Protei is the brain child of Cesar Harada, who we were very fortunate to meet up with while he was on his way up the coast of Africa. In 2010 Cesar quite his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat, capable of cleaning large tracts of oil quickly. But rather than turning a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.
We are now into the thick of producing Moving Sushi into a documentary, and as a result our world has become immersed in sound bites,voice overs, colour, design andstorytelling. In this process we came acros thisdocumentary that is anything but traditional.Receivinggreat reviews It's a near-wordless, almost abstract depiction of an 80-foot groundfishing boat heading out of New Bedford, Mass. A mesh of sounds, with no voice over direction- just images of a world on board and around a fishing boat out at sea. Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, Taylor is director of Harvard University's Sensory Ethnography Lab, where they explore art through the sensoryexperienceof being inside of aparticularculture."We still wanted to create this multiplicity of perspectives that would relativize the human," he says. Perspectives that "would make the spectator rethink humanity's relationship to nature, in relationship to a plethora of other beings, of other animals, of other kind of inanimate objects — the elements, the earth, the sky, the sea, the boat, mechanization, fish, crustaceans, starfish — everything that is involved in the ecology of what's going on in industrial fishing today."
Just the trailer alone is an overwhelming sensory experience, take a look for yourself.
We are very proud to announce that Mike has been voted in as a member of the Explorers Club.
With its international multidisciplinary professional society the club encourages intrepid, envelope-pushing adventurers to assemble and share information about the earth, oceans, air, space, ancient civilizations and species, science and to promote conservation. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.
Since setting off in November 2012, the East African Marine Transect team have been through and survived a verydifficultexpedition. This was a hard fought expedition, requiring everyone to dig deep into reserves at times we were not even certain we had. To say this wasn’t a pleasure cruise would be an understatement, a big one.
Moving Sushi is currently on expedition till the end of March. We are travelling up the East Coast of Africa ,by boat, doing the longest underwater transect survey across South Africa, Mozambique,Tanzania and Kenya.
For details of our latest adventure go to www.marinetransect.org , or follow our feeds on facebook and twitter
It's the day before x-mas so we thought this would be a good time to take a look back at one of the biggest environmental disasters to hit our recent times, and how we move forward into combatting this kind of thing occurring again.
The Big Fix is a film by husband and wife directing/producing team Josh and Rebecca Harrell Tickell.
Through interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists (including Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell who examined the Gulf spill in his article "The Poisoning"), attorneys (including New Orleans Toxic Tort attorney Stuart Smith) and Gulf States natives, The Big Fix recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico and paints a disturbing picture of the aftermath of the largest oil spill in America's history.
The Island Presidentis a 2011 documentary film about the efforts of then-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to tackle climate change.
Directed by Jon Shenk, it tells the story of former President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, grappling with the daunting prospect of his country fighting for physical survival and his citizens becoming ‘environmental refugees.’
After bringing democracy to the Indian Ocean nation following 30 years of despotic rule, Nasheed now faces an even greater challenge: rising sea levels that threaten to submerge the Maldives' nearly 2000 islands.
Sometimes full of very painful contradictions it is still an interesting in that it leaves viewers with the distinct impression that this is a world leader whose eye is firmly on the long game, even when he admits it's a game he might lose.
As a BBC Journalist described: "The reason to see "The Island President" is to meet Nasheed himself - charismatic, brilliant, visionary and now facing serious backlash in his own country. You might walk into the theater not knowing where or what the Maldives are, but you'll walk out caring more than you ever thought you would. "
“it’s not that we use technology, we live technology “ – Godfrey Reggio
What really makes technology so fun is it’s ability to take an idea and evolve it into action. Don’t get me wrong that is probably also it’s downfall, the scope it has to be both terrific and terrifying at the same time, to be able to create an incredible idea or a terrible idea into being.
On our expedition we have two key aspects of technology that I think are the former, Stereo Video and ROV. While our boat sits in a small sate of disrepair I think this is an opportune time to explain the kind of tech we are using on the expedition and why.
How did life in the oceans originate billions of years ago? And how could the immense diversity of animals and plants that surround us today emerge out of the first organisms? What unknown species hide in deep, dark oceans? How are humans changing the oceans? And how can we exploit the riches of the oceans, without destroying the marine world?
Frank Schätzingembarks on a journey through timeand space to explore the secrets ofthe world’s oceans. It's a lot of fun, and very visually entertaining.
”Universe of the Oceans” spans a spectacular return from the past to the present day. The big key events in our history come alive just as are the great moments of discovery, research, and development.
Currently we are sitting in a backpacker in a rather damp Durban, the boat moored and covered in all manner of paraphernalia- just hoping we will be ready to set sail on Monday, our d-d day for heading out to try and avoid hurricane season up past Mozambique. Our team is scattered far and wide, from Cape Town, to Durban to the US.
Expeditions are never an easy, no matter how much it is slightly romanticised. One comment we often get when we talk about what we are doing is “oh boy, sound’s like a amazing adventure/you are going to have so much fun/I wish I could come along “- and this is all only partly true.
Can we imagine a film that would change the way people look at the ocean? Can we explain simply, to everyone, the greatest natural mystery of our planet? And lastly, can we help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world tomorrow?
This is the triple challenge of a new cinema adventure signed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and editor- in-chief Michael Pitiot, who brings with him the scientific missions of TARA, a unique pool of researchers, oceanographers and biolo- gists from several countries. Thanks to its astonishing photography, the film takes us on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet.
The film narrates the most marvelous and also the most terrifying human experiences of our time. Filmed in extreme geographical conditions all over the globe, it describes the modern Odyssey of people who go out to discover their blue planet.
The film is also a plea for humanity to respect the world in which we live. It serves a noble and universal cause that will be defended at the next Earth Summit, in Rio, in 2012.
Beneath the warm coastal waters of tropical and subtropical East Africa lies some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Spanning many hundreds of kilometers they are home to an incredible array of fish communities and support millions of people living and surviving off the coastline.
Our first expedition, one of five over the next five years has seen an team of plucky andadventurous young scientists,entrepreneursand film makers travelling for four months across up the coast of East Africa collecting underwater data through diving transects. We want the data collected to be used from education purposes, high schools, universities, through to NGO, and governments and MPA managers. The users are essentially unlimited. The value is in the exposure that is across platforms, from scientific to social media and all in between. Meaningful, useful and accessible datawe think can inspiresolutions, strategies and positive and constructive outcomesfor East African coral reef fishes, where anyone can have access.
It's not a documentary on what is wrong with the East African coral reef ecosystem. It's an expedition to provide essential baseline data and solutions for management and conservation.
We envision this becoming a globally deployable strategy where each coastline or major coral reef network around the globe can be studied in such a way. A standardized and repeatablesurvey tool means it can be done year after year if need be.
This trip is not just about exploration- it is about looking at the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and cultures in order to shift in the way we build or begin to build our conservation networks on coral reefs.
The BBC has long been a source of inspiration for so many of us when it comes to peeking inside the natural world. Narrated by David Attenborough the Series Fish , is a marvel for all underwater enthusiasts and conservationists.
"Fish dominate the planet's waters through their astonishing variety of shape and behavior ". The series has about 8 episodes covering all aspects of life underwater like 'working as a team", or "creating life". It's a wonderful journey into underwater world and since this month our expedition The Marine Transect oficially sets sail we thought that a little underwater inspiration would be worth the while.
I just grabbed a clip of this from you tube, but
you can find the series details here at the BBC site:
This is a lovely groundbreaking short film put together by the NRDC. the documentary was made to raise awareness about the problem of Ocean acidification. It explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years.
Leading scientific experts on the problem, many of whom appear in the film and the outtakes below, believe that it's possible to cut back on global warming pollution, improve the overall health and durability of our oceans, and prevent serious harm to our world, but only if action is taken quickly and decisively.
The film, featuring Sigourney Weaver, originally aired on Discovery Planet Green.
Bag It has been garnering awards at film festivals across the states. What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies.
Film maker Jeb Berrier began exploring the effects of plastic bags, opting to stop using them as his wife enters pregnancy.
After conducting research with the help of an environmental scientist, he then begins to analyze all the environmental problems and health problems that plastic is creating in our world.
An interesting look into how plastic affects land ecosystems, the marine environment and the human body
SASC is a small non-profit shark research group found in the harbor of Hermanus, Western Cape. Founded in 2007 they now conduct a variety of lab- and field-based research projects, ranging from elasmobranch biology & ecology to reef monitoring.
Dedicated to promoting a holistic approach to conservation and management of marine resources in South Africa their research projects focus not only on elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, rays), but also on marine ecology and the socio-economics of fisheries.
They have two really interesting programs namely the Marine Ecology Research Programme and the RECfishSA program (to understand the impacts and importance of recreational elasmobranch fishing in South Africa)
They also work tirelessly to develop a multi-faceted approach to improving understanding, conservation and management of an iconic, near-threatened shark species in southern Africa, with their work in the Breede River having been featured in numerous media including television, Internet and newsprint.