wednesday 30 april


(dir Joe Cunningham, USA/Belize, 2014, 51 min)

Dive into a vivid, rarely-seen world of rugged fishermen and jungle laboratories, of exotic bacteria and teeming coral reefs, of Asian outsourcing and broken dreams before testing your nerve with some radical solutions for raising shrimp right here at home. New England premiere. Co-sponsored by the UMass Department of Environmental Conservation & the College of Natural Sciences.

Introduction by Daniel Pope, UMass. The film’s star, UMass professor Andy Danylchuk, will be present.

7:30pm UMass Amherst
137 Isenberg School of Management


Raising Shrimp

“Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States, where we eat over a billion pounds a year. But 90% of it is imported, and most of that is farmed, not wild caught. What are we really eating?” Ted Caplow founded Fish Navy Films to explore marine sustainability. In Raising Shrimp, he and Andy Danylchuk break down what we thought we knew about seafood sourcing and safety as they weave a story of the strange, bright future of bringing clean, fresh shrimp to a hungry market.
[Official website | Event poster]

Andy Danylchuk bio [view/hide]

Photo of Andy DanylchukRaising Shrimp star, host, and scientific advisor, ANDY DANYLCHUK is a fish ecologist, an expert windsurfer, and UMass Assistant Professor of Environmental Conservation. Andy is on a personal crusade to ensure that fish are around for future generations to enjoy, whether on a dinner plate, on the end of a fishing line, or simply something to watch in wonder. Andy spent much of his formative years on lakes north of Toronto, Canada (his birthplace, eh), as well as along the Florida coast and the pristine waters of the Caribbean. During his university career, Andy’s research focused on parrotfish in Jamaica, and the impacts of forest harvesting on fish populations in the northern boreal forest of Canada.
He then spent nearly 10 years in The Bahamas, helping to develop the Cape Eleuthera Institute and launching a series of studies on bonefish (featured on ESPN’s Pirates of the Flats), great barracuda, and sharks. Now as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his fish conservation research spans from New England, to The Bahamas, and as far away as East Africa. Andy’s current research continues to focus on the development of best practices for recreational fisheries, as well as exploring new models of ‘sustainable’ aquaculture that can help meet the growing human demands for fish meat. Andy has a daughter and a son and lives in Amherst, MA.

VIDEO: Raising Shrimp trailer [view/hide]
Daniel Pope bio [view/hide]

DANIEL POPE received his doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013; his dissertation examines contemporary works that negotiate the paradoxes inherent in representations of the real.  He teaches courses in transnational cinema, short story, and fantasy and is an Assistant Curator of the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival.  He has published work in Studies in East European Cinema as well as a chapter in Searching for Sebald: Photography after W.G. Sebald (2007).