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33 out of 36 people found the following review useful:

Poignant and timely

10/10
Author: Dan Raymond from United Kingdom
22 July 2009

This won't be the most enjoyable film you ever see. It's not meant to be. The picture it paints is bleak, but as an educational documentary it is a 'must see'. It explains in an engaging way the state of our oceans. Fish stocks in general are down by 90%. By approx 2050 there will be NO FISH in the sea. If enough people saw this film we would stand a chance of managing the planet's fish stocks. The visuals are poignant and vivid. It's not for the squeamish, but the sometimes gruesome fishing shots bring home just how massive the global fishing fleet is and how small a chance fish stand of evading our nets. It will influence the way you look at your next fish dinner forever. The problem with fishing is that it is done under or out to the sea. The trawlers are far away out of sight. The damage is hidden by trillions of gallons of water this documentary exposes the fishes plight, with an ever increasing global population we need to act on this now. The most important film documentary since an 'Inconvenient Truth'

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

The last cod (and tuna, shark, eel...)

9/10
Author: paul2001sw-1 (paul2001sw@yahoo.co.uk) from Saffron Walden, UK
15 March 2010

Free market fundamentalists tell us that there is no need to worry about diminishing natural resources; as they become scarcer, so the price rises, stimulating human abstinence and ingenuity. In the worst case, where we can't find a better solution, we at least take care of our final stocks (because they are increasingly expensive) and enjoy a gradual transition to the new world. The problem is, that economies are very short-termist. Price is determined, not just by the size of the total remaining stocks, but by the rate of their supply. And rising prices can stimulate more intensive exploitation methods that suppress the natural tendency for a scarce product to become more valued, while advancing the day that it runs out altogether. Some fear this is what man will face (and soon) with oil; as Rupert Marray's film shows, it's what we're already facing in many parts of the world with fish. The irony with fish is that the bounty of the oceans is actually a renewable resource, so long as it isn't over-exploited. But our capacity for self-restraint seems minimal: in the EU, for example, scientists recommended a quota for catches of 10 million tonnes for blue-fin tuna to allow the depressed population to recover, or 15 million to stop things getting worse; the politicians allowed 30 million, and the fishermen caught 60 million. If the film has a weakness, it's that it doesn't show us why politicians are so stupid, namely their fear of ruined fishing towns and starving people. I wish it let them make these arguments, mostly because they're plain wrong; the towns will have no jobs anyway if the oceans run out of fish, and the worst offenders when it comes to overfishing are people from the affluent west. As each year the planet's resources seem scarcer, our rape of the oceans seems increasingly stupid - whatever the sacrifices now required, the long-term cost of not making them will be higher. Meanwhile, that tuna you shouldn't really be eating may soon be your last, like it or not.

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

An engaging and provoking, if not a particularly enjoyable film.

8/10
Author: Mightyzebra from Scotland
18 June 2009

This film is amazing and good in the sense that it provokes and inspires people to follow the message it brings (a bit like in "An Inconvenient Truth", although this film addresses one main issue). It addresses the very serious issue of overfishing. The film presents good points about the subject and backs it up with valid evidence. The points explains the main points of the past and the present about overfishing, many of which are astounding. The evidence they provide can be breathtaking (for example, the amount of tuna the EU wants to fish per year). This proves that the people have researched well and it really is true that overfishing is one of the main environmental problems of our corrupted world today.

The visuals are also impressive. The most upsetting are the thousands of dead fish you see in nets, boats and fish being cut up and transported around the globe. The most enjoyable part of the film are the visuals of the coral reefs and open seas, teaming with fishy life. :-)

As far as I know this film is still out in the cinema, so if you have the opportunity, please go and see it as soon as possible. If you have a mind that is even one millimetre open, it could well change your vision about eating fish forever.

7 and a half out of ten.

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

The Unvarnished Truth (from the end of the hook,to the end of your fork)

10/10
Author: druid333-2 from United States
5 February 2010

With the series of outstanding documentaries dealing with the dodgy subject of food,is it time for another documentary dealing,this time with the denizens of the deep blue sea? Answer:YOU BET! 'The End Of The Line'is an eye opening film about how our seafood source is slowly being depleted (Sushi,anyone?),and within the next 50 (or so)years,there will not be any more fish in the waterways of the world,due to over fishing (marine life,as we know it,will only be a distant memory,and anything resembling marine life will be on display in either history books,or worse yet,places such as Marine World,where dolphins,whales,etc.are exploited for the sake of entertainment). Rupert Murray ('Unknown White Male') directs & photographs this wake up call that,although does not take up a vegetarian agenda (such as 'Food,Inc.'),does offer some suggestions as to reduce the danger of certain species of marine life,due to over fishing. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains some rather upsetting footage of mass fishing, including some raw, bloody footage of fish being brutally handled

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Consumption is not "cool": stop consumption.

10/10
Author: youAreCrazyDude from Portland, Oregon, USA
1 March 2011

The preservation of environment has to do with only one thing: preservation of environment. For the sake of the most vicious predator (human) and his / her children. Human is most vicious predator because s/he is the only animal that kills for sports (pleasure). Same applies for preservation of any species: if human cannot control the environment and causes species to go extinct - then human must begin to learn now to preserve environment and animals, because human population is growing exponentially (without bounds) and nature (trees) with its animals are DISAPPEARING: there will be no place left for forest, nature, animals. No place left for Healthy Environment. CONSUMPTION is not "cool" anymore. Stop consuming and live in harmony with environment.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Doc on overfishing by various countries (spoilers)

Author: ksf-2 from southwest US
25 September 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Shown on Sundance in September 2011, an interesting look at the fishing industry that is over-fishing and will probably soon wipe out the available species currently in the oceans. Some great photography on an interesting subject, but it does suffer from VOLUMITIS... an illness which occurs in many indy/documentaries... the volume varies between VERY LOUD and barely audible, so one spends the entire film turning the volume up and down. Frustrating. Almost as annoying as watching the un-concerned countries continue over-fishing, even after the discussions of limits. Maybe we need the fishing-police, kind of like Whale Wars, where a group monitors and distracts the culprits caught in the act. The cast goes all over the world, studying various countries habits. They DO show specific charts on what they see happening to various species of fish, so its not all here-say and opinions. They also talk about other impacts to the beaches, the algae, and how it affects the food groups above and below the overfished groups. A good watch, but don't lose the remote, since you'll need to keep changing the volume. Also, the narrator sounds JUST like Ted Danson, but as of today, he is not mentioned in the credits here on IMDb... but there he is, listed on Sundance Channel.com

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overfishing documentary

6/10
Author: SnoopyStyle
22 October 2015

Ted Danson narrates this documentary from Rupert Murray about declining fish stocks all over the world. It is based on journalist Charles Clover's investigative book. It starts with the crash of the northern cod. Then it examines various fish species and overfishing from around the world.

This has some eye-opening data and some shocking facts. It doesn't get very in-depth. It does take a vast subject and boil it down to an easily digestible hour and a half. For example, the crash of the northern cod doesn't dive into the international nature of the fishery. It's understandable to skim over the complexity of international fishing negotiations. This is a nice starter documentary especially for the uninformed.

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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Fishing gone wild

5/10
Author: evening1 from United States
9 November 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Who's the scariest predator in all the world's oceans?

Not the shark or killer whale…it's -- you guessed it -- (fisher)Man.

This documentary shows how high-tech sonar equipment and nets the size of seven jumbo jets are depleting the main source of protein for 60% of the planet's people. Just as cod was wiped out off of Newfoundland, leaving tens of thousands unemployed, choice species of fish could disappear forever, leaving an unsavory array of "cow face" rays and worms in their wake.

And fish farming isn't the answer because farm fish eat chopped up anchovies and other "fish meal."

The film's nearly all-male talking heads sound a terrifying warning that must be heeded. But since many countries are involved and enforcement of regulations is lax it seems like an insurmountable problem.

The film does hint at what regular Joes can do to help…I.e., refrain from ordering endangered species like marlin at hoity-toity boutique eateries like Nobu in NYC.

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