Sacred Cod Tours Across Maine



August 23, 2017, Stonington, Maine – Camden International Film Festival, Down to Earth Storytelling Project, The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Working Films, and several local organizations have launched a statewide screening tour of the new documentary Sacred Cod. The film focuses on the collapse of the historic cod population throughout New England, delving into the role of overfishing, impact of climate change, the effect of government policies placed on fishermen, and the prospect of a region built upon cod having no cod left to fish.

The film screening will come to The Stonington Opera House (1 Opera House Ln, Stonington, ME) on Wednesday, September 6th at 7pm. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with experts from local nonprofit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, and individuals affected by these issues. All screenings are free and open to the public.

According to Ben Martens, Executive Director for Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, one of the partners putting together this tour, “Cod and other groundfish were once the lifeblood of New England’s coastal communities, but they now represent a shadow of their historic economic importance. The impact of this decline is real and still very raw in many communities throughout New England and we are excited to help share this story and those of Maine fishermen who have, and still are, reeling from the most recent collapse of the cod stock in New England.”



Ben Martens, Executive Director, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association


Andy Myers, Campaign Coordinator, Working Films

(910) 599-7447

Caroline Goddard, Communications & Marketing Manager, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

(207) 267-2708