Exploring The “Last Ocean” At SWOCC

The Ross Sea is one of the least known seas. It is also the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. Scientists describe it as our last ‘living laboratory’, a place that can teach about the workings of all marine ecosystems. In coordination with Coos Surfrider Foundation and the Coos Watershed Association, Southwesten Oregon Community College will present this 87-minute documentary about the race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean.

Student Life and Events will be hosting a FREE viewing of the film on Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm in the Hale’s Performing Arts Center. Through interviews and breathtaking cinematography, the film explores the complexity of the world’s southern-most fishery where, each summer an international fleet breaks through the ice to target the large and lucrative Antarctic Tooth fish. The fish are then re-branded to the more palatable name ‘Chilean Sea-bass’ and are highly prized in the upmarket restaurants of New York and Asia. But Antarctic tooth fish are a top predator in the Ross Sea – lose them and the natural balance of the last pristine marine ecosystem on Earth will be lost forever.

The Last Ocean is supported by NZ on Air, the New Zealand Film Commission, Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Biotherm, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Park Road Post, Global Ocean, and Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition. Any questions regarding The Last Ocean may call 541-888-7316 or nathan.helland@socc.edu. Alos visit the film’s web site at www.lastocean.org.

This entry was posted on Monday, November 18th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.