‘Our Waters’ Documentary Highlights One Community’s Fight to Protect Its Coast from Commercial Exploitation
, 2023-01-11 06:00:00,
As salmon demand has grown, so too have large-scale, environmentally destructive aquaculture projects. The community of Frenchman Bay, Maine is fighting a plan to build North America’s largest industrialized, open-net fish farms in their backyard.
An upcoming, short documentary called Our Waters shows how the local community along
Frenchman Bay — in the fragile, ecologically rich Gulf of Maine in the
northeast United States — is fighting against a plan by multibillion-dollar
company American Aquafarms to build a
massive salmon farming
in their backyard.
“There’s a lot of people in the community that are really upset that the money
behind this Norwegian company is potentially strong enough to overcome the clear
consensus from the people,” Josh
Murphy, director of
the documentary, told Sustainable Brands®.
This documentary, accompanied by a campaign led by Parley for the Oceans’
Parley.TV, hopes to change that. But the
Frenchman Bay community is up against not just one company but a powerful,
growing, global industry. As demand for salmon has risen — alongside
sustainability challenges in key salmon fisheries due to human development and
climate change — salmon farming has
billions in investments have flown into large-scale, aquaculture companies.
Salmon farming has a bad
and for good reason….
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