Last night I went to the Pictures (movies) and saw “End of the line”.
Likened to An Inconvenient Truth for fish, the movie addresses mankind’s hunger for hunting in the oceans and the depleting fish stocks we are creating.
Living in Canada I was aware of the depletion in cod stocks off the coast of Nova Scotia. What I did not know was that these stocks have never recovered. Its quite alarming that as China falsely elevated its catch figures the world thought fish stocks were not an issue until a study in 2002 revealed the falsehood. Analysis then revealed that this issue had reached grave importance from as far back as 1988.
My son is three, when he is thirteen he may well ask me where have all the fish gone. Will be sad to have to tell him that generations before him (perhaps the last two) ate them all.
You can involve your students on this topic through teacher resources provided at the website http://endoftheline.com/ Here you can also buy the movie.
Beware that some of the scenes are a little disturbing.
Greenpeace is supporting the movie. Check out their site.
From the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) you can download an article discussing the difficulties in counting the fish of the ocean. Described in the movie ‘End of the Line’ as “similar to counting trees except they are invisible and move”.
In order to improve fish stocks and reach the public consciousness, political pressure needs to be applied on those who can affect the change.
An excellent site full of resources which also provides those who are suitably moved to email an online representative to affect change.
I would argue that this topic is presently the most important unit of Ecology (in the context that the issue receives far less attention in the media than other pressing ecological issues) on the syllabus and should be part of the core, not an option and not a HL segment of an option.
I ask that you consider requesting this as the Biology syllabus begins its annual review