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The End of The Line: Fish Will Be Extinct Due to Overfishing

Many people think of the ocean as a limitless resource for food, but scientists predict that by the year 2048 many species of fish will be extinct due to overfishing. We are heading in a dangerous direction if we continue fishing at the rate we are now. The End of the Line looks at this trend and the mass starvation that would result in a world without fish.

Fisheries use gigantic nets the size of football fields to trawl the ocean floor which is making it impossible for many species to survive. Fish are even undergoing physiological changes and evolving to swim faster to escape nets (BBC). As the western demand for sushi increases, the amount of bluefin tuna decreases and inevitably will go extinct. In fact, 90 percent of large fish in our oceans have become extinct (National Geographic).

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CBS reports these species that may go extinct actually filter toxins from the ocean which in turn protects shorelines. There have even been stories about red tide blooms which affect fish and marine animals’ nervous systems. This then can affect people and give them respiratory irritations and other illnesses (News4Jax).    

So what can we do about this? Director Rupert Murray offers advice on realistic solutions, “I don’t believe people should give up eating fish, but rather eat it carefully and with the respect the consumption of a wild animal deserves” (End of the Line). He says people should question their eating habits as well as where the fish they’re eating are coming from. Also, look out for sustainable fisheries which at some supermarkets can have color-coded and MSC labels. Stores like Whole Foods participate in this by marking their seafood so you can make better decisions.   

There has been a tremendous response to The End of the Line after it was released. The film created awareness which led to restaurants and food companies changing their policies drastically. Also, the production team launched a new charity called The Blue Marine Foundation from the profits they made from a single screening of the film (Impact Guide). We need to carry on these safe practices and make sure we aren’t depleting our resources. There are easy, practical solutions to ensure that there are fish in our oceans in 35 years – everyone just needs to take part. To see how, check out our action steps below.

Ways you can REACT to End of the Line!

LEARN about the best seafood choices for your region here and download the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app!

SUPPORT the Seafood Choices Alliance & plan a dinner using only local, sustainable fish.

FIND OUT if your favorite fish can be consumed sustainably by exploring the Blue Ocean Institute Seafood Guide, & donate to support ocean conservation.

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