The 15th annual Gray’s Reef Film Festival will take place Feb. 9-11! The festival is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $8 per day for adults and $5 per day for children, students and the military. Donations benefit the nonprofit foundation that supports the work at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. To purchase tickets in support of the foundation, please go to the foundation website at http://www.graysreefnmsf.org/
A detailed schedule of events is available here.
The film “Shifting Baselines” will premiere at the Trustees Theater in Savannah, Ga., on Feb 10 as part of the festival. This film, produced by Blue Voyage Productions in collaboration with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, focuses on the rich cultural history of Georgia’s commercial fishing industry. Learn more about the film below.
This engaging film tells the story of coastal Georgia’s fishing families, who remember the once-booming southeastern commercial fisheries. While most families eventually ended or greatly reduced their involvement in commercial fishing, some have managed to continue to make a living into the third and fourth generations. Addressing the shifting baselines seen over time, research scientists and government administrators add their voices to the fishermen’s, speaking candidly about the science behind government fisheries regulations, today’s changing technology in the fishing industry, and challenges related to over-fishing. This is must-see viewing for those interested in our cultural history and is an enlightening look into the business of seafood.