MARINE HABITAT RESTORATION PROGRAM
Ocean Aid 360 is an emerging powerhouse for community-inclusive design, implementation, and monitoring of marine habitat restoration programs. Through innovative partnerships, which leverage the resources of coastal communities, private industry, and government at the local, state, and federal levels; OA360 is positioned to create measurable improvements in vulnerable ecosystems.
OA360 technical staff and advisors include environmental and biological scientists, anglers, environmental advocates, community organizers, conflict mitigation experts, development economists, legal experts, and federal grant managers. Our committed staffers come from a range of professional and academic backgrounds, ensuring that Ocean Aid 360 is equipped for rapid deployment of sustainable solutions to complex challenges.
We believe that protecting the environment and protecting marine resource-reliant livelihoods go hand in hand. We know that coastal stakeholders have more in common than the differences that separate them.
Make our marine restoration program staff your own, through a collaboration with Ocean Aid 360.
WHO WE ARE
Vice President and Co-Founder
Danielle Dawley comes from a long line of Danish seafarers. Growing up first generation in Houston, she took every opportunity to seek out the life aquatic, and by age 16 she was living in Tavua, Fiji as a photographer for an adventure travel company. Danielle returned to study photography at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and then University of Queensland in Australia. After college, she took a job as apprentice to New York-based photographer, Ed Keating. After four years in Brooklyn, New York, Danielle decided to join Neill for a year living and working between National Parks in his 36' RV. She documented their journey in a collection called "The Getaway". Since arriving in St. Pete in 2015, Danielle has explored West Florida's coast and freshwater springs, extensively. Her strong interest in preservation of natural areas led her to co-create Ocean Aid 360 in fall 2017.
Capt. Neill Holland
President and Co-Founder
Captain Neill Holland is a St. Pete, Florida, native. He completed his Sea School coursework while still at St. Pete High, and led University of Tampa's Dean, Doc McCann, to a Tampa Tarpon Tournament win, on flyrod, in his senior year. His early work as a field reporter for local legend, Terry Tomalin, at the St. Pete Times Sports section, led to a degree at Columbia University. Neill's post-grad start at National Geographic magazine, led to a decade supporting the US Department of State and other federal agencies overseas. In 2015 Holland returned to St. Petersburg to chase tarpon and resume his charter operation. OA360 was inspired by issues that he and his partner, Danielle, recognized while running the Bay - still Neill's favorite fishery after 34 countries - with fresh eyes.