Saturday Matinee: Bluefin

Film synopsis from BullfrogFilms.com:

BLUEFIN is a tale of epic stakes set in “the tuna capital of the world,” North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The film explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans. Local fishermen swear tuna are so starving and abundant now that they will literally eat out of people’s hands like pets. But something is not right. Have these “endangered” tuna stocks suddenly recovered as the fishermen claim? Or are we actually hunting down the last of them–like the buffalo–as scientists claim? One thing is certain: this sudden and incredible abundance of tuna off their shores flies in the face of scientific assessments claiming endangered stocks are down by 90 percent.

With stunning cinematography, director John Hopkins documents this mystery and brings the issues into sharp focus. At the heart of this documentary lies a passionate concern by all about the fate of the giant bluefin tuna. Isn’t it time we learned to appreciate the giant, and relentlessly hunted, bluefin as extraordinary “wildlife,” in the same way we love whales, dolphins and panda bears?

Watch the full film here.

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