Dorset Coastal Stories is a series of short films which showcase the opportunities in commercial fishing and aquaculture in Dorset.
The 4 films are all based in Dorset, which follow the stories of local people and their pathways into fishing and aquaculture. One more films will follow later in the year, so watch this space. Please do watch and share these inspiring stories!
These films have been directed and produced by Jo Stewart-Smith from Butterfly Effect Films with photography and videography by Simon Vacher. Do take a look at Butterfly Effect Films’ Boat Stories series!
The Fisherman Chef with Ashley Stones
This is an inspirational story of how one commercial fisherman affected, like so many, by quotas has found a way to make it work. For several years Ashley lived the dream. He tells us ‘I spent all my weekends and school holidays fishing – I absolutely loved it I couldn’t get enough of it. After college I went into catering but it was the fishing I wanted to do. I decided to jack in my proper job and turn my hobby into a career.” He’s passionate that rod and line fishing is sustainable and describes how quotas rocked his friends and colleagues in the Weymouth bass fleet. He has managed to keep fishing, catching less fish (under quota) but using his entrepreneurial and cheffing skills to add value to the fish he catches.
Aquaculture in Dorset
Take a whistle-stop tour around the growing business of aquaculture in Dorset.
Meet the key people in a range of different kinds of aquaculture ranging from seaweed to shellfish and lumpfish (cleaner fish), and discover the wide range of opportunities for different kinds of work in the sector.