A film highlighting the desperate plight of the world’s oceans and fish stocks is set to shock millions of anglers and consumers when it hits the nation’s cinemas this summer.
The End of the Line, which is set for general release in June, paints a grim portrait of the perils of over-fishing and appeals to us all to try to imagine a world without sea fish.
Based on the book of the same name by Daily Telegraph journalist Charles Clover, the film weaves scenes of commercial fishing together with opinion from many of the world’s foremost fishery scientists to create a damning picture of man’s mismanagement of wild fish populations.
“In the next 40 or 50 years it’s crisis, it’s crash, it’s do something about it time. Over-fishing is arguably one of the biggest crises facing the world today,” claims Charles, who has spent more than a decade researching the book and film.
Statistics reveal that, since 1970, stocks of North Sea cod and haddock have fallen 98 per cent and 80 per cent respectively, and salmon and American plaice by 90 per cent.
Far from being a doom-laden melodrama, the film is based on scientific fact, as one of the main men behind the key research the film is based on explained.
“The threat that stocks of all the fish we presently have will have completely collapsed by the middle of the century is not a horror scenario but a very real possibility.
“There will come a point in the future when, if we don’t change our current behaviour, we will run out of fish. It’s as simple as that,” warned leading scientist Dr Boris Worm, of Canada’s Dalhousie University.
However, there is a message of hope among all the doom and gloom. As far as The End of the Line is concerned, because we now know what is happening, we have the chance to prevent further damage.
“According to the United Nations, the sea belongs to us, the citizen. It doesn’t belong to commercial fishermen, or to the aggregates industry, or to the oil and gas industry. It’s ours. Why don’t we claim it back?” asks Charles.
“Why should any angler pay the Government money to fish when they have no say over how this precious public resource is managed? It’s an outrage. There should be no taxation without representation,” he added.