Did anyone see….’The End of the Line’ last night?

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Thanks to Geoff (East Devon Greens) for suggesting watching The End of the Line last night. I was happily having my usual Saturday night veggie curry when the blood started flowing or should I say literally gushing. As an ex vet nurse I’m not squeamish in the slightest, but I was shocked by the way it was filmed to show the worldwide fishing industry to be an extremely desperate, avaricious affair. The horrific scenes of the glorious blue-fin tuna being hunted with huge nets, dragged on board and hacked to pieces (while still alive and flipping about) were enough to turn anyone’s stomach I’m sure.

The End of the Line is Rupert Murray’s acclaimed film, which examines the consequences of unchecked, unregulated sea fishing across the globe. The documentary reveals how chronic overfishing could lead to the total extinction of the wild fish many humans rely on for food, within 50 years.

It is not a film about what might happen, it is a film about what has happened. The collapse of the cod population, in Newfoundland, saw the end of 40,000 jobs; the bluefin tuna is being hunted to extinction; it takes five kilos of anchovies to produce one fish farmed salmon. And while there are some positive signs, with retailers such as Walmart and McDonalds both selling fish from sustainable sources, some outlets still sell endangered species. The final chilling conclusion is, unless more radical steps are taken globally, including the reduction of overfishing, it will take just 50 years for the world’s oceans to be all fished out.

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Read more……

Ten Terrifying Facts about the fish we eat

Hugh’s Guide to sustainable British fish

Charles Glover’s Fish2Fork blog can tell you which restaurants try to serve sustainable fish and work with fishermen to lower their impact on the sea. It can also tell you which restaurants go on serving endangered species and make no attempt to work with their suppliers to avoid by-catch, or endangered or over-fished species

PLEASE ADD YOUR COMMENTS BELOW – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FISHING CRISIS? Me and my children are vegetarian so don’t eat fish but we do give it to our cats and my dog adores fish. I will be making an effort from now on to only buy sustainable fish for them.

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4 Replies to “Did anyone see….’The End of the Line’ last night?”

  1. The End of the Line is a brave and very timely film. In bringing the realities of industrial fishing to the worlds attention we now have the power to change things and succeed where governments and business fails.

    – Support Marine Protection Zones and their proper policing
    – Ask where your fish comes from and only buy from sustainable sources (www.fishonline.org/information/MCSPocket_Good_Fish_Guide.pdf)

    For so long the sea has been seen as an infinite resource, whether it be for dumping waste or providing food. Covering almost 3/4’s of the earth’s surface the oceans play a huge and vital role in our planet’s climate too. We cannot continue in ignorance of this.

  2. Thanks Geoff, it was a bit blood curdling in parts, but shot really well and kept my interest. Sad to see the EU not stepping up to the mark to help the fish stocks replenish themselves. Our governments have to make a stand. I’m with the Green Party on this and you can read their policies here.

  3. I watched “The End of the Line” last night as well. It carries an extremely important message about our rapidly declining fisheries. I thought it was very well done, clearly a documentary with a budget behind it.

    However, personally, I thought the few bloodier scenes did the film a disservice. The point of the film isn’t about cruelty to animals (another topic for another doc). The point is that we’re decimating entire species by eating them off the earth. I’m worried that the gore might turn people off to the larger (and more urgent) message. I’m not sure my wife would make it through those scenes, for example.

    But people should definitely see this film. Also check: Seafood Watch (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx)

    They have handy (U.S. based) Sea Food Guides, including mobile.

  4. Thanks John – I wondered that too, the mixed messages, as it was a film which accepted humans eating fish and the point was that they’ve been intensively fished and there’s not many left. I think like farming if you accept that animals are there to be eaten then this does involve blood, killing, cutting etc. so I’m not sure about that being highlighted in the film as an issue. Like you say…that’s got to be “another topic for another doc”. Good to watch though & thanks for the link to Seafood Watch.

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