CURRENT SEA – An Environmental Thriller Documentary Exploring the Illegal Fishing Trade in Cambodia

Photo Courtesy of Speak Thunder Film’s – Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here

 

An environmental thriller documentary exploring the illegal fishing trade in Cambodia and those who risk it all to intervene.

Christopher Smith is a documentary, commercial, and music video director. His first feature documentary, TINY: A Story About Living Small, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has screened at more than 40 film festivals around the world.

Over the past year we have been working on an exciting documentary that explores the illegal fishing trade in Cambodia. 

Stephanie Lincoln, Producer Stephanie Lincoln is a producer/attorney who served as episode producer on The Race Card, a documentary series hosted by Charles Barkley for TNT, produced by Doc Shop Productions set to release in June 2017. Prior to that, she worked with Susan Lacy, the creator and executive producer of American Masters, and Jessica Levin on two biographical documentaries produced for HBO.

Current Sea, is a heart-stopping verité style documentary that follows the stories of Matt Blomberg, a journalist who is investigating the unsustainable harvesting of ocean wildlife and the corruption that enables the black market to thrive, and Paul Ferber, an environmental activist who routinely puts himself in harm’s way as he patrols a small part of the ocean. The film also follows two Khmer university students who are some of the first of their generation to pursue careers in marine ecology.  

Over the past year, we’ve been documenting their stories as well as the devastating impacts of illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing on the people and marine ecosystems of Cambodia.

Photo Courtesy of Speak Thunder Film’s – Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here

But now we need your support to finish our investigations and get this film out to the world where it can make a difference. 

Cambodia struggles with many environmental challenges. One such challenge is the illegal harvesting of marine wildlife, often times through destructive methods such as trawling. 

Photo Courtesy of Speak Thunder Film’s – Check out the Kickstarter Campaign here

Trawling is a type of fishing where heavy nets are dragged along the sea floor, scooping up fish and other creatures indiscriminately. The heavy nets scar the floor, destroying sea grasses, corals, and other delicate ecosystems. The damage from these nets lasts a long time, and their use jeopardizes other forms of small-scale and subsistence fishing.

Sea grasses, a primary habitat for seahorses, grow well in Cambodia’s shallow water. Seahorses are extremely important to its ecosystem and are a good indication of the health of the ocean – similar to a ‘canary in the coal mine’. However, the heavy trawling kills the seahorses and destroys their habitat. Despite it being illegal, seahorses are also hunted so that they can be infused in rice wine and sold as a cure for male impotence…(read more here via the Kickstarter page).

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