Cold Water Cowboys follows the action on fishing boats off the coast of Newfoundland through one intense fishing season.
This salty brotherhood from Canada’s most unique region faces swells as high as houses and icebergs the size of small cities as they fish for riches hundreds of miles offshore in the North Atlantic. It’s a tough job—tough on boats, tough on gear, tough on the human body—but these bred-in-the-bone fishermen wouldn’t have it any other way.
The fishermen of Newfoundland inherited of a way of life that stretches back generations. Disaster struck in 1992 when the cod stock collapsed. A moratorium was declared, effectively shutting the fishery down overnight. Our captains are the stubborn men who survived this calamity and retooled, building a billion dollar industry on new catches: crab, shrimp, turbot, herring, and mackerel. Today—like their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers before them—they are fishing the North Atlantic with all their hearts. Hometown pride and friendly competition rule the day, but when push comes to shove, they’re all part of the same fiercely held fraternity.