The End of the Line: Plenty of fish in the sea?

Its hard to deny our past experience with overfishing.  I hope that Alaska fishermen realize that we are poised in a rare position to change the way people perceive commercial fishing.

“BEAUTIFUL” and “vast” are words that come to mind when thinking of the world’s oceans. “Inexhaustible” is another, which might explain why we think it is fine to plunder them for our dinner plates.

The End of the Line is a powerful wake-up call for anyone who heads straight to the menu’s fish section. It documents how overfishing is decimating the oceans, and makes alarming predictions about how fish stocks might look in 30 years’ time.

Adapted from the book by Charles Clover, the film opens with stunning footage of our reefs and oceans. Unusual camera angles explore fishing nets from the inside out. The film follows Clover as he asks top restaurants why they still serve critically endangered species like bluefin tuna, and speaks to industry whistleblowers about how our love of fish is driving some species to the brink of extinction.

This is investigative journalism at its best. More importantly, it is an engaging film that provokes anger and sadness in equal measure. Anger at the greed of multinational companies who seem intent on catching as many tuna as they can before stocks run out, and at the politicians who do little to stop them by setting their fishing quotas well above what scientists recommend. Sadness, too, at the loss of species, and the wasted by-catch casually tossed back into the sea.

via The End of the Line: Plenty of fish in the sea? – environment – 08 June 2009 – New Scientist.

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