NatGeo Explorer Enric Sala Talks Ocean Emergency in Pristine Seas Doc [Exclusive Interview]

Enric Sala
Dr. Enric Sala formed Pristine Seas to save the oceans.

Enric Sala dedicated his life to saving the planet’s oceans. The planet only has a few years left to turn things around as changes in the ocean environment are drastically altering the ecosystems. That’ll spell disaster for all of us.

The NatGeo documentary Pristine Seas: The Power of Protection, the film tells the amazing story of NatGeo explorer Enric Sala and his team as they work in the conservation of the remaining “pristine” seas of the world.

Since its launch in 2008, the Pristine Seas program explored a small percentage of the wild oceans but managed in making an impact with the public and governments. Through its efforts, the Pristine Seas project convinced in protecting millions of square miles of the ocean with several governments.

Here’s the synopsis of the documentary:

Without water, life on Earth is impossible. It’s home to an incredible diversity of life and is critical to the health of our planet, giving us food, jobs, and more than half the oxygen we breathe. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala has made it his mission to explore and protect some of the last wild places in the ocean. Over the last decade, he’s helped safeguard over 5 million square kilometers of the world’s seas, but the fight continues to grow more urgent every day. From the coral reefs of Palau to the icebergs of the Russian Arctic to the kelp forests of the Juana Fernandez Islands, the one-hour special, Pristine Seas: The Power of Protection, follows Sala and his team of marine biologists, explorers, and filmmakers as they travel the globe in a crucial race to save our oceans before it’s too late.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with Dr. Enric Sala about the documentary and the urgency to save the oceans. Also, we discussed that the program is being considered for the $100 million MacArthur Award.

Enric Sala is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. He is a former university professor, who quit academia to be a full-time conservationist as the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded the Pristine Seas project, which to date, helped create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet. He won several awards, including the 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, and the 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy.

Pristine Seas: The Power of Protection premieres tonight at 8/7c on Nat Geo Wild.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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