International Ocean Film Festival

Sharks of the Sea of Cortés: A Lost Treasure?

Expired July 26, 2021 6:45 AM
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***Note: this film is in Spanish with English subtitles.***

Sharks of the Sea of Cortés: A Lost Treasure? 26 min

Just 30 years ago, dense, swirling schools of hammerheads and giant manta rays made the Sea of Cortés - El Golfo de California - a global diving mecca, and created the city of La Paz’ flourishing tourism economy. But in the 1990s, indiscriminate issuance of shark fishing permits allowed multinational fleets to “strip mine” them in critical habitats, including nurseries. This triggered a cascade of collapse among shark populations, so local fisheries and tourism plummeted. But today, scientists and fishermen work closely together to restore and protect this priceless marine ecosystem.

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  • Runtime
    26 minutes
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  • Director
    James Ketchum
  • Producer
    Karina Busto Ibarra, James Ketchum
  • Executive Producer
    Dr. Sylvia Earle
  • Cinematographer
    Alfredo Barroso, Liisa Juuti