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.
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.