Lobster War documentary screens in Belfast February 27

The University of Maine Hutchinson Center and the UMaine Lobster Institute will present the documentary “Lobster War” at 6 p.m. Feb. 27. The film showing is free and open to the public.

“Lobster War” is an award-winning, feature-length documentary about a 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 U.S. 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.

Lobster War” is directed by David Abel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Boston Globe, and Andy Laub, an award-winning documentarian. The pair also produced the acclaimed Discovery channel documentary “Sacred Cod,” a film about the collapse of the iconic cod fishery in New England.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 338.8049; nancy.bergerson@maine.edu.