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Francesca Trotman Founder of Love the Oceans (NGO) & Underwater Photographer

Compassion, Charity and Kindness

Francesca is only 27 years old. But, already she has accomplished more than most of us can hope to achieve in their lifetime.

She is following her life-long passion for the ocean and putting her marine biology degree to work. She's traveled from her home in England to the shores of Mozambique. She's founded a nonprofit charity with multiple programs focused on helping the environment and andthe local community.

... Oh, and she's an underwater photographer as well!

The biggest question is... when does she have to sleep?

Francesca is truly an awe inspiring person. As Dalton and I spent our time chatting with her, we both unsettling feel of 'what have I been doing with my life'. But, then that was quickly changed to getting excited about all the good she is doing and just wanting to do anything to help her cause.

JOIN OUR CHAT WITH FRANCESCA!

Listen to the our chat with Francesca on your favorite podcast player, or listen on our website:

If you prefer to watch the interview, check it out on YouTube:

Mozambique

Mozambique is situated on the south eastern part of the African continent. It borders South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and is directly across from Madagascar. Much of its shores are lines with beautiful beaches with emerald seas. Far from the capital of Guinjata Bay is where Francesca has set up her base of operations, and where she called us for our chat.

Love The Oceans is based in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique

Francesca found herself coming to Guinjata Bay initially as part of her marine biology studies. But as she got to know more about the challenges that massive unemployment and poor fishing practices brought, she saw the opportunity to start something special, that would benefit the environment, the local community, and be personally fulfilling. LoveTheOceans was born shortly thereafter.

CHALLENGES

It became evident that there were several issues with with the community's relationship to the ocean and that changes could be made to improve the environment for everyone involved. Here are just a couple of examples:

FISHING PRACTICES

Poor fishing practices and strong demand for shark fins both lead to the unnecessary killing of sharks.

Francesca observing sharks that have been caught for their fins.

Francesca mentions that most of the sharks she saw when she arrived were ones that are already caught in fishing nets, or purposely caught for finning.

PLASTIC WASTE

Plastic debris from all over the world, including many other continents often ends up on the shores here, and on the reef. Untold damage is caused.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Even though this part of Mozambique is on a beautiful stretch of beach, there are deadly rip currents. Most people here don't know how to swim, much less how to handle dangerous conditions.

Also, the idea of how fishing can be done on a more sustainable basis, and that tourism could bring more jobs was not being taught.

LOVE THE OCEANS WAS BORN

Francesca saw so many ways that she could help the community thrive, while also helping improve the conditions of the ocean and sealife that she cares so much about. So, she got to work building a team of passionate people and starting to build multiple programs to help out.

I cannot do all the amazing programs justice on this blog. Fortunately, the Love The Oceans website is filled with a ton of fantastic information. So, before i pick just a few samples, please head to their website and explore all the amazing things that this organization is doing.

So Many Programs, So Much Good

During our chat, Francesca highlights many of the cool programs that they have going. It truly is amazing that they can do so much with such a small team. From marine research, tagging whale sharks and working to get areas designated as marine sanctuaries to educating the community and building infrastructure, you wonder how anyone has any time in the day to sleep.

But the highlight for me was hearing about how many children in the community don't know hot to swim, and several have died because there are strong rip currents off the coast. There isn't a pool nearby to easily teach kids, so the organization secures transportation to take kids (sometimes 40 at a time) to a larger pool and has staff that volunteers to teach them.

Have a listen to the episode to hear more about all of the programs that Franscesca's organization runs.

Love The Oceans has many programs aimed at protecting the oceans as well as improving the local community.

FUNDRAISING & EXPEDITIONS

Love The Oceans has many programs to get people who love diving, marine biology, or just helping out to get involved.

You can join one of their expeditions, where you will get dives in, research fisheries, study the reefs, and also help in various community activities.

Join Francesca on an expedition!
Jay's Dive Shop is the base of operations for the dive expeditions

Of course, if you can't show up in person, but still want to help out, you can donate here:

FRANCESCA TROTTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

It's amazing that Francesca has any time to pursue personal endeavors, but she is also an avid underwater photographer as well. Since we are an underwater photography podcast, we made sure to chat with her about her passion for underwater photorgraphy and asked her to give some recommendations of other places in Africa for other photographers to check out.

We always ask fellow photographers to pick 3 shots of theirs that mean a lot to them. You can see Franscesca's below. Have a listen to the podcast to hear more about them. Also head to her social media pages to see some fantastic topside and underwater shots.

Napoleon Wrasse In The Red Sea
Manta Swims By In Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Coming Up From a Dive In Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Thanks everyone for having a look. Let us know if you have any questions about Love The Oceans, Francesca, or The Aquatic Life Podcast. Just drop us a line at feedback@theaquaticlifepodcast.com

Created By
Todd Reimer
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Credits:

All photos courtesy of Francesca Trotman. Photo credit: 004360, 007373, 008980, 008988, 0992, 8855 – Francesca Trotman Breach Mp4, DJI_0004, 0005, 0008, 0013, 0014, 0015, 0018, 0027, 0031, 05756, 06131, 06234, 0007, 0016 – Ike Isaacsen Coral Reef, Cutting Verts, LTO_PWB_Edits (all) – Jeff Hester for Photographers Without Borders DanielleDaSilva (all) – Danielle Da Silva for Photographers Without Borders 0672, 0795-2, 0826-2 – Ollie Putnam J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, J6, J7, J8 – Kevin Le Poer Trench Moz Fiskare 15 juni_9970.jpg, 4.4, 6.6, X_Moz Francesca 2_0916.jpg, Moz Francesca 1_0491.jpg, 3.Hasse 19:7.jpg, 5.1. Hasse 19:7.jpg, 7.7, Barn 3_Mozambique skola Hem_5683.jpg, 191607_Moz skola dag två 2_0336.jpg, 11. swimming lesson.jpg, 9979.jpg - Hasse Hedstrom for Photographers Without Borders 2019-07-08 Girl in pink.jpg, 2019-07-08 girl portrait3.jpg, 2019-07-09 6 sunrise fisherman.jpg, 2019-07-10 4 scuba boat.jpg, 2019-07-10 19 footsteps sand.jpg, 2019-07-15 6 fishermen and LTO staff.jpg, 2019-07-15 11 octopus measure.jpg, 2019-07-16 1 fishermen boat.jpg, 2019-07-16 4 humpback tail.jpg, 2019-07-16 8 class room.jpg, 2019-07-16 14 school building.jpg - Sophie Lafrance for Photographers Without Borders 2.jpg, 20190712-0K8A0560.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1326.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1331.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1580.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1655.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1667.jpg, 20190713-0K8A1742.jpg, 20190713-bbb.jpg, 20190715-0K8A2218.jpg, 20190717-aaa.jpg - Stella Levantesi for Photographers Without Borders Chess and Puffer fish.jpg, Diving Feet.jpg, Dramatic Feet.jpg, Guinjata Bay Sunrise WIde.jpg, Guinjata Sunrise Super-wide.jpg, Humpback tail 02.jpg, Humpback whale face.jpg, Humpback tail.jpg, Humpbacks Lob Tailing 2.jpg, Josh with Moon.jpg, Kicking feet 01.jpg, Kid and Chalkboard at Paindane.jpg, Kid in old classroom portrait.jpg, Kid Swimming in profile.jpg, Lionfish Closeup.jpg, Overhead of kid swimming CLEAN.jpg, Sillhouette Sunset Palms.jpg, Whale Tail in profile.jpg - Jeffrey Garriock for Photographers Without Borders Photo credit.pdf Details Size 18.09 KB