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For the Love of The Ocean

Jon Paul "J.P." Brooker

Director, Florida Conservation

St. Petersburg, Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Florida coastal and marine issues
  • Federal fisheries management
  • Florida water quality and abundance
  • Environmental law
  • Administrative law

J.P. was born and raised in Florida on the Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County. His family first came to Florida from the Bahamas in the 1850s, eventually settling in Key West and Tampa. His work as a marine conservationist started at a young age and by 15, he had earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest achievement, the Eagle Scout award, for his work restoring the mangroves at Florida’s Ulumay Wildlife Preserve.

After several years abroad, J.P. returned home to rededicate himself to protecting what he loved ever since he was a kid—Florida’s unique environment. Based in Ocean Conservancy’s office in St. Petersburg, J.P. has deep experience on federal fisheries issues in the Southeastern United States and on Capitol Hill. His expertise in coastal and conservation issues in the state includes state fisheries, water quality and quantity, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, marine debris, oil and gas, and ocean plastics.

Trained with a specialization in environmental law, J.P. is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He sits on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section and is co-chair of its Public Interest Task Force. J.P. has been appointed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to serve on its Coral Advisory Panel, and by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on its Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee and its Admiralty Law Committee.

J.P. is an avid diver who also enjoys spearfishing, surfing and fly fishing. He and his wife Kathy are raising their young daughters Elizabeth and Anne to love and care for Florida’s ocean and coasts.

Education

  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Energy Law, Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law (anticipated 2022)
  • Juris Doctor (JD) with Concentration in Environmental Law, Stetson University College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dalhousie University, Ecology and English
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of King’s College, Philosophy and Ecology
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge, Clare Hall
  • General Studies, University of Florida

My Favorite Thing About the Ocean

I love the ocean because I love to fish, and I love to fish because I am an optimist. I approach everything in life with the hopefulness and optimism of a fisherman. Fishermen are the most hopeful people on the planet – the very next cast could catch the big one.

Publications

Currents and Crossroad: A Vision for Florida’s Ocean and Coasts

TAGS: Florida, law, oil and gas, harmful algal blooms, water quality, coral

Media mentions

Piney Point is a symptom of a bigger issue in Florida: the lack of a statewide approach to cope with the climate crisis | The Invading Sea

Lessons from the front line — Florida’s fight with sea level rise | The Hill

Florida delegation must compel Interior nominee Bernhardt to uphold moratorium on oil rigs off our coast | Tampa Bay Times

For Florida’s sake, ban offshore drilling now | Orlando Sentinel

Trump Administration’s plans would harm South Florida waters | Invading Seas / Miami Herald

Congressional Testimony

  • J.P. Brooker—House Natural Resource Committee Testimony—7/25/2019 (Watch Video)

“My ancestors came to Florida in the 19th century and two centuries later, I am proud to be a Floridian that not only celebrates but also works to protect what makes this state and our way of life special and unique—the beauty and bounty of our ocean, our coasts and our communities. ”

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