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Last Man Fishing documentary

February 18, 2016                   last man fishing

This is Fish Radio. I ‘m Laine Welch — Help tell the story of the Last Man Fishing. I’ll tell you more after this –

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Last Man Fishing showcases the lifestyles and struggles of small-scale fishermen from coast to coast.  The hour-long documentary so far has filmed stories from Sitka, Kodiak, St. Paul, Maine and next stop is the Gulf of Mexico.

For us, experiencing what it means to be a fishermen – seeing how it is hard work and grueling hours and it’s dangerous work – but everyone we’ve met loves what they do and they are really passionate and they are fighting for their livelihood and something they really believe in.    

Kelley and  JD Schuyler are co-producing the story.

 We’re from Indiana and we realized there is a disconnect between the consumer and where their fish is coming from.  We want to bridge the gap of people appreciating seafood, while also understanding the struggles of the small scale fishermen.

The Schuylers, long involved in the sustainable foods movement and in small farms, first connected with fishermen-owned Sitka Salmon Shares which has “boat to doorstep” seafood hubs in the Midwest.

I think with our historical connection with food and small-scale farming, it really connected with us and motivated us to start the project.   

The team learned   how fisheries are being privatized, Kelley said, making it difficult for new entrants.

 A lot of people are losing their livelihood and the coastal communities are losing families and generations of practices and culture.

Still, they said  fishermen clearly love what they do. And more are making connections with chefs and other consumers to add value to their catch.

The Schuylers have launched a $35,000 Kickstarter campaign  to help get  Last Man Fishing completed and on the national film festival circuit next year.

  We really want this story to be told because we have met so many people and it has become so meaningful to us. So it’s not about us making money – it’s about us telling the story  that is obviously so important.

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Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication.   In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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