(guitar music) – Ken, thanks for having us today. – Great to have you, welcome! – I can’t help but see this
piece of artwork behind you, and I think it’s probably
a good place to start. – [Ken] So Chris Jordan is
this amazing artist who uses multiple small bits to tell
big environmental stories and does it through art. So he’s created a hokusai wave here out of 2.4 million pieces of plastic. And that’s the number of
pieces of plastic that are going into the ocean worldwide every hour. – It reminds me of some of the
beaches back home in Hawaii. – Which is a sad story! It’s one of the most beautiful places but yet our pollution reaches everywhere. – [Chef Ed] So Kim and Jack
launched a project called Plastic Free Hawaii and
they’re really encouraging stopping the use of single-use plastics. – Ending single-use plastic and creating a plastic-free ocean is
high on our priorities because it is such a big
threat to marine life, to food webs, ecosystems. We’re trying to educate
the public through art. We of course have living
animals here that are particularly affected by plastic. Sea turtles, they will
look at a plastic bag and they’re eating
jellies out in the ocean. Well they don’t know a
plastic bag from a jelly. So we want people to
know that their decisions on single-use plastic,
single-use plastic bags, straws, all the other disposables,
are things that will directly affect the ocean
and they can stop it and make the ocean healthier. – I’ve worked so closely with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and this
actually wasn’t something that I was aware of. I was really more familiar
with Seafood Watch, the ratings of sustainability and seafood. – It ties into our work with
plastic because there are so many things that people
do that they don’t even think about that have a profound effect on the health of the ocean. Seafood is something that
people are doing all the time. Every fish that’s caught,
every fish that’s farmed or raised, is going to
have a effect on the ocean environment so we want
people to know, to start, that their choices about
seafood do have an impact on marine life. It’s either taking food
that animals need to eat, or it’s harming other
animals inadvertently, or it’s creating other disruptions. – When we were young, we’d
go out for a day of fishing, we’d catch a big boatload of fish. We’d bring it back and
the best thing about it is you’re eating with your family, you’re sharing fish with your neighbors. Now, sometimes we’re lucky if we go out and we catch two or three fish. I heard the California groundfish fishery was rated red, avoid, a year or two ago. And now, many of the species
are back on the green list because of effective management. – That’s exactly it and it was California and the entire west coast. Fishermen were struggling,
they couldn’t be expecting their kids or grandkids
to be fishing for a living the way they had enjoyed. Management came in and looked
at the entire ecosystem, said these fish are
part of a bigger system, we need to protect the
system and the species. They put those practices in place. The fishermen bought
into it because they saw the problem themselves and now, it went from a federal
disaster in the 1990s, to the point that it’s now on
the seafood watch green list. It shows that when people step
up and do the right thing, the life in the ocean can
respond and we can have a healthy ecosystem and
seafood for our plate. (water splashing)