The Great Lakes face the ultimate intruder In the alarming eco-documentary
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale
Directed by Scott Dobson
Narrated by David Suzuki
World Broadcast Premiere | Thursday October 3 | 8:00pm
In the 53rd Season Opener of CBC TV’s
The Nature of Things with David Suzuki
There’s a new Big Fish in the eco-system. It is Canada’s #1 environmental threat, and the fate of at least a quarter of the world’s fresh-water hangs in the balance as it flexes its muscles.
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale is the sensational and true story of the fantastically-prolific Asian Carp – a scaly habitat-hog that scientists are scrambling to repel before it’s too late.
Introduced in the ‘70s for the purpose of cleaning up algae in fish ponds, the aggressive eating machines escaped into the Mississippi river system during floods. The 50 kg bottom feeders have advanced North at a surprising rate, becoming a familiar sight with their frenzied and often physically-threatening mass leaps in the air.
Now, in a classic case of good intentions gone horribly awry, a single man-made freight waterway stands to connect the five invasive varieties of Asian Carp and The Great Lakes, a system with more than 25% of all the fresh water in the world. Capable of thriving as far North of the 60th parallel, the Asian Cod could use the Great Lakes as their launching pad across Canada.
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale takes us into the battle and looks at what is being done to stop the fish from spreading into our waters. Toxic bullets, water guns and super foods have failed to make a dent. The only thing stopping them now is an electric barrier that has a tendency of blacking out.
Southward, down river, all hope is lost – even though they’re getting medieval on the fish. Red Neck, Peoria Carp Hunters have led the charge, killing 10,000 Asian Carp at a time in “sporting event” culls. But these ham-fisted solutions are only temporary. What can be done?
If all fails, why not just eat them?
Using state of the art camera work and rare underwater footage of the invading species, this film captures the Asian Carp on their own, newly-owned turf.
“Globalization has been the buzzword for finance and commerce,” says narrator David Suzuki. “But with people travelling the planet, we have brought plants and animals to places where they don’t belong. This program shows the ecologically devastating consequences.”
Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale was directed by Scott Dobson and produced by Charlotte Engel. Engel first pitched the project at the Planet in Focus film festival in 2012 and won the event’s investment cash prize.