The award-winning documentary film “Healthy Seas: Mission in Santorini” follows diving volunteers recovering half a ton of ghost nets — nets which have been left or lost by fishermen — from the seabed during a mission in Santorini on World Oceans Day.
During an unprecedented underwater live-stream, renowned diver Pierre-Yves Cousteau described the mission to inspire the protection of the world’s seas and oceans.
Directed by Artemis Samothrakis, the 22-minute short documentary includes interviews from Cousteau; Nano Marinatos, professor at the University of Illinois and daughter of famous archeologist Spyridon Marinatos; Dr. Maria Salomidi of the Hellenic Center of Marine Research and Lefteris Arapakis who was recognized by the United Nations in 2020 as Young Champion of the Earth for Europe.
The documentary was narrated by Gregory C. Pappas, publisher of The Pappas Post and founder of the Greek America Foundation, who supported this cause with an in-kind donation of his voice talent and time.
More than 640,000 tons of fishing gear is estimated to be lost or abandoned in the seas and oceans each year. It is a major environmental problem that requires immediate attention. Healthy Seas works with volunteer divers to remove the so-called “ghost nets” from the seas and ensures the nylon parts are regenerated into ECONYL nylon yarn, the basis for new sustainable products such as swimwear, activewear, socks and carpets.
The film is streaming for free and is available to watch on YouTube. Click here to watch.
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