In my World Ocean's Day post earlier this week, I mentioned this film. The End of the Line is a documentary about the effect overfishing is having on the oceans. It charts the development of industrialised fishing fleets and how these are driving smaller fishing concerns out of business. It demonstrates how large fishing vessels very often destroy the marine environment where they are fishing, for example by dredging through coral reefs. It also shows how wasteful the fishing industry is, about 10% of the global catch is thrown back into the sea, unwanted and dead.
It is a very sobering film, but thankfully it is not all doom and gloom. The film also describes the campaign for marine conservation areas and shows how well these can work, though they cover less than 1% of our oceans so far. It also encourages the viewer to think about where the fish they eat actually come from. We are told about various restaurants and supermarket chains that have decided to source their fish more sustainably.
The End of the Line website is an excellent resource, giving information on campaigning and giving three easy steps to helping the situation:
1. only eat sustainable seafood (The Marine Stewardship Council advises where to buy sustainable seafood here)
2. Tell politicians to respect the science and to cut the fishing fleets to allow stocks to recover
3. Join the campaign for marine protected areas.
The End of the Line is showing at Edinburgh Filmhouse and at selected cinemas across the UK.