• Location: a film shot across the entire planet
  • Partner organizations: Blue Marine Foundation, an association created by the film team; Lug Cinéma, a film distribution comapny in France
  • Description: The first feature length film to denounce overfishing
  • Akuo Foundation's role: Financing for dubbing into French, with Mélanie Laurent as narratir
  • Start date: 2012

Imagine a world without fish

Imagine a world without fish

It seems impossible to imagine our oceans completely devoid of fish. And yet according to numerous scientists, this threat is indeed very serious. At our current rate of depletion, nearly all marine species could disappear entirely by 2050.

An official selection at many film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, The End of the Line – Imagine a world without fish is the first feature-length film that exposes the underside of the fishing industry and the ways in which it is ravaging our oceans. Based on journalist Charles Clover’s bestseller The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat, the documentary follows Clover as he investigates restaurant owners, policymakers and the fishing companies which, by depleting the world’s fish stock, are disrupting marine ecosystems everywhere. And at the end of the food chain, the subsistence of millions of people fed by traditional fishing is likewise endangered.

Filmed over a period of two years in locations around the world, from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Tokyo fish market, with testimony from scientists, local fishermen and representatives of the extensive fishing industry, this film is a veritable call to action for the global community.

Reaching the widest possible audience

Reaching the widest possible audience

Because the Akuo Foundation is committed to environmental preservation, we wanted to ensure that this documentary became accessible to French-speaking audiences. Specifically, because our Foundation (sponsored by José Garcia) is dedicated to supporting projects aimed at raising public awareness of environmental issues, it funded the French dubbing of this exceptionally effective educational resource. With Mélanie Laurent lending her voice for the narration, the Foundation and the film crew hope to touch hearts and minds in France in much the same way that The End of The Line has impacted people in the U.K., where consumers have changed their eating habits and the supermarket chain Waitrose has completely revisited its fish procurement criteria, as have the Pret A Manger restaurant chain and the cat food manufacturer Whiskas. In recognition of this impact, The End of The Line won its first PUMA Creative Award for the long-term changes the film has brought about.