Since a massive die-off event in 1999, spurred by changing ecosystems dynamics, rising water temperatures and pollution stresses, the lobster population in Connecticut has done little to recover. As a result, most lobstermen in the state – in the nineties there were hundreds – have turned to other fisheries or livelihoods in order to survive.
I was interested in profiling one of the few remaining lobsterman still working in Connecticut, so I went out with fisherman Mike Theiler on his boat from New London where he hauls in Long Island Sound. I wanted to capture the physicality of the job and the passion with which these fishermen approach their work – what is now an endangered livelihood in Connecticut.
Visuals, audio and editing: Tahria Sheather
Music: New Haven County Killers
With thanks to: Mike Theiler
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