Jess Cramp

scientist, surfer, diver, pilot and conservationist


Jess Cramp is a scientist, surfer, diver, pilot, writer, and conservationist whose philanthropic adventures have taken her from a field hospital in post-earthquake Haiti to a remote atoll in the South
Pacific, where she lived for 3 years, spearheading the effort for the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary, which was established in December 2012. Currently without a permanent address, Jess is in a different country every month, and in the water as much as possible. She splits her time between assisting the Cook Islands government in establishing a large-scale marine park, and helping her own burgeoning organization, Sharks Pacific, to become a key player in shark research and conservation. A contributor to Women’s Adventure Magazine, Escape Magazine, and National Geographic’s Adventure blog, Jess is a consummate optimist, whose positive energy is contagious, along with her willingness to spend however long it takes to see the projects she’s working on through to produce tangible results. “For me,” Jess says, “traveling is all about gaining hands-on experience to better understand community level impacts and encouraging locals to get involved.” She is driven to take risks in life, not just in sports.


  • Pissing off little fish makes me giggle. I maaaaaay have been sticking my #gopro in his face, but it was totally worth it! #mugshot #sorrylittleguy #grumpy #gregorydamselfish #mademyday #fish #getwetoften
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 15, 2014
  • This dude did laps around me in my favorite passage. Wish I could've held my breath a little longer... #honu #seaturtle #cheloniamydas #freediving #nofilterneeded
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 14, 2014
  • Two years ago today, the Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary was established. This photo pretty much sums up just how grass roots our campaign was, with PSAs made by handheld camera and in gum boots. Here, local legend, farmer, and emcee Danny Mataroa gives a colorful description of why sharks need protection. Without the overwhelming support from local communities on each of the #cookislands, this would never have happened. Still a long way to go to ensure the regulations are enforced, but progress takes time.  Meitaki maata e Akono i te Mango!! #sharks #sharkconservation #saveoursharks #stokedonmyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 12, 2014
  • Pretty happy about this sunshine. #southpacific #islands #cookislands #lovemyfreakinglife
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 10, 2014

  • Jess Cramp >>> Dec 09, 2014
  • Had fun playing with baby damsel and baby chromis fish in shallow water today. Not great visibility because of heaps of rain, but no warm water complaints from me! #getwetoften #freediving #snorkel #happyplace #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 08, 2014
  • ...that time I acted like an insane person and got Hillary Clinton to show her support for shark conservation(!!!!) is something I'll never, ever forget! #hillaryclinton #hero #sharks #sharkconservation #notmanyamericansinthesouthpacific #didnotgettackledbytheCIA #sharkspacific
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 07, 2014
  • A day in the life of a marine biologist, when you can't count all the fish in your transect, make wild guesses! #justkidding #kinda #islandproblems #diving #bestjob
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 04, 2014
  • These wings always take me home! Flying over the big, blue #Aitutaki lagoon en route to #Rarotonga. Welcome to summer :) #cookislands #bestjob #happyplace #onlyonethingmissing
    Jess Cramp >>> Dec 01, 2014
  • Turkey day hunt. Last dive in the #kelp for a little while. #freediving #happyplace #peaceoutcalifornia
    Jess Cramp >>> Nov 30, 2014