Andrea Kavanagh is the director of the Southern Ocean Sanctuaries, a project dedicated to conserving the most intact marine ecosystem on the planet. Kavanagh joined Pew in January 2008, as manager of the Marine Aquaculture Campaign and later managed the Antarctic Krill Conservation Project, and the Protecting the Deep Sea Campaign.
For the past 16 years, Kavanagh has worked as a communications specialist and campaign director on a variety of environmental issues, including sustainable seafood, global climate change and national legislation to regulate toxic chemicals.
Before joining Pew, Kavanagh was a campaign director at the National Environmental Trust (NET), where she led the Pure Salmon Campaign, an international coalition of groups dedicated to raising the standards for farm-raised fish. She also led the successful Take a Pass on Chilean Sea Bass campaign, in which more than 1,200 chefs across the country pledged to remove the severely threatened species from their menu, and significant new regulations were established to ensure that only legal Chilean sea bass is sold in the United States.
Kavanagh holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from the University of Vermont.
Far below the surface of our oceans lie entire mountain ranges covered with ancient corals and unusual creatures. Though we once thought the deep sea to be barren, scientists and the fishing industry now understand that the deep sea is teeming with life, including many species that are found nowhere else. More
(Washington Post) Industrial fishing in the deep sea should be banned because it has depleted fish stocks that take longer to recover than other species, according to a paper to be released this week by an international team of marine scientists. More
A joint-NGO letter to Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, that follows up on a February 1, 2011 meeting with the Commissioner. In the letter, Pew and other NGOs reiterate our concerns and provide additional information and ideas for improvement of European deep-sea fisheries. More
A joint-NGO letter to Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, outlining our serious concerns about European deep-sea fisheries and requesting a meeting for further discussion. More
A joint-NGO position paper urging European Fisheries Ministers to set Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for deep sea species in the Northeast Atlantic at sustainable levels. More