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Riki Ott

A commercial salmon "fisherma'am," Dr. Riki Ott (PhD in marine biology) experienced firsthand the devastating effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill—and chose to do something about it. Ott retired from fishing and founded three nonprofit organizations to deal with lingering harm. Her previous book on the spill is Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. She lives in Cordova, Alaska.

In the News

Riki Ott talks to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the toxic effects of crude oil and dispersant fumes: AC360°

The Health Threats to BP Gulf Oil Disaster Cleanup Crews: The Rachel Maddow Show

Riki Ott on The Riz Khan Show: Part 1 | Part 2

    Riki's Books

    Not One Drop and Black Wave: Set

    In Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Author Riki Ott—a rare combination of commercial salmon "fisherm'am" and PhD marine biologist—describes firsthand the impacts of oil companies' broken promises when the Exxon Valdez spills most of its cargo and despoils thousands of miles of shore. The documentary film Black Wave is a heartbreaking account of the environmental, social, and economic consequences of the spill that changed the lives of the people of Cordova, Alaska, forever.

    Not One Drop

    Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    Ott illustrates in stirring fashion the oil industry's 20-year trail of pollution and deception that led to the tragic 1989 spill and delves deep into the disruption to the fishing community for the next 10 years.

    Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$

    The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$ exposes oil as a human and environmental health hazard, based on stories of key witnesses and participants in the environmental tragedy that struck Prince William Sound in 1989. 2005 finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Book Award in Science and Environment.


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