My Friend the Sea
My Friend the Sea
This documentary film shows the complex relationships that exist between marine ecosystems and the health of people. The film was produced by the Oceans and Human Health Chair at the University of Girona (Catalonia, Spain), which aims to promote and carry out studies on marine ecosystems and human health, and transfer this knowledge to society. The film shows that marine environments bring both health benefits and health risks. On the one hand, there are healthy seafood products, species from which new medicines can be produced, areas for relaxation and leisure, etc. On the other hand, we are exposed to pollutants, toxins and pathogens – many of which are linked to human activity. In this way, the film addresses different aspects that have often been treated independently, but in reality are closely related, such as the conservation of marine ecosystems, the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of certain diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases and cancer). Overall, the film constitutes to disseminate the importance of marine ecosystems on human health and wellbeing. The film enjoys the collaboration of several experts, including marine and fisheries biologists, marine toxicologists, oncologists, family physicians, epidemiologists, neuroscientists and biotechnologists.
I am marine biologist and director of the Oceans and Human Health Chair at the University of Girona (Spain). I carry out research and dissemination activities on the interdisciplinary topic "Oceans and Human Health", with the objective of studying the complex relationships that exist between the goods and services provided by marine ecosystems and human health and well-being.