Earth Report "Blast" Airing
on BBC World May 19, 2007
D.C., 11 May 2007 BBC World presents Blast,
an Earth Report documentary that chronicles the ongoing battle between
blast fishers in the Philippines and the brave individuals risking
their lives to stop them.
homemade explosives to kill fish may provide an easy answer for
poverty-stricken fishermen, but the rich biodiversity of the Visayan
Sea, as well as future sources of food for the people of the Philippines,
are quickly being depleted because of their use.
2004, after recognizing that declaring blast fishing illegal was
not enough to deter fishermen, concerned conservationist and local
government official Jo Jo de la Victoria teamed up with INECE member
and fellow Filipino Tony Oposa to form the Visayan Sea Squadron.
Their mission was to patrol the Visayan sea for blast fishermen
and to educate Filipinos on the importance of sustainable fishing
success of the Visayan Sea Squadron in protecting the sea angered
many in the fishing community. In April of 2006, involvement in
the blast fishing project proved fatal for Jo Jo. He was shot and
killed by a hired assassin.
Jo de la Victoria's murder shocked and saddened all of us," said
Durwood Zaelke, Director of the INECE Secretariat. "But his heroism,
Tony Oposa's, as evident through this poignant film, continue to
inspire those around the world fighting similar battles." Zaelke
added, "This is the first film in the INECE Eco-Enforcers series.
The series will show the hidden heroes of environmental compliance
and enforcement, and their courageous efforts to protect our environment
and build the rule of law."
was shot on location in the Visayan Sea, the Philippines, and follows
the story of these two remarkable local environmental activists
as they fight to rid their seas of the blast fishing scourge.
Report is produced by the Television Trust for the Environment and
is BBC Worlds premier environmental series viewed by millions
worldwide. "Blast" was written and directed by filmmaker
Douglas Varchol and sponsored in part by the International Network
for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement and the Institute for
Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD).
film will be broadcast on BBC World Saturday, 19 May at 9:30 and
16:30 GMT, and on Sunday, 20 May at 2:30, 13:30, and 20:30. Please
check your BBC World station for local screenings.