There have been many stories over the last couple of decades warning of fish stock depletion due to over fishing of the world’s oceans, especially with cod. But the reality is that if current practices continue to be used, and at the rate presently seen, one day there will be no fish left in the sea.
Monday 8th June is World Ocean Day, an event which was first proposed in 1992 by the Canadian Government at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. World Ocean Day has seen progressive support from other countries holding events at venues such as aquariums, zoos, schools and universities to help promote awareness of the world’s oceans and the importance of acting to protect them while we still can, and 2009 is the first year it has been officially recognised by the United Nations. In celebration of this day, a new film, based on the book by Charles Clover, ‘The End Of The Line’ premieres with a number of screenings across the UK, and aims to spread the word about the danger of continued unsustainable fishing.
The film sets out to inform the public about the worrying situation that exists for the world’s oceans due to mankind’s activities. Technological advances have made the whole ocean within man’s grasp, so where previously untouched stocks of fish populations would replenish where we fished, there are no longer areas with this protection. In addition, current fishing practices cause huge waste as many smaller and unwanted species are scooped up along with the targeted catch. These are then thrown back, but their fate is sealed as they are either dead or dying, therefore causing even more damage to the precious eco-systems.
It’s not just overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices that are causing problems for the ecosystems concerned. Oil and gas drilling, pollution, dumping of waste and the effects of climate change are all factors taking their toll on the seas. The film therefore calls on citizens, consumers and companies to take action so change can occur before it’s too late. By being aware of where the fish we eat comes from, and using buying power to support sustainably sourced fish, the demand for more responsible fishing practices should increase. Lobbying politicians to act to legislate to protect our oceans, and to uphold the laws and regulations currently in place could help create protected areas where populations can thrive. And joining ‘The End Of The Line’ campaign to show your support for action to save the ocean’s will demonstrate that people care and want to see change.
Details of cinemas screening the film are available on ‘The End Of The Line‘ website.