Film Chronicling New Era of Ocean Stewardship Comes to New Jersey

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The New Jersey premiere of Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy, will take place Thursday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. at Pozycki Hall Auditorium at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Ocean Frontiers III, produced by Green Fire Productions, chronicles recent efforts along the Eastern seaboard to plan for healthy oceans, robust ocean economies and a sustainable future.

A second screening of the film, in conjunction with the Lighthouse International Film Society, takes place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, at the Ship Bottom Fire House on Long Beach Island at 7:00 p.m.

These film screenings coincide with the implementation of the nation’s first ocean plans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The plans, which are based on the most comprehensive database of scientific and ocean use information ever compiled across the regions, will help manage the ocean’s many uses, including shipping, recreation, fishing, offshore energy and wildlife habitat protection.

The Urban Coast Institute, a co-sponsor of both events, is the project lead for the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, which provides the foundational data, information and mapping of ocean resources and human use activities for the Mid-Atlantic plan. "By understanding what is happening in the ocean, we can more effectively work together to sustain the values and resources that matter most to all of us," says Urban Coast Institute Director Tony MacDonald.

Ocean Frontiers III explores the intersection of national security, marine commerce, recreation and conservation. It also dives deeper into expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture. The film allows viewers to witness an unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders – including fishermen, coastal planners, military officials, Native American leaders, environmental advocates, scientists and wind energy executives – who are working to manage and balance all the uses of the ocean so it can thrive for generations to come.

“Ocean planning is essential for protecting the health and resilience of our oceans,” said Karen Meyer, Executive Director of Green Fire Productions and producer of Ocean Frontiers III. “We want to use this film as a way to continue building support for the new Northeast and Mid-Atlantic ocean plans, and keep the momentum strong in the regions that are developing their plans – including the West Coast and the Pacific Islands.”


Film Event Details for Ocean Frontiers III in New Jersey


Event #1

When: Thursday, April 6 – Light reception at 6:00 p.m., film screening at 6:30 p.m., and panel discussion and audience Q&A at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Monmouth University, Pozycki Hall Auditorium, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Details: The event is free. RSVP online at: http://bit.ly/OF3-Monmouth

The panel discussion features the following regional experts:

Tom Fote – Commissioner, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Comm.; Legislative Chair, Jersey Coast Anglers Asso. & NJ State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
Tim Dillingham – Executive Director, American Littoral Society
Kevin Hassell – Environmental Specialist, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Ronald Rapp – Director, TE SubCom
Tony MacDonald - Director, Urban Coast Institute (moderator)

Event Presented By: Urban Coast Institute, American Littoral Society, New Jersey Sea Grant, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), Surfrider Foundation - Jersey Shore Chapter, The Nature Conservancy - New Jersey Chapter, and Green Fire Productions.


Event #2

When: Saturday, April 22 – Doors open at 6:45 p.m., film screening at 7:00 p.m. and panel discussion and audience Q&A at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Station, 2006 Central Ave, Ship Bottom, NJ

Details: $5 admission; free for Lighthouse International Film Society members, Students, Teachers, Military and First Responders with ID. RSVP online at: http://bit.ly/OF3-LBI

The panel discussion features the following regional experts:

Liz Semple – Manager, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection
Jay Mann – Managing Editor, SandPaper; Nature Writer and Tracker
Tim Dillingham – Executive Director, American Littoral Society
Angela Anderson – Sustainability Coordinator, Long Beach Township
Amy Williams - Coastal Ecosystem Extension Agent, New Jersey Sea Grant/Stevens Institute of Technology (moderator)

Event Presented By: Lighthouse International Film Society, New Jersey Sea Grant, American Littoral Society, Alliance for a Living Ocean, ReClam the Bay, Surfrider Foundation - Jersey Shore Chapter and South Jersey Chapter, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), The Nature Conservancy - New Jersey Chapter, Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES), Urban Coast Institute and Green Fire Productions.

For a list of upcoming Ocean Frontiers III screenings and more information about the film series, visit www.ocean-frontiers.org.