Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will screen four short documentary films that examine how the fishing industry is dealing with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity and ocean acidification, Friday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. The Island Institute will host a reception for Institute members beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The films, produced by the Island Institute’s Scott Sell and shot in Maine, Alaska and Florida, chronicle the notable shifts in the ocean ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water that fishermen and scientists are observing across the nation. The fourth documentary in the series introduces shellfish aquaculture as an example of economic diversification for fishing communities; and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring a local aquaculturist and a scientist.

Tickets are $15; $10 for Island Institute and Strand members; and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at; by calling call 594-0070, ext. 3; and at the Strand ticket window, daily between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. or when the doors open at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event.

For more information, contact Marydale Abernathy at 594-9209, ext. 140 or

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or