SUSTAINING SEA SCALLOPS: Documentary Film
Produced by Coonamessett Farm Foundation & UnderCurrent Productions
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SUSTAINING SEA SCALLOPS is a 35-minute documentary on the history and resurgence of the Atlantic sea scallop fishery, seen through the eyes of fishermen and researchers. In 1999, facing fisheries closures and bankruptcy, the scallop industry began funding a unique research program to minimize impacts on the marine environment. Fifteen years later, the Atlantic sea scallop is hailed as one of the most sustainable and lucrative fisheries in the world.
From New Bedford, Massachusetts to Seaford, Virginia, fishermen and researchers tell a rare tale of renewal, offering cooperative research as a new model for sustaining healthy fisheries and fishing communities. The film sends a clear and powerful message: a healthy ocean leads to healthy fishing communities, with ripple effects on the larger economy and ecosystem.