Beach Watch

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Program 6: Surviving in the Lagoon
Cowell Theatre Sat, Mar 9, 2019 10:00 AM
This stunning film takes us on an adventure to the most remote atolls of French Polynesia in the middle of the immense Pacific Ocean. The lagoons are like passageways between two worlds, breaches in the coral that allow communication with the ocean. Follow the convict surgeonfish from larval growth to adult spawning to discover the impressive life journey of this iconic marine species. —GC
Film Info
Marine Sciences/Wildlife
San Francisco Bay Area Filmmaker
Country:United States
Running Time:5 min
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Director:Mary Jane Schramm*
Producer:Mary Jane Schramm
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Screenwriter:Mary Jane Schramm
Cast:Sylvia Earle
Ph. D.


When coastal science is needed for ocean protection, NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary biologists team up with the public to construct a revealing record of long-term conditions and changes: our Blue Planet’s emerging “new norms.” Dr. Sylvia Earle describes how, during oil spills, or tracking mysterious wildlife deaths, sleuthing for the sea can further conservation—and be incredibly rewarding! —MJS

Additional Information

Mary Jane (MJ) Schramm is Media and Communications liaison for Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in San Francisco, and has worked for over three decades in the field of ocean conservation. MJ's field experience includes work aboard NOAA ships and other research vessels in the California Current Ecosystem and the Bahamas, focusing on whales, dolphins, seabirds and marine invertebrates. She assisted with bird and mammal surveys during research cruises for NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and shipwreck investigations off San Francisco and the Sonoma/Mendocino coast. She has also done whale photo-identification for Cascadia Research Collective, and on the Farallon Islands off San Francisco, has tagged and tracked reproductive success among female elephant seals with Pt. Bluel Conservation Science. MJ has nearly a decade in marine mammal rescue and as Public Relations Director at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, and she is currently a responder with NOAA’s Large Whale Disentanglement team. A science communicator and whale watch naturalist, she is co-author of "West Coast Whale Watching" (HarperCollins West, 1995), and is a regular contributor to publications on marine life.