June 01, 2009 15:02 ET

Media Advisory: WWF-Canada, EAC and CPAWS NS Host Free Public Screening of The End of the Line

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. On Thursday, June 4th, WWF-Canada, the Ecology Action Centre, and CPAWS NS will be hosting the Atlantic Canadian premier of the documentary, The End of the Line. Admission is free.

The End of the Line is the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans. The story the film describes is shocking. And much of it plays out in Atlantic Canada, right here in our backyard.

Some of the issues this film examines include:

- the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi

- how demand for cod off the coast of Newfoundland led to the decimation of largest fishery in the world

- how hi-tech fishing vessels leave no escape routes for fish populations

- solutions that include a call for consumers to make careful seafood choices, and a call to support the establishment of marine protected areas

- the most promising tool available for addressing the crisis in our oceans

Date: June 4, 2009

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Ondaatje Hall, McCain Arts and Social Science Building, Dalhousie
University, 6135 University Avenue

Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings, one of the scientists featured in the film, and a professor at Dalhousie University, will be on hand after the film for a question and answer period. In addition to Dr. Hutchings, the following representatives from all of the involved organizations are available for comment:

- Dr. Robert Rangeley, Vice President, Atlantic Region, WWF-Canada

- Jennifer Smith, Manager, Conservation Planning, WWF-Canada

- Shannon Arnold, Marine Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre (EAC)

- Ashley Sprague, Marine Conservation Coordinator, CPAWS NS

The screening of this film is part of an Atlantic Canadian campaign to ensure that networks of marine protected areas are established in the Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy region. To learn more about this campaign, visit http://wwf.ca/oceansaction.

Contact Information

  • For further information and to arrange
    interviews in advance of the screening:
    Stacey McCarthy, Communications Specialist
    902-482-1105 x 41 or Cell: 902-209-6457
    Toll-free: 1-800-26-PANDA
    902-482-1107 (FAX)