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Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen's contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.
Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Festival held rain or shine!
Partial funding for Dock-u-mentaries is provided by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - Henry H. Crapo Foundation Fund
60 Years on New Bedford's Working Waterfront
Rodney Avila, an industry veteran who has spent more than 50 years working on the New Bedford waterfront as a fisherman, boat owner and safety trainer, will share photographs documenting his years on the waterfront from the 1950s to today.
Special Presentation co-sponsored by WCAI (Cape and Islands NPR Station)
Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea
Off the shores of New England, in a region steeped in old maritime tradition, comes a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning-pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy-old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.
Filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel spent 70 days in Bristol Bay documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen who oppose the proposed Pebble Mine which could destroy the two largest remaining sockeye salmon runs on the planet. The open-pit and underground Pebble Mine could require the largest dam ever constructed to contain toxic runoff from mine waste. Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that would not exist if the salmon didn't return with Bristol Bay's tide. This program is being co-sponsored by Buzzard's Bay Coalition, Marion Institute, and Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, and Eating With the EcoSystem. A discussion will follow the screening.
VOICES FROM THE PORT is a series of short audio pieces based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project. The programs are designed to provide a window into the history and culture of the working port, and encourage listeners to visit New Bedford, America's #1 Port to learn more. The project was made possible with funding from Mass Humanities.