2015-03-05 / Fishing

Overfishing is topic of Green Team film

Imagine a world without fish and the global consequences of such a world.

The next University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Green Team is hosting the movie, “The End of the Line,” on Tuesday, March 10.

The film begins at 7 p.m. followed by speaker Greg Stunz, a Port Aransas resident and endowed chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M Univesity-Corpus Christi.

The free film and discussion will be held at the Port Aransas Community Theatre. The PACT, in conjunction with Keep Port Aransas Beautiful, helps the Green Team sponsor this event. The PACT is located at 2327 State Hwy. 361.

The producers of the film provided the following synopsis: “Directed by Rupert Murray, ‘ The End Of The Line’ is the world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing and 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 starvation. 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 oceans. The film provides a dramatic expos√© of those in the fishing industry and politicians who are failing to protect the world’s fish stocks. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. ‘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 myth. We see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. One of Clover’s allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower, Roberto Mielgo, on the trail of those destroying the world’s magnificent bluefin tuna population. Filmed across the world, from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market, featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, ‘The End of the Line’ is a wake-up call to the world. 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 film makes clear recommendations for solving this crisis, with specific steps consumers, corporations and governments can take and concludes on an optimistic note.”

The UTMSI Green Team is a volunteer-based group that was established in 2008. It provides faculty, staff and students at UTMSI with the opportunity to discuss environmental issues that affect their department, building/grounds and nearby community. The team works to develop solutions to problems that will result in a more eco-friendly and sustainable environment.

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