The Fish Belong to the People
On Tuesday June 29th at 6:30 pm the Belfast Free Library in collaboration with the Belfast Coop presents the documentary film, The Fish Belong to The People. Glen Libby and Jessica Libby from Port Clyde Fresh Catch will introduce the film and lead the discussion following the screening.
The Fish Belong to The People follows a group of family fishermen in Port Clyde, Maine as they work to save their fishing grounds from government, market structure, and themselves. With each passing season their way of life has slowly been extinguished by old ways of doing business that favors the most efficient and destructive ways of fishing over sustainability.
With nothing left to lose, the local fishermen of Port Clyde are trying to stay afloat by finally becoming an environmentally friendly operation. Their proactive association is developing cleaner ways of fishing by reducing their use of powerful technologies at sea. On land they retool how their catch is sold- as a cleaner alternative that comes fresh off the boat straight to the public. Ultimately it is the people as consumers who will put their support behind factory machines or local family owned boats.
The film, directed by Will Hyler and made in association with The Island Institute, Port Clyde Fresh Catch, and the Midcoast Fisherman’s Association, debuted to great acclaim last October at the Camden International Film Festival.
This event is also in part a collaboration with “For the Love of Herring: A Sardine Extravaganza” being organized by poets Karin Spitfire and Gary Lawless for more info see (sardinesong.blogsite.com) or Belfastharborfest.com
This program is free and open to the public. The Belfast Free Library is located at 106 High Street in Belfast. For more information call the library at 338-3884 ext 10.