A film by David Abel and Andy Laub
Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds follows the tense standoff between lobstermen in the US and Canada and the attempts to begin a constructive dialogue over the rights to one of the world’s richest fishing grounds. As sea temperatures rise, lobster populations have begun to migrate north, blurring the lines of maritime boundaries and impacting the livelihoods of fishermen and entire communities on both sides.
David Abel is 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.
Andy Laub, founder and director of As It Happens Creative, has hiked more than 5,000 miles in search of compelling stories. From nature films to cultural documentaries, he’s worked as a writer, cinematographer, editor, visual effects artist, expedition coordinator and soundtrack composer for networks including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and BBC World News.
Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds is an award-winning feature film about a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty. The film documents the plight of these lobstermen and sheds light on environmental issues.
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