The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds

Lobster War is a must-watch, award-winning feature-length documentary film 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 were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But 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.

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Director David Abel, also a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, and producer of the acclaimed Discovery Channel documentary Sacred Cod.“This is a ticking time bomb out here,” says Brian Cates of Cutler, Maine, who has been fishing the contested waters near the Bay of Fundy since he was 9. “It’s just a matter of time before someone gets killed.”

Running Time: 1h 14m • 30m Q&A with Director David Abel to follow