A green turtle swims off Heron Island Research Station, Queensland, Australia © WWF / James Morgan

Sean Hoobin

Senior Manager Freshwater Conservation

Growing up in New Zealand, with its wild beaches and forest-clad mountains, instilled in me a love of nature. Twenty years in Australia has given me a strong connection to this land, from the vast outback to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. 

My job is to ensure that the Reef gets the clean water it needs to survive. I’ve had a few opportunities to get out on the Reef and experience the amazing underwater world that exists there, but sadly there’s never enough time. I work to convince governments to provide the laws and investment needed to help farmers implement practices that cut Reef pollution while making them more productive. 

Previously I worked on restoring water to the Murray-Darling Basin and got to travel the catchment and swag it under the outback stars. I’ve also been lucky enough to visit the Mekong and Turkey recently, working with WWF colleagues on how we look after our rivers so that both humans and the environment get the clean water they need.

I'm really keen to get governments to deliver on their commitment to give the Reef clean water. I’d like to take my five- and three-year-olds out to see the Reef this year and for many years to come. They know I work to Save the Reef and are slightly annoyed I haven’t shown them a turtle yet!

© Sian Breen / WWF-Aus

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