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Women on the Water (film screening + panel discussion)

March 27, 2024

Women on the Water
film screening + panel discussion
Wednesday, March 27
Doors: 6pm / Event: 7pm
All ages / Seated
Pay-what-you-choose (starting at $15)

In the male-dominated industries of seafood and aquaculture, women have to work twice as hard to prove themselves. But in New Hampshire’s small fishing and aquaculture industries, women have broken down barriers and forged their own paths to success. Women on the Water tells the stories of six women in New Hampshire who have overcome personal and societal challenges to establish themselves in lobstering, seafood distribution, oyster farming, and tuna fishing on their own terms. Discover what independence, determination, and grit look like for women making a name for themselves on the water in the Granite State.


The film was produced by New Hampshire Sea Grant and the vision of co-creators Tim Briggs and Gabriela Bradt and director Haley McHatton Ballou. In addition to the film screening and panel discussion, a PhotoVoice project A Rising Tide?, which documents the experiences of women in oyster farming, will be displayed thanks to the work of Natalie Lord, a University of New Hampshire graduate student.

Tim Briggs, Producer and Co-creator, panel moderator
Laura Brown, Owner of Fox Point Oysters
Jillian Robillard, Owner of Southern Maine Crabs
Ella Byrne, Co-owner of FV Sugar Daddy Lobsters
Michelle Bancewicz, Captain of FV No Limits
Lea Pinaud, First Mate of FV No Limits

About New Hampshire Sea Grant:
New Hampshire Sea Grant works to support a coastal environment that sustains healthy ecosystems, economies, and people through integrated research, extension, education, and communications efforts. Based at the UNH, New Hampshire Sea Grant is one of 34 programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, a state-federal partnership serving America’s coasts. One of Sea Grant’s four strategic focus areas is ‘Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture,’ which engages the state’s seafood industries and blue economy.

Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: AC Hotel Portsmouth, MacEdge, and Raka.


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