The End of the Line
August 2, 2009
I recently saw The End of the Line, which screened for only a week in Boston. It is about the massive over-fishing of all of our oceans, and that people are generally unaware and submissive. Large fish populations like blue fin tuna have been on the decline since the 70’s and are crashing. It is estimated that over 90% of the world’s large fish have been fished out. And yet many sushi and other restaurants are still selling this fish, and consumers are buying it even though the animals are endangered.
The movie asserts that we must change this by forcing fisheries to follow regulations, by pressuring governments to develop more strict regulations (suggested by scientists and not by businessmen), by establishing no-fishing zones in the ocean (today under 1% of the ocean is protected), and by getting the word out to consumers. Grab a sustainable fish guide and don’t go to restaurants that sell endangered fish. Check out other ways to make a difference plus a TV show as a follow-up to the film at the End of the Line website.
What I found to be especially interesting about the film was that just as big corn does not want to show its face, big fish does not either. Neither does Tyson allow you to see it’s chickens nor does Mitsubishi its blue fin tuna. The film even ventured to suggest that Mitsubishi was piling up stock of blue fin to flood the market when the fish inevitably becomes extinct.
For a more artsy take on the fish crisis check out Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno series on Sundance Channel.