Off the Hook
Director: Kevin Moynihan
Ecology Action Centre Film on Community-Supported Fisheries
“Off the Hook” is an eight-minute documentary shot on location in the Bay of Fundy which features the Community Supported Fishery project called “Off the Hook” which partners fish harvesters and consumers. “What we are trying to create is a different kind of market for high quality fish that is fairly caught”, says Beau Gillis, the fish harvester featured in the documentary.
Beau and his fish harvester partners are bottom long-line fishers who don’t drag for fish but who use the age-old baited hook and line technique that does not destroy fish habitat and which results in a much higher quality catch preferred by the three hundred members of this co-operative who come to the Halifax Market on a Saturday to buy fish that was caught that week. “We really like meeting the people who eat our fish”, says Beau as he teaches the member consumers how to properly fillet a haddock.
“What “Off the Hook” does is flip fish harvesters from being price takers to price setters”, says project manager, Dave Adler of the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax.
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