The End of the Line coverage following the film’s UK release

The End of the Line has still been receiving plenty of coverage following its UK release and in the run up to its US launch. Here we bring together the latest news and a few older pieces that slipped through the net.

The Guardian covers the film and the issue of fish stocks again. In the Environment section, Felicity Lawrence, writes: ”The supermarkets have increased their targets for sustainable fish, and The End of the Line’s film release has prompted a flurry of announcements – most notably from M&S and Pret a Manger – to move even faster . . . .

“There is reason to hope that fish stocks can still recover, but we need to keep asking for sustainable catches. Keep the pressure up.”

New Scientist carries a review of The End of the Line, by Linda Geddes. She says of the film: “Depressing viewing? Not entirely: the prevailing feeling at the end of the film is hope.

“Its great achievement is in giving you the sense that there’s something you can do, and making you want to buy sustainable fish.”

The Epoch Times has a review of The End of the Line by John Buchanan. He writes: “The End of the Line is a persuasive wake-up call for sushi lovers everywhere. It documents how over-fishing is decimating the oceans [and] how the ignorance of all of us is making it worse.”

Writing in his blog on on indieWIRE, Matt Dentler says: “There’s a tug-of-war happening right now, between fishermen and ecologists protecting aquatic life. In order for one group to prosper, the other group may suffer.

“This is the crucial argument of the documentary, a smart and comprehensive examination of this debate.”

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, trainee chef Aiden Brooks, who is currently based in Barcelona, has been unable to see the film yet, but is passionate about the subject matter: ”Unsustainable use of marine resources is a subject that’s very important to me - I’m proud to have carried the logo of The Marine Stewardship Council in my sidebar for a long time now.

“I can’t get to see the film myself as I’m working long hours including evening shifts here in Spain. But I can urge you to seek out a UK screening or a US screening.”

Marine Science Today includes a post about the film’s launch in New York and Los Angeles. Emily writes: “The film follows Charles Clover . . . as he questions and confronts politicians and corporations who show little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans.”

Back in the UK, Big Hospitality looks at the issue of sustainable seafood for fish suppliers and fish restaurants. Becky Paskin and Emma Eversham find out what the industry is doing to reassure diners that the fish they are serving is sustainable.

Juliet Wilson blogs about the film on Crafty Green Poet. She says: It is a very sobering film, but thankfully it is not all doom and gloom.

“The film also describes the campaign for marine conservation areas and shows how well these can work, though they cover less than 1% of our oceans so far.”


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