Women on the Water Film Series

Women on the Water Film Series

A film series by New Hampshire Sea Grant

Ella Byrne moves a lobster trap on the back of a boat, seen through the wire grid of another yellow lobster trap


A documentary film from New Hampshire Sea Grant following the stories of women in New Hampshire's traditionally male-dominated seafood and aquaculture industries, why they chose to work on the water, the challenges they face, and the reasons they've stayed.

Attend the public premiere



6:00 Doors Open
7:00 Event Begins

Film Screening
Q+A Moderated Panel Discussion

Poster for Women on the Water film series with photos of the characters – women doing various fishing and seafood related activities – with text reading "A New Hampshire Sea Grant film, Women On the Water, Created by Gabriela Bradt and Tim Briggs, Directed by Haley McHatton, Director of Photography Marcus Adolf" With the NHSG Logo

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
7:00-9:00 p.m. 
3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH

View the premiere of the film, hear from the characters and filmmaker in a Q+A panel.

Meet our characters

Ella Byrne loads bait into a yellow bait bag on the back of the FV Sugar Daddy lobster boat


At 15, Ella started a business with her father, catching and selling lobsters off their boat, the FV Sugar Daddy. 

Jillian Robillard, smiling, holds two Jonah Crabs (reddish crabs about 8 inches across) in her facility, wearing a blue tie dye shirt with the Southern Maine Crabs logo on it


An innovator in New England seafood, Jillian has built a market for an underutilized catch: Jonah Crabs. 

Laura Brown and Krystin Ward walk out of the ocean wearing waders, carrying an oyster rake and an orange basket

Laura and Krystin

These two sisters each own the only female-owned oyster farms in New Hampshire. Krystin, a researcher at UNH in shellfish, started her farm and helped her sister Laura start her own as well.

Michelle Cicale smiles in ton of fishing rods and an fading pink sunset

Michelle and Lea

The first time Michelle caught a bluefin tuna, she was hooked. But for her, fishing was more than an obsession or a career, it gave her independence.

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