Overfishing movie at Sundance

My officemate Marco alerted me to The End of the Line, a documentary about overfishing screening right now at Sundance.

The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Sundance takes place in Park City, Utah, January 15-25, 2009.

In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food.

It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.

Because I’m a terrible person, I find it hilarious that they have the exact same tagline¬† (“Imagine a World Without Fish”) as A Sea Change, the ocean acidification movie.¬† Here’s the trailer:

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9 Responses to Overfishing movie at Sundance

  1. Art says:

    I’m a much more terrible person. My first thought was to imagine “a world without shrimp.” I know it’s a serious subject; kill me now.

  2. I can’t believe I missed that delicious Buffy reference opportunity – but I’m so glad very glad you were there for it.

  3. r. ruais says:

    “End of the Line” is more gloom and doom non-sense to scare public based on claims by radical scientists whose work get’s repeatedly debunked by mainstream competent and involved international fishery management scientists. If you want to follow the real problems and issues in managing and conserving highly migratory fish species get on http://www.tunanews.org

    Extinction of a highly fecund (i.e. millions of eggs per female), highly migratory, widely distributed, multiple spawning grounds Atlantic tunas especially bluefin tuna is an absurd mathematical proposition.

    On the other hand, managing and conserving a valuable and shared international resource for maximum sustainable yield presents a most complex biologic, economic, political and social challenge as has been ongoing within international management organizations such as the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

  4. Jason R says:

    White letters on black background – check.
    Compelling, charismatic images of megafauna – check.
    Dire images of brown people hurting the environment – check.
    White people saving the Earth – check.

    It seems like every PSA and film about ocean conservation follows this same script.

  5. Jason – Yeah, that’s why I don’t really watch movies about the environment. An imax film I saw recently about coral conservation really stood above the crowd since the brown people in it (South Pacific Islanders, in this case) were neither helpless victims or eeeevil earth killers, but actually had agency.

  6. r. ruais – Sorry, your comment got stuck in the spam filter and I just found it. However, you are incorrect. The National Marine Fisheries Service is hardly comprised of “radical scientists” and they consider the Atlantic bluefin tuna to be overfished. Also, many fecund, widely distributed species have gone commercially extinct from overfishing – the classic case is the Atlantic cod, but there’s also all the other Gulf of Maine groundfish, all the California abalone species, oysters from Boston to the Chesapeake, Atlantic swordfish, etc.

  7. Karen James says:

    r. ruais,

    Would you care to inform us why we should put our trust in scientists paid by international fisheries interests rather than in independent scientists?

    Also:
    “Extinction of a highly fecund (i.e. millions of eggs per female), highly migratory, widely distributed, multiple spawning grounds Atlantic tunas especially bluefin tuna is an absurd mathematical proposition.”

    Two words: passenger pigeon.

  8. rruais says:

    Ms. Goldstein: I’m not sure where you are getting your info on biologhical status of marine species but check out NOAA Fish Facts if you want to be species accurate. North Atlantic swordfish, according to NOAA, is completely rebuilt and the biomass is at BMSY or the maximum level necessary to provide the highest sustainable yield possible. Ask NOAA Public Affairs about their glossy brochure urging Americans to eat more American caught swordfish by U.S. pelagic longline fishermen who led the way to rebuild the resource and develop ecosystem friendly circle hooks and safe handling and release practices of regulatory discards.

    Ms. James: it is not about “trust” in a scientist, it is about qualifications and peer review and applys to both enviro/green side and advocates of wise use.

    Would you really want to further explore your analogy of a flying bird to a deep open ocean migrant like swordfish and tunas?

  9. Pilson says:

    would just|simply just|actually} {hope|wish|anticipate|

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