Thanks to the support of thousands of moviegoers who took to the theaters during “Oceans” opening week, more than 35,000 acres of coral reef will be protected in The Bahamas. Disneynature will work through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program to protect 55 square miles of reef—a size that is equivalent to more than 412 Disneylands.
“We’re excited to once again collaborate with The Nature Conservancy on an initiative that takes the impact of Disneynature’s storytelling to an entirely new level,” said Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios. “The health of our oceans is absolutely vital to the well-being of our planet and thanks to the supporters of Disneynature’s motion picture ‘Oceans,’ this investment in marine conservation will help ensure critical aquatic environments will thrive for future generations.”
“Disneynature has captured the beauty, wonder and fragility of our world’s marine habitats and species in ‘Oceans,’ said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We appreciate Disney’s commitment to help protect marine areas in The Bahamas, which is home to 30 percent of all coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. With Disneynature’s support, The Nature Conservancy and its partners are making significant progress toward our ambitious goal of doubling the total amount of marine protected area in The Bahamas.”
Domestically,“OCEANS” has grossed more than $13 million, worldwide it has reached $67 million.