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Published on May 9, 2017 1:28PM

A scene from

A scene from "Ocean Frontiers III"

The fight for healthy oceans, robust ocean economies and a sustainable future will play out on the big screen in Yachats on Wednesday, May 17, with a screening of “Ocean Frontiers III.”

The release of the Green Fire Productions documentary coincides with the implementation of the nation’s first ocean plans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The plans, which are based on the most comprehensive database of scientific and ocean-use information ever compiled across the regions, will help manage the ocean’s many uses, including shipping, recreation, fishing, offshore energy and wildlife habitat protection.

“Ocean planning is essential for protecting the health and resilience of our oceans,” said Karen Meyer, executive director of Green Fire Productions and the film’s producer. “With ocean planning underway along the West Coast, it’s important to see what people have done in other parts of the country. Much can be learned from the work that was done on the Atlantic and many of the issues are the same on both coasts.”

“Ocean Frontiers III” explores the intersection of national security, marine commerce, recreation and conservation. It also dives deeper into expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture. The film allows viewers to witness an unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders — including fishermen, coastal planners, military officials, Native American leaders, environmental advocates, scientists and wind energy executives — who are working to manage and balance all the uses of the ocean so it can thrive for generations to come.

The award-winning film series follows North American ocean planning from its early days, highlighting the use of new ocean data and extensive stakeholder input to keep national security strong, the economy growing and ocean habitats protected.

“There’s a huge amount of pride in the work that’s been done to identify solutions that benefit our communities, our economy and our ocean,” Meyer said. “I’m inspired by all of the people who are part of this collaborative effort and are leading the way to a sustainable and thriving ocean.”

The May 17 event will take place at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N., with a light reception at 5 pm, followed by the screening at 6 pm, and a Q&A at 7 pm.

The event is free, but guests should RSVP online at http://bit.ly/OF3Yachats.

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