Audubon Greenwich Presents a Friday Night Movie Event
A film about unsustainable fishing and the future of the oceans
“The Inconvenient Truth About the Oceans” – The Economist
Friday, January 28, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 pm at Audubon Greenwich
With Special Guest Speaker:
Jamie Pollack, NY Representative for the Pew Charitable Trust’s ‘National Fisheries Reform Project’ & Co-Founder of Shark Savers
How is overfishing impacting the environment, our food, and our future? Rupert Murray dives deep to illuminate the cold truth about industrial pillaging of Earth’s oceans with his film, “The End of the Line.” This is the first major feature documentary film to reveal the devastating effect that global over-fishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans and is a wake up call to us all.
Filmed over two years, the film follows the indefatigable investigative reporter Charles Clover as he confronts the politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who exhibit little regard for the damage their policies-and their menus-are doing to the oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson and endorsed by and with major marketing support from National Geographic, Greenpeace and the Waitt Family Foundation, “The End of the Line” is a must-see for all who love the ocean and its creatures.
Jamie Pollack will attend the event as the NY Representative for the Pew Environment Group’s ‘National Fisheries Reform Project’ which focuses on ending overfishing by 2011. She is also the Co-Founder of Shark Savers, a international shark conservation organization focusing on lowering the demand for shark fin soup and setting up shark sanctuaries around the world.
The Pew Environment Group is currently working on a campaign to ban surface longline fishing in the Gulf of Mexico which they use to catch swordfish and yellowfin tuna. While longlines kill swordfish and yellowfin, they also kill bluefin tuna, marlin, sharks and sea turtles as well. This method of fishing is extremely destructive and indiscriminate because It kills everything in its path. Other types of fishing which can be used in its place called Green Line and Buoy fishing do not have the high rates of bycatch that longline fishing does.
The Gulf of Mexico is extremely important because it is where the bluefin go to spawn. The Gulf oil spill disaster occurred at a critical time, during the spawning of these species. Today, surface longlines continue to push depleted and endangered marine animals further away from recovery. Ms. Pollack notes, “2011 is the year that all catch levels need to meet the levels set by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Public Law 94-265) and public support for supporting these measures is very important due the challenges the Act could face from Congress.” She will be on hand to take questions from the audience, distribute sustainable seafood cards and explain the innovative “fishphone” app that is available on cell phones.
Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Suggested donation $12 online or $15 at the door. Under 21 years old: $5 suggested. Includes a organic wine & cheese reception from 6:00-7:00 pm. To reserve your seat online, visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/144027 To check for door ticket availability, contact Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239 or email@example.com.
For more information about the film and the event, visit: http://greenwich.audubon.org/Programs_SpecialEvents_EndoftheLine.html
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Information on the Pew campaign to stop surface longlining in the Gulf: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_detail.aspx?id=937
- Petition to stop surface longlining in the Gulf: https://secure3.convio.net/pew/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=278
- Shark Savers: sharksavers.org
- More information about the film: http://endoftheline.com