La Mer Maids works to make the local ocean clean for its inhabitants and the people who love them.
It all began in 2010 when two women, Pattie and Jessie, met because of a Jack Russell Terrier. Their relationship grew around their love of dogs, and expanded when they realized a mutual affinity for the sea.
While educating locals and tourists about the wonders of the sea, they noticed something disturbing... balloons, straws, snack bags, and more floating on the surface of their beloved ocean. When whale watch patrons asked why there was so much trash in the ocean, they took the opportunity to explain the results of littering and the dangers of balloons. Soon, the two of them realized they wanted to take a more hands-on roll with removing balloons and debris from the water.
Renting boats, they pulled a few balloons out of the water as they searched for dolphins and whales. They jokingly referred to themselves as "Balloon Team One." Soon, removing trash became the primary goal. They started to quip about being "maids of the sea" and thus, La Mer Maids was born.