Erika Delemarre grew up spending her summer holidays on the beaches of Long Island, New York and Southern California. Back home in land-locked Arizona she would explore the pages of her father’s collection of ‘The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau’ and long to return to the sea. When she was 12 years-old, her Divemaster dad took her scuba diving for the first time in Mexico and from that point there was no turning back; Erika’s curiosity and concern for the world’s oceans had solidified.
After completing a dual bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising at Northern Arizona University, Erika initially cut her teeth while working in the music and entertainment industry. However, it wasn’t long before the ocean began to call her back. Reports of catastrophic oil spills, plastic marine pollution, ocean acidification, illegal poaching, among others, tugged at her heartstrings. She could no longer stand by and watch as wasteful consumerism destroyed the oceans’ health.
In 2012 Erika decided it was time for a sea-change. She sold off most of her possessions, left her home and successful career behind and began to travel and volunteer around the world. She has since worked on marine conservation, environmental education and youth development initiatives in countries such as Iceland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Along the way she has learned there is no single solution for the plight of our seas, but together we can work to empower communities to change their policies and practices to reduce and reverse the damage that has been done.
When she’s not hard at work in obscure locations around the globe, you can find Erika scuba diving, kayaking, beach combing and climbing mountains. She’s most alive when she’s within sight of the ocean and there is nothing she hates more than plastic bags.