Saving the Ocean
About This Collection
From overfishing to pollution to climate change, the world’s oceans are under siege. But there’s reason for hope. Marine biologist and author Carl Safina offers change to the doom-and-gloom environmental news in Saving the Ocean, a 10-part series premiering nationally on the WORLD channel, that focuses on stories about people and communities around the world who are making a positive difference.
Episodes In This Collection
Scourge of the Lionfish
Lionfish are beautiful, colorful reef fish found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans — that’s the good news. The bad news is they’re now found all over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic coasts of North and South America as well. Alien to those waters, lionfish are the perfect invasive species — aggressive, without predators, prolific breeders and tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
In the rich fishing grounds of New England and Canada, it seemed as if cod would never run out — until they did. Fishing communities from Newfoundland to Massachusetts fell apart. Widespread closures in the 1990s aimed to let the cod recover, but it’s been a long wait. Carl Safina goes fishing to find some of the first signs that the famous codfish just might, indeed, be coming back.
Trinidad's Turtle Giants
After local leaders launched a crusade to end the slaughter of Trinidad’s thousand-pound leatherback turtles, the turtles were transformed from shark bait to tourist attraction. Now Trinidad’s beaches support 80 percent of the entire Caribbean’s leatherbacks and nearby villages make a great living catering to the visitors.
River of Kings part 2
The conclusion of this two-part episode examines the huge project now restoring the Nisqually River, from its source on Mount Rainier to the estuary in Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually Indian tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon.
River of Kings part 1
This two-parter examines the huge project now restoring the Nisqually River, from its source on Mount Rainier to the estuary in Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually Indian tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon.
Swordfish! part 2
In the second part of this two-part special, Carl Safina goes to sea with some of the last remaining swordfish harpooners to experience firsthand one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries and to find out why swordfish are the world’s best big-fish comeback story.
Swordfish! part 1
In a two-part special, Carl Safina goes to sea with some of the last remaining swordfish harpooners to experience firsthand one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries and to find out why swordfish are the world’s best big-fish comeback story.
This is the remarkable story of how local fishing people in Baja California, Mexico, stopped hunting “devil-fish” - actually gray whales - and instead developed a whale-watching co-op that now caters to tourists from all over the world. They’re also getting rich by setting fishing rules for themselves that are stricter than the government regulations.
The Sacred Island
The Sacred Island takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villagers fought a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation.
Saving the Ocean host Carl Safina travels to Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize to dive in the Caribbean atoll where sharks are thriving. Meanwhile in Belize City's fish market, dried shark fins are up sale, one of the reasons driving shark species to extinction. Safina finds hope in the idea of marine reserves and in changing consumer tastes in China but is it enough to give sharks a future?