As founder and CEO of Marine Conservation Network and Sustainable Seafood Experience, Kimberly Ray has been a part of the ocean for most of her life. As a conservationist and oceanographer/marine biologist, her initial focus was on the grandeur of the seas and the life within them. She passionately followed the expeditions of Jacques-Yves Cousteau in his TV series The Ocean World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau on PBS stations. However, as she grew older, she observed that the initial grandeur was fading away, and she decided to do something about it.
Kimberly made endless trips to the Miami Sea-quarium where she aspired to become a dolphin trainer. She studied various life forms and ecology of the oceans, on her own, and eventually became drawn to a closer study of cetacean and mammalian life forms, including whales, dolphins, orca, sea lions and seals, and sea otters. The oceans seemed to be an endless source of wonder and abundance.
As more information and focus on the devastation of the seas became apparent, Kimberly realized that the oceans were being depleted of the life within them in the name of profit. She saw, and continues to see, our global oceans used as garbage cans filled with plastic and trash at an alarming rate. Plastic is now being discovered in the fish we eat. She now lives by the phrase coined by Capt. Paul Watson of the Sea Shephard Conservation Society – “If They Die – We Die.” It is clear to her that a new direction is desperately needed to safe our planet and our oceans.
She has re-examined the Gaia Hypothesis in that the earth is one big interactive organism, and that the death of one part will drastically alter all the other parts. To that end, she has made it a personal goal and challenge to help educate the general public of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainability. Both of her organizations, MCN and SSX, are designed to educate the general public and are a call to action to help save life on earth.