LAST OCEAN, THE

Washington D.C. Premiere

LAST OCEAN, THE

(c) John Weller

THE LAST OCEAN (New Zealand, 2012, 85 min.)

Oceans at Risk

Introduced by Andrea Kavanagh, Director, Southern Ocean Sanctuaries Campaign, Pew Environment Group and filmmaker Peter Young.

Washington, D.C. Premiere Do we fish the last ocean or do we protect it? The most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth, the Ross Sea has remained free from widespread pollution, invasive species, mining and over-fishing. Home to high concentrations of wildlife and an incredible array of animals, many found nowhere else on the planet, it is teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals and penguins that collectively comprise the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. It is a living laboratory providing scientists with the last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem functions. Facing depleted fisheries everywhere else, the fishing industry has found its way south in pursuit of the Antarctic toothfish (sold as Chilean sea bass). Fishers plan to remove 50 percent of the adult toothfish from the Ross Sea and in so doing will destroy the natural balance of Earth’s last untouched ocean. Featuring beautiful Antarctic footage, this film presents the conservationist case and the campaign to counteract the fishing lobby. Directed and produced by Peter Young. 

Shown with OCEAN FRONTIERS: THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA IN OCEAN STEWARDSHIP and PLANET OCEAN.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

10th & Constitution Ave, NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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