A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending the BLUE Oceans Festival at Monterey, CA. BLUE is a biennial festival that in just two seasons has become regarded as the premiere ocean film festival by combining ocean films, an industry conference and a conservation summit unlike any other event in the world.
I participated in discussions about Deep Ocean explorations, as a part of our work in the Gulf of California Mexico (Log of the Deep Sea). I was also representing one of the photographers associated with the International League of Conservation Photographers.
This year over 100 finalist films were presented during this event, and several celebrities came to present their work about ocean conservation, marine research, and science communication. The presence of Sylvia Earl, Jean Michele Cousteau, Celine and Fabian Cousteau, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Captain Don Walsh, James Cameron, together with renowned scientists and conservationists including Greg Stone, Robert Ballard, and my colleague at Scripps Dr. Doug Bartlett, brought to BLUE the passion and dedication for our ocean.
BLUE is a great forum to communicate what is happening with the oceans. We need more BLUEs around the world, because oceans are facing serious problems but, more importantly, there are a lot of amazing and successful stories about changing degradation into healthy oceans that should be communicated on a global scale.
Soon, you will be able to watch online the 2012 winners at BLUE website. In the meantime, enjoy the best of the 2010 festival.
Author Octavio Aburto-Oropeza. Octavio is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the 2010 recipient of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Fellowship, and a professional photographer associate with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Dr. Aburto-Oropeza obtained his PhD at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, and was awarded the Jean Fort Award by the University of California, San Diego, for his significant contribution to an issue of public concern through his doctoral research. His research has focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, and the U.S.