Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2011
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Life 8 - Looting the Seas

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Investigates the looming collapse of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna stocks and the role EU policies have played in the crisis.

Life 8 - Looting the Seas

With growing global appetite for sushi, bluefin tuna is big business--one fish can sell for up to a hundred thousand dollars. But scientists and environmentalists now argue that Atlantic bluefin-- the kind caught in the Mediterranean--is on the verge of collapse, and that the rules designed to protect them aren't working. At the heart of the dispute over bluefin tuna regulation is the European Union. Its member states include big fishing countries like France, Spain, and Italy. For the EU, the task is to prevent a final, and terminal, collapse of bluefin stocks. Looting the Seas investigates why, and reveals a world where even the experts seem unable to agree how to ensure the sustainability of Atlantic bluefin stocks.

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film[s]...[The films] can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University

'Weave[s] together a compelling story which will hold viewer's attention...I recommend [Looting the Seas] for high school, public and college libraries.' Barbara Butler, University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Educational Media Reviews Online


Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film + Video Festival


Main credits

Sorrentino, Bruno (Director)
Sorrentino, Bruno (Producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Antonio Testa; editors, Barbara Zosel, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

Bruno Sorrentino
Camera: Bruno Sorrentino
Editors: Barbara Zosel and Sotira Kyriacou
Production Managers: Davina Rodrigues and Janine Honour
Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
A TVE/ICIJ coproduction

Docuseek2 subjects

Animals and Animal Rights
Business Ethics
Environmental Health
Fishing Sector
Marine Biology
Oceans and Coasts
Endangered Species and Extinction

Distributor subjects

Animal Rights
Business Practices
Endangered Species
Environmental Ethics
European Studies
Global Issues
International Trade
Marine Biology
Millennium Development Goals
Oceans and Coasts
Social Psychology


Atlantic bluefin tuna, collapse of bluefin tuna stocks, EU policies, sushi,; overfishing, European Union, quota, fishing; "Looting the Seas"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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