Loka Swimwear Ambassador Profile
Name: Emily Mauri
Hometown: Scottdale, PA
Current Residence: Stuart, FL
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Conservation issue you’re most passionate about:
Our family business is flyfishing and the marine life in our local waters is dying, people are getting sick and politics is to blame for failure to launch a valid solution. The complexity of this issue affects the entire lower half of FL. Lake Okeechobee was dammed during the early 1900’s, cutting off the historic southward flow of clean water to Florida Bay and the Everglades, forcing destructive discharges east and west. One of which is the St. Lucie Estuary and is my home water. I have jumped on board with a local grassroots organization, bullsugar.org to help bring national awareness to the corrupt politics behind this problem and to help implement a solution that will work.
What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning
As soon as I get up in the morning I mostly think about how thankful I am to be living in such a beautiful place and that sets the tone for my daily motivation.
Tell us a favorite story from a day out working?
While I was recently in Denver advocating for bullsugar.org at a trade show a man walked by our booth and pointed to our map and said, “I’m going to be fishing there in a few weeks.” It turns out he lives in New Mexico and booked a guided trip with my husband. I love how “small” our world is, especially in the fly fishing community.
How do you up your game year after year? : By listening to my gut.
Who are your heroes? Who do you look up to?
Marjory Stoneman Douglas whose work I have come to know through my research on the Everglades. She lived to be 108 and was truly a woman way ahead of her time. At 79 she was called upon to take a central role in the protection of the Everglades. For the remaining 29 years of her life she was a relentless reporter and fearless crusader for the natural preservation and restoration of the nature of South Florida. She is truly an inspiration!
What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?
I want to be a part of a permanent change in relation to how politics and conservation interact and create a resource within the fly fishing community for information on water issues across the globe.
If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
Sigh…Absoultely! I love being a part of a movement that could potentially make Florida history and change things for the good. I hate the realization that the world is filled with awful people. It truly breaks my heart to see what is happening to our marine life in FL. It is equally disheartening that humans driven by power and money are the reason behind it.
In 5 Questions
1. What sound or noise do you love? Complete silence
2. I am happiest when...I am on the water with my husband, daughter and pooch.
3. What are the 3 most essential things you need for your category? drive, thick skin and family support
4. What would be your day job be if you weren’t doing what you currently doing? That’s tough. I knew from a very young age that I would never be the person to have the same job for 30+ years. This state of mind has allowed me to take on whatever sparks my curiosity and interest at whatever point I am at in my life. Right now I would have to say a chef or a farmer.
5. If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be? My daughter, who happens to have the sweetest soul on the planet. My husband, because we still really like each other.
What does Loka mean to you?
To me LOKA means new opportunities, going completely outside my comfort zone and learning what it really means to have women truly supporting other women.
How would you explain what Loka is to someone who didn’t know?
High quality, comfortable, ecofriendly bathing suits that give you an extra lift in places that may need it. ☺