The Stewards of the Wild Sea (2013) film has been announced as a finalist for best film in the category Conservation Innovation and Solutions for the 2014 Blue Ocean Film Festival that will take place November 3rd – 9th, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Directed by Bill Bayne, Produced by Hawk Rosales and April Bucksbaum, Stewards of the Wild Sea highlights the pivotal role that California north coast tribes played in protecting their ancestral fishing and gathering rights while participating in a unique Tribal-State partnership that brought about a dual victory for both the marine environment and north coast tribes. The film documents the participation of key California legislators, tribal leaders and stakeholders at the 10th World Wilderness Congress, a three day global forum held in Salamanca, Spain in October 2013. The 10th World Wilderness Congress offered an opportunity to share successes with international conservationists.
Stewards of the Wild Sea is the third film in a series made by Coyote Films and The Baum Foundation that illuminates the pioneering conservation efforts of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative in California as it created the first statewide network of 122 marine protected areas in the United States. The first in the series, A Sheltered Sea (2009) was the winner for the best film in the category of Ocean Conservation at the 2009 Blue Ocean Film Festival.