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Imogen Zethoven

Director, Global Ocean Legacy
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Imogen Zethoven joined Pew in 2007 as project manager for the Coral Sea Campaign and, two years later, became director of the program to establish the world’s largest fully protected marine park.

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. Before joining Pew, she 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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June 18, 2012

Marine Reserve Compensation 'A Drop in the Ocean'

Imogen Zethoven, director of the Coral Seas Campaign, discusses the historic announcement to create the world's largest network of marine reserves around Australia in a Sydney Morning Herald article.

June 13, 2012

Australia Set to Announce Historic Ocean Protections

Australia is expected to announce an historic decision today to create the world's largest network of marine protected areas, including a massive fully protected marine reserve in the Coral Sea, a move hailed by the Pew Environment Group

November 26, 2011

Australia to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve in the Coral Sea

An article published in the Daily Mail about the Australian government’s plans to establish the world's largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea quotes Global Ocean Legacy-Coral Sea campaign director Imogen Zethoven.

November 24, 2011

More Protection Needed in Government's Landmark Proposal for the Coral Sea

A statement from the Protect Our Coral Sea coalition calling the federal government’s draft Coral Sea plan a good start but not enough to fully protect the area’s fragile coral reefs and spectacular marine life.

November 2, 2011

Queenslanders Support Visionary Protection for Our Coral Sea

At a crucial time in the federal government’s marine planning process, a poll commissioned by the Queensland Conservation Council demonstrates strong support for a marine national park in Australia's Coral Sea.

August 20, 2011

Coral Sea a Hotspot for Marine Life

An article from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about marine life in the Coral Sea includes a quote from the Pew Environment Group's Imogen Zethoven.

August 19, 2011

First Comprehensive Scientific Study of Coral Sea's Spectacular Marine Life Released

Australia’s southern Coral Sea is a global “biodiversity hotspot” for large predatory sharks, tuna and marlin and together with the Great Barrier Reef host the only known spawning aggregation of black marlin in the world. These are key findings from the first comprehensive biological and physical profile of the Coral Sea.

May 3, 2011

Federal Policy is Fair to Fish and Fishers Alike

A policy to provide assistance to fisheries affected by Commonwealth marine reserves creates a ‘win-win’ opportunity to protect Australia’s oceans, say leading conservation groups.

August 10, 2010

Conservation Groups Applaud the Greens’ Support for a Coral Sea Marine Park

Conservation groups welcomed the statement by the Australian Greens in support of a very large, world-class highly protected marine reserve in the Coral Sea and called on the two major parties to also commit to protecting this iconic marine area.

January 7, 2009

Pew Environment Group: Join the U.S. in Setting Aside Australia’s Treasured Coral Sea

In the wake of today’s announcement by U.S. President George W. Bush to set aside more than 505,000 sq. kilometres (km) of U.S. waters in the Pacific as marine national monuments, the Pew Environment Group called on the Rudd Government to follow the U.S.’s lead and protect the Coral Sea as the world’s largest no-take marine park.

September 10, 2008

Australia Urged to Save Coral Sea Animals, History

An article from the Associated Press about protecting ocean life.

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