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Humans have long regarded the world's oceans as vast and inexhaustible. Now, we have learned otherwise.
Based on the critically acclaimed book by Charles Clover, THE END OF THE LINE charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Scientists explain how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outline the catastrophic future that awaits us an ocean without fish by 2048 if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices.
An alarming call to action that is already changing the world, the film narrates an escalating global crisis that can only be avoided by recovering and sustaining the incredible vitality of the sea. Beyond detailing the issues at hand, THE END OF THE LINE outlines the solutions, motivating supermarkets, restaurants and individuals to take the necessary steps to save the ocean. Now you can join them.
DVD Features: Ocean-Friendly Seafood Guide: A wallet-sized insert you can use to make choices for healthy oceans; Six webisodes: Over 50 minutes of featurettes take you behind the scenes and deeper into the issues; Ted Danson on THE END OF THE LINE; The Coral Triangle: Nursery of the Seas; Trailer; Filmmaker Biography
The End of the Line is a gripping, sobering documentary for anyone who loves fish, the ocean--and the health of the earth's entire ecosystem. British filmmaker Rupert Murray has created a must-see film--a true call to action--that compellingly makes the case that the earth's oceans must be preserved, like great areas of the land, for future generations, to prevent the emptying of the seas of fish. Murray examines modern fishing practices, and the lack of agreement in the global community on what's acceptable. Trawling, for example, still the major form of catching mass quantities of fish, is done many times a year in the same spot--a practice, Murray tells the viewer, akin to "plowing a field seven times a year." The yield is, and will be, ever diminishing.
Murray based his documentary on Charles Clover's book The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat. As a film, however, the message has far more impact--the gorgeous undersea photography is riveting and inspiring--and helps leaven the downbeat overall message of The End of the Line. Ted Danson is an engaging narrator, not mincing words or glossing over harsh realities about the world's diminishing fish supply--yet drawing in the viewer to the wonders of the ocean, and why they need the same protections that vast areas of land preserves enjoy.
The End of the Line will make viewers think twice about the fish they eat--and maybe spur them into ocean conservation activism. The DVD includes several extras, including a great mini documentary about "the Coral Triangle," a lush area of the sea north of Australia and surrounding the Philippines and parts of Indonesia. There are also an interview with Danson, a biography of Murray, and a very helpful small print guide, to be taken to restaurants and supermarkets, that suggests the most and least environmentally sustainable types of seafood. --A.T. Hurley
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The dearth of women in the film did make me wonder whether, with more women in charge of things, maybe we wouldn't be destroying life quite so quickly in the name of profit?
Depressing is right.
I've been a big supporter of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program for years, distributing thousands of seafood guides. But, in The End Of The Line, seeing the massive scale of overfishing is just overwhelming. Bluefin tuna stocks in the North Atlantic are declining so precipitously that the United States backed a proposal to ban all international trade in this species during the 2010 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The proposal's opponents, led by Japan, won.
Maybe they should have watched this movie. However, facts never got in the way of political decisions.
Daily Telegraph environmental reporter Charles Clover wrote this book after wondering where all the fish have gone. Then, in a haunting discovery, Daniel Pauly finds that the reports in China of steadily increasing captures have been fabricated. Instead, the global catch has been on the decline, and numerous fish stocks, like the bluefin, were on the edge of commercial extinction.
The scientists interviewed for this movie are more optimistic than I am. China's 1+ billion people don't use sustainable seafood guides, and neither do most voracious seafood consumers in the US, Japan, and Europe. Luckily, the stringent rules governing commercial fishing in Alaska have practically all (all?) the species fished there good choices for sustainable seafood. But the consumer/purchaser has to ask what species they are eating, how it was caught, and where it came from.
The End Of The Line contains beautiful cinematography. Ironically, even the tragic filming of overexploited fisheries is well done. And the scientists provide a unified message of concern.
This film should change your seafood eating habits. I certainly hope it does...
In general, the global sea catch peaked in 1988. Industrial fishing methods will produce the collapse of all fisheries by 2048, following scientists interviewed in this documentary.
Apart from the extinction of the cod in Canada, other examples of the signs on the wall will be shown. If you also want to see how those huge amounts of tuna are caught, 150 tons of them each time the nets are hauled, check it out on the DVD Wild Pacific. The tuna in the Atlantic is nearly extinct and the fishing fleets are now driving tuna to extinction in the Pacific.
We are definitively living the age of stupid (Age of Stupid (2pc)). Fishermen are aware of the dwindling fish populations, but won't accept their guilt. Fishermen all over the world blame *other species* for the collapse of the fisheries. Each year, Japan kills 1.000 whales (Whale Wars: Season 2) and 23.000 dolphins (The Cove), blaming *them* for eating the fish. Canada still massacres seals (see it for yourself : The Whale Warrior: Pirate for the Sea), blaming *them* to eat cod.
What will be left for our children, then, in 2048 ? Sterile oceans. Algae and jellyfish will thrive. This will be our heritage...
What is even more frustrating is that the solutions are so simple. We would just have to declare a minimum of 20 % of the ocean area as no-fish area, so fish can reproduce there. And fish quotas should be imposed AND enforced. Then we could easily have sustainable fisheries.
This is an important video to become aware of an "invisible" problem that will affect us all in the near future.