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Lobster War

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About the film

The story of a climate-fueled conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as the Gray Zone, were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.




1h 14m




David Abel


Andy Laub

Awards & recognition

Mystic Film Festival


International Maritime Film Festival


Environmental Film Festival

Official Selection

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

Official Selection

What people are saying

"Beautiflu... a compelling statement on the effects of climate change on fisheries."

Rob Conery

Cape Cod Times

"This fair-minded yet charged and beautifully made film compels us to consider the dispute as symptomatic of the much larger struggle facing all of us: adapting to climate change, whether individually or nationally, economically, or socally. This is not a problem we can fix by drawing lines on a map, because we're all in the same boat."

Lincoln Paine, Trustee, Maine Maritime Museum, author, Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine

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