For Cod’s Sake
Director Folke Rydén, Folke Rydén & Mattias Klum Production/ Sweden, 2009, 52’
Everything in nature has its role – while cod must perpetuate a natural marine microflora, the fisherman is there to keep the cod from over-multiplying. A short while ago Baltic Sea cod was endangered with depletion. New EU regulations have improved the situation, but for how long? Ironically, the EU regulations also state that fishermen must throw part of their daily catch back in the sea. The film focuses on the un-resolvable conflict between the human need for fish on the menu and the attempts to preserve the sea’s bounty for future generations.
The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world. Urine in sea water aids algae growth resulting in decreased oxygen which endangers fish. 30 years must pass in order for the water in the Baltic Sea to regenerate.