The night also spotlighted "Racing Extinction," an upcoming documentary which will draw additional attention to the issue.
"This is just the beginning of events like this," Shawn Heinrichs, a cinematographer and diver featured in the film, told The Dodo. "This is a chain reaction that we hope will be lighting up around the world."
Heinrichs added that the film is a call to action, not a reason to despair.
"The hope is that people take the message and amplify it instead of us having to shove it down their throats," he said.