The Ross Sea in Antarctica is considered by many to be the most pristine ecosystem on Earth. It’s the last area largely untouched by humans where researchers can study a healthy environment teeming with life. That was true until an international fishing fleet came to the Ross Sea in search of Antarctic toothfish, sold in upscale restaurants as Chilean sea bass.
Californian ecologist David Ainley, who has been studying the Ross Sea for over 30 years, along with a team of scientists, nature photographer John Weller and filmmaker Peter Young, started a campaign to save the Ross Sea before commercial fishing permanently alters this fragile ecosystem.
The story is told in the 2012 documentary, The Last Ocean which has won several awards, including Best ‘Call 2 Action’ film at the 2013 Boulder International Film Festival and Best Professional Documentary at the 2013 Real to Reel International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer:
Finding a screening near you or buy it on Amazon: The Last Ocean
To learn more:
- Check out The Last Ocean blog
- Learn more about the Last Ocean campaign
- Read about previous efforts to protect Antarctic waters: Plans for Antarctic Marine Reserves Fail Again
- Find out why Whole Foods won’t carry Antarctic seafood: Grocery Chains Send a Message About Seafood from Antarctica
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