As a preschooler, Jack Fishman would push sand off the sand table to see the patterns it would make on the floor, so it’s no surprise he’s always had a passion for exploration and new adventures. After graduating in 2014 from the College of Charleston with a degree in hospitality and tourism, Fishman taught scuba in Charleston, South Carolina (USA) before moving to Key Largo, Florida, to work with the nonprofit organization Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). REEF is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.
Fishman now works as the marine conservation coordinator and a PADI Staff Instructor at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo, a position that allows him to create community-based programs in marine conservation and related activities. “One example is our marine debris removal efforts, which have successfully removed more than 1000 pounds of marine debris from our local reefs since its inception in May 2016,” Fishman says. “As a dive instructor, I work every day to bring new divers into the marine-conservation fold.”
His mission: to ignite a passion for coral reef and ocean conservancy within local communities, spreading outside of these coastal areas to further inspire others to take action and make a difference.
- Certified PADI Staff Instructor in more than 30 specialties
- Collaborate with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), Coral Restoration Foundation, Marine Lab, Project AWARE®, Greenpeace, NOAA and Florida National Marine Sanctuaries as the marine conservation coordinator for Rainbow Reef Dive Center
- Spearheaded the largest Project AWARE-sponsored Adopt A Dive Site
- Led efforts to remove more than 1000 pounds of debris from reefs and 2000 pounds of debris from intercoastal areas in the Florida Keys