Not just at the Cannes film festival there are world premieres of movies.
Today, there was one in Tuschinski theatre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sea the Truth is in English (with Dutch subtitles).
A central character in this documentary is diver, underwater photographer and conservationist Dos Winkel.
This video was filmed for the movie Sea the Truth: Barbara van Genne interviewing Dos Winkel about overfishing.
Other prominent roles are for two young Dutch female marine biologists: Marianne van Mierlo and Barbara van Genne. Ms Van Genne is the chair of PINK!; the youth branch of the Dutch Party for the Animals.
Before the film started, beautiful photos of fish and other marine animals by Dos Winkel were projected on the screen.
On Newfoundland, Ms Van Genne interviews an ex-fisherman from Portugal Cove coastal village. Pius Coombs started being a fisherman at 12 years of age. Then, there was small-scale, comparatively sustainable, fishing. However, since the 1960s, big trawlers came from Europe and North America. In 1992, almost all the cod for which Newfoundland is historically famous was gone, and over 40,000 fishermen lost their jobs.
Some people blame this on seals. However, the ex-fishermen, and Canadian fisheries biologist Daniel Pauly interviewed blamed it on the big trawler businesses. They overfished; they destroyed much of the ocean bottom, damaging the food chain. Many ex-cod fishermen of Newfoundland are now working in crab fishing. According to a former colleague of them, there is crab overfishing now, and the same disaster as with cod fishing may happen.
Bycatch is a terrible waste in fishing, especially big industrial trawl fishing. The film also mentioned pollution, eg, by plastic in the sea, eaten by marine animals who mistake it for jellyfish.
The film debunks human health claims about fish. Swordfish from the Indian Ocean (considered to be a sea with comparatively few pollution problems) was tested on unhealthy mercury. It turned out that the swordfish contained far more mercury than what is medically acceptable.
Fish oil businesses have extravagant claims about how healthy their product supposedly is. These are wild exaggerations. Also less than 5% of a fish consists of oil. So, over twenty fish have to die for a tiny bit of fish oil.
Bonaire island in the Caribbean, according to the film, has the best protected marine environment in the world. The movie shows beautiful footage of Bonaire coral reefs and mangroves, and fish, turtles, and other animals living there. Yet, even here, marine life is in danger. Every day, eg, thrash from elsewhere in the world beaches on Bonaire’s coast.
After the film, Marianne Thieme told about the scornful reactions after she had proposed to Parliament that the parliamentary restaurant should stop serving endangered eel. However, two years later, the restaurant did stop it.
Then, Dos Winkel called for applause for some of the people present who had worked on the film.
There was a video message by comedian Paul van Vliet, reading a song by himself about pollution of the sea.
Finally, there were snacks. Not fish snacks, but vegetarian soybean snacks tasting like fish.
Finally, a few critical remarks about this good film. The premiere is at a time when BP oil is polluting much of the Caribbean. A documentary film is not a TV newsreel. And a film of about one hour cannot show all sides of a big complex issue. So, I understand that the BP Louisiana oil scandal is not in the film. Still, the film does not mention any pollution by the oil industry, or, more widely: capitalism. Neither does it mention war and militarism, military dangers to marine life.
However, let these points not deter anyone from seeing this film, and from becoming active about the important points which it raises.
ScienceDaily (May 13, 2010) — A new, less selective approach to commercial fishing is needed to ensure the ongoing productivity of marine ecosystems and to maintain biodiversity, according to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: here.
Britons want to buy sustainable fish but labels leave us baffled: here.
Young coral ‘threatened by noise pollution’: here.
The most endangered marine turtle in the world is threatened by trawl fisheries operating on turtle feeding grounds: here.
When did humans first start eating fish? Here.
The Globosa Mangrove, Heritiera globosa, is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This species of mangrove is one of Indonesia’s many endemic species and is only found in the West Kalimantan province, on the island of Borneo. It is a very rare species of mangrove that has a very patchy distribution within a specific salinity range and prefers the more freshwater-dominated areas of upstream riverine habitats. It is a slow-growing species, but can reach large sizes of up to 25 metres: here.
Alternative fish feeds use less fishmeal and fish oils: here.
A BLAZING row has broken out between fisheries scientists over whether fishing fleets are depleting the world’s oceans of their large species: here.
Around 40 percent of hake is mislabeled: here.
Halifax, Nova Scotia: After decades of little hope in what was once one of the world’s major fisheries, Atlantic Cod is showing signs of recovery on the Grand Banks off the coast of Canada. But WWF is warning that fisheries managers must not rush to reopen the cod fishery that has been under moratorium since 1994: here.
New US report finds more than 20,000 marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds caught as bycatch in 2005: here.
A new investigation put in evidence the key role of cod as regulator of the whole Baltic Sea ecosystem. The study shows that when the cod population in the central Baltic increases, it spreads into larger areas and spills over into adjacent marginal systems where it usually does not occur, as for example the Gulf of Riga: here.
‘Sea the Truth’ shown on Bonaire: here.