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John Hocevar
As the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, John Hocevar oversees the organization’s domestic efforts on oceans issues and works with international colleagues to achieve Greenpeace’s goal of establishing a network of fully protected marine reserves to help keep our oceans healthy for future generations.

Since joining Greenpeace in February of 2004, Hocevar has spearheaded numerous projects, including a groundbreaking research expedition to explore the world’s largest underwater canyons in the Bering Sea, efforts to protect fish species crucial to the survival of the Chesapeake Bay and Greenpeace’s work to improve the sustainability of seafood sold in supermarkets. A licensed submarine pilot and experienced SCUBA diver, Hocevar also led an scientific expedition to further understanding of the scope and impacts of the BP Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to his arrival at Greenpeace, Hocevar was involved in several environmental efforts including the Sea Turtle Nesting Project in Florida, Coral Cay Conservation in Belize, and as an environmental educator for Marine Science under Sails in Florida. He also worked as an organizer for GreenCorps, the field training program for young environmental activists. Previously, Hocevar worked as a national organizer for INFACT, a corporate watchdog organization, and co-founded and served as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet for eight years.

Hocevar earned a bachelor’s degree in evolutionary ecology from the University of Connecticut in 1990 and a master’s degree in marine biology, focused on coral reef conservation from Nova Southeastern University, in 1993.

Entries by John Hocevar

Tuna Industry Failing on Sustainability

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:25 PM

The United States consumes more canned tuna than any other country in the world, and ranks in the top three seafood species eaten here. As a cheap source of protein, families all over the country have relied on canned tuna for decades. Unfortunately, most people don't...

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Bringing Balance to Our Oceans

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97% of the Earth's livable habitat and a home to more than 700,000 species. The oceans are inseparably linked to our health as well, providing half the oxygen we breathe, relaxation and enjoyment, jobs, and food to billions of...

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33 Amazing Species -- And a Chance to Save Them

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 9:12 AM


Today, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, a group of more than 25 international environmental organizations, launched a new report -- "33 Antarctic Species We Love" -- a look at some of the incredible creatures living in Antarctica's Southern Ocean. As home to some of...

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Russia, Ukraine Block Sanctuaries in Antarctic Waters

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:55 AM

This week's special meeting of the 25 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) concluded today in Germany with no results. Despite an enormous amount of effort and increasing public scrutiny, Russia and Ukraine blocked proposals to create marine sanctuaries in the remote waters...

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Looking for Hope in the Ruins as CCAMLR Talks Fizzle

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:04 AM

Today, CCAMLR's last chance slipped away to meet its commitment to establish a network of marine protected areas around Antarctica by 2012. As the representative from the European Union and others said, this failure puts the credibility of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources...

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Squid Attacks, Tiny Submarines, and the Fight to Protect the Grand Canyons of the Sea

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 5:33 PM

Nearly five million people visit Arizona's Grand Canyon each year, but few are aware that America is also home to the world's largest underwater canyon. Zhemchug Canyon -- named "pearl" by the Russian fishermen who discovered it in the 1960s -- is in the Bering Sea, off the coast of...

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