On the surface, it might seem like an ocean without sharks would be a more enjoyable place. But, these predators play a very important role in the ocean ecosystem and they need our protection just like many other ocean dwelling creatures.
Sharks have been at the top of the food chain for hundreds of millions of years, but today their populations are in danger because of human activities, such as overfishing and finning (this is when people catch sharks, remove the fins, and dump the carcass overboard).
Andrew P. Nosal, Ph. D, Birch Aquarium’s new DeLaCour Postdoctoral Fellow for Ecology and Conservation, shares his shark expertise and explains that all sharks are not the evil villains seen in movies, but are essential in maintaining a balanced ocean.
Wildlife conservation is a well established notion within Western culture, but convincing developing nations about its importance can be challenging.
Lisa Ballance, Director of the Marine Mammal and Turtle division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center explains that although the United States has implemented policies like the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, animals don’t understand and abide by geopolitical boundaries.
The mission of the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division is mainly to assess the status and trends of these animals’ health and livelihood within their ecosystem, as well as identify and mitigate threats and educate others on the science of conservation.
University of California’s Natural Reserve System (NRS) is a system of protected sites that broadly represent California’s rich ecological diversity. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a video tour of some of these pristine locations that, together, make up the largest university-operated system of natural reserves in the world.
New NRS programs will be available online on Earth Day–April 22–at our Earth Day website, where you’ll also find links to related topics like climate change, sustainability, “green” sciences, and much more.
We’re proud to announce that three UC-produced programs have received Bronze Telly Awards!
The World’s Most Endangered Forests: Tropical Dry Forests of Oceania Produced by first-time UCTV contributor Thomas Gillespie, professor of geography at UCLA, this half-hour documentary takes you to the beautiful southwest Pacific region of Oceania, where the forests have been reduced to less than one percent of their historic range. Professor Gillespie examines the biodiversity of woody plants and the local culture of some of the Pacific’s most threatened regions.
SummerFest 2009: Stewart Copeland, Composer
Produced by our sister channel at UC San Diego, UCSD-TV, this half-hour performance features original compositions by percussionist Stewart Copeland, best known as drummer for superstar rock band The Police. This is the first award for the SummerFest series and, after twelve years of partnering with La Jolla Music Society, we are confident it won’t be the last.
Opera Spotlight: Romeo and Juliet Also from UCSD-TV, this 30-minute program gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Opera’s 2010 production of Gounod’s Shakespeare-inspired masterpiece. This is the fifth award for the Opera Spotlight series, which UCSD-TV and San Diego Opera have co-produced since 1995 — including this year with San Diego Opera’s 2011 season.
UCTV programs are no stranger to the Telly Awards, having picked up fifteen of them since 2004. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web. Since 1978, their mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 31st Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.
Congratulations to our UC producers, program contributors and community partners!