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🎞 February's FREE Film,

BLUE FIN: The Last of the Giants

will be held THIS coming Wednesday, February 13th
from 7:00 - 8:00 PM!

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette Street, Havre de Grace, MD

"Bluefin is a metaphorical story about humankind’s contempt and all too common ignorance of ocean wildlife... We need to recognize that when it comes to commercial fishing in open ocean, with its natural regenerative cycles and balance, we have become a terribly evasive species. Too often we are driven by short-term greed over what makes sense for our own future and the planet's."

 John Hopkins, Director

Bluefin tuna in Atlantic Canada are no longer afraid of humans — and that’s a bad sign.

Written and directed by John Hopkins, Bluefin explores the changing relationship between these warm-blooded ocean giants and the men and women who depend on Prince Edward Island’s tuna fishery for their livelihood. Hopkins spent five years filming at sea and in the tiny town of North Lake, known as the “tuna capital of the world” for the monster 500-kilogram fish that are routinely caught off its shores.

In that time, he witnessed an unsettling phenomenon: the bluefin tuna of the eastern Atlantic are so starved, they will approach fishing boats and take bait from a human hand. One fisherman in the film likens the behavior to a pet begging for a treat. This incredible survival strategy masks a disturbing reality: bluefin tuna may seem locally abundant, but ocean-wide, scientists estimate their numbers have been reduced by as much as 90%, largely due to overfishing and declining forage fish stocks.

Through stunning underwater footage, the film also highlights some of the amazing abilities of the tuna, including top swimming speeds of more than 60 kilometers per hour and a highly efficient internal thermoregulation system that allows them to hunt in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. According to Hopkins, tuna have been completely off our radar as a possibly endangered species, as we're wired to think of them only as food, not extraordinary wildlife. It’s time we finally understood what these incredible creatures truly are.

This film is presented as part of our ongoing Environmental Film Series, through the partnership of the Havre de Grace Green Team and Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, and made possible through a grant by the Joseph Robert Foundation.
All of our film screenings are free to the public, and held inside the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum's spacious main gallery. A discussion will follow the film.
Watch the official trailer for Bluefin (2016) below.
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