Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
David Helvarg
Blue Frontier Campaign

The Golden Shore

Wednesday — March 6, 2013
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

David Helvarg is an author and Executive Director of Blue Frontier Campaign. David has written: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors and Saved by the Sea. His next book, The Golden Shore - California's Love Affair with the Sea will be out with St. Martin's press in early 2013. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of the 'Peter Benchley Ocean Awards' and ‘Blue Vision’ Summits for ocean activists. David is the winner of Coastal Living Magazine’s 2005 Leadership Award and the 2007 Herman Melville Literary Award. Helvarg worked as a war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, covered a range of issues from military science to the AIDS epidemic, and reported from every continent including Antarctica. An award-winning journalist, he has produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others. His print work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Sierra, and Parade. He’s done radio work for Marketplace, AP radio, and Pacifica. He has led workshops for journalists in Poland, Turkey, Tunisia, Slovakia and Washington DC. David is a licensed Private Investigator, body-surfer and scuba diver

David Helvarg will share the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. In discussing his newest book, The Golden Shore, he will examine how the Pacific has come to define California’s lifestyle, economy and way of life. He will show a short video and discuss California’s growth as a maritime power from Paleo-Indians trading in the Channel Islands to the development of America’s largest (and greenest) ports, the role of the Navy, surfing, energy and other drivers of change in the nation’s most populous state and world’s eighth largest economy. He will also discuss its currents of discovery, California’s unique contribution to marine science and science-driven policies from George Davidson’s Coastal Survey of 1850 through MBARI’s latest explorations and discoveries as reported in his book, including a brief reading on the final mission of the Point Lobos.


Next: March 20—Eric Hoek, Ph.D.