Neil Sims

Neil Sims

Marine Biologist/Co-Founder


Kampachi Farms, LLC

Kona, HI USA


Nobody can do this stuff by themselves. Put your tendrils out into the broader scientific community—the more you get ideas bouncing around, the better your ideas become.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Says the mission of Kampachi Farms is to “soften man’s footprints on the seas.”
Grew up in Australia and says he “wasted” his entire youth goofing off at the beach, surfing and snorkeling.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and biological oceanography, and a master’s in zoology and animal biology.
When he was in school, he remembers a class briefly touching on aquaculture, but at the time it didn’t appeal to him.
Served as the senior research fisheries officer for the Cook Islands, and started to see the acute effects of overfishing.
Says that three billion people are going to rise into the middle class by 2050, and they’ll want to eat more protein.
He knows fishing to feed the planet isn’t going to be sustainable for much longer—his solution is sustainable fisheries.
Started Kampachi Farms to find better ways to build ocean pens and raise marine fish in a humane, green way.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
James Cook University of North Queensland
undergrad
Bachelor
Zoology/Animal Biology
James Cook University of North Queensland
graduate
Graduate
Zoology/Animal Biology
University of New South Wales, Australia
Career

Career

Marine Biologist/Co-Founder

I am pioneering the next generation of ocean aquaculture and research on sustainable fish farming.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

Lotsa desk work, but occasionally I get to play with fish.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

We need good ideas. And the way to have good ideas, is to have lots of ideas.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Look for divergent career paths .... Peace Corps, Gap year, etc .... know thyself. Cross the creek. Cross the ocean. Build bridges.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
undergrad
Bachelor
Zoology/Animal Biology
graduate
Graduate
Zoology/Animal Biology
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Don't make mistakes. "

I had to embrace making mistakes in order to learn what works and what doesn't.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Still haven't overcome them....