Science and Nature

Saving the Ocean

Renowned marine biologist and writer Carl Safina, founder of the Blue Ocean Institute, takes viewers around the globe to bring back good news from the world's oceans.

Scourge of the Lionfish

26m 47s

Lionfish are beautiful, colorful reef fish found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans — that’s the good news. The bad news is they’re now found all over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic coasts of North and South America as well. Alien to those waters, lionfish are the perfect invasive species — aggressive, without predators, prolific breeders and tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

Episodes

  • Scourge of the Lionfish: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Scourge of the Lionfish

    S1 E10 - 26m 47s

    Lionfish are beautiful, colorful reef fish found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans — that’s the good news. The bad news is they’re now found all over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic coasts of North and South America as well. Alien to those waters, lionfish are the perfect invasive species — aggressive, without predators, prolific breeders and tolerant of a wide range of conditions.

  • Cod Comeback? : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cod Comeback?

    S1 E9 - 25m 54s

    In the rich fishing grounds of New England and Canada, it seemed as if cod would never run out — until they did. Fishing communities from Newfoundland to Massachusetts fell apart. Widespread closures in the 1990s aimed to let the cod recover, but it’s been a long wait. Carl Safina goes fishing to find some of the first signs that the famous codfish just might, indeed, be coming back.

  • Trinidad's Turtle Giants: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trinidad's Turtle Giants

    S1 E8 - 25m 55s

    After local leaders launched a crusade to end the slaughter of Trinidad’s thousand-pound leatherback turtles, the turtles were transformed from shark bait to tourist attraction. Now Trinidad’s beaches support 80 percent of the entire Caribbean’s leatherbacks and nearby villages make a great living catering to the visitors.

  • River of Kings, Part 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    River of Kings, Part 2

    S1 E7 - 25m 56s

    The conclusion of this two-part episode examines the huge project now restoring the Nisqually River, from its source on Mount Rainier to the estuary in Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually Indian tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon.

  • River of Kings, Part 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    River of Kings, Part 1

    S1 E6 - 25m 56s

    This two-parter examines the huge project now restoring the Nisqually River, from its source on Mount Rainier to the estuary in Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually Indian tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon.

  • Swordfish! Part 2: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Swordfish! Part 2

    S1 E5 - 25m 55s

    In the second part of this two-part special, Carl Safina goes to sea with some of the last remaining swordfish harpooners to experience firsthand one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries and to find out why swordfish are the world’s best big-fish comeback story.

  • Swordfish! Part 1: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Swordfish! Part 1

    S1 E4 - 25m 55s

    In a two-part special, Carl Safina goes to sea with some of the last remaining swordfish harpooners to experience firsthand one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries and to find out why swordfish are the world’s best big-fish comeback story.

  • Destination Baja: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Destination Baja

    S1 E3 - 26m 46s

    This is the remarkable story of how local fishing people in Baja California, Mexico, stopped hunting “devil-fish” - actually gray whales - and instead developed a whale-watching co-op that now caters to tourists from all over the world. They’re also getting rich by setting fishing rules for themselves that are stricter than the government regulations.

  • The Sacred Island: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Sacred Island

    S1 E2 - 26m 47s

    "The Sacred Island" takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villagers fought a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation.

  • Shark Reef: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shark Reef

    S1 E1 - 26m 47s

    Shark Reef profiles innovative efforts to protect sharks from the devastating effects of the global shark fin trade.

Extras + Features

  • Scourge of the Lionfish - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Scourge of the Lionfish - Preview

    S1 E10 - 30s

    Diving in the Bahamas to help clear lionfish from reefs, sitting down to a lionfish dinner in the Yucatan and joining a lionfish-only fishing derby in Florida, Carl Safina learns how people are fighting back. Airs January 2013 (check your local listings)

  • Cod Comeback? - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cod Comeback? - Preview

    S1 E9 - 30s

    In the rich fishing grounds of New England and Canada, it seemed as if cod would never run out — until they did. Fishing communities from Newfoundland to Massachusetts fell apart. Widespread closures in the 1990s aimed to let the cod recover, but it’s been a long wait. Carl Safina goes fishing to find some of the first signs that the famous codfish just might, indeed, be coming back.

  • Trinidad's Turtle Giants - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trinidad's Turtle Giants - Preview

    S1 E8 - 30s

    After local leaders launched a crusade to end the slaughter of Trinidad’s thousand-pound leatherback turtles, the turtles were transformed from shark bait to tourist attraction. Now Trinidad’s beaches support 80 percent of the entire Caribbean’s leatherbacks and nearby villages make a great living catering to the visitors.

  • River of Kings - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    River of Kings - Preview

    S1 E6 - 30s

    In the first of two parts, examine the huge project now restoring the Nisqually River, from its source on Mount Rainier to the estuary in Puget Sound. Led by the Nisqually Indian tribe, the restoration aims to fill the river once again with abundant, magnificent wild salmon.

  • Swordfish! - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Swordfish! - Preview

    S1 E4 - 30s

    In a two-part special, Carl Safina goes to sea with some of the last remaining swordfish harpooners to experience firsthand one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries and to find out why swordfish are the world’s best big-fish comeback story.

  • Destination Baja - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Destination Baja - Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    This is the remarkable story of how local fishing people in Baja California, Mexico, stopped hunting “devil-fish” - actually gray whales - and instead developed a whale-watching co-op that now caters to tourists from all over the world. They’re also getting rich by setting fishing rules for themselves that are stricter than the government regulations.

  • The Sacred Island - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Sacred Island - Preview

    S1 E2 - 31s

    "The Sacred Island" takes viewers to Zanzibar, off the East African coast, where local villagers fought a resort development in their pristine reefs and lagoons through a combination of activism, education, and regulation.

  • Shark Reef - Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shark Reef - Preview

    S1 E1 - 31s

    Shark Reef profiles innovative efforts to protect sharks from the devastating effects of the global shark fin trade.

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