Oceans advocate, author to lecture

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In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, David Helvarg, author and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, is launching a two-month 25-city tour for his new memoir.

"Saved by the Sea - A Love Story with Fish" (St. Martin's, May 2010) and the paperback release of his other timely book, "Rescue Warriors - The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes," (also with St. Martin's) are the works he will be talking about.

The tour starts May 11 at the New England Aquarium in Boston and includes the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.; Mystic Seaport; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and other leading museums, aquariums, dive shops and independent bookstores. The aim is to help the public understand how everyone is intimately connected to the sea and how we can still turn the tide on the ongoing disasters taking place at sea and along the shore.

From visiting BP Deepwater platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to diving Australia's Great Barrier Reef with his tragically fated love Nancy or being bumped by a whale off Antarctica, Helvarg has lived a life often as endangered as the ocean he now works to protect. "Saved by the Sea," is the story of this longtime journalist's personal love loss and redemption in the free-flowing heart of our blue marble planet.

For details on Helvarg's Saved by the Sea Tour and to see a video on Rescue Warriors, visit www.bluefront.org.