Canadian media dominates this week’s coverage of The End of the Line

All of this week’s coverage of The End of the Line comes from the United States and Canada - apart from one mention in The London Standard.

Charles Clover is interviewed about the film by Katherine Monk in Canada’s National Post. He tells her: “You people in Canada have already seen what happens to communities and the ecosystem when you fish out a given species.

“The reality of overfishing became obvious with the collapse of the northern cod stocks in Newfoundland. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans screwed up.

“They thought their job was taking care of the fishery, and not the fish. You have to take care of the fish first, because without the fish to catch, there is nothing for the people - and this was a bit of a revelation.”

Toronto Sun’s Lisa Braun calls the film a “must-see documentary”. She goes on to say: “The End of the Line, based on the book by terrier-like British journalist Charles Clover, is a harrowing account of how human beings have gobbled up fish in a way that’s caused the collapse of dozens of species.”

Another Toronto-based publication - The - gives the film 3/4 stars. Jason Anderson writes: “The fisheries officials and scientists assembled in this British documentary may quibble over the rate by which the oceans’ fish populations are decreasing but they do agree on one key point: major crashes are coming. It’s only a matter of when, not if.

“Given the desperate situation facing what may be the planet’s most significant food source, it’s no wonder there’s a sense of urgency to The End of the Line. ”

The online edition of Canada’s Exclaim magazine says of the film: “While the act of watching the film is certainly a frustrating one, given its striking ability to point out the true plight of boundless human ignorance, it’s also necessary, as the information is certain to act as a wake up call.”

Ed Zieralski, reviewed the film for Sign on San Diego. He said: ” As a documentary, The End of the Line makes a strong case for its premise that the planet will run out of wild seafood by 2048 if European and Asian fishing fleets continue to abuse the ocean.

“There’s no denying that, on a global scale, this film gaffs the often too optimistic message from fishermen that there are plenty of fish in the sea. There aren’t.”

The publicity surrounding Oliver Parson-Baker’s hour on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of the One&Other project was again featured. Canada’s The Globe and Mail reviewed the event.

Elizabeth Renzetti wrote: “For half an hour . . . he was dressed as a tuna fish. “Hello, Mr. Fishy” shout the schoolchildren standing below . . . . He waggles his tail at them and continues to read from The End of the Line, Charles Clover’s investigation of the disaster of overfishing.”

The paper also carries a review of The End of the Line by Liam Lacey, who also awards the film 3/4 stars.

While the publicity surround the film and the campaign have been praised by Chris Wright on the Magic and Lies blog: “The fact that the film has struck such a chord with the people and companies who have seen it has put the issues in the film on the political agenda, in ways they were not before.

This is remarkable stuff – and unprecedented for a documentary to cause this much of a ruckus.”

Greenpeace Canada have been drawing attention to screenings of the film in Toronto, and the work that Greenpeace UK have done for the film.

The End of the Line also gets a mention on the Maximizing Progress blog, for it’s exploration of the economic issues surround overfishing.


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