Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shellshocked Showings a Success

Shellshocked Documentary Showings a Success

The past two days have been a whirlwind as we had two showings of the award winning documentary film Shellshocked with the Director Emily Driscoll present to answer questions. The attendance at both events was strong and many valuable relationships were made.The film discusses oyster restoration in New York. While Massachusetts is a different geography, the benefits of oysters remain the same. In addition to Emily, Anamarija Frankic of UMass Boston and Green Harbors joined us for Q&A. In the dialog we were able to explore some of the challenges of implementing restoration programs.

Winthrop's Cottage Park Yacht Club is a gem of a building with a terrific staff and a wonderful membership.     This is where JFK learned to sale

"Iron Shucker" Robert Eshenback flanked by Emily Driscoll, Kahren Dowcett, Andrew Jay, AnaMarija Frankic, and Daniella Foley (President of The Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh)

At the Boston Showing we were joined by staff of the Boston Harbor Association, the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group, The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)and the Nature Conservancy. Jeff Kennedy of the DMF graciously offered to facilitate a tour of the Newburyport depuration facility that takes the steamer clams harvested from marginal quality waters and cleans them so they are suitable for human consumption.We appreciate his being on hand to answer questions and will be working to schedule that trip for November.

Trailer for Shellshocked

If the tremendous heat or the heavy showers kept you from attending and you would like to see the film, there is a copy on DVD available for viewing at the North End Library. If your organization would like to sponsor a showing, (which we recommend) we can introduce you to Emily.

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