David Hannan – Ocean Ark Alliance
Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Ocean Ark Alliance, David Hannan joined the Malpelo Patrol Project as as a key development partner in September 2016. David is a very difficult man to impress when it comes to the underwater world, having spent the past 40 years diving the world’s oceans and filming celebrated documentaries such as National Geographic’s ‘The Great Migrations‘ and the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet‘. Yet, upon first laying his eyes on Malpelo’s incredible ecosystem, David was so bewitched by the phenomenal concentration of sharks and other pelagic life, that he decided to make the protection of Malpelo one of his life’s key priorities.
“Knowing is the key to caring, and care for the ocean is at the heart of the urgent message to everyone, everywhere.”
David Hannan with Yann Arthus Bertrand, creator of films ‘Planet Ocean’ & ‘Home’ and Prince Albert II of Monaco at Rio +20 Earth Summit.
Through the Ocean Ark Alliance, David will lead the Malpelo Patrol Project’s educational outreach programs by working with the world’s leading museums and aquariums to foster greater awareness for the need to protect Malpelo’s unique ecosystem. In addition, David is also in charge of media development and has generated keen interest from some of the world’s leading marine conservationists and ‘feature documentary’ producers to bring footage of Malpelo’s amazing wildlife to living rooms around the world.
Ocean Ark Alliance (OAA) is a Not For Profit organisation, based in Australia, dedicated to supporting, sponsoring and promoting marine education and the conservation of oceanic environments. OAA is part of a global network of Development Partners that includes world-renowned marine scientists, researchers, undersea explorers, multi-award-winning film-makers and photographers, marine artists and media specialists, educators, conservation organisations and a diverse range of business organisations.