Ocean Treks in the Dominican Republic with Jeff Corwin will air this Saturday, November 5th on ABC in 72 countries. If you are in the Dominican Republic currently, you can tune in to Channel 155 at 10:30 am Saturday morning.
The famous conservationist, television host, and producer, Jeff Corwin, cruises (literally) to the Dominican Republic in search of hidden, natural treasures in an episode of a new TV series called Ocean Treks. The brainchild of mega-corporation, Carnival Corp., the series is one of three original series’ airing on three different major networks, all produced with the intention of expanding the market for cruise vacations by “visiting the greatest port cities on the planet.”
On the episode airing this Saturday, November 5th, Jeff arrives at the brand new, state of the art Amber Cove in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic aboard Carnival’s newest venture, a “voluntourism” cruise line named Fathom. When he disembarks, he heads off on an excursion to visit some of our region’s prized attractions like the majestic 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua and the ancient caves of El Choco National Park.
Closer to home, Corwin ends up on a dive with our friends over at the Sosua Bay Rejuvenation Project—a group of divers dedicated to preserving and enhancing the life in the ocean in Sosua though coral restoration, coral nurseries, and environmental cleanups. The divers also work with the community to identify and reduce land-based stressors and to educate the public on the health of our oceans.
There has been speculation surrounding the $100 million port since its inception. A year after the grand opening (Nov. 2, 2016), most businesses in the surrounding area are yet to report a surge in revenue due to the added tourist attraction. That being said, the port seems to have prompted the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism to ramp up its marketing focus on the North Coast a.k.a. “The Adventure Capital of the Caribbean” as a whole, and hopefully that will be good for local businesses. As diver and underwater photographer, Bill Passmore, who appears on the episode states, “The best thing is the show shines a positive light on Sosua and the rest of the North Coast. It also raises awareness for the need to protect our oceans and instills the belief that we can actually do something to save them.”
We are grateful for the Sosua Bay Rejuvenation Project, and we are excited that they have been given the opportunity to show off their hard work on a globally reaching platform. Keep up the good work guys, and thank you for all that you do to conserve our ocean and its organisms!