James Lawson’s ties to British Columbia’s coast run deep. The young fisherman has spent his life harvesting seafood across the region’s waters, but today the longevity of his way of life is uncertain. Low fish stocks and a nefarious regulatory landscape that favours corporate interests over coastal communities are forcing more and more fishermen out of their livelihood. Our Coast paints a portrait of James’s life as he prepares for the upcoming fishing season and reflects on the experiences that have shaped the person he is today. James’ goal is twofold: he looks to a future where fishermen’s livelihoods are secure, and where fish harvesters of all ages and backgrounds are valued for their knowledge of the marine ecosystems that support them.

Our Coast

2021 CA 12 min
Festival Year: 2023
Types: Documentary, Short, Watch Now
Topic: Food & Agriculture, Freshwater & Oceans, Sustainable Living

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