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David Helvarg

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David Helvarg is an author and Executive Director of the Blue Frontier Campaign. His newest book is The Golden Shore – California’s Love Affair with the Sea.

Has President Trump launched World War Blue?

Forget obstruction of justice issues, how about obstructing the crucible of life on our blue planet? President Trump’s recent withdrawing of the United States from the Paris Climate Treaty may lack the emotional punch of say Nazi panzer tanks rolling into Poland in 1939, but in terms of global impacts, they may be more closely…

A Wave of Ocean Activism to hit D.C.

Blue activists from sea to shining sea are coming to D.C. to fight President Trump’s anti-ocean budget cuts and other threats to our public waters. The biennial 6th Blue Vision Summit launches on Tuesday May 9. But this year is different. This will be the first large gathering of the ocean community since the 2016…

A Good Time for Inspiration – 2017 Benchley Winners Announced

What do a courageous Indonesian leader who is the driving force behind her nation’s fierce crackdown on pirate fishing and slavery, two U.S. Senators who have actively championed the creation and expansion of vast marine wilderness parks, three innovative regional teams whose collaborations are finding new ways to use and protect our public seas, a…

The Ocean and President Trump

Like a rogue wave the election victory of Donald Trump for President left about half the nation stunned and the other half giddy with foam.  Among the worried parties environmentalists are girding for a long series of battles around climate and expected attacks on keystone agencies, executive orders and legislation including the EPA, emission standards…

Hillary Clinton Reveals her Ocean Plans  

 In response to a letter sent by 115 Ocean Leaders to the leading presidential candidates Secretary Clinton has released a two-page response on what she will do to protect our coast and ocean if elected. With just over two months until the vote, this marks the first time in the campaign where a major candidate…

Frank Ocean Versus the Actual Ocean

  It’s nice that Frank Ocean just released his long-anticipated new album, ‘Blond’, that some say is truly awesome. But the fact that his name linked to 12 of 20 articles on Google’s News search under the word ‘ocean’ on Sunday and on Monday had proportionately grown to 6 out of 9 ‘ocean’ news stories might also…

Million Dollar Sharks

I recently got back from diving in the island nation of Palau and its shark enhanced waters.   That’s right, not shark infested- shark enhanced. Sharks are to Palau what Orcas are to SeaWorld only their shark tank is the Pacific Ocean that they’re free to roam in. An economic analysis carried out by the Australian…

From an Atlantic Victory to a Gulf Protest

Proposed Atlantic Drilling has gone the way of the Keystone Pipeline – bad ideas whose time has passed. President Obama’s decision to cancel his own proposed lease sales for oil and gas along the Southeast Atlantic coast on March 15 was a clear victory for grassroots activism up and down the eastern seaboard. Seaweed (marine…

Where the Candidates Stand on Offshore Oil

Today’s arguments being made by the Offshore Oil Industry about proposed new exploration and drilling leases off the Atlantic coast remind me of the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day’ where everything keeps repeating itself.  Their insistence about safer new drilling technologies, tens of thousands of local jobs and how oil is compatible with environmental protection,…

A New Raft of Ocean Heroes

What does the president of a Pacific island Nation, a New York Times reporter, a French sailing expedition and the mayor of a small San Diego border town have in common? They are among the eight winners of the 2016 Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, the world’s preeminent honors for ocean conservation, sometimes referred to as…

Coral Bleaching and the Paris Summit

Coral bleaching is happening now and globally! Bleaching, Acidification, Sea Level Rise, loss of sea ice…Climate is an ocean issue, which is why the Paris Climate Summit beginning Monday has to succeed. With the return of a strong El Niño in the Pacific Ocean and ever warmer seas, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has…

The Coast Guard’s First Rescue

The following is excerpted from my book: Rescue Warriors – The U.S. Coast Guard America’s Forgotten Heroes (now in paperback) Friday, August 26, 2005 The crew of the fishing boat Mary Lynn pitched and rolled in raging forty-foot seas, eighty-five miles west of Key West. With their controls gone and their vessel threatening to break…

Blue Vision’s Wave of Activists

Ocean and Coastal advocates from across the nation and our blue world converged on Washington DC May 11-14 for an inspired week of action, education, citizen lobbying and celebration. Here’s a brief summary of what occurred at the 5th Blue Vision Summit and the 8th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Following an all-day ‘Blue Mind’…

BP Memories that don’t fade

April 20 marks the 5th anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A federal judge has ruled that BP demonstrated “gross negligence” leading to the blowout and spill. Still BP (and former Pentagon) spokesman Geoff Morrell insists that the Gulf is now, “better than ever,” and the company is fighting claims…

2015 Ocean Heroes Named

Royalty, a scientist, and a traditional Polynesian navigator are among the winners of the 8th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, named after the late marine conservationist and author of “Jaws.”