Friday, October 28, 2011

Shark Hope

On Monday, October 24, Shark Hope premiered at the Village 6 movie theaters in Suva, Fiji. Produced by the Coral Reef Alliance and The Pew Environment Group’s Global Shark Conservation Campaign, the film is an entirely Fijian effort that details the plight of sharks in Fiji, focuses on the importance of sharks to Fiji’s culture, economy and marine environment, and efforts to create a Fiji National Shark Sanctuary. The film stars local Fijian celebrity Ratu Manoa Rasigatale and the Gone Turaga Bale na Tui Cakau (Paramount Chief of Tovata Confederacy), Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu.
Pew Environment Group and Coral Reef Alliance Staff (from left to right): Moala Tokota'a, Helen Sykes, Jason Vasques, Manoa Rasagitale, Angelo Villagomez, and Kelly Thomas Brown.
The Fiji Times covered the premiere in a front page story the following day:
Attorney General (Acting Prime Minister) Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told guests last night at the launch of a locally shot shark conservation documentary, Shark Hope, that it would greatly assist government in its decisions on future policies regarding sharks.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum recommended the documentary to guests because it would provide them with a lot of information on the issue of shark conservation.
The mission now will be to get as many people to see the film as possible. If you are reading this, please do your part by sharing the Youtube link on your Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other social networking websites.

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