© 2019 Ronald Faber | BelowH2O




Campeón holandesa 2017 & 2018 | Dutch Champion 2017 & 2018 | Champion Néerlandais 2017 & 2018

Subcampeón de Europa 2016 | European Vice Champion 2016 | Vice-champion d'Europe 2016

Subcampeón holandesa 2016 | Dutch Vice Champion 2016 | Vice-Champion Néerlandais 2016

The comeback of the grouper - 2015

It is said the Dusky Grouper has the best taste of all Mediterranean fishes and is considered a delicacy in all neighboring countries. Because of this fact it is overfished all over the Mediterranean Sea and nearly disappeared completely from the area. Due to marine conservation in Southern Europe the population of Dusky Groupers is recovering at several places.

One of the most successful examples can be found at the Spanish Costa Brava coast. Just one nautical mile out of the coast of the little town of L’Estartit the Medes Islands are situated. It’s a small archipelago existing of seven limestone islands and islets. Since 1983, these Medes Islands are a marine reserve. This protection caused a spectacular recovery of many endangered species above and under water. Because of its extraordinary flora and fauna this archipelago is nowadays a beloved dive site. So even the inhabitants of L’Estartit benefit from these conservation activities. The local economy flourishes, thanks to nature!

Production notes:

Camera, script and edit: Ronald Faber © 2015

Duration:   10:05 minutes

Filmed in HD 1080P

Narration in Dutch by Ellen Faber

Subtitles in French & English

Special thanks: Willy le Griep (Unisub), Vincenc Roura (Aquatica)

Location: Illes Medes / L’estartit - Spain

Soundtrack by: Roger Subirana


Official selections:

Official selection Marmara Underwater Image festival 2015 in Istanbul – Turkey

Official selection Underwater Movie Festival “SILENTLY” 2015 in Belgrade – Serbia

OFFT October 2015 Nieuwegein – The Netherlands

Official selection  CIMASUB 2015 in San Sebastián – Spain

Official selection festival images de l’eau dela 2015 Saint-Mesmin – France

Official selection 19th International Underwater Film Festival Belgrade - Serbia

Official selection 38th PAF TACHOV International diving festival Tachov Czech Republic 2016

Official selection Festival Internacional de Cine Submarino de Agüimes 2016 - Gran Canaria      

Official selection Festival International d'Hyères du Monde Sous Marin et Patrimoine Maritime - Hyères France

Official selection MIMA 2016 festival L'Estartit - Spain

Official selection & Nominated for the special award “Underwater” Wildlife Vaasa Festival 2016 Finland

Belgian television: PlattelandsTV February 2018 & September 2018

Other screenings:

10.Retrospektiva podvodnega filma 2016 Maribor - Slovenia

Filmtheatre DUIKVAKER 2016 Houten - The Netherlands

Retrospective 38th INTERNATIONAL NAUTIC, HUNTING & FISHING SHOW Belgrade - Serbia

Projection of the MIMA winners 2016 at Plaça de la LLevantina L'Estartit august 7nd 2016

OBK Festival 2016 Oostende-Belgium

Belgian television: PlattelandsTV February 2018 & September 2018


Winner of the HALUK CECAN Award at the Marmara Underwater Imagefestival 2015 Instanbul – Turkey

Winner of the ‘TO SU BICA-ZASTITA ZIVOTINJA’ award at the 3rd short Underwater Movie Festival “SILENTLY” 2015 in Belgrade – Serbia

3rd prize Festival Internacional de Cine Submarino de Agüimes 2016 Gran Canaria

4th place CIMASUB 2015 Cortometrajes Donostia-San Sebastián - Spain

Winner of the yearly Medes, Imatge i Medi Ambient (MIMA) festival 2016 (amateurs) in L’Estartit – Spain

Special mention "Environment & conservation films" category at the Wildlife Vaasa international nature filmfestival 2016 in Vaasa - Finland