The Last Ocean


Peter Young | New Zealand | 2012 | 53 min

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The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life; largely untouched by humans. Californian ecologist David Ainley has been studying this unique ecosystem for more than thirty years. This award-winning film reveals the impact of an international fishing fleet that has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean Sea Bass in up-market restaurants around the world and here in San Francisco. Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. He rallies his fellow scientists and meets up with a Colorado nature photographer and New Zealand filmmaker who also share his passion. Together they form ‘The Last Ocean’ and begin a campaign taking on the commercial fishers and governments in a race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish.

PLUS: Panel Discussion – The Future of Fish

Where is your seafood from? Is it sustainably or even legally caught? With over 80% of seafood imported into the USA, what is a socially conscious seafood lover to do? After the screening, listen to a panel of experts discuss these and other issues around sustainable fishing. Includes Scientist Dr. David Ainley (California Academy of Sciences, The Last Ocean), Casson Trenor (Greenpeace sustainability program, owner Tataki Sustainable Sushi Restaurants, and author of A Comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Sushi) David McGuire, Shark Stewards; and specialists from the seafood trade.


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