Experiencing Interruptions?

The Last Bay Scallop?

The waters off Nantucket island support the last viable bay scallop commercial fishery on the east coast. But scientists estimate that it could fade into history within a decade. What will be lost in off-season economy and the island culture that grew up around the scallop fishery, if that dire prediction comes true? Can the town and local scientists repair the harbor's water quality and save the bay scallop?

  • John Stanton
    Wood/Sails/Dreams (2013); Last Call (2002)
  • John Stanton
  • John Stanton
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Sony 100
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Annapolis Film Festival
    April 1, 2016
  • The Nantucket Film Festival
    Nantucket, MA
    United States
    June 24, 2016
  • MV Film Fest (Shellfish Shorts)
    Martha's Vineyard, MA
    United States
    July 18, 2016
  • Wood Hole Film Festival
    Falmouth, MA
    United States
    August 2, 2016
Director Biography - John Stanton

John Stanton's films have always been about community. He has documented local culture on the decline in films like "Leather Soul," and "Last Call." And explored impromptu communities is "Witch City," and "Wood Sails Dreams."

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Director Statement

"The Last Bay Scallop?" began with the dual ideas of capturing a slice of island culture and exploring the environmental problems in the harbor that might mean the end of that culture. It ended with the premise that the larger island community must work together if the last commercially viable bay scallop fishery on the east coast os to be saved.