Jellyfish Down the Shore and Other Ocean Woes: Film a Wake Up Call

jellyfish.jpgHave you noticed the abundance of jellyfish at the Jersey Shore. We’ve heard from folks that the water is teeming with them this summer. Do you wonder why? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t “convenient.”
On Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, the Montclair Green Film Series will hold a screening of The End of the Line at the Montclair Public Library. The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing and the alarming plight of the world’s oceans and sea life, the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. The End of the Line has received attention and awards from environmental and film groups, including the Environment Award at the 2010 One World Media Awards.
According to the reviews, this won’t be the most enjoyable film you ever see, nor is it meant to be. However, like An Inconventient Truth, the critics urge us to watch and heed the warnings, nonetheless.

Here’s one review:

The picture it paints is bleak, but as an educational documentary it is a ‘must see’. It explains in an engaging way the state of our oceans. Fish stocks in general are down by 90%. By approx 2050 there will be NO FISH in the sea. If enough people saw this film we would stand a chance of managing the planet’s fish stocks. The visuals are poignant and vivid. It will influence the way you look at your next fish dinner forever. The (End of the Line) is the most important film documentary since an Inconvenient Truth.

Filmed across the world – from the Straits of Gibraltar to the coasts of Senegal and Alaska to the Tokyo fish market – featuring top scientists, indigenous fishermen and fisheries enforcement officials, The End of the Line is a wake-up call to the world (and an answer to the jellyfish question).
All events at the Montclair Public Library are free of charge. For further information about the Green Film Series contact the Environmental Affairs office at (973) 509-5721, or, Gray Russell.
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  1. Jellyfish?
    I’ve been down the shore at least once, sometimes twice a week since June and, thankfully have not seen a single jellyfish.
    As for no fish in 2050, if like many of the the “facts” used in An Inconvenient Truth, this is what the film states, the prof isn’t worried.
    Or perhaps it’s like the greatest environmental disaster in the history of known man- the BP runaway well that still has folks looking for the oil….
    So I’ll throw another shrimp on the barbie (which I will tonight for dinner) and teach the little one to hunt squirrel, which, I guess will be the only food source available in 2050.
    Or perhaps Soylent Green!!

  2. “However, like An Inconvenient Truth,”…
    …it won’t change the opinion of anyone who thinks the Earth is in good shape to sustain human life for endless generations.

  3. Figures…I just started eating healthy by eating fish and I’m devastating the planet. I start drinking more water, but I should not drink tap (polluted) or out of bottles (more killing the planet & absorbing cancer causing agents).
    On that happy note, we observed tons & tons of huge jellyfish off the waters of Cape May Harbor, but not in the ocean.

  4. The few times we went to Island Beach last summer, I remember there were a good deal of jellyfish on the sand, right at water’s edge. Taking a nice stroll on the beach was far from relaxing as you had to watch every step to avoid those nearly-invisible little blobs of misery. They were in the surf too, and the kids were constantly on the lookout while swimming.
    I’ll never forget the summer we vacationed in VA Beach and my son (then maybe, 5 years old) was stung while knee-deep. He ran out the the water screaming. The lifeguard was less than helpful and suggested rinsing in cold fresh water, at the foot shower waaaay up on the boardwalk. And I’m thinking, isn’t this a neurotoxin??! and you’re unconcerned?? Guess I should assume they are not man o’ wars?
    The point of the story is, seems to me jellyfish are an Atlantic issue, the same way slimy kelp is a Pacific issue. (I’ll take the kelp.) What’s the difference with this year’s jellyfish??
    Also, I am starting to distrust almost everything, from oil spills and global warming, to flu virus and fish shortage. Either (a) the media/govt. are not telling us the truth, or (b) they are telling us a manipulated portion of the truth to suit their position, or (c) they don’t know the truth and are just making stuff up.

  5. …or (d) they are reading all this stuff on the internet, a veritable Fountain of Disinformation. I wonder how Al Gore feels now, having invented what is fast becoming the checkout-lane tabloid of all tabloids.
    Oops, gotta get back to work on my artcle called “6 Ways to Identify Aliens on the Red Carpet.”

  6. I’ve been to the beach at least 10 times this summer and never once came across a jellyfish. In addition, the guy next to me lives a few blocks to the beach and when i mentioned this article to him he laughed, he said they haven’t been around at all.

  7. Likewise. no jellyfish observed during numerous trips to the shore. Last summer was a different story. Lots of them at the shore, L.I. sound was teeming with them as was R.I. All we need is more apocalyptic baloney like this.

  8. I’ve been going to the shore my entire life. August is often the time when jellyfish seem to come by for a visit — often on the tides blown in from rainstorms & gulf stream activity (which increases during August – the start of hurricane season).
    Not taking anything away from the problems w/our environment (which are very real), just throwing in a small piece of jellyfish info.

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