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, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 78–80 | Cite as

The End of the Line: Who is Most at Risk from the Crisis in Global Fisheries?

  • Stephen J. Hall
  • Patrick Dugan
  • Edward H. Allison
  • Neil L. Andrew
Synopsis

The crisis of global overfishing has been widely covered in both the scientific literature and the popular media over the last decade. However, with his recent film The End of the Line (Murray 2009), Rupert Murray tells the story with unprecedented power. Heralded as the “Inconvenient Truth” for fisheries—a reference to David Guggenheim’s influential film on the perils of climate change—The End of the Line provides a rich, well-argued and sobering picture of how people, the oceans' top predator, have brought many of the worlds fisheries to collapse.

Based on the book of the same name by Clover (2004), the film moves through the value chain from up-market sushi restaurants in London, to global supermarket chains, and down through fish markets to industrial fishing vessels on the seas. Its dominant narrative is one of corporate plunder, governance failure and iniquity. In the words of one reviewer, the film “chronicles the marine Armageddon perpetrated in the name of consumer choice by...

Keywords

Organize Crime Bluefin Tuna Sustainable Aquaculture Poor Consumer Fish Supply 
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Copyright information

© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Hall
    • 1
  • Patrick Dugan
    • 1
  • Edward H. Allison
    • 1
  • Neil L. Andrew
    • 1
  1. 1.The WorldFish CenterPenangMalaysia

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