The Last Bay Scallop? - Film

"The Last Bay Scallop?", by Nantucket filmmaker John Stanton, premiered this spring. It was in six film festivals, including Boston, and screened 25 times on Nantucket and on the mainland to encourage discussions environmental problems in the harbor and their connection to local commercial fishing. It's a moving story of a very traditional Blue Economy industry, and the challenges of a changing environment.

Can the last commercial bay scallop fishery on the east coast be saved, or will the economics and culture that flow from it become history? Bay scallops ones thrived in small harbors from Cape Cod Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Today they are commercially extinct, except for two harbors off Nantucket, Massachusetts. The culprit is declining water quality, which kills the eelgrass scallops need to survive.