Cliona O’Flaherty’s passion for the ocean and environment was developed from an early age; her father was a zoologist and passionate about environmental sustainability. With humble beginnings working alongside her father and brother in Ireland as a data analyst for her family’s environmental consultancy, Cliona was focused on pursuing a hands-on approach.
Q: What are you most excited about showcasing and sharing with guests at Kokomo in 2018?
A: Year of the reef – ramping up the Coral Restoration project. As well as introducing new interactive ways to get guests involved in the program such as, having guests plant new coral in our thriving reefs and dedicating it to them.
Q: How would you describe your approach and philosophy to someone who is unfamiliar with your role?
A: My aim is to educate and raise awareness, about the general marine environment. To teach people about why the reef here is so special and why it’s important to conserve them.
Q: What are some of the endangered species you record data on?
Reef Manta (Mobula alfredi)
Zebra Shark (Stegosoma fasciatum)
Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)