I grew up in a little Village on the South East Coast of Ireland called Helvick. The soul of our Village life was the Pier where my Father and Family would bring boat loads of fish on a daily basis from the Ocean.
The Bounty the Ocean provided was the economic link for the village.
Life was fantastic growing up, lots of seafood a strong bond between the people in the village.
But things started to Change Overfishing by a massive EU fleet in Irish waters and Agricultural Pollution plus Industrial Pollution started to kill our Rivers & Ocean.
The devastating effects of this made my Family Emigrate to the USA were I continued my life on the Ocean.
The thing that really surprised me was Plastic in our Ocean, I thought it was only a problem in Ireland.
But no matter where I fished the East or West Coast of American I used to see Plastic. From the Celtic Sea to Sea of Cortez, the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska plastic was everywhere.
One Winter in Particular really shocked me while fishing in remote waters on the Bering Sea seeing massive amounts of plastic that had Originated in Russia and Japan made me realise our Ocean are dying.
It was time to give back and help clean our Ocean. Shortly after this RIO was formed and today we collect Ocean Plastic globally.
We have since developed the first of its kind Patented Ocean/River Device that collects Micro-plastics.
We empower Local Indigenous Fishing Villages around the world by hiring them to collect Ocean Plastic.
We hire and promote Local people to make them Leaders and lead the way in the Village.
We Empower Women around the world and encourage them to become the backbone of our Company. All regional leadership positions to be filled over the next years will be filled by women. I believe Mother Earth needs a Mother’s love to help save our Planet
How strange has this been going from a Commercial Fishing Captain that Harvested seafood on a industrial scale to now Collecting Plastics from our Ocean on the same scale.
I attached a photo of my Grandfather Captain Tom Kelly, my mentor as a child. What would he think of the state of our Oceans today ?
Remember we only have one Ocean