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Breaching the Blue is run by Mark Gibson, a freediver, environmentalist, and social scientist currently working with the Conservation Criminology Unit at Michigan State University.  It exists to connect the dots for a better understanding of global marine conservation challenges.

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“I got my start in ocean conservation issues back in 2005, when I discovered SCUBA diving.  I was working on humanitarian projects in Central America, but the excitement of investigating municipal corruption and human rights atrocities couldn’t compete with the majestic Caribbean marine life just off the coast of Honduras. I obtained my divemaster certification, led tours for a dive shop, and assisted in the research for a whale shark documentary. I decided to go ‘all in’ after returning stateside. I went to Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC for a master’s in international economics and environmental policy and I afterwards entered into the marine policy field.

In my professional life, I have been very fortunate to have engaged on marine pollution, destructive deep-sea fishing, international tuna management, rights-based management (RBM) and illegal fishing at Oceana, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the World Wildlife Fund, three of the world’s leading marine conservation NGOs. This work has involved policy advocacy amongst legislators in the United States and the European Union, as well as direct stakeholder engagement with governments and industry in Latin America. I now continue my work through PhD research into the causes of and solutions to illegal fishing at Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice and its Conservation Criminology Unit.

In my spare time, you can find me blogging, freediving, learning new languages, or (preferably) sitting on the perfect beach on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.

You can contact me at and follow me on Twitter @breachingblue.

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