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The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life -­‐ whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence. Californian ecologist David Ainley has been traveling to the Ross Sea to study this unique ecosystem for more than thirty years. He has written scientific papers describing it as a ‘living laboratory’. Largely untouched by humans, it is one of the last places where the delicate balance of nature prevails. But an international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic Toothfish, sold as Chilean Sea Bass in up-­‐market restaurants around the world. The catch is so lucrative it is known as white gold. Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. He rallies his fellow scientists and meets up with a Colorado nature photographer and New Zealand filmmaker who also share a deep passion for this pristine corner of the world. All want to stop fishing and protect this last pristine ecosystem. Together they form ‘the Last Ocean’ and begin a campaign taking on the commercial fishers and governments in a race to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish.

6pm – light food by cafe zelda & cocktails by double cross vodka and PBR, 7pm – film begins. in partnership with the atlantic cup, the country’s first carbon neutral sailing race and america’s premier class 40 race. Peter Young (Director/Producer) & Dr. David Ainley (Ross Sea Expert/Scientific Advisor for The Last Ocean) will both be in attendance to hold a post-film Q&A.

Run time: USA / 88 min
Director: Peter Young
The Last Ocean
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“The Last Ocean is a spectacular, informative and urgent piece of work... Through Peter Young’s lens, the Antarctic looks wild and wonderful”. / Dominion Post

"Young's film is absorbing, politically and ecologically informative, nightmarish, and excellent, albeit disturbing, cinema". / Waikato Times

“Peter Young’s ravishing footage lends emotive force to his detailed account of the case against fishing Antarctic waters”. / New Zealand International Film Festival