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SeaWeb and Disneynature's OCEANS Join Forces to Turn the Tide
Disneynature is once again bringing the wonder of our natural world to the big screen and helping conserve it in the process. "OCEANS" takes its viewers on a journey through the splendors of the ocean while also never leaving the importance of keeping it healthy behind. The film, which premiers on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, offers a companion participant's guide, "Oceans: The Threats to Our Seas and What You Can Do to Turn the Tide," to which SeaWeb contributed.
This book, edited by Jon Bowermaster, gathers insights from explorers and scientists such as Sylvia Earle and Carl Safina to policymakers such as NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and stars such as Pierce Brosnan to inspire all of us to take on helping our blue planet. Included in the book is an essay by SeaWeb Board Member Callum Roberts called "The Future of Fish." In addition, SeaWeb is among the many ocean organizations that contributed to the "What You Can Do" portion of the book. In this, SeaWeb offers a piece on what sustainability means to the ocean. The guide is available through SeaWeb's Amazon Ocean Bookstore. If you buy the book through this link from our website, a portion of its purchase price will be donated to SeaWeb.
Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery by the latest underwater technologies, the film not only captures the beauty of the ocean but also the importance of sustaining marine life. The film is helping to do so both through its inspirational imagery and directly, as a portion of each ticket for "OCEANS" will go toward establishing marine protected areas in the Bahamas. The 700 islands in this region are surrounded by coral reefs that are vital homes and feeding and breeding grounds for hundreds of marine species, including dolphins, sea turtles and a wide range of fish. The World Resources Institute estimates that two-thirds of the Caribbean's reefs are at risk from human activities and that the region is in need of well-managed marine protected areas. Disneynature, the production company for the film, worked with The Nature Conservancy to launch its Adopt-a-Coral-Reef program in the Bahamas, designed to help encourage the establishment of such protected areas.
Youth and school groups across the country can be among the first to reserve tickets to this special engagement and participate in helping to save our coral reefs. Groups of 20 or more can reserve tickets by calling 1-888-DISNEY6. Also, in collaboration with National Geographic, Disneynature has developed educational materials that can be downloaded for free by visiting www.disney.com/Oceans.