Films and fish stocks


in Daily updates, Science, The environment

According to Shifting Baselines, it seems that Charles Clover’s excellent book “The End of the Line” is being made into a documentary film.

That was the book that inspired me to go meet Dr. Daniel Pauly at the UBC Fisheries Centre, as well as go on to write the article that was recently published in the MIT International Review.

Hopefully, the release of the film will raise the profile of the issue a bit. As morally dubious as the factory farming of land animals is, it does not endanger the survival of these species. That is not true of the modern industrialized fishing industry. The collapse of fisheries in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic is just a sign of what is to come to all fisheries worldwide unless aggressive conservation measures are put in place and enforced.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

hilary August 22, 2007 at 1:31 am

Have you seen Darwin’s Nightmare? If so, what did you think? (I saw it a year ago at least, and I thought of you at the time.)

Emily August 22, 2007 at 2:51 am


Milan August 22, 2007 at 8:15 am


The issue of West African fisheries is actually quite interesting and important. You may want to take a look at this post and the PowerPoint presentation linked on it.

. August 23, 2007 at 12:37 pm

Plugging the depths of the Pacific into the Internet

A $112-million megaproject led by the University of Victoria involves installing a massive cable-linked observatory on the seafloor

Emily September 3, 2007 at 1:41 am

I would like to mention here that I did not actually post that ‘booooring’ comment and that it was my friends Josh and Vashti in an act of tom-foolery and espionage.

Apologies. :)

. October 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Film Screening: The End of the Line
Fri Oct 23, 2009, Ottawa, ON

Friday, October 23 | 17h30 – 19h00
Demarais Building (Room 4101) at the University of Ottawa.

Free Public Admission (subject to room capacity).

Post-screening discussion led by OMRN Board members, including questions from the audience on the film content.

The End of the Line a film by Rupert Murray, based on Charles Clover’s book, is the first major documentary revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans. Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world. But the film also points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem. We need to control fishing by reducing the number of fishing boats across the world, protect large areas of the ocean through a network of marine reserves off limits to fishing, and educate consumers that they have a choice by purchasing fish from independently certified sustainable fisheries.

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