State Of Our Seas | Circumnavigating Great Britain
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THE EXPEDITION

IN 2020 NESS KNIGHT WILL EMBARK ON A RESEARCH EXPEDITION TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE GREAT BRITAIN IN HER SAILING VESSEL RIGGED WITH MARINE CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY, BRINGING TOGETHER EXPLORATION, HUMAN ENDEAVOUR AND CONSERVATION.

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CIRCUMNAVIGATION

In 2020 the expedition’s circumnavigation stage will set sail from London, beneath Tower Bridge, and take the research and film team on a full circle of Great Britain exploring 3000 miles of UK and Irish coast and deep sea. The voyage will be split into four legs; the English Channel, the Irish Sea, the Atlantic Ocean (Scotland) and the North Sea. View the expedition route here

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RESEARCH

SV Baleen is a 32-foot vessel that will be fully rigged up with conservation technology. The expedition will team up with organisations specialising in an array of vital areas such as high-resolution images from space, to cutting edge conservation technology, to marine biologists living on-board SV Baleen leading dive missions to gather information on each investigation being filmed.

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EDUCATION

Ness will be collaborating with local and national organisations to run a series of talks to youth and the general public. Press and media will be involved locally, nationally and internationally. A website will be live with real-time tracking of the voyage and short videos all focussed on bringing together exploration, research, education and investigative journalism.

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DOCUMENTARY

The expedition will be captured in an online documentary series that captures our marine life, above and below the water, in all it’s beauty. Interviews will be held with government officials, oceanographers, corporations, fishermen and salmon farmers, economists, the public, marine biologists, world renowned divers, leading conservationists, investors, entrepreneurs and lab researchers.

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INVESTIGATING KEY STORIES

We have a great diversity of species in our seas to celebrate, capture and share during the research expedition. Their wonder as well as their vulnerability will be filmed, photographed and shared during the expedition. The successes and the challenges will all be uncovered. The seas surrounding Britain and Ireland are a fragile yet extraordinary underwater world teeming with a diverse array of plant and marine life but that includes over thirty critically endangered, threatened and vulnerable species. The angel shark has already been declared Extinct in the North Sea and is listed as Critically Endangered globally. What does the next 50 years look like? And who are the people on the frontlines making sure the future of these creatures are safeguarded?

 

From sheltered sea lochs to wild open waters, from seaweed beds to deepwater coral, ecosystems are on the brink of breaking. What are the most promising solutions to sustainable – and viable – co-existence with our seas and waterways? This hard-hitting documentary and in-depth research will investigate the answers to the most complex and controversial marine protection questions. 

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EXPEDITION OBJECTIVES

THE ISSUES

Ness and her team will be delving into investigations into; marine conservation zone policy management, microfibres, toxicity levels of agrochemicals and their effects on our seas. The team will look to capture the incredible diversity of shark and cetacean species, and celebrate the weird and wonderful species that call our seas home.

THE TEAMS

The teams and organisations involved in the expedition are critical to its success. The expedition is teaming up with a top UK university’s marine biology research lab to understand the state of our seas. Ness’ expedition team will involve the public and schools, as well as ensure media coverage around the research findings and marine life footage.

THE SOLUTIONS

Citizen science, marine biology research teams, industry and government are all important cogs in turning the tide on the issues our seas and oceans are up against. Ness will seek to understand the solutions, filming with engineers and scientists, industry and policy-makers, uncovering the current efforts for a sustainable and viable future.