Once sushi apprentice/chef has now turned his course from selling raw fish to consumers into ocean preservation and awareness. His passion as led him to ditch the sushi knives for a trash picking tool. He has spent countless hours volunteering across Hawaii picking up road side litter.
After Fukushima in 2011 I really had a feeling that that disaster was way more devastating than portrayed. I couldn't look at fish the same.
Things really took a turn when I was thinking about opening my own sushi business. In the back of my mind I knew the fishing industry was not sustainable and that it was actually one of the largest contributors to the destruction of not only ocean wildlife but to polluting the ocean itself.
So overnight I quit. Never touched sushi again or ate anything from the ocean actually. I dedicated my works to cleaning the environment and spreading awareness about the oceans pollution problems.
A study done by the university of Georgia, finds that about 18 billion pounds of plastic trash is dumped into the ocean every year.
Kamilo Beach or also referred to as trash beach or plastic beach is proof of what is washing ashore from inside the ocean. All the trash on this beach does not come from land. In fact this beach is very remote on the very southern point of Hawaii. Here you will find fishing nets, ropes, fishing gear, crab traps it's all here.
Why is it the ones taking something from the ocean such as fish are polluting it so much? Don't they care what happens to the environment the fish live in?
Fish and ocean life are consuming plastic at a rate that we have never seen before.