In the August 2013 issue of Harper’s magazine, there’s a feature story on “the dismal future of the global fishery.” In conjunction with the piece, photographer Dominic Bracco II and writer Erik Vance produced a short documentary, “After the Fish Are Gone.”
The video leads with the harrowing statistic that 85 percent of the world’s fisheries have been fished to their limits or totally exploited. A Mexican fisherman, Piolin, describes the drastic changes in the sea he’s seen since he began fishing as a teenager. He paints a picture of his life in the town of Kino — filled with drug traffickers and poverty. It’s a bleak existence, but he finds solace in the sea.
In “After the Fish are Gone,” we meet Piolin, who stated fishing as a teenager in the small town of Kino. After a long day of work, he sits in his hammock near the shore and talks about what his life on the sea means to him.