Save Our Marine Life
Save Our Marine Life

The Sea & Me

The Sea & Me, a new film documenting the extraordinary seas surrounding Australia and the inspiring people who look after it, has been touring the nation’s coastal communities.

This breathtaking exploration of our big blue backyard was put together by two award-winning young filmmakers from Bluebottle Films. Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood toured around Australia’s coast interviewing communities, business owners, fishers, divers and researchers and documenting flagship species like the charismatic manta rays of Ningaloo Reef, the prized coral trout of the Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania’s valuable rock lobsters.

The Sea & Me visits communities where marine sanctuaries have been in place for up to 20 years and shares the success stories of world class conservation and recreation working hand in hand.

Following 16 packed-out screenings around Australia, local communities are now getting together to organise their own local events. If you’re interested in hosting a screening, please email us on info@saveourmarinelife.org.au

Get to know The Sea & Me coastal communities

Can’t wait to see The Sea & Me? Check out these vignettes featuring some of the nation’s coastal caretakers.

Bill’s Bounty

Fisherman Bill Sawynok was ahead of his time back in the 1990s when he brought the fun of recreational fishing and science together.
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He trains his fishing group to target and collect the fish identifications of many species, has worked with leading scientists, and it was his group’s data which contributed to the design of the sanctuary zone off Yeppoon in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Today, the fishing community around Rockhampton and Yeppoon are a model for other towns in Australia when it comes to taking a stewardship role in designing and caring for marine parks.

Produced & Directed by James Sherwood & Danielle Ryan of Bluebottle Films – for the Save Our Marine Life Alliance

Warroora’s salty oasis

Pastoralist Leonie McLeod hopes to keep her property, which borders Ningaloo Marine Park, a pristine paradise for the world to see.
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Leonie tries to do her bit for the planet by lowering the recreational fishing catch limit on her property for the many campers who visit her place, she has hired care takers who make sure campers don’t fish in the recreational fishing zones, and she has spent a lot of money on restoring coastal vegetation which helps to prevent run off onto the reef.

Produced & directed by Bluebottle Films for the Save Our Marine Life Alliance

 

Fishing in the Gargul

Gumbaynggirr elder and local fisherman Mark Flanders tells the story about his peoples’ relationship with the sea and how marine parks are looking after the marine environment like his people have been doing for thousands of years.
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Produced & Directed by James Sherwood & Danielle Ryan of Bluebottle Films – for the Save Our Marine Life Alliance

Hooked on diving

Nigel Hayward never thought of the impact he had on the ocean as a fisherman until the day he went diving.
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Today, he still loves fishing, but believes it is his duty as a father to share his knowledge with his children on sustainable fishing and on the important role marine parks have to play in preserving the underwater world. He now also works as a dive guide at Let’s Go Adventures in Nelson Bay.

Produced & directed by Bluebottle Films for the Save Our Marine Life Alliance

 

With change comes opportunity

Winner of the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award as a part of the 2015 MY HERO Film Festival.
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Rob Pennicott was disappointed the day his local fishing spot was turned into a marine park. Today, Rob says his fishing tourism business, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, is reliant not just on good fisheries management, but on the longevity of marine park areas in Tasmania.

Searching for Trout

One hundred dives in six weeks. That is how many dives Researcher David Williamson made on his field trip from the Whitsundays to the Palm Islands to monitor the health of coral trout stocks.
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His life is not only full of adventure, David is finding some ground-breaking, positives results, which show the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is working.

David is a research fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University based in Townsville.

Produced & directed by Bluebottle Films for the Save Our Marine Life Alliance

 

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