Enric Sala — Spanish Explorer born on November 26, 1968,

Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence actively engaged in exploration, research, and communications to advance ocean conservation. His over 100 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Sala’s present goals are to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He conducts expeditions to some of the most remote places in the ocean, to carry out the first comprehensive scientific surveys of these pristine areas to obtain a baseline of what the ocean used to be like. He also produces documentary films and other media to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy ocean, and to inspire country leaders to create large marine reserves. Working with key conservation organizations, Enric was key in inspiring the creation of the Pacific Remote Atolls National Monument, USA; the Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park, Chile; and the Seamounts Marine Managed Area, Costa Rica. Formerly he was a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California and at Spain's National Council for Scientific Research... (wikipedia)

When I was a kid, Jacques Cousteau was my hero and the person who inspired me to become an underwater explorer. I have many other people who inspired me after him, but he is still my all-time hero.
Fish banks are areas we set aside without fishing, reserves where we allow marine life to come back.
A marine ecologist is a scientist who studies the many species that live underwater and how they interact with each other and with humans.
The ocean is like a checking account where everybody withdraws but nobody makes a deposit. This is what's happening because of overfishing.
Sometimes I think I don't need a vacation because I do what I like to do. I am very fortunate!