We are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on underwater photographer Clinton Bauder! Clinton is a founding member of Bay Area Underwater Explorers (BAUE), a non-profit dedicated to exploration, education and conservation. With his colleagues at BAUE he is one of a select few to extensively explore such California wonders as the Schmeider Bank off of Big Sur and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Marine Conservation Institute is absolutely thrilled to receive Clinton’s support as a GLORES Partner!
We asked Clinton why he became a GLORES Partner:
“The oceans are an alien environment for most human beings. We are not designed to live there and most people never visit, especiallyunderneath the waves. Unfortunately, this tends to result in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude towards the ocean. From the beginning of my diving career it was clear that merely telling people about the sea wasn’t enough. They needed to see it in order to fully appreciate it. So I started bringing a camera along on my dives with the express purpose of being the eyes for people unable to see these places for themselves.
“Protecting our fragile planet for future generations is our most important legacy. My hope is that this partnership with GLORES will advance that cause. Showing people what’s at stake and the damage we are causing is an important part of motivating them to take action.”
More about Clinton Bauder:
Clinton is a software engineer hailing from Silicon Valley. He has been diving for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of environments. Learning to dive in cold Monterey Bay gave him an appreciation for temperate marine ecosystems. Having such a wonder in his backyard has enabled him to dive weekly even while working a regular job. As a founding member of Bay Area Underwater Explorers, Clinton explores California’s underwater wonders such as the Schmeider Bank off of Big Sur and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. He has also extensively dived and photographed British Columbia and Southeast Alaska as well as a number of more conventional locations in the Caribbean and tropical Pacific.