Filmed over two years, it follows author and reporter Charles Clover as he explores the extinction of various marine species, and confronts politicians and restaurateurs about their disregard for the state of the world’s oceans.
Clover believes we must stop thinking of oceans as a food factory and acknowledge the importance and complexity of the marine environment, if marine life is to survive."We must act now to protect the sea from rampant overfishing so that there will be fish in the sea for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren." he says.
Scientists predict that most seafood species will be extinct by the year 2048 if we continue to fish the waters as we are doing now. The film suggests that all sectors of the community are responsible including; uninformed consumers, politicians ignoring scientific findings, fishermen engaging in illegal practices and unresponsive fishery industries world wide.
The film travels the globe to investigate the dire situation, exploring a Tokyo fish market, the straits of Gibraltar, Alaskan oceans and the Senegalese coast. Clover has an ally in Robert Mielgo, a former tuna farmer turned whistle blower. Mielgo is an advocate for the Blue fin tuna species, who face extinction because of overfishing.
The End of the Line also highlights some solutions to the massive problems the oceans face, including: reducing the number of fishing boats across the world, creating a network of marine reserves off-limit to fishing, and educating consumers about the choices they have when purchasing seafood.
The premiere at Sundance is fitting as the festival has a history of featuring topical and contentious issue-based films. The premiere coincided with a global campaign encouraging people to demand better marine policy.
The state of our oceans is an environmental disaster few people are aware of. This documentary aims to increase knowledge about the devastating effects of commercial fishing and will be making its way around the world throughout 2009.
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