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.


  • How love affairs begin: a curious baby #squid, two water-loving girls and a #gopro. Squid selfies!!! #micronesia #getwetoften #snorkdorks @salty_goodness
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 03, 2015
  • I may have jumped in the water with all of my clothes on, but the fins I saw from the surface were different than usual! #pohnpei #micronesia #mobulidae #happyplace #sharkfamily
    Jess Cramp >>> Aug 01, 2015
  • Good morning, world! Just arrived in Pohnpei, Micronesia. This view never gets old. #palmtrees #islands #pohnpei #micronesia
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 30, 2015
  • Of course, I need to explore the marine protected areas to see if they're the name of science, I'll take one for the team! Not such a tough afternoon in the #marshallislands . #atoll #islands #conservation #lovemyjob
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 30, 2015
  • A Marshallese woman selects frozen skipjack #tuna from recently offloaded purse seine #fishing vessels for testing. These fish are filleted at port and shipped as loins to the USA. The majority of the workers are women and, they are mostly wearing colorful dresses. Watching the volume of this process is a definite eye opener.
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 28, 2015
  • A warm welcome, indeed! After three days of flying I finally arrived in the Marshall Islands, a Micronesian island nation in free association with the USA.  Excited to talk about #sharks and marine conservation on this sea-level atoll. #islandlife #sharksanctuary #marshallislands #conservation #gypsylife
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 28, 2015
  • My authentic island life. View from my beach walk with @rmtreeves . Wish you were here. #moderndaypostcards #cookislands #rarotonga #islands #motu #happyplace
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 23, 2015
  • I think we gave each other a mutual fright. But I'd bet I was a lot happier to see him. Reef walking and feeling crabby! #rainbowswimmingcrab #crab #charybdiserythrodactyla #cookislands #LetsExplore #islandlife
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 22, 2015
  • Some days are better than others. Nuzzling with the neighbors and loving every single second! #babygoats #islandlife #love #cookislands
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 19, 2015
  • There's something about boats that makes me feel at home. Love the colors of #Polynesia. Avatiu Harbor, #CookIslands.
    Jess Cramp >>> Jul 18, 2015