Last live showings of “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” documentary raises over $10,000 for Bahamas National Trust

Gala opening night of “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” at Cobb Theatres in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Left-to-right: Neil McKinney, president Bahamas National Trust; Dr. Guy Harvey; Natasha Wright, Director of Development Bahamas National Trust; Jim Abernethy; Jeffrey Berman, Berman Enterprises LP; Eric Carey, Executive Director of Bahamas National Trust.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — The award-winning shark documentary, This is Your Ocean: Sharks, which completed its national tour with a series of final live showings in Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter last month, raised over $10,000 to benefit the Bahamas National Trust’s efforts to protect sharks.

Two of the film’s stars – celebrated marine artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and shark expert and diver Jim Abernethy – along with Emmy award winning director George C. Schellenger, attended the final showing on March 22nd, which also featured a live auction of Harvey’s artwork and Abernethy’s photographs.

This Is Your Ocean: Sharks was part of a campaign led by the Bahamas National Trust encouraging the Bahamian government to increase protection of sharks in their federal waters. This campaign resulted in the prohibition of all commercial shark fishing in its more than 240,000 square miles of territorial waters.

This is Your Ocean: Sharks, which premiered last year at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, reveals up close the misconceptions and myths surrounding these misunderstood predators of the sea and promotes global shark conservation. Millions of sharks are killed each year in the shark-fin trade to satisfy the global appetite for shark-fin soup.

The film’s director, George Schellenger, said following the Palm Beach County live showings that the documentary will be available in the near future for home audiences via Blu Ray, DVD and online.

Read more about This is Your Ocean: Sharks  on the This is Your Ocean website, and watch the trailer below.

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