About Us

We are a non-profit fighting for all ocean and marine life. To take action, we must start with the core of all marine homes - coral reefs. By partnering with existing non-profits and organizations, our purpose is to gather information on existing coral health specific locations. In this way, we can share information that can help restore and preserve coral reefs. ​

Jim Forni

Jim is the founder of Clean Reefs. Creating Clean Reefs was a concept developed from his love for the ocean. As a health care professional he majored in Marine Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a US Coast Guard Captain, avid waterman, and is passionate about making a positive change in marine health. His goal is first, to create awareness in family, friends, and community and eventually globally by partnering with larger non-profits. In addition to creating awareness he will head expeditions targeted for the northern Caribbean islands. These expeditions will provide a source to document coral reef health and devastation from human as well as natural causes.  jim@cleanreefs.org

Cantlen Forni

Cantlen is the director of Clean Reefs. As a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she has a degree in communications. She will develop social media and website content. Cantlen has a passion in marine conservation and has had a love for the ocean her entire life. As an avid scuba diver, she spots the tiniest of marine life and is very comfortable in the marine environment. Her goal is to make an environmental impact by assisting the team in communications and business development as well as ocean documentation and beach clean ups. 


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ALex Straw

Alex Straw is a recent graduate from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a degree in Coastal Ecology from the college of Natural Resources Environmental Management. Alex has experience in marine environment field work including estuaries and coastal regions. He works as the special relations director, assisting Clean Reefs in national and international support. Alex will spear head photography and videography as Clean Reefs heads beach and ocean documentation and clean ups. Alex is also an avid scuba diver as well as a sailor. His contribution to sailing and diving expeditions to the Northern Caribbean has been instrumental.


Natalie gocobachi

Natalie our beach clean-up coordinator she is currently a student at KCC working on a degree in Marine Biology with a dream to help preserve the oceans. She is originally from Northern California and moved to Hawaii 4 years ago to pursue a life of adventure and aloha. When she is not working at the Blue Note jazz restaurant you can find her in the water or making ocean inspired jewelry at home! She has a genuine love for the people and places around me and strives to make everyone welcome. She loves her family more than anything and hopes to convince them to join her in Hawaii one day. 

Peyton welling

Peyton is our digital communications manager. She engages with our followers via instagram and facebook. Giving them updates on Clean Reefs current project. She also uses social media as an educational platform to raise awareness for the health and survival of coral reefs. Peyton is constantly engaged with the environment both within her local community and with issues around the world.