David Helvarg is founder and Executive Director of Blue Frontier www.bluefront.org, an ocean conservation and policy group. He is the author of six books: Blue Frontier, The War Against the Greens, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, Rescue Warriors, Saved by the Sea and The Golden Shore. He is editor of the Ocean and Coastal Conservation Guide, organizer of six Blue Vision Summits and Healthy Ocean Hill Days in Washington D.C., Co-founder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards that ran from 2004-2017 and Chair of the first global March for the Ocean in 2018.
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 produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and others. His more than 600 print articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Popular Science, Sierra, and Alert Diver. He’s done radio work for Marketplace, AP radio, and Pacifica. He has led training workshops for journalists in Poland, Turkey, Tunisia, Slovakia and Washington DC. He is also a licensed Private Investigator, body-surfer and scuba diver.