June 29, 2011

Peter Young is one of New Zealand’s leading documentary filmmakers and has worked for most of the major players in the documentary field, including National Geographic, Discovery, BBC and Television New Zealand. He has credits in over a hundred documentaries filmed in New Zealand and around the world and has won many awards for both his camera and producing work. He is currently working on a Last Ocean feature documentary.

Peter is also responsible for founding The Last Ocean Charitable Trust in New Zealand, a public and political campaign calling for the entire Ross Sea region to be designated a Marine Protected Area.

The international body managing the Ross Sea fishery (CCAMLR, the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) will meet in 2012 to decide to what extent the waters around Antarctica will be protected. CCAMLR has earmarked the Ross Sea area as having natural features worthy of protection, but the proposal still requires support from key nations in order to succeed.

The Ross Sea is an incredibly special place for many reasons. It’s the closest thing we have to a completely natural marine ecosystem on the planet. The ecosystem is still relatively intact and offers scientists the chance to study marine processes yet to be affected by human interference, pollution or exploitation. The Ross Sea is full of unique wildlife, including numerous species found nowhere else in the world.

Please click here to see Peter’s ‘World Ocean Day Interview’ with TV NZ.

John Weller (L) and Peter Young (R)  (c) Peter Young


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  • job online says:

    I always wanted to have a job like Peter Young! I like wild nature and it's a pleasure for me to do something good for the world!

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