Saturday, 3 July 2021

Plenty More Fish? - the movie.


Cornish fishermen have got a lot on their plates – from worries about weather and Brexit to stocks, quota and overfishing. But Plenty More Fish? lifts the lid on the many ways in which climate change is also affecting the local fishing industry, and is likely to do so much more in future. 

Narrated by fisherman Ben Church for Cornwall Climate Care, the film speaks to fishermen and experts who tell us about everything from the changing fish species entering our waters to the challenges of stormier weather – and even the possibility of crab and lobster shells dissolving as our waters become more acidic. But it also looks at more positive aspects, such as inventive solutions to fight climate change while tackling Cornwall’s invasive oyster problem, and the possibilities for zero carbon fishing boats.

Cornwall’s Climate Stories is a series of documentaries highlighting the impacts of climate change already being felt across our county, as well as the fantastic local businesses, researchers and community groups working hard to prepare us for the challenges coming our way.

Climate change is going to impact us in Cornwall in ways beyond just extreme weather and sea level rise. The films will focus on specific themes, from housing, transport and fishing to energy, health and farming, looking at how these will be affected in the future.

The series, being produced over the next three years, will also showcase some possible visions of a surprisingly different future - with beavers being used to re-engineer Cornish rivers and prevent flooding, hydrogen fuel being made from offshore wind power, cattle slurry turned into eco-diesel and our fields growing new crops like sunflowers and sweet potatoes.

We aim to screen the films at schools, colleges and community events the length and breadth of the county, as well as online, to instil a feeling of pride and motivation about how Cornwall’s natural resources and ingenuity could make us a great example for the rest of the UK to follow on the critical journey to a low carbon future.

If we’re to have a chance of staying within safe climate limits, then all of us will have to be on board. We’re passionate about doing our part to make that happen.

If you have a Cornish climate story you think we should be telling please let us know!