Dr Balam Jimenez video transcript


A grey title screen. In bold font it reads “Protecting the safety of kaimoana (seafood) for future generations” and in smaller unbold font “Dr Balam Jimenez”. Underneath is the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenges logo.

What follows is a series of video clips and still images with words superimposed on top in white letters.

First, we see a hand underwater holding what appears to be a bivalve. The water is murky and moving as the semi-open hand slowly shakes the bivalve from side to side in front of the camera. It reads “Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) has been an issue as long as we have been harvesting kaimoana from our oceans.”

A still image of a man (Dr Jimenez) in safety goggles and latex gloves with his arms crossed. He stands and smiles in front of a large piece of equipment. It is blue and light grey, appears to be made out of plastic and is wider than it is tall. The slide reads “This issue costs the global aquaculture industry approximately 8 billion dollars annually.”

An image of him in safety glasses, gloves and a lab coat as he carefully draws liquid out of a small plastic vial with a syringe. We can see in the background that he is in a laboratory. It reads “Dr Jimenez is building on recent research using Aptamers to develop a real time toxin monitoring tool.”

Another image of him as he smiles and looks at a small shiny black tube in his left hand as he holds open a lid of a blue plastic bin with his right. On top of the still image reads “My daughter is Whakatōhea and they come from Opotiki, Bay of Plenty. Whakatōhea have a strong relationship with their kaimoana.”

A video of a beach with green hills in the background. Two adults and three children stand in the shallow waters up to their ankles wearing casual clothing. They are all bent over with their hands in the water, the two adults have buckets next to them. Some of them pull objects out of the wet sand and place them into the bucket. The slide reads “I am passionate about my daughter being able to enjoy kaimoana, because it’s a taonga for Whakatōhea.”

A close-up shot of the rippling water surface and the words “I am not just concerned about community access to safe seafood…” and then the shot switches to black jagged rocks with a wave that fills the crevices with water.

A video in which we look down into a plastic bucket filled with large bivalves. We see two hands, one holds the handle of the bucket and the other holds some more bivalves and then drops two in. The words “but future access to seafood in general.” appear.

The screen is now split in two. On the left is a side-on image of Dr Jimenez in a lab using a syringe in a plastic vial as before. On the right, the screen is white and in the turquoise font it reads “The ultimate goal is to create something affordable and portable that individuals and aquaculture businesses can use themselves.”

The screen background is now white. On the left, it reads “Funded by” and below “Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment” with the logo to the left. To the right, it reads “hosted by” and below “Callaghan Innovation: New Zealand’s Innovation Agency”. The screen changes to show the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenges logo and below is the web address www.stfichallenge.govt.nz