March 8, 2013

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Now through Sunday, and in it's 10th year, The San Francisco Ocean Film Festival has added 'International' to it's well respected name. With 50 films created from all corners of the globe, the festival has truly raised the bar. Come by Pier 39 this weekend to catch a glimpse of an exciting lineup of ocean-related documentaries. With French explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau in attendance, the SF International Ocean Film Festival hopes to educate and entertain the public in greater numbers than ever before. We're proud that several of the films are by, or about Mission Blue Partners.

When Walter Marti called Mission Blue partners, Ocean Defenders Alliance to alert them about a huge derelict net at Isla Coronado in Northern Mexico, Kurt Lieber and his team went into action. A few weeks later, ODA's volunteeer divers hauled up hundreds of pounds of purse-seiner nets from the site. Founder Kurt Lieber, who has been at this since 2002, shares some staggering facts about ghost nets. And now, citizen groups are beginning to form worldwide – in lakes, oceans and rivers, to clean up this widespread and dangerous form of marine debris. One of our most popular features last month was Kurt's piece, 'The Deadliest Ghosts.     

                                        Isla Coronado Ghost Net from Walter Marti

Mission Blue Executive Director Jim Toomey teamed up with UNEP (The United Nations Environmental Programme) to create this fast-track guide to litter in the ocean. He'll tell you what's wrong – how we got here – and what we can do to fix it. Marine trash causes billions of dollars a year in damage, and has an untold cost to marine wildlife.  To learn more about this growing problem, and how you can be part of the solution go to: http://www.rona.unep.org/toomey.

                                        Marine Litter, by Jim Toomey & UNEP

"The Sacred Island" takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villages successfully fought off a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation.  From Mission Blue partner, Carl Safina's PBS series, 'Saving the Ocean.' 

                      The Sacred Island, 'Saving the Ocean,' Carl Safina, PBS

 

 

 

 

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