Welcome to the Umijoo Project

The story of Umijoo was born of a desire to educate future generations of the necessity to prioritize the well being of the world's oceans.

The story of Umijoo was born of a desire to educate future generations of the necessity to prioritize the well being of the world's oceans.

It tells the tale of a young girl's magical adventure to the oceans depths which entertains while it educates about the connections between our daily life and the health of our oceans.

Why did we create Umijoo?

As growing human activity increases the pressure on our oceans, they lose resilience and become less able to provide the ecosystem services that all creatures -- including us -- require to survive on this planet. We are gambling away our futures by abusing our oceans and the creatures that live inside them.

Our story aims to inspire ocean conservation in the hearts and minds of the younger generation... and their elders.

Our oceans are under threat. Menaces like overfishing, habitat destruction, and dumping at sea continue unabated.

Casson Trenor
Casson Trenor
Casson Trenor
Author: Casson Trenor

Casson Trenor is a career marine conservation activist. Casson has defended whales in Antarctica with Sea Shepherd, run campaigns to reform major seafood corporations with Greenpeace, and established a number of sustainable sushi restaurants designed around the principles of ocean awareness and mindful dining. His work has been featured in books, documentaries, and periodicals around the world. Casson was awarded the title of “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine and was recognized by the US House of Representatives as an Ocean Protection Hero.

Softly Shoreward in B&W
Artist: Caia Koopman

A renowned pop surrealist painter with a devoted following, Caia is a dedicated environmentalist who is acutely aware that humanity is dangling this planet over a dangerous flame of pollution and misuse.

Birds, flowers, plants, butterflies, animals and mythical creatures interwoven with iconic symbols of love, mystery, and soul-searching create a haunting, beautiful counterpoint to Casson's verse.

Koopman
The Book

A story meant to entertain as it educates us all about the importance of our world's oceans and the life inhabited within.

Brought to colorful life with incredible, original artwork, it will exist easily on the coffee table as an art book as well.

It will inspire and delight children of all ages.

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