Farming the Seas
(56 minutes 40 seconds) USA
Director: Steve Cowan
Producers: Steve Cowan and Barry Schienberg
Human consumption of seafood now far exceeds the ocean’s ability to produce it and the imbalance is increasing rapidly. Worldwide, marine fisheries are either fully exploited or in sharp decline. Raising fish under controlled conditions in our oceans, or aquaculture, is considered to be the wave of the future, but there are serious risks. Aquaculture was supposed to take the pressure off ocean fish stocks and help avert a global food shortage, but many experts now believe that some forms of "fish farming" are actually creating more problems than they are solving. As the aquaculture industry explodes across the globe, a growing number of communities and fisheries experts are engaged in an intense debate over its environmental, socio-economic, and health and food safety consequences.
Habitat Media, Inc., the producers of Farming the Seas, is a nonprofit organization specializing in producing compelling media that educates viewers about the vital need for a sustainable world. Steve Cowan, its founder and President, has written, directed and produced award-winning documentaries on marine conservation issues including Empty Oceans, Empty Nets; Ancient Sea Turtles, Stranded in a Modern World; Ancient Mariners and The Sea Turtle Story. Over the past eleven years, Habitat Media, Inc. has produced landmark documentaries that have inspired viewers to be more responsible consumers and more active citizens.
John Hoskyns-Abrahall, President
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