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Last Ocean film to show in London

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Young’s feature documentary, The Last Ocean will be showing in London on Thursday 4th July.

The film, which is supported by WDC, looks at the threats facing what is the last intact ocean ecosystem on Earth – the Ross Sea, and exposes the commercial over-fishing of the Antarctic toothfish in the region, which is sold as Chilean sea bass in restaurants around the world. The adult toothfish population looks set to be reduced by 50% over 35 years, which will inevitably destroy the natural balance of this pristine ecosystem.

The film airs just as negotiations to protect the Ross Sea begin. In July the body that governs the waters around Antarctica, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), will be meeting in Bremerhaven, Germany to discuss a joint proposal submitted by United States and New Zealand for the establishment of a large marine protected area in the region.

Find out more about the Ross Sea MPA page.

More details about the film.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.