"From a fishing community, to a fishing community that was in despair, to a fishing community that almost is just a memory." - Vito Giacalone
There was a time when Gloucester, MA was a bustling metropolis of the fishing industry. Boats were so numerous in the harbor that they were tied up four or more abreast. Today, things are different. The commercial fishing industry in Gloucester has been on the decline for decades. NOAA, in an attempt to stop the shrinking of fish populations in the North Atlantic, has pushed for fierce regulation that has in turn shrunk the Gloucester fleet tremendously; the state of the industry is at an all-time low. This film is an exploration of the sometimes fiery relationship between a long established heritage of fisherman and the organization established to regulate it. Can the rich cultural history of Gloucester remain vigorous or will it perish at the hand of environmental scientists?