Ocean Elder

At an early age, Cecilia K. Selepeo learned from her elders that the ocean heals, gives life, takes lives, and saves lives. An experienced fisherwoman, she uses a handline, casting net, and rod and reel to enjoy the fruits of the ocean without wasting or taking more than she needs. She has also voyaged into the world of traditional seafaring, sailing aboard the Okeanos Marianas and learning navigation skills from Carolinian master navigators. She intends to share her knowledge and value of the ocean because she believes that if we as a community do not take care of the ocean, we will lose our true identity.