OceansAsia is a marine conservation organization dedicated to investigating and researching wildlife crimes, and exposing and bringing to justice those destroying and polluting marine ecosystems.
After decades of working in marine conservation, co-founders Gary Stokes and Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff combined their complimentary skills to form OceansAsia in 2019. Gary, a professional photographer and diving instructor, previously served as the Director of Sea Shepherd Asia, and was the founder of Oceanic Love. He honed his skills as an investigator over the course of nearly two decades of investigating and exposing the shark fin industry. Teale is a professional researcher and academic, whose work focuses on illegal fishing and the strategic use of law by non-state actors. Through his consultancy, The Idea Tree, he has consulted with numerous conservation organizations on a wide range of issues. Their complimentary skills combine to help deliver the intelligence-based conservation model of OceansAsia.
Recently OceanAsia has focused on the effect that Covid-19 has had on the marine environment both through the increase in plastic pollution and through illegal fishing. Recent reports have focused on Microplastics, Plastics and COVID-19 and the Finless porpoise in Hong Kong
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