DISSATISFIED WITH THE CURRENT CONDITION OF OUR OCEANS?
We are. The name, PropheSEA, was chosen after PropheSEA’s founder, Katelyn, tried for weeks to come up with a name that sufficiently explained her mission: to provide a voice for all the voice-less critters under the sea.
She wants to communicate all the issues in our oceans to those who aren’t necessarily ocean-minded and to provide ways for EVERYONE on Earth to get involved in this positive change.
From hands-on teaching about marine debris issues and more importantly, solutions, to organizing beach and reefs cleanups with Sea to Shore Alliance, Katelyn is tackling ocean pollution with all of her might. With PropheSEA, she’s filling in the gaps of what she can’t do with Sea to Shore Alliance, and blogging to share her personal sea-inspired thoughts.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
THE OCEAN ISN’T JUST OURS… THERE ARE MILLIONS OF SPECIES OUT THERE THAT DESERVE JUST AS MUCH OF A SAY IN THEIR FUTURE AS WE DO.
FOUNDING SEA PROPHET
Born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida, Katelyn Cucinotta spent more time in the water during her childhood than on land. She was raised alongside avid surfers, watermen and fishermen, and became a certified scuba diver the minute it was legal. Being that Katelyn’s life is based around the ocean, she constantly sees the impacts of marine debris and has been working to fight the problem since her first presentation in fifth grade.
She currently works as a conservation biologist for Sea to Shore Alliance, a non-profit created by world-renowned manatee expert, Dr. James “Buddy” Powell. Buddy formed this organization in 2008 to protect and conserve the coastal habitats endangered species call home. For Sea to Shore Alliance, Katelyn is starting and managing their H2O Program: Healthy Habitats & Oceans. With H2O, she is organizing reef and beach cleanups around the southeast, and will be traveling with a mobile classroom to teach about marine debris and its threats to marine life. With Sea to Shore Alliance, she has adopted Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach, Florida and is hosting regular cleanups at the park to engage and educate the local community. She is also running a social media campaign titled #take4sea2shore, encouraging everyone to pick up at least 4 items of trash every time they’re near ANY body of water. With a quick photo and the hashtag #take4sea2shore in your social media caption, you are entered to win a monthly prize supplied by sponsors of the H2O program.
Katelyn is in the process of publishing a GIS-based paper on the effectiveness of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act on reducing manatee mortality by vessel collision. She worked for almost two years as GIS Assistant for NOAA Fisheries before becoming a research assistant at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. Here she worked as a scientific diver in the Coral Reef Restoration Assessment and Monitoring (CRRAM) Lab and dove almost 5 days a week for most of the year studying coral health, growing threatened corals in Nova’s offshore nursery, and out-planting healthy corals to the Southeast Florida Reef Tract. Katelyn has also studied solutions to ocean pollution on a live aboard sailboat with The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, and served as a scientist aboard NOAA’s shark and red snapper bottom longline survey in 2014 to gain an understanding of longlining for research.
All of these experiences have come together to form what Katelyn now considers herself, a young scientist utterly determined to clean up the oceans. She hopes to bring awareness to the North Atlantic Gyre, which is commonly eclipsed by the media’s coverage of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” and plans to influence as many people as possible to do their part in keeping the oceans healthy and safe for generations to come.