The Last Catch

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Schmidt, Markus C. M. The Last Catch. Cologne: Lichtblick Film, 2012. HD, 85 min.

European bluefin tuna can grow to the size of a passenger car—up to 5 m long and weighing up to 600 kg. Once a year, schools of them migrate from the Atlantic to spawning grounds in the Mediterranean. It is a well-established fact that tuna stocks now face imminent collapse. Yet they are still being fished during spawning season, interrupting the natural cycle of replenishment.The fishermen, too, are now facing extinction: While some have used questionable means to secure fishing licenses for still plentiful Libyan waters, the rest are left to trawl the already heavily overfished areas. A desperate fight for survival is coming to a head. Who will weather the storm? (Source: Autlook Films)

© 2012 Lichtblick Film GmbH. Trailer used with permission.

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Further readings: 
  • Baird, Ian G., and Noah Quastel. "Dolphin-Safe Tuna from California to Thailand: Localisms in Environmental Certification of Global Commodity Networks." Annals Of The Association Of American Geographers 101, no. 2 (2011): 337–55.
  • Enríquez-Andrade, Roberto R., and Juan Guillermo Vaca-Rodríguez. "Evaluating Ecological Tradeoffs in Fisheries Management: A Study Case for the Yellowfin Tuna Fishery in the Eastern Pacific Ocean." Ecological Economics 48, no. 3 (2004): 303–15.
  • Kraemer, Erick. "Tackling Problems of Overfishing: Protecting Sharks and Bluefin Tuna." Environmental Claims Journal 25, no. 3 (2013): 250–71.
  • Safina, Carl. "Bluefin Tuna in the West Atlantic: Negligent Management and the Making of an Endangered Species." Conservation Biology 7, no. 2 (1993): 229–34.