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Introduction: Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures (01:07)


The ocean is a frontier in peril. This film highlights a pioneering expedition to inspire President Barack Obama to create blue parks.

Ocean Ecosystem (06:08)

Menhaden filter the ocean and are crucial to the diet of larger fish. Nearly all of offshore America is open to the taking of ocean wildlife. Max Kennedy discusses the creation of national parks and Cashes Ledge; the industrial fishing industry opposes the refuge.

Cashes Ledge (03:11)

Divers explore the underwater forest 80 miles off the coast of Maine and photograph marine life. Sylvia Earle considers the area the Yellowstone of the Atlantic Ocean.

Continental Shelf and Buck Island Reef (04:07)

A NOAA rover reveals canyons and seamounts; deep-sea mining threatens the environment. Kennedy and Earle establish a team to act as ambassadors for the ocean. Divers explore the first blue national monument.

Caribbean Exploration (05:33)

Rob Edwards and Ashley Dawkins dive in the ocean for the first time. Fishermen target parrotfish after the grouper population dwindles; their loss has a domino effect.

St. Croix (06:00)

Approximately 90% of the big fish are gone but we can restore the ecosystem. Brian Skerry discusses telling a story through pictures and photographing sea turtles. Dawkins thinks about survival. Overfishing and climate change also threatens the Gulf of Mexico.

Ewing Bank and Ni'ihau (05:40)

Earle explores the bluefin Tuna's spawning grounds and discusses the ecosystem. The team dives with whale sharks in the gulf and turtles and monk seals in Hale O'honu.

Papahanaumokuakea (02:43)

In 2006, President Bush declares the area a national monument; the team wants to expand the sanctuary. Locals attend a public hearing; the long-line fishing industry opposes expansion. Experts discuss ocean biodiversity and explore ocean depths of 200 to 500 feet.

Papahanaumokuakea: Exploration (07:32)

The team explores the ocean depths in a submersible. They discover a new coral species, rays feeding, and bamboo coral emitting bioluminescence. President Obama expands the marine preserve.

Midway Atoll (05:02)

The area was a decisive location during World War II. The team discusses protecting and restoring natural systems. President Obama arrives and talks with Earle about preservation. He establishes Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument. (Credits)

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Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. national parks system, beloved oceanographer Sylvia Earle sets out to inspire a new generation to create 'blue parks' to protect the ocean realms. With the help of Nat Geo photographer Brian Skerry, Sylvia and a dedicated group of marine conservationists explore the blue depths and embark on a year-long environmental quest.

Length: 48 minutes

Item#: BVL283810

Copyright date: ©2017

Closed Captioned

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