SRI Staff and Researchers


Charlie Fasano, Regional Director - Hawaii

Charlie holds degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Technology. He has worked as a Field Manager of the Coral Reef Restoration Team for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Florida where his work concentrated on coral reef restoration using biological methodologies in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

In 2005, Charlie moved to Kailua Kona, Hawaii to pursue a career in underwater cinematography. His work has spanned a project documenting autistic children swimming with wild dolphins to the full-length film, Hawaii’s Undersea Ohana.

Also in Kailua Kona, Charlie was part of a small team of unique scuba divers who pioneered the recreational "blackwater dive." In 2010, world-renowned marine artist and SRI Advisor, Wyland, appointed Charlie the Executive Director of the distinguished Ocean Artists Society.

He is a contributor to many ocean-related media publications, including Ocean Geographic, Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Life, and ScubaShooters, to name a few. He has been a VIP speaker and presenter at Asia Dive Expos, Dive Resort Travel expos, and Thailand Dive Expos, where he presents underwater cinematography methods for beginners and advertises Hawaii SCUBA diving adventures for Hawaii Diving Tours.

In 2018, he was inducted into the prestigious The Explorers Club. Charlie is also a past attendee at CITES, one of the most crucial international forums for shark protection.

“I feel that we are in a new advent of enlightened thinking of the frailty of the marine environment. I believe that underwater art can inspire a new generation of ocean conservationists to stand up and decrease our human impact on the oceans.” Charlie Fasano