A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Gokova Bay, Turkey is home to a rare fishing community of over 100 fisher women. Many have spent decades working on the water, and all have a deep love and appreciation for their time on the sea. But in 2015, these women were struggling. Their livelihoods were threatened by an invasive species of fish and its negative impact on the fish they have always caught and sold. The male-run community fishing cooperative did not help matters. They made poor decisions for Gokova Bay. The women were unempowered and unsupported. Zafer A. Kizilkaya and the Mediterranean Conservation Society stepped into this mess, supported the women, and helped them target the invasive fish and then sell it with new chef-recommended dishes in restaurants and households. With programmatic assistance from the Conservation Media Group film and financial support of travelers like you (through Grand Circle Foundation) a pilot marine reserve along 50 kilometers of Gokova Bay was established. The fisher women and Gokova Bay are now rebounding.
Note: since this film was released in 2017, the success of the 50-kilometer pilot reserve has leveraged an additional $3 million U.S. from the European Union to expand the reserve to 500 additional kilometers of imperiled Turkish coast. Well done!
Produced by Compass Light Productions
Immerse yourself in Turkish life and meet hard-working locals during O.A.T.’s Turkey's Magical Hideaways adventure.