The Last Ocean

With stunning footage of Antarctica's unique landscapes and wildlife, The Last Ocean profiles the international battle over commercial fishing for Chilean Sea Bass in the Ross Sea, the last untouched ocean on earth.



Peter Young


New Zealand 



Running Time

53 mins 

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Last_Ocean__The_WEB.jpgThe Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. A vast, frozen landscape that teems with life; largely untouched by humans. Californian ecologist David Ainley has been studying this unique ecosystem for more than thirty years. This award-winning film reveals the impact of an international fishing fleet that has recently found its way to the Ross Sea. It is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean Sea Bass in up-market restaurants around the world and here in San Francisco. Ainley knows that unless fishing is stopped the natural balance of the Ross Sea will be lost forever. He rallies his fellow scientists and meets up with a Colorado nature photographer and New Zealand filmmaker who also share his passion. Together they form 'The Last Ocean' and begin a campaign taking on the commercial fishers and governments in a race to protect Earth's last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish.

Screening: June 1, 2014 at Roxie Theater. 

Panel Discussion: The Future of Fish
Where is your seafood from? Is it sustainably or even legally caught? With over 80% of seafood imported into the USA, what is a socially conscious seafood lover to do? Listen to a panel of experts discuss these and other issues around sustainable fishing. Includes Scientist Dr. David Ainley, California Academy of Sciences and The Last Ocean; Casson Trenor, Greenpeace sustainability program, owner Tataki Sustainable Sushi Restauraunts, and author of A Comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Sushi; Crystal Saunders, Fish Revolution; David McGuire, Founder, Shark Stewards; and specialists from the seafood trade.