The decision about marine protection in the Ross Sea draws closer. CCAMLR has committed to deciding on the extent of the MPA by November of 2012. New Zealand is a key player in the Ross Sea region and we have a short window of opportunity to make as big an impact on our Government as possible.
As part of our greater public campaign we will be running an online film competition beginning on World Oceans Day. This will be launched on the evening of Tuesday June 7th at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World in Auckland.
The Last Ocean Online Short Film Competition will allow competitors to go to our website and download film footage of wildlife and landscapes shot in the Ross Sea. Competitors will then be able to edit it, add to or personalise it, to tell a story about why the Ross Sea is special. The competition will be divided into two categories: Open – individuals residing in New Zealand, and New Zealand High School Students. Entries close August 12th 2011 and completed films will be uploaded to YouTube for judging.
You can check out some of the footage that will be able to use here.
We believe this will be very effective in bringing people to the Last Ocean website, motivating them to learn about the unique values of the Ross Sea ecosystem and to understand the issues around it. We have already begun promoting it to high schools and have had a great response to date.
The reality is that the competition will be a significant drain on our rather limited resources, both in terms of finance and our time. I am appealing to those of you who are able to support this, by either donating financially or with prizes, or simply with your time. We are looking for people throughout New Zealand who could liaise with community groups and high schools and encourage them to take part in the competition.
If you are able to help please contact us, it will be very much appreciated.
Cheers, Peter Young