Ocean Frontiers III Film Screening in Ship Bottom April 22

Apr 05, 2017
Whale Center of New England. Photo taken under NOAA Fisheries Permit #981-1707. Humpback whales and ship in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Lighthouse International Film Society’s second spring event will be the screening of the film “Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy” on Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Ship Bottom  Firehouse, 2006 Central Ave. Admission is $5; students, faculty members and first responders are admitted free.

Produced by Green Fire Productions, “Ocean Frontiers III”  tells the story of the northeast and mid-Atlantic ocean plans and chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, sustainable future. The film examines the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing and recreation, as well as the expanding offshore wind energy and aquaculture industries.

The film’s release coincides with the recent finalization of the nation’s first ocean plans in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. The plans, which are based on the most comprehensive database of scientific and ocean use information ever compiled across the regions, will help manage the ocean’s many uses, including shipping, recreation, fishing, offshore energy and wildlife habitat protection.

“Ocean planning is essential for protecting the health and resilience of our oceans,” said Karen Meyer, executive director of Green Fire Productions and producer of “Ocean Frontiers III.” “We want to use this film as a way to continue building support for the new northeast and mid- Atlantic ocean plans, and keep the momentum strong in the regions that are developing their plans – including the West Coast and the Pacific islands.”

The award-winning Ocean Frontiers film series follows North American ocean planning from its early days, highlighting the use of new ocean data and extensive stakeholder input to keep national security strong, the economy growing and ocean habitats protected.

“There’s a huge amount of pride in the work that’s been done to identify solutions that benefit our communities, our economy and our ocean,” Meyer said. “I’m inspired by all of the people who are part of this collaborative effort and are leading the way to a sustainable and thriving ocean.”

Following the film there will be a panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session featuring Tim Dillingham of the Littoral Society.

The film festival’s kickoff party is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information, log on to lighthousefilmfestival.org. —E.E.

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