Every summer during the months of August and September, shark derbies, or shark fishing tournaments, are held in a number of small coastal communities across Nova Scotia, Canada. Although shark derbies in Nova Scotia are becoming increasingly popular, many people are still not aware of these events or even that shark occur in Canadian waters.

This short documentary is an exploration of these events to answer the key questions at hand: What are these events? What do they mean for small coastal communities? Are they contributing to overall decline in shark populations? Are they sustainable?

Winner of the Special Merit Award at the 2012 BC SPCA Paws and Claws Film Festival for being an insightful film that resonated with the film committee judges with respect to its educational value.

"While many of the films submitted to our 2012 competition highlighted animal welfare or conservation issues, one film in particular resonated with the judges with respect to its educational value. The film is THRILL OF THE CATCH, directed by and filmed by Jarrett Corke, Brendal Davis and Aurelie Godin. Presented in an unbiased manner, it provides a thought-provoking look at the shark derbies held in Nova Scotia. These are annual events that may be unknown to most people. Jarrett, Brendal and Aurelie received a special award certificate for this insightful film."

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