Andrea Kavanagh directs Pew’s Protecting Antarctica’s Southern Ocean campaign. 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, she 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.
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Of the thousands of species that thrive in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, a few—a celebrity parade of various penguins and whales—regularly steal the spotlight. But the marine environment off Antarctica supports a wide range of other creatures, among them a huge number of seals. Read More
Antarctica’s Ross Sea is best known as a frozen wonderland at the bottom of the Earth, home to most of the world’s penguins and teeming with marine species found nowhere else. These waters are also the origin of nutrients that upwell from the icy depths before riding currents to feed ocean life around the globe. Read More
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean around it are awash in superlatives—the coldest and driest continent, the windiest seas. And now they add another: home to the largest protected area in the world. The Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area (MPA), which covers 2.06 million square kilometers (almost 800,000 square miles) enters into force today, one year after the 25 member governments of the... Read More