The Last Fishermen film

The Last Fishermen

This film was born out of numerous visits to low impact fishermen all over the English coast, whom we've been working with closely this year. We made it to give these fishermen, who use sustainable methods, a chance to tell their story, in their own words. The one consistent theme that kept emerging on our visits was this: their future, and the future of our fish stocks, is under real threat. European and domestic fishing laws favour the most powerful parts of the European fishing industry, often with the highest environmental impact, while shutting out those who fish in the right way.

The eight men in this film represent a handful of some of the wonderful people we met from all over the coast, who sat down with us for tea, invited us into their communities, their boats and homes, and spent hours talking to us, both on and off camera. The fishermen that we've spoken to all felt that their voices simply aren't being heard – but this film is an opportunity to change that.

By working together, we can be a voice for real change that will salvage a future for our fish, fishermen and the coastal communities that rely on them. You can join us in giving our sustainable fishermen a fair catch. Be a fisherman's friend and send our petition to fisheries minister Richard Benyon to demand a reformed Common Fisheries Policy, that gives fishing rights to sustainable fishermen, ends destructive fishing practices and puts the health of our seas and fish stocks at its heart.

You can also catch the film on the big screen. We’ve screened it at 40 cinemas across the country over the last few months. Check the list on the right to see where it's playing near you.

Meet the Last Fishermen
Angus Walker
Angus is a motorbike enthusiast as well as being a keen fuchsia gardener. He is also Vice Chairman of the Seaton and Axmouth branch of the East Devon Fishing Association, and assistant harbour master for Axmouth harbour. He's been a fishermen for over 50 years, on his boat the My Lady.
Ben Griffin
Ben has just bought a new boat, so he spends all the time he can out fishing, and when he's not fishing, he's busy looking after his children. Ben loves the great outdoors, being out on his boat, or walking in the hills. He is a conservationist at heart and proud of his sustainable way of fishing. He also plans to get the Fisherman's Friends logo tattooed next. Watch this space…
Bud White
Bud is from an old fishing family, based on Hastings beach since the 1700's, but he is now the last fisherman of his line. He loves spending time with his eldest daughter's two children, and is skipper to the family boat, the Blood Axe, named by his brother Pete after a Viking King.
Graham Coglan
Graham comes from the Peters family, a long line of fishermen who have fished from Hastings beach for hundreds of years. His Uncle Jack taught him the trade, and since then he's spent 40 years fishing, currently with two crewmen, as skipper of his boat, the Alfie Elliot.
James White
James is one of the youngest fishermen in Suffolk, and comes from a close community of fishermen. He recently built a boat with his dad, a retired fishermen, and named it after his mother, the Audrey-M. He loves the fishing way of life and is a firm believer in old fashioned values, including looking after the sea. He also enjoys going to the pub and singing sea shanties with fellow Suffolk fishermen, as well as painting sea-scapes with a local artist.
John Griffin
John's boats Fair Trade and Amethyst can be seen on Hastings beach, where John and his son Ben, who also features in the film, are based. John does all his own boat repairs, and also enjoys fixing up motorbikes, building work and being a grandfather to all fourteen of his grandchildren.
Kirk Stribling
Kirk supplies all the fish he catches to his shop, the Aldeburgh Fresh Fish Company, on the sea front, which he runs with his wife Janet. He's dedicated his 25 year career to sustainable fishing off Aldeburgh Beach and soon plans to open a new smoke house next door to his shop.
Steve Rodgers
Steve has been fishing since the age of 16; first he was a trawlerman, then a fishmonger, and now he is a small scale fisherman and fishmonger. He runs 'Just Fish' in Seaton with his business partner Phil, where they sell all the fish they catch from their boat the Holly Jo out of Axmouth Harbour, and are proud of their sustainable approach. Steve has three daughters, who are all, like him, passionate about wildlife and the environment.


Catch The Last Fishermen at a cinema near you:
Bath, Little Theatre Cinema: Screening before selected films
Dover, Silver Screen: Currently showing before selected films
Folkstone, Silver Screen: Showing before the evening film – currently before Ted, and from 31st August, before Total Recall
Hereford, The Courtyard Before selected screenings in January
Lancashire, The Arts Centre (Edge Hill University) Playing before selected films
Kent, Empire Cinema Screening over the Christmas period
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, Broadway Cinema Screening throughout January
Lewes, East Sussex, Lewes Cinema: Screening before selected films
Nottingham, Broadway Cinema & Media Centre Screening over Christmas and New Year
Plough Arts Centre: Showing before most films up to the end of October
Scarborugh, Futurist Theatre: Screening before selected films.
Shoreham, Ropetackle Centre: To be screened monthly before selected films until Christmas.
South Shields, The Customs House: Screening before selected films
Whitehaven, Rose Hill Theatre Screening weekly from 16 January
Wigton, Caldbeck Area Film Society Screening once a week before selected films