Showings of “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” Documentary Raises Over $10,000 for Bahamas National Trust

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL—APRIL 6, 2012— The award-winning shark documentary, This is Your Ocean: Sharks, which completed its national tour with a series of final live showings in Palm Beach County last month, raised over $10,000 to benefit the Bahamas National Trust’s efforts to protect sharks.

Two of the film’s stars – celebrated marine artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and shark expert and diver Jim Abernethy – along with Emmy award winning director George C. Schellenger, attended the final showing on March 22nd, which also featured a live auction of Harvey’s artwork and Abernethy’s photographs.

This Is Your Ocean: Sharks was part of a campaign led by the Bahamas National Trust encouraging the Bahamian government to increase protection of sharks in their federal waters. This campaign resulted in the prohibition of all commercial shark fishing in its more than 240,000 square miles of territorial waters.

This is Your Ocean: Sharks, which premiered last year at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, reveals up close the misconceptions and myths surrounding these misunderstood predators of the sea and promotes global shark conservation.  Millions of sharks are killed each year in the shark-fin trade to satisfy the global appetite for shark-fin soup.

Instrumental in bringing the shark documentary to Palm Beach was Jeffrey Berman, whose company, Berman Enterprises LP, owns and manages Downtown at the Gardens, where the gala Palm Beach premier was held at Cobb Theatres 16. The film was shown through the following week at two Cobb Theatres locations.  Cobb generously donated the theatres for the showings.

The film’s director, George Schellenger, said following the Palm Beach County live showings that the documentary will be available in the near future for home audiences via Blu Ray, DVD and downloads.

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