Thursday, June 04, 2009

Academy Of Natural Sciences To Premiere 'End Of The Line,' New Film About Overfishing Of Bluefin Tuna And More

Here's the trailer. The documentary is supposed to be good. And frightening. Apparently, in a especially egregious example, one Japanese mega-corporation is overfishing bluefin tuna and freezing the fish at -60 degrees Celsius so that when the fish shortly become extinct, the corporation will be able to sell the tuna at whatever exorbitant price they wish.

Details on the event:

Free screening in wide screen, high definition, 6:30 p.m., June 16

PHILADELPHIA-As part of an effort to raise global awareness of the impact of overfishing in our oceans, The Academy of Natural Sciences on Tuesday, June 16, will hold a free screening of the new documentary, “The End of the Line.”

Fresh from its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, “The End of the Line” depicts overfishing, overconsumption of seafood and the perilous effects it is having on the environment and on fish populations. After its local debut at the Academy, the film will be shown in select movie theaters.

Described by The Economist as “the inconvenient truth about the impact of overfishing on the world’s oceans,” the film follows investigative reporter Charles Clover as he interviews fishermen, scientists, politicians, and celebrity restaurateurs around the world. The film concludes that unless current trends are altered, the world could run out of seafood by 2048.

“The End of the Line” will be shown on wide screen, high definition at 6:30 p.m. in the Academy’s auditorium. The film is free and no reservations are necessary. The event also will feature a short introduction by Dr. David Velinsky, the Academy’s Vice President for the Patrick Center for Environmental Research. The Patrick Center is a world leader in studying the effects of natural and human activities on ecosystems, developing strategies to enhance environmental quality and working with government, industry and community groups to improve environmental stewardship.

Oh, and it looks like Di Vino Wine Bar on Rittenhouse is the only Philadelphia restaurant selling Blue Fin.

UPDATE: Chifa sells a bluefin ceviche. (There are probably other Philadelphia restaurants serving it as well.)

The End of the Line [ Official Site ]
Event: The End of The Line: Imagine A World Without Fish [ Academy of Natural Sciences ]
Revealed: the bid to corner world's bluefin tuna market - Mitsubishi freezing fish to sell later as stock numbers plummet toward extinction [ The Independent ]

1 comment:

Josh said...

Chifa has a bluefin ceviche. It's even on the tasting menu.