What is your name?
Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the ocean?
I have a very interesting experience from Bob Marley Beach there… yes man… I ran down the waters one day as a very young boy. I jumped into the water and started to drift outwards. Now at this time I had never been able to swim before… but when I started to drift and I started to sink, you know, I was like… I’ve heard of too many people drowning… and you know, I was not going to be one of them… and then and there, I learned to swim. I’ve been swimming ever since.
Yes man… I learned what others call it… the dog paddle.
So after that you’ve always enjoyed the beach?
Yes man… after that it has always been a wonderful experience. Always exciting and calming.
What’s Jamaica’s relationship with the ocean?
Well… locals and tourists go. The beach culture and the ocean culture is very big in Jamaica. But on a global level, not just Jamaica, we are calling to respect this natural reservoir.
Do you think tourism is sustainable in Jamaica?
Well, I think there is a tourist side that pollute the beach but I think mostly tourism is helpful with keeping the beach clean. Tourists and locals alike enjoy our ocean.
What do you think people can do to protect the ocean?
We need more education for young people… so show them at dumping one bottle into the gully can then end up in the sea that people love so much. You understand me? How that can make contribution to the destruction of coral reefs and the other precious commodities we have in the ocean… you understand me? Show the young people how pollution on land can effect the ocean Jamaicans and tourists love so much. In addition, we should develop an even greater sense of pride as Jamaicans for our environment and a sense of respect.
Jamaica is amazing.
Yeah man… it’s wonderful, it’s beautiful! Yes man. Jamaica is a beautiful place.