The End of the Line, a film by Rupert Murray

Film screening and discussion

Visiting Filmmakers Series

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Center, Cinema


The End of the Line

A film by Rupert Murray (2009)

Screening and discussion with Reid Schwebach, STEM Accelerator and Biology Department  

Wednesday Sept 7 at 5pm 

Johnson Center Cinema 

Free and open to the public. 


Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.

Directed by Rupert Murray, The End Of The Line is the world's first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing. It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna brought on by increasing western demand for sushi, the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish, and the profound implications of a future world with no fish -- including mass unemployment and even starvation.

The End of the Line
 was filmed over two years. It follows investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who exhibit little regard for the damage they are doing to the oceans. The film provides a dramatic exposé of those in the fishing industry and politicians who are failing to protect the world's fish stocks. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048.

The End of the Line
chronicles how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland in the early 1990s led to the decimation of the most abundant cod population in the world, how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations, and how farmed fish as a solution is a myth. We see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. 

One of Clover's allies is the former tuna farmer turned whistleblower Roberto Mielgo, on the trail of those destroying the world’s population of the magnificent bluefin tuna. From the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market, the documentary features top scientists, indigenous fishermen, and fisheries enforcement officials. The End of the Line makes clear recommendations for solving this crisis, with specific steps consumers, corporations and governments can take, and concludes on an optimistic note.


Our event is sponsored by the Honors College, Mason Reads, University Libraries, Off Campus Housing, Film and Media Studies, and Film and Video Studies.



Richard Todd Stafford
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