A new scheme designed to educate the community about the wonders of the Virgin Islands marine environment, the University of the Virgin Islands present “Learning to Sea – The USVI,” a 13-week underwater experience to be featured during TV2’s News 2 program. Beginning Wednesday, July 6 .
Every Wednesday, TV2 will air a three-minute episode during its 7 p.m. news program. Each episode will feature a marine animal in its natural habitat, filmed in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and accompanied with narration and original music composed by local artists. The series has been produced by multiple award-winning, underwater documentary maker Ziggy Livnat, the founder of For the Sea Productions.
Mr Livnat, his team and a UVI research team has acquired unique footage for this project over the past 18 months. This has required many hours of filming in Virgin Islands waters, often at night, and at depths of up to 150 feet. “The islands depend on the ocean in many ways. We need a healthy marine environment,” Livnat said. “Understanding what is around us will raise awareness and help us conserve it for the good of us all.”
In addition to the television series, six newspaper articles will be published over time to inform readers of seasonally relevant happenings in the marine environment, including grouper spawning activities and issues related to lobster and conch fishing.