Imogen Zethoven joined as project manager for the Coral Sea campaign and currently directs Pew’s global shark conservation.
Before joining Pew, Zethoven worked in many organizations and agencies, including the Australian Prime Minister’s Ecologically Sustainable Development process and the Federal Environment Minister’s statutory Biological Diversity Advisory Committee. She also worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), helping to designate one-third of the Great Barrier Reef as a marine park closed to fishing. This action created the world’s largest network of highly protected marine reserves.
She later moved to Berlin to lead WWF’s global climate change campaign, PowerSwitch!, which focused on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Previously, Zethoven headed the Queensland Conservation Council, where she led a campaign to curb land clearing in Queensland that protected 4 million hectares (8.8 million acres) of endangered and vulnerable ecosystems. She has also worked as environmental advisor to the leader of the Australian Democrats in Canberra.
In 2006, Zethoven was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her service to conservation in Queensland.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide.
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As top predators, sharks are essential to the health of the ocean. Every year, however, about 100 million are caught and killed in commercial fisheries, an unsustainable number. Whether this catch is unintended, unwanted, or highly sought after, its impact on ocean ecosystems demands urgent action. Read More
The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has approved amendments to territorial fishing regulations that will ban the export of sharks from its Caribbean islands beginning July 1, 2015. Read More