Robert Clayton Koski
Island Owner

Robert Clayton Koski was raised in Sarasota, on the Gulf Coast of Florida where he took an early interest in activities in wilderness environments, spending much time in the woods near his home, and in aquatic activities that abounded in the area. He became active in Boy Scouts of America and eventually became an Eagle Scout.

He started his life's journey at Colgate University, where he graduated with a B.A. degree (Philosophy/English) in 1981. After a gap year spent hiking in Wyoming and Montana, and working as a clerk for a Sarasota law firm, he attended Emory University Law School, where he graduated in 1984. He continued at Emory Law School for postgraduate law studies, and received LLM degrees in both Litigation and Taxation in 1986.

His law career started in 1986 and by 1992 he began practicing litigation law in Atlanta, Georgia as a sole practitioner under the name "The Koski Firm". He specialized in medical malpractice, business litigation, and general litigation until retiring from this practice in 2014.

Bob has been residing in Sarasota, Florida, since 2007. In 2009 he joined the Board of Directors of a biotech company called Oragenics, Inc. (OGEN NASDAQ) and in 2012 he began operating The Elfin Cove Resort (a tourist fishing operation near Juneau Alaska). In this year he also started acquiring farm properties and currently he has approximately 1300 acres in Florida and Georgia devoted to citrus and pecan groves, a tree nursery producing nut trees for people and wildlife called Apollo Pecan Grove & Nursery, and general forestry.

When the opportunity to purchase Ilha do Fogo was first presented to him in 2014 it tickled his fancy and when things worked out that allowed him to take control of the island, he knew he had something special. He also knew that he had a responsibility to protect this unique place from a hostile world.

While visiting the island in 2014, Bob was appalled to discover about a dozen poachers on the island, devastating the marine life. There were numerous large turtle shells scarred by harpoons, and tropical reef fish being smoked to be sold as food. Before expelling the poachers, they learned that the poachers were selling the turtle meat to a Chinese buyer, which suggested that it was being sold as a commodity. Since obtaining ownership control of Fogo Island, he has maintained a human presence on the island to prevent further poaching.