MESYM Documentary Night #12: The End of the Line

MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!

For our June event, in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8th, we are screening The End of the Line, an adaptation of the book The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat, written by journalist Charles Clover about overfishing. The film examines the threatening extinction of the bluefin tuna, caused by increasing demand for sushi; the impact on populations, marine life and climate resulting from an imbalance in marine populations; and the starvation and hunger in coastal populations, caused by the possible extinction of fish in some waters, the possible loss of livelihoods as experienced in Newfoundland following the collapse of the cod population, along with the potential remedies.

We have invited Mr Gangaram Pursumal, WWF-Malaysia’s Manager of Peninsular Malaysia Seas Programme, and Ms. Nadiah Rosli, WWF Malaysia’s Communications Officer of Peninsular Marine Seas Programme. They will join us to discuss the local perspective.

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About The End of the Line

The film features Clover, along with tuna farmer turned whistle blower Roberto Mielgo, top scientists from around the world, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, who predict that seafood could potentially extinct in 2048. Labelled the Biggest Problem you’ve Never Heard of, The End of the Line illustrates the disastrous effects of overfishing, and rebukes myths of farmed fish as a solution. The film advocates consumer responsibility to purchase sustainable seafood, pleas with politicians and fishermen to acknowledge the chilling devastation of overfishing, and for no-take zones in the sea to protect marine life.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Japanese restaurant chain Nobu have come under criticism for not taking tuna off the menu. The Economist has called The End of the Line “the inconvenient truth about the impact of overfishing on the world’s oceans”. The film was directed by Rupert Murray, Executive Produced by Christopher Hird and Chris Gorell Barnes produced by George Duffield and Claire Lewis, and narrated by Ted Danson.

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