Freediving with Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin & Green Sea Turtles has been one of the great honours of my very blessed life. In addition to the joy however is the anger and sadness of knowing that the marine environment is being raped to the point of total collapse. Whereas peoples desire to consume fish means fishing line is left in the oceans and this monofilament line then entangles marine life such as Sea Turtles and cuts off blood flow to the point of losing limbs or even strangling them to death. Peoples desire to consume ever more fish means commercial fishing operations are stripping the oceans of fish in a most insane and unsustainable way, with Dolphins and other 'bi-catch' dying needlessly by the billions. All so that profit margins are maintained in line with corporate greed. What will future generations say about our stewardship of this most beautiful planet? Why does my heart feel so bad? Because this madness is totally unnecessary and completely unacceptable. - Ken O'Keefe
Deep Ecology Hawaii, a social enterprise set up 'To protect and defend the marine environment we operate within.'
The work of Deep Ecology in Hawaii was so special, so unique that local, national and international did dozens and dozens of stories about it. As a marine conservation social enterprise that employed direct action the results were simply unparalleled;
1) Several tons of marine debris removed from Hawaiian beaches.
2) 13 'Ghost Net' recoveries, two beyond 150 ft. deep.
3) Over 50 endangered Green Sea Turtle rescues.
4) Leaders in the campaign to create the first marine sanctuary on the North Shore of Oahu. A miraculous task considering less than 1% of Hawaii's coastline is protected.
This is just one of over 50 endangered Green Sea Turtle rescues conducted by Deep Ecology Hawaii. These rescues were required due to the turtles getting wrapped in discarded fishing (monofilament) line. If left to their own these turtles would lose a limb in a painful and protracted amputation due to blood circulation being strangled. If the line wraps around the neck, the turtle will be strangled to death. Deep Ecology makes clear that they would never grab or harass a turtle as this is always stressful and could possibly lead to drowning the turtle of injuring yourself. The only reason Deep Ecology has ever carried out these rescues is because the injuries from fishing line are potentially life threatening.