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Shari Sant Plummer

Environmental philanthropist and ocean activist Shari Sant Plummer is President of Code Blue Charitable Foundation, Secretary/Trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation, Board member of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, Vice President/Trustee of Seacology, Board Member of International League of Conservation Photographers, member of the Blue Ocean Film Festival Advisory Council, and member of the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council and Marine Leadership Committee.

A graduate of NYU and former Design Director at Ralph Lauren in NY, Shari is now an avid diver and ocean activist, traveling extensively throughout the world and promoting ocean conservation and environmental awareness.

Big Things Come from Small Beginnings: The Mystery of the Sick Sea Lions

  On a cold, foggy morning along the Malibu coast, a small brown lump emerges from the sea and waddles ashore. I spot it from 100 yards away, but already my dog, Cooper, is at a full run toward the baby sea lion. I scream at him to stop, but it’s too late: The thin,…

Free Ride: The Case Against Whale and Dolphin Shows

  “We gotta do better, it’s time to begin. 
You know all the answers must come from within…. Come on and take a free ride….” From where I write, on the coast of California, I can look out and see dolphins swim gracefully through forests of ocean kelp. But I know that on the other…

Motivation at Mohonk

“Sometimes you’re in a rut so deep you think it’s a groove” said Annie Leonard at the 25th Annual Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat held at the Mohonk Mountain House in October. The conversation centered on how to ramp up our efforts and fight smarter on every level to change the environmental trajectory, preferably to one that…

A Meeting of the Minds!

What an amazing day, I’m full of hope for Coiba and the rest of Panama’s seas! We met today at the incredible home of Jean Pigozzi,high on the top of his Simca Island, for a lunch with the Minister. His daughter joined him on the trip in the Presidential helicopter, which landed right at Jean’s…

“Do You Like to Breathe?”

Back on the Ethereal our lunch and dinner conversations revolve around the importance of marine systems to keep the planet functioning and humans breathing. How do we change perception of the ocean wildlife as resource made for human consumption, to the realization that life in the ocean is all part of a complex system, sequestering…

Where Are the Big Fish?

The scuba diving has been challenging, I’ve found it hard to take any photos in the low visibility and strong current, part of what makes this area productive. Sylvia, Kip and I are all taking photos, making us less than ideal buddies, so we go with our dive master Kevan, and Biff. They keep an…

Photo Gallery Mission Blue Panama

First Dives in Coiba

This morning the divers explored the shallower parts of the marine park, we found white tip reef sharks, moray eels, several varieties of reef fish, puffers, triggerfish, parrot fish, moorish idols, hawkfish, blennies and many more. We also spotted several lobsters which Sylvia noted was a good sign of less human pressure. But the star…

DeepSee Dive on Hannibal Banks

It’s almost impossible to plan an trip like this. Factors of weather, mechanics, and physical logistics are the enemy of scheduling. Today we are about two hours behind on scuba diving, and plans for a sub interview with Hector Guzman from STRI are scrapped due to rough seas, allowing me some unscheduled time to write.…

Ethereal Arrives in Coiba, Panama