In Loving Memory of our Friend George

Over 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left or abandoned in the seas and oceans each year. It is a major environmental problem that requires immediate attention. The Healthy Seas initiative works with volunteer divers to remove the plastic nets from the seas and makes sure they are regenerated to produce a sustainable new yarn. The film follows the divers on World Oceans Day during a mission in Santorini, Greece as they recover half a ton of ghost nets. During an unprecedented underwater live-stream, Pierre-Yves Cousteau described the mission to inspire the protection of the World’s Seas and Oceans.

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Healthy Seas: Mission in Santorini

Directed by: Artemis Samothrakis
Film Type: Documentary
Runtime: 22 minutes 37 seconds
Completion Date: October 31, 2019
Country of Filming: Greece
Film Language: English, Modern Greek

Winner of 2 Film Festival Awards

Thanks to:

Cousteau Divers
Pierre-Yves Cousteau
Noemie Stroh
Brad Bazemore
Brendan Walters
Athanasios Karaiannis

Ghost Fishing
Pascal van Erp
Ben Oortwijn
Nikos Karatzas
Areti Kominou
George Kolikis

Atlantis Diving Oia
Apostolos Stylianopoulos
Maria Fortes Vilaltella
Omar Almukhtar

Stefano Eretti
Romina Barelli

Healthy Seas volunteers
Thodoris Trigas
Eleni Blanda
Guido Paap

Special Thanks to:

Sunset Oia
The Municipality of Thira
The Goulandris Natural History Museum
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Malta National Aquarium
Fishermen Association of Santorini
Boatmen of Santorini
Primary School of Oia
Port Authority of Santorini
Santorini Marine Protected Area Association
TEDx Academy
Seascape Subsea Technology B.V.

George Papaspyrou
Gregory Pappas
Maria Salomidi
Lefteris Arapakis
Nano Marinatos
Thomas Moore
Kyriakos Prekas
Charis Tsevis
Alex Reichardt
Vangelis Paravas
Serco Eksiyan

An unprecedented live stream

Pierre-Yves Cousteau guided us underwater during a special mission in Santorini. It was a challenging feat which would not have been accomplished if it wasn’t for everyone’s dedication (and best of the best technical skills).
A curriculum recommendation for educators who want to teach their students about the ghost fishing phenomenon.

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