Fish and Men: Seafood Documentary Screening and Reaction Panel
Lecture date: June 4, 2014. Filmmakers Adam Jones and Darby Duffin presented their documentary, Fish and Men, and spoke about sustainable fishing in the U.S. A reaction panel of experts discussed the film and the issues it presented.
For centuries, cod has fed the world and built our nation. Today the iconic American fisherman is caught in a perfect storm of foreign competition, erratic regulations, and declining fish stocks—all while scientists struggle to count fish, and conservationists struggle to save them. In a changing ocean where ‘sustainability’ is a geopolitical buzzword, this film will explore the complex forces at work in geopolitics, global trade, and consumer behavior, and offer concrete solutions to save a 400-year-old American industry. Survival means preserving the species, employing the fishermen, and feeding the world. This film Fish & Men attempts to reveal to consumers what they don’t know about where their fish comes from, who is catching it, and how it lands on their plate.
Co-directors Adam Jones and Darby Duffin discussed and shared clips from their upcoming documentary Fish & Men. Their presentation was critiqued by a reaction panel consisting of a diverse cast representing the stakeholder groups presented in the film. Panel participants are: Mark Helvey, program lead, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region; Peter Halmay, commercial urchin fisherman; and Kim Thompson, program manager, Seafood for the Future.