Last summer we teamed up with Beneath the Waves Film Festival to show several short films in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. They have several more showings come up this year in countries around the world. Do you live in any of the towns listed above? More information on the showings can be found at beneaththewavesfilmfest.org.
We are excited that our short film Sharkwater Saipan will be shown at the screenings in Perth, Australia later this month. The event is being organized by Ryan Kempster, a student at University of Western Australia, and it will be hosted in conjunction with Support our Sharks.
Produced by Rob Stewart and Angelo Villagomez, Sharkwater Saipan tells the story of Kathy Pagapular's sixth grade class at San Vicente Elementary School and how a class project led to the world's second shark fin trade ban. The video features interviews with Kathy and the students, as well as Representative Diego Benavente and Beautify CNMI's Cinta Kaipat.
Unfortunately, all that hard work to get the Northern Mariana Island's law (as well as nine others) in place could be unraveled by an implementing rule of the United States Shark Conservation Act that is buried in the pages of the Federal Register. Our conservation partners are conducting legal reviews and preparing ways for you to provide testimony to keep this from happening. Stay tuned.