Film: The End of the Line – Fellowship of Humanity    

Film: The End of the Line

Posted by Humanist Hall on September 18, 2010as , , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 pm

The End of the Line

by Rupert Murray

Fish stocks in the ocean are at dangerously low levels, with many species very close to extinction. This alarming film tells you exactly what has happened, how come we didn’t know about this before, and what we need to do about it — quickly. The film lays the responsibility for over-fishing the oceans squarely on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fisherfolks who break quotas and fish illegally, and the global fishing industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster.

The film 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.

We need to become conscious about our choice of fish, how to eat sustainable fish stocks. For example eating farmed fish is not such a good idea because they are not produced sustainably, it takes 5 kg of little fish to produce 1 kg of salmon. Better to eat the small fish ourselves. The larger fish are at such dangerously low levels they may never recover. Many governments are not monitoring or policing their fishing industries and the Japanese are raping the oceans and freezing what bluefin tuna are left so they can get more money for them later, when the supply dries up which will be soon. We must stop eating the wrong fish right away, for sure! See the film and join the campaign. What will be left for our children by 2050: sterile oceans where algae and jellyfish will thrive. This will be our heritage.

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