Documentary proceeds go to shark protection effort

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The award-winning nature documentary, “This is Your Ocean: Sharks,” completes its national tour with a series of final live showings in Florida’s Palm Beach County starting March 21 with an event at Cobb Theatres 16 at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens.

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The film’s stars — marine artists and conservationists Dr. Guy Harvey and Wyland along with shark expert and diver Jim Abernathy and director George C. Schellenger — are scheduled to attend the first showing, which will also feature a live auction of the artists’ original art. Tickets for the evening, which include light hors d'oeuvres and wine, are priced at $22.

All of the net proceeds from the gala opening and subsequent showings of the film at both Cobb Theatres 16 at Downtown at the Gardens and Cobb Theaters 18 in Jupiter are being donated to the Bahamas National Trust which recently headed a campaign resulting in the Government of the Bahamas prohibiting all commercial shark fishing in its more than 240,000 square miles of territorial waters. The Bahamas is the fourth country to ban shark fishing after Honduras, the Maldives and Palau.

“Many countries have seen their populations of sharks annihilated by commercial over-exploitation,” said Harvey. “Research has shown that shark populations do not recover. Other countries will take encouragement from the Bahamas’ very bold move. They are realizing very quickly the value of the living shark in maintaining the health of reef ecosystems.”

Read more about This is Your Ocean: Sharks at http://www.thisisyourocean.com/thefilm.html, and watch the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPdZVnkoMCM.

For information on tickets for the evening event and subsequent showings, call Kendall Rumsey at (561) 727-2640, e-mail info@downtownatthegardens.com or visit www.downtownatthegardens.com.