The End of the Line (2009)
Oceans make up 70 percent of our planet. They seem so big, so inexhaustible, that it’s difficult to imagine that we could ever come close to destroying them. However, according to The End of the Line, we are on the brink of obliterating sea life as we know it.
The 85-minute documentary includes interviews with scientists, professors, journalists, fishermen, and other experts (though surprisingly few women) to convey the message that our approach to commercial fishing must change – or the oceans will soon be devoid of fish.
The film uses examples, such as the events leading up to the 1992 moratorium on cod fishing in Canada, to examine how the fishing industry supports the livelihoods of many. The fimmakers also explore the harm that fishing technologies do to ocean ecosystems. Fish is a critical food category for 1.2 billion people; when it's gone (the film claims a collapse could happen within 40 years), those who rely on seafood for sustenance will have nowhere to turn – and everyone else will suffer from much worse water and air quality.