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1062 Fort Cronkhite

Sausalito, California,94965

United States

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Employment History

Leatherback Campaign Coordinator

Sea Turtles


Progressive Populist




New College of California

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Midwest Academy

Board Member



University of Texas at Austin


University of Texas at Austin



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University of Texas at Austin

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ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY | News/Ocean Issues Archive

acousticecology.org [cached]

Robert Ovetz, director of Seaflow, a Bay Area-based group that is fighting noise pollution in the sea, said he'd like a speed limit to be imposed in California's four national marine sanctuaries in order to quell some of the noise.
Currently, ships have no speed limits. "Our marine sanctuaries are being violated by these superhighways of the sea," he said. The noise may also lead indirectly to the flustered whales being struck by the ships. Such occasions have historically been rare. Between Los Angeles and the Point Reyes Peninsula from 1986 to 2004, only 12 whales are known to have been hit by ships. But between September and October of 2007, three blue whales and two humpbacks were found dead on Southern California beaches with cracked skulls and other injuries plainly suggestive of violent interactions with big metal objects. Another humpback was found in similar condition at Point Reyes this fall. The abrupt increase in ship-whale collisions cannot be ignored, says Ovetz. "This is a record number of highly endangered species being killed by shipping traffic," he charges. Sources: Ventura County Star, 2/19/07[READ ARTICLE]The Bohemian, 2/6/08[READ ARTICLE] Bay Oil Spill Highlights Ship Traffic Near Marine Sanctuaries - Quite apart from the dangers posed by oil spill such as the one that recently occurred in San Francisco Bay, the noise from shipping lanes is a direct threat to National Marine Sanctuaries, says Seaflow Executive Director Robert Ovetz.


peterfugazzotto.com [cached]

Robert Ovetz, PhD, Executive Director, Seaflow

Robert Ovetz | Sociology - Political Science | Cañada College

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Robert Ovetz
Robert Ovetz Sociology and Political Science Robert Ovetz has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas-Austin. He also currently teaches political science at College of Marin and has taught in the graduate program at New College of California and The Art Institute of California-San Francisco. Robert has also worked as an ocean conservation advocate for the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Director of International Campaigns for Humane Society International, and as Executive Director of the marine conservation non-governmental organization Seaflow. Among the issues he has worked on is globalization of the ocean, the environmental impact of international shipping and industrial fishing, protection of national marine sanctuaries and state marine protected areas and the creation of international marine protected areas. He has testified and advocated before the UN, European Parliament, US Congress, international agencies, and state and local governments. In 2005, he achieved the first ever UN protections for sea turtles. He has also worked for non-governmental organizations on issues of debt and development and human rights at the UN Tribunal on the Former Yugoslavia. Robert is currently working on edited book projects for PM Press of Oakland including a collection of writings of Harry Cleaver, an economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1994, Ovetz was the first English speaking journalist to break the story of the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas Mexico and interviewed the infamous Subcommandante Marcos as a freelance reporter for CNN. His interview is cited in the book Subcommander Marcos: The Man and the Mask (Duke University Press: Durham and London, 2007) and was published by the Covert Action Information Bulletin. Robert was awarded the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information James Madison Award in 2007 for his efforts to defend his Cultural Studies student's magazine Mute/Off which was censored by the Art Institute of California-San Francisco in 2006. He lives in Marin County.


From: Robert Ovetz, Phd, Director of Seaflow.org
This commentary is provided by Robert Ovetz, Ph.D., Executive Director of Seaflow. Every cargo vessel and oil tanker that enters San Francisco Bay passes right through at least one of our three contiguous National Marine Sanctuaries and through or alongside critical state marine protected areas," warned Robert Ovetz, Ph.D., executive director of Seaflow. The thousands of vessels that annually enter the Port of Oakland are threatening the very integrity of these invaluable marine habitats and the San Francisco Bay," Ovetz added. Ovetz highlighted the lesson from yesterday's spill: "The Cosco Busan spill is a wake up call to Department of Fish and Game that any new marine protected areas must be protected from the rising threat of large cargo vessels and oil tankers.


www.seaflow.org [cached]

by Robert Ovetz, Ph.D. Robert Ovetz, Ph.D. is executive director of Seaflow, a marine conservation organization based in Sausalito.See www.seaflow.org and www.vesselwatchproject.org for more information.

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