The Great West Coast Migration
A Benefit for Sharks and Oceans
Portland – July 20 – 22, 2012
Grass Hut Gallery
400 NW Couch St,
Portland, OR 97209
Some of the participating local artists Amy Ruppel, Ryan Berkley, Bwana Spoons, APAK, Meg Adamson and Scrappers.
Tokyo, Japan(June 2012) – In the spirit of ocean conservation the international non-profit organization,
PangeaSeed, is ramping up its 2012 summer activities in the United States with a west coast art exhibition tour. Tailored to address one the biggest threats facing the health of the world’s oceans today, the rapid mass depletion of sharks, PangeaSeed aims to expand the public’s knowledge of the inhumane practice of shark finning and its deep impact on the health of our oceans.
In the cruel process of shark finning, primarily practiced in Asia but also in other parts of the world, sharks are killed solely for their fins to satisfy an unsustainable appetite for shark fin soup. The shark is hooked and brought aboard the boat where its fins are then cut off and the still alive but limbless animal is tossed back into the sea to drown.
With each minute that passes close to 200 sharks are killed, adding up to an astonishing 73 million deaths each year. Scientists estimate that global fish stocks will be in full collapse by 2048 if current consumption and destructive fishing practices continue. But even more shocking is the concern that the majority of the ocean’s shark species could be extinct within the next 10-20 years.
PangeaSeed, with an inclusive approach to spreading its message by engaging audiences through the mediums of art, photography, film, music and discussion, will embark on a series of art exhibitions held at a variety of forward-looking, socially-conscious galleries located along the United States’ west coast. The pioneering tour kicks off in mid-July in Seattle, Washington, and will then continue onto Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, California, and culminate in San Diego, California, in mid-August.
“We are very excited to showcase a robust fund-raising art collection featuring works contributed by more than 100 internationally renowned artists, graphic designers, filmmakers and photographers created specifically for this special event. Every piece shares a common theme, the beauty of sharks and the dire threats to their survival. Our exhibition will include major personalities including Dave Kinsey, Sylvia Ji, Greg Simkins, and Kelly Allen. Furthermore, many of our globally-based artist friends will be premiering their works for the first time ever in the United States” said Tre’ L. Packard, managing director of PangeaSeed. A percentage of the proceeds from the summer exhibitions will also help in aiding the startup of PangeaSeed’s inaugural west coast chapter whose mission and efforts will help further fundraising to keep sharks afloat on the west coast and around the world.
In addition to these art exhibitions and the expansion of its network of local chapters, PangeaSeed is collaborating with the acclaimed Beneath the Waves Film Festival to screen a series of award-winning short films on specially selected evenings at select stop of the tour. These films highlight some of the world’s most pressing marine-related issues ranging from the devastation caused by overfishing to the negative impact of plastics on our oceans and the effects of pollution throughout the world.
“Along the way we will be speaking and holding workshops at schools, universities, and with conservation organizations. We also plan to take the opportunity to interview local politicians, conservationists, artists, children, chefs and those who work in the fishing industry so that we may raise awareness in a variety of mission-critical circles,” said Packard. “The aim is to not only to raise awareness on the issue through these activities, but to document how the U.S. west coast is dealing with the recently passed bills that ban the sale, possession and trade of shark fins. These interactions will be filmed and produced as documentary providing much needed research, evidence and inspiration for other communities moving towards legitimate protection of shark species.”
“We strongly believe the tour has the potential to greatly impact the local community in each city in a variety of areas including environmental education, sustainability, and cross-cultural communication, and we’re thrilled with the opportunities we’ve been given to bring our message to the public. Via our summer events PangeaSeed aims to open the eyes, minds and hearts of our neighbors and bring to the forefront the ecological and
environmental problems that continue to be overlooked both domestically and around the globe. Furthermore, we are confident that such an event will help expand and educate our international network of supporters so that we may continue our quest to protect our fragile blue planet.”
PangeaSeed (pangeaseed.org) is an international grassroots organization founded in Tokyo, Japan dedicated to educating and raising global awareness on the plight of sharks and the destruction of their habitat. Through volunteer activism, research, and the various mediums of art, music, film, and photography, PangeaSeed aims to create an open dialog with the global community to develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect sharks and the oceans. PangeaSeed is the first organization in Japan to raise public awareness regarding shark conservation and preservation. We rely on the generosity of our supporters.