We depend on the world’s oceans for our very survival. Tragically, unsustainable activities such as over fishing, seismic testing, agricultural runoff and global climate change are urging forward the catastrophic collapse of whole marine and coastal ecosystems. We are also seeing increased documentation of horrifying human rights violations and outrageous practices by pirate fishing operations that jeopardize the livelihoods of small-scale fishing operations.

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Yacht Club, John Hocevar, Ocean’s Campaign Director of Greenpeace in the USA, will discuss the expedition and research work that Greenpeace has done to bring light not just to the issues, but to discovering the opportunities to make the transformational change needed to save our seas. He will also touch on specific degradation concerns and rising temperatures in the Gulf of Maine.

A trained marine biologist and an accomplished campaigner, explorer, and marine scientist, Hocevar has helped win several major victories for marine conservation since becoming the director of Greenpeace’s oceans campaign in 2004. These victories include neutralizing the influence of the commercial fishing industry to protect pollock fisheries in Alaskan waters.

On the international level, Hocevar helped persuade the United Nations to protect coral reefs and other sensitive ecosystems from bottom trawling and other destructive fishing practices, and helped secure an agreement from eight Pacific island nations to prohibit fishing in large areas of the Pacific Ocean. He has also played a leading role in Greenpeace’s global anti-whaling campaign, successfully persuading the Japanese to drop plans to hunt humpback whales and to end all private investment in Japan’s whaling industry.

This is the 6th in a series of eight Wednesday Sunset Seminar talks at the Camden Yacht Club.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program. For more information please contact the CYC office at 236-7033 or visit camdenyachtclub.org.