New Hampshire Public Television is set to debut its fishing documentary, “Saving New England Fisheries,” on Thursday. As with the subject it covers, the documentary raises far more questions than it answers.
The bullet points of the hour-long documentary, which was produced in conjunction with New Hampshire Sea Grant, are familiar to any fisherman, fishing family or fishing stakeholder on Cape Ann.
The documentary, which debuts Thursday night at 9, is scheduled to air five more times within the next week on New Hampshire Public Television. It is also scheduled to air on WGBH in Boston on Friday at 9 p.m., as well as being available for online viewing beginning Friday.
The producers of “Saving New England Fisheries” touch on the history of the Northeast multispecies groundfishery and the demise of some species — most notably the iconic cod — against the forces of fishing and climate change.
They also touch upon the gulf-like disconnect that exists between what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual cod stock assessments show and the bounty fishermen say they continue to see on the waters.