"With wanderlust in our eyes
and the sea in our hearts
we are in unity for a sustainable future".

  

Loka Swimwear Ambassador Profile Name: Katie Storr
Hometown: Nassau, New Providence
Current Residence: Bahamas
Social Media Handles:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mermaidkaties
Instagram: mermaidkaties
Website: www.simplykatiephoto.com
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  What conservation issue are you most passionate about:
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Conservation means everything to me being a scuba diving instructor. The ocean is not only my place of work but it is the place I call home. Marine life and Coral Conservation are the areas I am most passionate and concerned about. Sharks play a major role as apex predators and protectors of our oceans they clean and keep disease to a minimal. I have been interacting closely with sharks for over 6 years, underwater photography as well as shark conservation. Here in the Bahamas, sharks are protected by law, however, the fear is when they leave the Bahamas. This is what scares me the most, a fisherman catches them and then shows them off as prize possession for photo ops and literally dumps them back into the ocean to die. This is just an example of many cruel acts committed. These cruel and disgusting acts need to be addressed worldwide by governments and laws need to be adjusted to protect these beautiful animals. I am also a Coral Restoration Instructor, I teach others how to maintain and grow corals within a coral nursery. The corals are all endangered and grow tremendously within 6 months time if maintained weekly, they are then out planted on to nearby reefs. This creates habitats and builds diversity for reef systems that are dying or have died. This is my contribution and passion towards conservation within the Bahamas and I will continue to this as long as I exist.

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Tell us a favorite story from a day out?

I am a dive instructor and underwater photographer focused on conservation and sharks. There is never a dull moment, my favorite would have to be filming sharks.  Sharks play a huge part in my day to day filming and daily dive routine.  The Bahamas is home to a large population of sharks.  My favorite would have to be Shark Week 2016 the making of direct tv’s commercial.

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How do you up your game year after year?
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Every year I focus on becoming more involved in conservation efforts and spreading the word about ocean and marine conservation.  Whether it be products or projects which lead to engagement with my followers.  Locally I have been trying to implement education about sharks to our youth.  I do this through my photography, being one of the few Bahamian underwater photographers has really made me push more and more every year to showcase our beautiful waters, sharks and reef systems.
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Who are your heroes? Who do you look up to?
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Photography wise I have always look up to Amanda Cotton, her work has truly inspired me. She has been featured in National Geographic and Smithsonian.  She is a devoted conservationist and I look up to her extraordinary talents.  Sylvia Earl will forever be my Hero!  She is a living legend and a top educator and mentor for all of us aspiring to save the ocean.
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What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?
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Travel and dive the world!  I have always wanted to take a year off to travel around the world.  My schedule has always been so busy, I aspire to take time out to see the world and its vastness. I have so much to learn and experience.  I think traveling is a necessity it changes the way we value our lives and helps us to appreciate everything and everyone around us.
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 In 5 Questions,
  1. What sound or noise do you love?   My cameras shutter.
  2. Where is your happy place?  I am happiest when I am underwater with sharks.
  3. What are the 3 most essential things you need for marketing?   Camera, mobile phone and water. 
  4. What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you currently doing? Marine Biologist
  5. If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be? My significant other, we both love the ocean.
    What does Loka mean to you?
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    Loka means Love. (Love for the ocean)
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    How would you explain what Loka is to someone who didn’t know?
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    Loka swimwear is made with love. It’s soft and durable and it fits so well. This brand supports ocean conservation and their products are made from 78% recycled fishing nets and nylon. It’s made by women who know and love the ocean.
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    Contact us, if you'd like more info on being a loka girl:
    info@lokaswimwear.com 
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