Saving Ocean Fisheries

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Fishermen earn their living by competing with every other fisherman on the ocean for the most fish. The result has been overfishing, collapsed fisheries, and life threatening work conditions. Boat Captain Mark Lundsten describes his own experience on the Bering Sea. Today many fisheries have adopted "Catch Shares," a program that gives fishermen ownership in the resource. With individual, guaranteed, tradeable quotas, they have become better stewards of the fishery and learned to manage their shares for a productive and sustainable future. Once a skeptic, Mark became an advocate of catch shares and explains how they changed his life as a fisherman.

A PERC PRODUCTION
PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTER
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A
www.perc.org

Producer
LINDA PLATTS

Director
VANESSA WORKMAN
www.vanessaworkman.com

Narrator
MICHELLE BROWN
www.michellembrown.com

Script
LINDA PLATTS

Director of Photography
VANESSA WORKMAN

Post-production
Color-correction
Animation
VANESSA WORKMAN

Featuring (by order of appearance)

MARK LUNDSTEN
DON LEAL
KATE BONZON
GENEVIEVE KULASKI
TERRY ANDERSON
SHARIE RUCKER
RONALD BAILEY
REED WATSON
WILLIAM DENNIS
TODD GRAHAM
BRANDON SCARBOROUGH
KATHY VIATELLA

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE
"Gravina, Of Queen Anne Charters" Produced by FILDAGO FILMS, Executive Producer, Mark Lundsten. Bristish Columbia, Alaska, 2007.
"The Night of the Guano" Produced by QUEEN ANNE FISHERIES and MASONIC OFFSHORE STUDIOS, Mark Lundsten, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, 1997.

STILLS
"Catch Shares Fish Pie" courtesy of EDF The Environmental Defense Fund
"Catch Shares in the World" Map courtesy of EDF The Environmental Defense Fund
"Catch Shares Country list" courtesy of EDF The Environmental Defense Fund
"Catch Shares in the U.S." courtesy of NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


SOUNDTRACKS
"Science Fiction" from the Hollywood Soundtracks Volume 1 of Partners In Rhyme
"Compete for Glory" from the Motivation Collection of Partners In Rhyme
www.partnersinrhyme.com

INTERVIEW LOCATIONS
Anacortes, Washington
San Francisco, California
Lincoln and Bozeman, Montana


SPECIAL THANKS TO
Don Leal
Mark Lundsten
Kate Bonzon
Jennifer Witherspoon
Daniel McKenzie
Michelle Bresnahan


© PERC, 2011

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Leal's research on natural resources and environmental issues spans nearly 20 years. His current focus is on preventing over-harvesting of marine resources and restoring ocean fisheries.Leal is working to build support for individual fishing quotas (IFQs) and fishing cooperatives as more effective alternatives to the current regulatory approach...
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