David Helvarg has spent much of his life working for ocean and coastal conservation, with a specific interest and affection for the California coast. The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea is a passionate tale of one of the most stunning human and natural habitats on Earth: the 1,100 miles of the California coast. Tracing the shore’s history from the first peoples through the millions that now live in the state, Helvarg shows how and why California, the most populous state in the nation, is also the best steward of a wild and living ocean. He details what California’s coast means to the economy, the ecology, sciences, lifestyles, enterprises, and future of the state, the nation, and our blue world. The Golden Shore is a geographical and literary journey along the California coastline and out into the sea with the whales, sharks, seals, kelp forests, and Coast Guard patrol boats.
Helvarg is founder and Executive Director of the Blue Frontier Campaign, an organization working for ocean and coastal conservation. An award-winning journalist, he has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, National Geographic, Popular Science, Sierra, and Parade, and has produced more than forty documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others. His previous books include Rescue Warriors and Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.