In all, more than 1,000 species of freshwater fish are currently facing extinction. Learn more tonight @ The Naro.
For those of you reading who fish, as someone who works intimately with our local waterways, I can tell you that you aren’t bringing in less catches because your fishing skills are deteriorating.
It’s that the fish themselves are disappearing.
They are being killed by pollution. They are being thinned by overfishing. Their patterns are being changed by climate change. According to the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, about half of 36 fish stocks in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean have been leaving our area, maybe for good.
In all, more than 1,000 species of freshwater fish are currently facing extinction.
The crucial documentary, The End of the Line, reveals the devastating effect that global overfishing is having on fish stocks, the health of our oceans, and coastal communities worldwide.
The film, narrated by Ted Danson, is based on the book written by the former environmental editor for The Daily Telegraph in London, Charles Clover. These two environmentalists expose the damages wrought to the sea by the usual suspects: soaring consumer demand, industrialized food production, unchecked capitalism, and greed.
From dining on depleting fish species such as Chilean sea bass, red snapper, and swordfish, to the advanced technological techniques used in the fishing industry, the fact is our fish do not stand a chance if we do not make a change in the way we catch, regulate, and produce our fish industry.
The U.S fishing industry has a great effect on not just the ecology and environment, but also our economy. Fishing adds over $185 billion annually to the US economy and supports over two million jobs. That’s why we must rebuild our declining fish populations; not just for the fish, but for us humans as well. A new Pew Environment Group study, Investing in Our Future: The Economic Case for Rebuilding Mid-Atlantic Fish Populations, showed rebuilding depleted Mid-Atlantic fish populations can generate billions of dollars for coastal communities.
I graduated from Cox High School in Virginia Beach and then moved to Big Sky, Montana, and spent my days snowboarding, hiking, white-water rafting, horseback-riding, and camping for 16 months. This is where my affection for the outdoors grew ten-fold and I decided what to be when I grew up—a Geologist/Environmental Scientist. Since then I’ve become Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Group Sierra Club, Regional Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Owner of Terra-Scapes Environmental, and VA Representative for Pew Environmental my environmental activism runs as deep as the oceans in which our fish our depleting. We must protect the health of our oceans for our fish and future generations.
As Mahatma Gandhi stated, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Start making a change by participating in the campaign to protect our coastal communities by signing the online petition here.
The End of The Line will be playing Wednesday, Nov 4 at 7:30pm at The Naro Cinema. Speaking after the film are:
Terra Pascarosa is Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Group Sierra Club, Regional Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and VA representative for Pew Environmental Group.
Chris Holbein is Manager of Special Projects, PETA.
Wayne Creed is an author and consultant.
Brian Payne, Ph.D. teaches Maritime and Environmental History at ODU.