Next Tuesday, 15th November, at 7.30 pm at the Rívoli cinema (Palma) – together with Club Ultima Hora Valores and IB3 Televisió de les Illes Balears – we will screen the first images of the documentary series Arxipèlag Blau and listen to one of the leading experts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems: biologist Enrique Ballesteros. After delivering his lecture Una visió personal del Mar Balear [A personal vision of the Balearic Sea], Ballesteros will participate in a round table with the photographer and documentary maker Agustí Torres and CSIC biologist and researcher, Emma Cebrián.
Crew during the filming of the documentary series Arxipèlag blau, in Fornells, Menorca. Photo: Miraprim.
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Aniol Esteban, director of Marilles, emphasises: ‘The event will ignite curiosity around the documentary series that we have produced with the regional television and enable us to listen and dialogue with champions-league experts. Ballesteros is an all-rounder in marine biology and it is an honour to have him speak and share his vast knowledge.’
The event will highlight the values and habitats that make the Balearic Sea unique, and discuss the priorities to guarantee its preservation. Cebrián, a research with the Centre for Advanced Studies in Blanes, focuses mainly on Mediterranean algae and their importance to the ecosystem. She is a pioneer in techniques for the restoration of Cystoseira meadows, a key algae for water quality which plays a very important role in the development of juvenile fish.
Joining them at the round table will be innovative cameraman Agustí Torres, who invented gadgets to film sequences and came up with unique solutions for the series. He is also the president of Shark Med, an organisation dedicated to shark conservation. In recent months, they have managed to film pelagic sharks in the Balearic Islands, among which they found around 20 blue sharks, half of which had hooks and lines. They are not a threatening species, but rather threatened one.