Sunday, May 17, 2009

The End of the Line for Fish

It had its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The End of the Line is the first major documentary about the imminent peril facing the world’s oceans. The film explores the devastating effect that overfishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

The film is based on the book, The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover.

Some scientists predict that if we continue fishing at the current rate, the planet will completely run out of fish by 2048. The film is aimed at a general audience, but will certainly have the interest of people who care about the environment, the safety of our food supply, and the preservation of endangered species.

The film aims to be more than just a doomsday warning. It offers real, practical solutions that are simple and doable, including advocating for controlled fishing of engendered species, protecting networks of marine reserves off-limits to fishing, and educating consumers that they have a choice by purchasing fish from sustainable fisheries.

The film is narrated by Ted Danson. It will be released theatrically beginning June 19th in 12 to 15 cities, and will be supported by numerous word-of-mouth screenings on June 8, 2009 — World Ocean Day. It has been endorsed by and with major marketing support from National Geographic, Greenpeace, and the Natural Resources Defense Fund (NRDC).

“The inconvenient truth about the impact of overfishing on the world’s oceans”
— The Economist

A clip about fish farming. Advances in fishing technology mean whole species of wild fish are under threat and the most important stocks we eat are predicted to be in a state of collapse.

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