2017 Fellows on a field trip during the month-long training program.—Kevin McCann, 2017 Fellow


282 Fellows

58 Countries

All 7 Continents

CEO at Positive Change for Marine Life

Positive Change for Marine Life dismantles the old narrative that the ocean exists for us to exploit. Through our core values of understanding, education and respect we empower communities to take action for our ocean, developing long-term initiatives which benefit the sea, as well as those who rely upon it for survival. We work with a broad spectrum of people from diverse backgrounds including businesses, fisherfolk, community organisations, students, faith groups, activists, political institutions and individuals - to realise the value of a healthy ocean and the long-term environmental, social and economic benefit that it provides. Our key focus is to address marine debris and pollution, which is having a devastating impact on marine ecosystems, as well as on human health. We also focus on the potential that waste management, up-cycling and ecotourism can have on transitioning coastal communities away from exploitative industries, whilst improving health, creating employment opportunities and protecting the ocean in perpetuity. We are proud to be independent, non-partisan, and non-denominational. Over 90% of our work is undertaken by volunteers and we pride ourselves on ensuring transparency in all that we do.

Brisbane, QLD 4000

I also have expertise in:

Byron Bay, NSW 2481

Gold Coast, QLD 4220

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture

Otsuchi, Iwate

Karl's passion for the natural world and reconnecting people to it, have led him to work with a number of environmental, sustainable development and human rights non-profit organizations and research institutions in Australia and internationally including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Rainforest Rescue, Peace Boat and Get Up, amongst others. 

In 2012 Karl founded Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML), whilst working in Japan examining alternatives to unsustainable marine industries, as well as the potential for development of low-impact marine tourism. 

The organization has since grown to lead projects in six countries, largely focused on behavioural change and the development of economic solutions to marine conservation challenges. Karl's main interest lies in the co-existence of nature and human development, with a focus on the potential for grassroots education, training and community-driven sustainable industries to maximize conservation outcomes, whilst providing a greater standard of living for those who rely on the ocean for survival.

Interest Areas

Collaboration Interests

Solid waste management, community-driven fisheries management approaches, coastal remediation, conservation-focused education, social enterprise conservation models, marine research, biodiversity mapping.

I Am Seeking

Like-minded marine conservationists, especially those focused on community-driven approaches to conservation challenges; collaboration opportunities; fundraising opportunities; skill and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

I Can Offer

Advice, expertise and assistance across a range of fields including solid waste management, composting and aquaponics, marine research, fisheries management/shared fisheries models, behavioural change, community engagement and community development. I can also assist with graphic/web design, film and photography as well as data system solutions, marketing, strategic direction, basic legals and governance