Palau received recognition as “a model for other oceanic countries across the globe” in a recently released documentary series on ocean conservation titled “Ocean Warriors.”
Hollywood actor Robert Redford and one of Microsoft’s founders Paul Allen are the executive producers of the Animal Planet series that premiered on Dec. 4. The series traces activists, journalists and scientists working to fight poachers and organized crime in oceans across the globe.
Palau is featured in Episode 3 of the six-episode series that aired for nine weeks.
The producers brought a three-man film crew from the U.S. to film in Palau. Lightning Strike Productions — the Palau-based underwater, drone and aerial photography and film business of Richard W. Brooks — provided on-ground assistance and assisted with underwater and drone footage as well.
Katie Carpenter, one of the producers of the show, said Palau is showcased in the series “as an important pioneer in marine sanctuary creation and protection.”
Palau was also lauded for its commitment and dedication to fighting poachers in its sea.
One of the project’s journalists spent several days in Palau in 2016 talking to Palau President Thomas E. Remengesau Jr. and aboard the PSS Remeliik — the lone patrol boat of Palau.
“Ocean Warriors” won the Genesis Award in April as the best television documentary series in America. The Humane Society of the United States presents the Genesis Awards annually to individuals in the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.
The series was produced in collaboration with Sundance Productions, Brick City TV and Vulcan Productions and can be viewed at http://www.vulcanproductions.com
Filmmakers and journalists spent several days abouard the PSS Remeliik for the documentary “Ocean Warriors.”