The world’s first major documentary about
the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine
your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences.
This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
The End of the Line, the first major
feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing
on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film
Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2009.
In the film we see first-hand the effects
of our global love affair with fish as food.
It examines the imminent extinction of
bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for
sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge
overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications
of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass
Filmed over two years, The End of the Line
follows the investigative reporter Charles Clover as he
confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs, who
exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the
Scientists predict that if we continue
fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood
The End of the Line chronicles how demand
for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led
to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the
world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes
for fish populations and how farmed fish as a solution is a
The film lays the responsibility squarely
on consumers who innocently buy endangered fish, politicians
who ignore the advice and pleas of scientists, fishermen who
break quotas and fish illegally, and the global fishing
industry that is slow to react to an impending disaster.
The End of the Line points to solutions
that are simple and doable, but political will and activism
are crucial to solve this international problem.