Canadians and Americans battle to claim the bounty

‘Lobster War’ follows new fight above the traps

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CAMDEN — On Tuesday, July 23, at 7 p.m., the Camden Public Library will screen Lobster War, the feature-length documentary about a 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, located in the waters between Maine and Nova Scotia, were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen.

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.

Lobster War (74 minutes, unrated) is directed by David Abel, a reporter at The Boston Globe, and Andy Laub, a documentarian, producers of the Discovery channel documentary Sacred Cod.

“Anyone who has lived along the coast of Maine knows that distinguishing local lobstering territories can be a delicate and turbulent process,” said Camden Public Library, in a news release. “The consequences of violating territorial demarcations can range from benign to deadly. The stakes become even higher when disputes erupt in international waters where allies can quickly turn into enemies.”

David Abel, the film’s director, will answer questions via Skype following the film.

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Event Date: 

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Camden Public Library


55 Main Street
Camden  Maine
United States