The Sea Change Film and Discussion Series continues on Saturday March 16 with the film The Last Bay Scallop?
The waters off Nantucket island support the last viable bay scallop commercial fishery on the east coast. But scientists estimate that it could fade into history within a decade. What will be lost in off-season economy and the island culture that grew up around the scallop fishery, if that dire prediction comes true? Can the town and local scientists repair the harbor’s water quality and save the bay scallop?
The Last Bay Scallop? began with the dual ideas of capturing a slice of island culture and exploring the environmental problems in the harbor that might mean the end of that culture. It ended with the premise that the larger island community must work together if the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the east coast is to be saved.
Nantucket resident and documentarian John Stanton examines the declining sea scallop harvest threatening Nantucket’s bay scallop fishery. Environmental factors have spread this problem throughout the East Coast and, even in decline, Nantucket remains the last commercially viable scallop fishery. Beyond the industry that’s at stake, Stanton profiles the vital communities of fishermen who are being impacted.
The Sea Change Film and Discussion Series is presented in collaboration with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and WCAI.