Discovery Channel has purchased the global rights to the documentary Sacred Cod. The film is an official selection of the 2016 Camden International Film Festival, where it will make its world premiere under the Discovery Impact Banner.
Produced and directed by Steve Liss, Andy Laub and David Abel, Sacred Cod chronicles the collapse of the historic cod fishery in the waters off New England in the United States, which has been attributed by scientists and environmental advocates to overfishing, climate change and government mismanagement. The film features interviews with fishermen (many of whom have argued that recent government policies prohibiting them from fishing cod are to blame) and their families, scientists, advocates and federal officers.
“Unfortunately, what is happening in New England is being seen in many fisheries and fishing communities across the world,” said John Hoffman, EVP documentaries and specials, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “The decline or collapse of fish stocks is a complex issue.”
Sacred Cod is presented by Discovery Channel in association with Endicott College, The Boston Globe, In Our Own Backyard and As It Happens Creative. Ryan Harrington and Hoffman from Discovery are serving as supervising producer and executive producer, respectively.