Ahoy mateys, and a happy new year to ye. I celebrated me holidays with some good booty — givin’ and receivin’ — and some pirate-style parrrtying. Here’s hopin’ ye did the same.

And now that we be recovered from our rum-induced stupor, I’ve got news of an oceans-related documentary airing on PBS tonight. Part of the Independent Lens series, which also brought you Two Square Miles, the film A Fish Story goes behind the scenes to chat with politicians, environmentalists, journalists, and fisherfolk about the conflicts we face when human needs and those of the environment collide.

From the Fish Story website:

A Fish Story is the tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle for control of the ocean. Angela Sanfilippo of Gloucester, Mass., and Shareen Davis of Chatham, Mass., were born into fishing families and married men who continue to make a living from the sea. Fishing defines who they are and has sustained their communities for generations. But their way of life is threatened when a powerful coalition of national environmental groups file a lawsuit that could put hundreds of fishermen out of business. Three hundred years of fishing tradition and the health of the ocean hangs in the balance.

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The film will air tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS. (Check your local listings to be sure.) As always, the PBS site has plenty of behind-the-scenes backstory as well as previews of the film.

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