Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship

Ralf Meyer, Karen Anspacher-Meyer | 2011 | 48 min.

2012 Official Selection

A new way of thinking, a new way of living, in concert with the sea, in celebration of those yet to come. “Ocean Frontiers” takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country to meet unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport fishers and reef snorkelers and many more, all are embarking on a new course of collaboration, in defense of the seas that sustain us. Part 3: Iowa & the Gulf of Mexico The Mississippi Delta—terminus of America’s mightiest river, nursery of one of the nation’s premier fisheries, and lately an unfortunate poster child for ecological disaster—is getting help from an unlikely team of people, in an unlikely place. More than a thousand miles upstream, in the cornfields of Iowa, farmers are changing their practices to send cleaner water and new life to the nation’s beleaguered Delta. — OR — Farmers—by better tending their soils—are helping to restore the Gulf of Mexico more than a thousand miles away. Part 4: Port Orford, Oregon & the California Current The fishing community of Port Orford is taking control of their destiny, by conducting their own brand of conservation. They are protecting ocean habitat and conducting local science projects to sustain their fishing quotas, as well as protecting upstream forests to save their salmon—a farsighted perspective that considers their links to the land and sea, for their economic well-being. – OR – A visionary fishing community is working to achieve both a healthy nearshore marine ecosystem and a sustainable fishery that supports their town.