The end of the line

Wandering Albatross

Today I received a copy of the documentary “the End of the Line”. A shocking documentary about the world fisheries and the state of different fish populations, especially the Blue-finned Tuna’s. At the moment the catching capacity of the world fleet is large enough to catch the whole world population of fish in one year! For the critically endangered Blue-finned Tuna, biologists recommend  an annual world catch of 15.000 tonnes in order not to let the population collapse and 10.000 tonnes for the population to recover. Because of this politicians set the quota on 29.500 tonnes, almost double the number that would just not let the population collapse. Meanwhile, the control on the fisheries is so bad, that the total yearly catch is 60.000 tonnes…… Other scientists predict that if we continue catching fish like this, world fish population will be depleted by 2048. Not only Blue-fins, but all edible fish…. So maybe we, as consumers, should just refrain from eating Blue-fins for a while or better don’t eat fish at all for a while.

Another disturbing practice is the way many fish is caught. With many methods a lot of other animals die as a by-catch. The Wandering Albatross (with many of its albatross-relatives) is endangered, largely due to long-line fishing. This way we not only kill all fish in the seas, but also the other animals.


Something to think about when you eat your next piece of fish…. Here the trailer of “the end of the line”

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Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.


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