In June 2016, the Witman Lab worked with Brian Skerry and the rest of the National Geographic team at Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine, shooting photo and video for the documentary. Incredible footage from the weeks out at Cashes Ledge showed the vibrant kelp forest, local populations of red cod, and even a bird’s-eye view of two sei whales. Jon Witman and Fiona Beltram gave interviews, discussing the importance of biodiversity at Cashes Ledge for the fisheries industry and for the public.
This week, Fiona traveled to Washington, D.C. for the world premiere of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion. Panelists Robert Nixon, Sylvia Earle, Brian Skerry, Max Kennedy, and Richard Pyle talked about their experiences during the filming, and their years of work for ocean conservation. Dr. Earle reflected on the expansion of Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and emphasized the role of young people in securing a better future for fragile ocean habitats.
The documentary will air at 7 pm, Sunday, January 15th on the National Geographic Channel.
A link to the channel can be found here.