Deb Castellana
Deb Castellana

The ocean is my passion! Planet Ocean News is my own portal where views expressed are solely mine.

I grew up in Cold Spring Harbor, a small village on Long Island Sound in New York. Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sound, and the freshwater creeks of the North Shore, I was under the ocean’s spell from an early age. Of the many places I’ve lived, my home has never been more than 7 miles away from the ocean. I’ve lived in Sweden, Mexico, Cape Cod, and on her own boat in Palm Beach and the Bahamas, before relocating to California in 1998.

I learned to dive in Palm Beach Florida from diving legend Norine Rouse in the 1980’s. “Norine played a huge part in shaping my life. Like a polar bear with her cub, she brought me into the blue heart of the planet. I never looked back. I was home.”

Since then, I have worked in several maritime professions – from boatyard management to working as boat captain on a luxury yacht in Mexico, to dive mastering and working as a marine archeologist.  I’ve also been a consultant and translator for websites featuring solo around the world sailing races. I’ve sailed my own yacht in the Bahamas & Caribbean, been through hurricanes and am still in love with the sea.

A dive trip to Palm Beach in the summer of 2009 made it clear – the ocean I knew was actually changing.  And what I was hearing about the state of our oceans was scaring me. I had no idea that fisheries collapse was so widespread. I really didn’t understand about climate change and ocean acidification. And Plastics. Who knew that plastic never decomposes? It was clear that I needed to pay very close attention to what was happening on my ocean planet.

Since then I have been working as Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Director of Communications for Mission Blue, I have a unique opportunity to help influence both public awareness and global policies for a healthy ocean. We partner with NGOs and governments to create and sustain Marine Protected Areas and global biodiversity. What more could one want than to be part of the solution for future generations?

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    1. Thanks so much! Just spend some time on your website & it couldn’t be more true. We are swimming on the same course. Just signed up at your site & look forward to getting your updates.

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