This is the planet we still know so little. We call it Earth but less than 1/3 is land, over 2/3 is water and we use that water as a dumping site for our waste and as if it's an inexhaustible "horn of plenty" for humans. Our most important ecosystem is on the verge of collapse unless we act now. At this very moment the main problem with the oceans is that they're getting emptier and emptier. If we don't do anything then we face one of the biggest disasters in history of mankind.
If you look at the predators only about 90% of all predatory fish is gone. Then from all the other commercial fish species almost 80% is gone. The best thing to do to solve the problem is to quit eating fish.
People who don't dive have no idea how beautiful the underwater world is. The biodiversity is so immense and you see the most amazing creatures. What you can see under the water is art. Almost everywhere underwater photographer Dos Winkel dives he is faced with devastation. Taking a passive stance was not an option. He seizes every opportunity to use his photographs and tell the story of a world that is on the verge of vanishing.
Is it conceivable that the oceans will be empty in 30 years? If so, we humans are responsible. Two young marine biologists set out to do research for us - Marianne van Mierlo and Barbara van Genne. In this film (sequel to Meat the Truth) we sum up the facts why our seas and oceans are in great danger. First we find a survey by the University of British Columbia which shows that fish stocks in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1900 were megatons of fish in the sea. Hundred years later nearly everything is gone.
Professor Daniel Pauly has been publishing about the effects of global over-fishing for years. We have a situation where we are already starting losing fish population at an increasing rate. Pauly is one of the most renowned researches concerning the state in the oceans. For his work he has received honorary doctorates from universities in Greece, Belgium, Canada, Portugal and the Netherlands.