Swordfish doc to premiere this month

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Saving the Oceans producer John Angier (left) along with cameraman Tony Flanagan and soundman Ryan Barrett roll tape on the Falls Point Wharf in Woods Harbour on July 20, 2011 during filming for an episode of the PBS series Saving the Ocean. Kathy Johnson file photo

 

 by Kathy Johnson

The southwestern Nova Scotia harpoon swordfish fishery will be front and centre when the PBS series Saving the Ocean premiers in October.

The two part documentary ‘Swordfish!’   is scheduled to be released on Oct. 18 and 25 and are episodes two and three in the new Saving the Ocean series.

Shooting for the documentary was done in the summer of 2011. The film crew spent three days on Georges Bank with Shag Harbour fisherman Larry Sears aboard the Four Ladies 2003 documenting the harpoon swordfish fishery.

Several other sustainable fisheries will also be featured during the two part documentary. The eastern Canada harpoon fishery is the first swordfish fishery in the world to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

The Saving the Ocean series takes a positive approach to marine conservation and is hosted by renowned U.S. marine biologist and best-selling author Carl Safina.

The series kicks off with ‘Destination Baja,' being released on Oct.  11. Other titles in the series include 'Shark Reef' and ‘River of Kings- 1 & 2,' being aired in November. The final four episodes of the season will premier in January 2013.

Local PBS listings can be checked to see when episodes of Saving the Ocean will be aired locally.

 

 

 

Organizations: Marine Stewardship Council, Georges Bank

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, U.S., River of Kings

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