Saving the Ocean
Shark Reef (#101)
In the first episode, host Carl Safina travels to Glover's Reef Marine Reserve, a coral atoll in the central American country of Belize. Accompanied by a team of U.S. researchers, who've been studying the reserve for eight years, Carl catches, tags and releases a wide variety of sharks. He scuba dives to check out the shark-counting instruments that the researchers have placed around the atoll, and he also visits the shark fin trader in Belize City's fish market. The fin trade now threatens sharks worldwide, but the sharks in Glover's Reef Reserve are safe and thriving. [26 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Full Program: Shark Reef profiles efforts to protect sharks from the effects of the shark fin trade. 26:47
A birds-eye view of Mount Rainier and its glaciers. 03:32
Reefs off the east coast of Africa are teeming with breathtakingly beautiful marine life. 03:37
Men and boys from Pemba’s fishing villages free dive for octopuses. 04:29
Eels that resemble grass found all over the Caribbean sea floor. 01:56
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Series Description: Two thirds of the globe is ocean. And while most people are just starting to hear about problems with overfishing, pollution, coral reef troubles and other issues, a far-flung group of unsung heroes --marine biologists, fisheries scientists, and conservationists worldwide -- are already hard at work inventing, devising and implementing solutions. By focusing on those solutions, the series helps viewers understand both what the problems are and the vision forward.
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