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The end of the line
Uniform Title:
End of the line (Motion picture : 2009 : Murray)
Deluxe ed.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Docurama : Distributed by New Video Group, c2009.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the book by Charles Clover.

Originally released in 2008.
Clover's mission -- The collapse of cod -- 90% of big fish gone -- How bad is it? -- Politics, law, lawbreakers -- Japanese tuna trade -- The human cost -- Fishing down the food web -- The end of the line? -- Sustainable fishing -- Solutions and false solutions -- The Garden of Eden.

Special features: Webisodes: The biggest problem you've never heard of (10 min.), The European Union, a world leader in overfishing (9 min.), The future of fisherman (10 min.), The future of protection (8 min.), The future of seafood (9 min.), The future of fish (9 min.) ; The coral triangle: nursery of the seas [short film] (13 min.) ; Ted Danson on The End of the line ; original theatrical trailer ; filmmaker bio.
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"[This film] charts the devastating ecological impact of overfishing by interweaving both local and global stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Scientists explain how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outline the catastrophic future that awaits us -- an ocean without fish by 2048 -- if we do not adjust our fishing and consumption practices." -- Container.


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As the world's demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world's oceans, with some speculating that the seas could be literally fished-out by 2048 if current trends do not change. Filmmaker Rupert Murray offers an in-depth look at the crisis in the world's oceans in the documentary End of the Line, in which experts discuss some of the key factors behind the looming shortage -- increased demand for endangered species, irresponsible methods employed by major fishing lines, lax enforcement of current regulations -- and what can be done to head off the famine before it's too late. End of the Line was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Based on Charles Clover's 2006 book of the same name, this film chronicles how the collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery (1992-present) and the continued over-harvesting of bluefin tuna have led to predictions that ocean fish stocks will decline so drastically by 2050 that fish will disappear from worldwide menus. Our habitual exploitation of ocean resources, especially since the 1950s, adds credence to these claims from environmental experts. What to do? The effort can be grassroots: convince politicians that fish harvesting quotas must be enforced; change our eating habits-five kilos of anchovies processed as fish meal yields one kilo of farmed salmon; force the fishing industry to comply with regulations; and ask where the catch of the day was caught, how it was caught, and if the fishery is sustainable. This compelling story, effectively narrated by Ted Danson, is beautifully filmed and edited. Also included are the Monterey Bay Aquarium's National Sustainable Seafood Guide (in print and available online) and numerous bonus features. This highly recommended video is essential for general audiences.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.