Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., in collaboration with the Belfast Coop will present the documentary film “The Fish Belong to The People” Tuesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Glen Libby and Jessica Libby from Port Clyde Fresh Catch will introduce the film and lead the discussion following the screening.

“The Fish Belong to The People” follows a group of family fishermen in Port Clyde as they work to save their fishing grounds from government, market structure and themselves. With each passing season, their way of life has slowly been extinguished by old ways of doing business that favors the most efficient and destructive ways of fishing over sustainability.

With nothing left to lose, the local fishermen of Port Clyde are trying to stay afloat by finally becoming an environmentally friendly operation. Their proactive association is developing cleaner ways of fishing by reducing their use of powerful technologies at sea. On land, they retool how their catch is sold – as a cleaner alternative that comes fresh off the boat straight to the public. Ultimately, it is the people as consumers who will put their support behind factory machines or local family-owned boats.

The film, directed by Will Hyler and made in association with The Island Institute, Port Clyde Fresh Catch and the Midcoast Fisherman’s Association, debuted to great acclaim last fall at the Camden International Film Festival.

This event also is in part a collaboration with For the Love of Herring: A Sardine Extravaganza being organized by poets Karin Spitfire and Gary Lawless. For more information, visit or

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to