The End of the Line for Australia’s Oceans? Australian Premiere Tonight in Sydney

The long awaited cinema release of The End of the Line in Australia starts tonight at Dendy Cinema on Circular Quay. Special Q&A with Michelle Grady from Save Our Marine Life and Dr Lynda Selvey from Greenpeace Australia.

Details of all screenings in Australia here .

Perth screenings Cinema Luna Paradiso, Northbridge, 6:30pm, May 10th and 12th. Q&A on Wednesday night screening. History of The End of the Line in Australia here .

More on the relevance of the film to the situation in Australia here .

Media Release from Save Our Marine Life and Greenpeace below.

Fish and seafood stocks may completely collapse globally by 2050, unless two simple steps are taken to reverse this trend.

This is the message of The End of the Line, the first major documentary film to reveal the devastating impact of overfishing of the world’s oceans.

The End of the Line will screen in cinemas nationwide from the 10th of May and is a wake-up call for seafood-loving Australians. The documentary reveals the stark reality of the health of our oceans and arms viewers with solutions.

The largest and most significant alliance of conservation groups in Australia is supporting this film as it screens around the country in an effort to show how the current problems Australia’s marine life face can be turned around.

The Save Our Marine Life alliance of 10 Australian and international conservation groups, and Greenpeace, are urging Australians to take two simple steps: choose sustainable seafood and support the creation of sanctuaries for marine life to recover from overfishing.

“The first thing we can do is choose sustainable seafood. It is outrageous we are sold overfished species from destructive fisheries,” said Genevieve Quirk, Greenpeace oceans campaigner.

“The second thing we can do is to create a network of marine sanctuaries to allow our fish stocks and other marine life to recover. Less than five per cent of Australia’s oceans are currently protected,” said Michelle Grady, marine manager at the Pew Environment Group, a member of Save Our Marine Life.

The film urges a global reduction of fishing efforts to prevent fisheries collapsing to a point where it is no longer viable or profitable. “A number of Australian species are already subject to overfishing or have been fished beyond capacity. This includes Eastern Gemfish, School Shark, Orange Roughy, Pink Ling and Swordfish, as well as Yellowfin, Bigeye and Southern Bluefin Tuna,” says Ms Grady.

2010 presents a unique opportunity for Australian oceans to be protected. “The Australian Government is assessing areas of Australia’s waters right now and people can let their politicians know they want much better protection by taking action at http://www.saveourmarinelife.org.au,” said Ms Grady.

“Australian supermarkets are very far behind the rest of the world on sustainable seafood procurement,” said Ms Quirk. Australians can refer to Greenpeace’s Canned Tuna Guide at http://www.greenpeace.org.au/tuna, which explains which supermarkets are selling overfished tuna, and how to get them to change.

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