University of Miami (UM) where he directs the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, where he received his PhD in 1999. Broad was a National Geographic 2006 Emerging Explorer and was elected a Fellow National of the Explorers Club in 2009. He is also a former member of the National Geographic Society Expedition Council Advisory Board.
Alyson Kuba is a PhD student with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. Alyson studies coral reproduction, focusing on coral larvae and how coral reproduction can persist through climate change.
Alyson completed her Masters of Science at Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelors of Science in Marine Science and Biology at University of Miami. For her research, Alyson has been awarded the NOAA Hollings Scholarship, the NSU Forman Endowment scholarship, and a National Science Foundation fellowship.
Marc Montocchio specializes in capturing unique and stunning images of ocean wildlife in their natural habitat. His work has appeared in numerous international publications, including Power & Motoryacht Magazine, Soundings, The Bight, National Geographic, Marlin, Outside Traveler, Africa Geographic, BlueWater, Alert Diver, Tide, Out There, Guy Harvey Magazine, and Voyages de Pêche.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Marc developed an early love for the sea, swimming in the warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
He inherited a passion for fishing from his grandfather, Edouard Montocchio, an avid big-game fisherman born in 1906 to a French Colonial family on the island of Mauritius.
“Pops was larger than life, a real old-world gentleman. And I was in awe of him,” says Marc. “His tackle box was a treasure trove.
When I was a kid, I used to sneak into the room where he kept his fishing gear and spend hours just looking at his lures. He gave me my first saltwater reel when I was ten.” Marc first picked up an underwater camera while serving as a clearance diver in the South African navy. After completing his military service, Marc moved to Grand Cayman, where he worked as a diving instructor, boat captain, and fishing guide, while continuing to develop his unique photographic style.
Marc’s photography has since taken him on expeditions all over the world, documenting underwater scenes that his beloved grandfather could have only imagined. He continues to produce cutting-edge images of ocean life in places like the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba, Mexico, Egypt’s Red Sea, Indonesia, Bahamas, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.
Marc Montocchio has been involved in marine conservation and marine sciences for many years. His images have been used in the support of a number of conservation based organizations such as the PEW Institute and the IGFA to name a few.
When he’s not traveling for work, Marc lives by the water in Morehead City, North Carolina with his wife Laura and his dog Kitty.