More than 50 students, faculty and local residents provided filmmakers Karen and Ralf Meyers a very warm Eastern welcome at the Connecticut premiere of "Ocean Frontiers II" on Oct. 30. The new documentary from Green Fire Productions highlights success stories in a field known as marine spatial planning, which focuses on the sustainable management of marine resources.
Ocean Frontiers II is the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions, and brings audiences face-to-face with those now embarking on the nation's first multi-state ocean plan. The film prominently features the recently completed Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan, on which Bryan Oakley, assistant professor of environmental earth science, worked on aspects relating to the geology of Rhode Island and Block Island Sounds. Ocean Frontiers II is an inspiring story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and healthier seas across New England. Marine spatial planning is a hot button issue in many circles, and incorporates a multitude of uses for water bodies, as well as aspects of the geology, biology and ecology of the region. After the film, there was a discussion with the filmmakers and Oakley and Steve Nathan, assistant professor of environmental earth science. The event was organized by the School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Environmental Earth Science.