Robyn Albritton MNR
Robyn is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has slowly been migrating her way north in her career. Before joining Sailors for the Sea, she was a program coordinator for Ocean Conservancy in Washington D.C., focusing on sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico through policy work around the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Her responsibilities included daily interactions with nonprofits, commercial fishermen, congressional officials, and government agencies to protect conservation provisions of the act.
She is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer, and is particularly drawn to the Clean Regattas program because she believes that sailors are in a unique position to be leaders in ocean health and sustainability. With a master’s degree in natural resource management she specializes in understanding the social attitudes, processes, and behaviors related to how humans maintain, protect, enhance, and use our world. Contact Robyn for Clean Regattas questions at: robyn(at)sailorsforthesea(dot)org.
What is your earliest memory of the ocean?
I grew up visiting family at Wrightsville Beach, NC, and my oldest memories of the ocean are very family oriented – picnics, boogie boarding, sun, sand, and being a complete brat when it was time to get out of the water and go home. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and its endless beauty, and I was always upset when we had to leave.
What is the biggest threat to preserving the ocean and local waters for future generations?
I believe the biggest threat to preserving the ocean and local waters for future generations is pollution. Ever-increasing ocean trash is causing a crisis for our waters, which affects the health and safely of humans and animals alike. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean every year, and this problem needs to be stemmed at the source – creating a culture of change around waste management.
Why did you choose to get involved with an organization focused on ocean conservation?
I chose to become involved with an organization focused on ocean conservation because the ocean is the impetus of all life on the planet. Holding 97% of the water on earth, oceans are our greatest life source, providing oxygen and nourishment vital to humans. Additionally, oceans provide unparalleled economic benefit to coastal economies by providing outlets for recreation and tourism. Plainly, the planet won’t survive with unhealthy oceans, so we need to protect them in perpetuity.