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This fascinating documentary makes a powerful case for engaging very consciously and pro-actively with the fish on our dinner plate. The oceans seem to be so limitless and vast that it's hard to believe that they're being fished-out. But one billion people rely primarily on fish to meet their protein needs. And the new, sophisticated fishing boats (actually mammoth, floating factories) use such modern technologies that the rare fish escapes to breed again. The huge schools of cod off our north-east coast have collapsed, and are not rebounding. They are so few, they cannot find each other to reproduce.
The film shares plenty of beautiful shots of fish in the sea, including the majestic bluefin tuna, now being relentlessly pursued by the Japanese in particular, and sold at astronomic prices. One of the strengths of this fine documentary is that it ends with suggestions as to how all of us can be of real help to our oceans and its denizens -- simply by carefully choosing what fish we put on our plates.
Location: The Clearlake United Methodist Church at 14521 Pearl Ave, near Mullen in Clearlake Contact: Shannon at 889-7355
Free, as always. Doors open at 5:30 PM, film at 6. Our atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and our snacks are tasty!