Owen Gleiberman
June 17, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The End of the Line

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
83 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/19/09
director
Rupert Murray
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

In the last two decades, the technology of commercial fishing has begun to overwhelm the world’s oceans. With nets the size of canyons, video sonar, and electric bottom-trawlers that literally scour the ocean floor, fishermen are no longer simply ”fishing.” They’re subjecting threatened species to the equivalent of carpet bombing, and this passionate ecological documentary, The End of the Line, spells out the problem in clear, urgent, prosaic terms, from the threatened extinction of the regal and coveted bluefin tuna to the ?ongoing disaster of farm fishing, in which 40 percent of the world’s undersea harvest is used merely to feed farmed fish. B+

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