Saving the Ocean
The Sacred Island (#102)
In the second episode, host Carl Safina travels to the island of Pemba, part of the Zanzibar chain off the East African coast, to discover a remarkable story of local villages winning control over their vital fishing grounds. Once threatened by resort development, Pemba's pristine reefs and lagoons are now managed by, and for, the fishermen. Carl fishes with the locals in traditional dhows and dugout canoes, and meets the influential Imams whose sermons explained how the Koran requires good stewardship of the world and its resources. Pemba's fishing families are all Muslim, and Carl believes Islam could be a key to ocean conservation in the large parts of the world where fishing people are Muslim. [26 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Full Program: The Sacred Island follows Zanzibar villagers who fought a resort to save their reefs. 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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