Scottish fishermen question 'End of the Line'


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
June 4, 2009

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) on Friday depicted the film "End of the Line," which shines a light on the problem of overfishing, as "excessively gloomy and over-simplistic," adding that the film fails to accurately portray the role Scottish fishermen are embracing in ensuring a sustainable fisheries.

"End of the Line," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, makes its theatrical debut on 8 June, World Oceans Day. The film is based on the 2004 book by Charles Clover, former environment editor of London's Daily Telegraph, and directed by Rupert Murray. It is billed as "An Inconvenient Truth" for the oceans.

"We are not complacent and we do recognize that there are problems to be tackled," said SFF CEO Bertie Armstrong.

However, "it is not appropriate for the film to draw overall and therefore superficial conclusions from global statistics and then infer they apply everywhere," he explained. "There are huge regional differences. In Scotland, a recovery of stocks, including North Sea cod, has been underway in response to real measures by the Scottish fleet.

"We recognize that consistent, meaningful, practical work is required to ensure the sustainable harvesting of food from the sea," added Armstrong. "Our future depends on it and the public can depend on the Scottish fishing industry to do it. 'End of the Line' has been described as 'An Inconvenient Truth' for our oceans. The inconvenient truth for the film is that the tide has turned in the waters around Scotland. Is that mentioned?"

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