SCIENCE ON SCREEN: THE LAST OCEAN

PRESENTED BY ECOLOGIST DAVID AINLEY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4  •  7:00

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The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth, a vast, frozen landscape teeming with whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence. For more than 30 years, ecologist David Ainley has traveled there to study this unique ecosystem, but international fishing fleets recently found their way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic Toothfish (marketed as Chilean Sea Bass) and threatening the delicate balance of nature. This beautifully filmed documentary follows the race to protect the Ross Sea from our insatiable appetite for fish. Camera/Director: Peter Young. (New Zealand 2012) 88 min. plus discussion.

DAVID AINLEY

Presenter and film subject Dr. David Ainley has made 30 trips to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He is involved in research on penguin demography, and for the past 10 years has been engaged in trying to protect the Ross Sea from industrial fishing (www.lastocean.org). He’s written four books and several publications about the ecology of marine top predators: seabirds, mammals and sharks.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions. The series is made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Additional support for this program has come from Kenneth Broad.


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