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September 13, 2010

Two Oceans Aquarium hosts special talk and screening of new seafood documentary tomorrow evening

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The End of the Line interrogates seafood consumption. You are invited to attend a special preview and talk at the Two Oceans Aquarium tomorrow evening at 18h00.

Do you love seafood but sometimes wonder about the impact eating it by the bucketfull has on the environment? Or perhaps you’ve always assumed that the ocean is a bottomless resource and that one kilogram of prawns won’t do that much damage … A new documentary, The End of the Line, is set to challenge these preconceptions and reveal the secret impact of overfishing and reckless consumption on Earth’s limited natural resources.

While it is true that there are many fish in the sea (in more sense that one), the outlook for the world’s ecosystems, including the ocean-bound ones, is dire.

The End of the Line is the first major documentary to reveal the extent of the crisis facing today’s oceans, and it challenges us to imagine a world without fish … period.

Tomorrow evening, September 14 at 18h00 for 18h30, the Two Oceans Aquarium, in association with Investec Asset Management, is hosting a very special and exclusive talk to launch this acclaimed environmental documentary, which is narrated by Ted “Cheers” Danson and directed by Rupert Murray.

The talk will be led by journalist, author and environmentalist Charles Clover – who forms the focus of the documentary. He will be joined for a Q&A session by Dr Samantha Petersen from the WWF’s Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI). The event will also include a special 25-minute preview of the film.

Filmed over two years, the documentary follows the indefatigable Clover as he confronts politicians and celebrity restaurateurs who exhibit little regard for the damage their policies – and their menus – are doing to the oceans.

Taking us from the cod-depleted shores of the Atlantic to the Strait of Gibraltar and the coasts of Senegal, then on to the Tokyo fish market, The End of the Line sounds a powerful wake-up call to the world: If we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most edible seafood species by 2048.

Seating for this free event is limited so get there early to secure a spot! The talk will be held at Two Oceans Aquarium tomorrow evening at 18h00 for 18h30.

Click here to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium’s website.

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