Some big name natural environment institutions want as many as can be packed into Newport’s Performing Arts Center to see a new documentary about the world’s oceans. The documentary, Ocean Frontiers, comes recommended by the Friends of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Shores Conservation Coalition, Oregon Wave Energy Trust and the Wetland’s Conservancy.
Speaking about Ocean Frontiers, Hatfield Marine Science Center Director George Boehlert says of the documentary, “Ocean Frontiers is more than just a documentary—it exemplifies how diverse ocean stakeholders can work together to achieve solutions.” Boehlert added, “While many environmental-related films today focus on catastrophes and inspire desires to make sweeping changes, they often lack credible actions and commonsense approaches to move forward. Ocean Frontiers, however, strives to do the opposite, and I encourage everyone to see the film.”
Green Fire Productions Executive Director Karen Meyer said “At a time when conflicts over ocean resources dominate the media, we are excited to present the solution-oriented, by-partisan stories of Ocean Frontiers. The documentary clearly conveys that people across the country want to work together to sustain their coastal and ocean economies that depend on a healthy ocean.”
Delving into four stories about the sea, Ocean Frontiers illustrates how holistic and collaborative ocean governance will generate solutions that work for our economic interests as well as for the environment. From Boston Harbor being the first port to redirect shipping lanes to protect endangered whales to Iowa farmers changing their farming practices to reduce their impact on the Gulf of Mexico’s dying sea, to both Port Orford, Oregon and Florida Keys fishermen who are protecting their marine environments to increase the health of the very habitats that their businesses depend on, Ocean Frontiers is a tribute to, and a tool for a new era in ocean stewardship.
Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes commented that “Ocean Frontiers is an important film because it shows that we can successfully restore health to our oceans and coastal communities. The stories told have much to offer in protecting oceans around the world.”
Ocean Frontiers will be shown at the Newport Performing Arts Center on February 22nd, at 7pm which will be followed by a question and answer period with local ocean experts. A five dollar donation is requested.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll see if you go…