Lobster War

Sunday, May 26, 2019
6:00 pm
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Q&A after the film
1 hour 14 mins with 30 minute Q&A
David Abel and Mike Morris

6:00PM - Free wine, beer, snack reception

7:00PM - Film screening followed by panel discussion


Lobster War

LOBSTER WAR is about a real front-line battleground between two otherwise friendly countries - USA and Canada.

How can the USA be in a war with Canada you ask, the Canadians are far too nice to go to war with the US.

The front-line of this war is the Gray Zone - 277 square miles of sea in the Gulf of Maine, a body of water that has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet.

The Gray Zone has been a peaceful place with its very modest bounty fished by US lobster men. BUT in warmer waters, the lobster population has surged and stakes have risen.

No longer willing to cede territory without a fight, the Canadians are asserting their sovereignty and flexing their muscles. Ownership of the Gray Zone has been disputed since the revolutionary war but the days of peace and tranquility between neighbors maybe over.

THERE HAVE BEEN DEATH THREATS on both sides of the watery divide, as lobster men accuse each other of sabotaging lines, stealing gear, and setting traps atop those already in the water.

It may the one of the first, but certainly not the last, climate change war and it is in our own backyard.

This is an amazing film and the showing, preceded by a reception (included in the ticket) will be followed by a discussion with:

Film-maker David Abel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers fisheries and environmental issues for The Boston Globe. Abel’s work has also won an Edward R. Murrow Award, the Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting. He co-directed and produced Sacred Cod, a film about the collapse of the iconic cod fishery in New England, which was broadcast by the Discovery Channel in spring 2017. He also directed and produced two films about the Boston Marathon bombings, which were broadcast to national and international audiences on BBC World News, Discovery Life, and Pivot.

Mike Morris, Chairperson of Storm Surge, an organization that describes itself as Climate Stewards that collectively have an interest in mitigating, adapting and planning for the effects of our changing climate. The group are interested in protecting our communities and surrounding resources such as the barrier beaches, Great Marsh and Merrimack River, from the effects of Climate Change,

Beautiful … A compelling statement on the effects of climate change on fisheries.” — Rob Conery, Cape Cod Times
Lobster War tackles global issues from a tiny island in Maine…Emblematic of the coming conflicts caused by man made global warming in miniature.” — Dennis Perkins, Portland Press Herald