Hardy Jones is a wildlife and conservation filmmaker. He began his career in radio at WNOE in New Orleans and has worked for United Press International, The Peruvian Times, and CBS News. He has been a television documentary producer since 1978 and has produced over 75 films for PBS, Discovery, TBS, and National Geographic. His first film, entitled DOLPHIN, depicts a school of spotted dolphins residing 40 miles north of Grand Bahama island. Since 1978 Jones has returned countless times to the Bahamas to visit these dolphins and film them. Some of the dolphins have become internationally famous. Chopper, a 27 year old male, was filmed by Jones for the first time in 1979 and appeared in the 2005 PBS film The Dolphin Defender.
Among his numerous awards are 2005 Filmmaker of the Year Award from Filmmakers for Conservation, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Wildlife Film Festival, the Genesis Award of the Humane Society of the United States, and the Special Jury Award of the Explorers Club. He also appeared in the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary The Cove.
In 2000, Jones joined film actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and founded BlueVoice.org (a website dedicated to the protection of dolphins and whales and particularly stopping the hunting of dolphins in Japanese fishing villages). The organization uses television and the internet to publicize ocean issues. One of the group's main concerns is the alarming level of contamination in the oceans - bio-accumulating in the foodweb from plankton to fish, marine mammals, then humans.
Jones’ book, The Voice of the Dolphins, is scheduled for publication in early 2011. It recounts more than thirty years of work with dolphins in the wild as well as the efforts of BlueVoice.org to end the killing of dolphins in Japan and the increasing menace of chemical contaminants in the marine food chain.
In 2003 Jones was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer often linked to exposure to toxic chemicals such as dioxins. His recent work has been researching the relationship between persistent organic pollutants to cancer and other health problems in humans and marine mammals.
Jones has fought for nearly thirty years to stop the killing and capture of dolphins in Japan.
- http://www.pbs.org/nature/dolphindefender. The Dolphin Defender.
- http://www.bluevoice.org BlueVoice.org
- http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/ WHO Fact Sheet: Dioxins and their effects on human health
- http://bluevoice.org/news_sharedfate.php A Shared Fate