Prohibit Fishing?

Recreational fishing is a multi-billion Euros business. German anglers alone catch 45.000 metric tons of fish. Many fisherman claim to be environmentalists. This scientific documentary takes a closer look: What kind of impact does fishing have to the aquatic ecosystems? Do fishes survive C&R? Is it useful to release tons of fish into lakes and streams? And how do anglers deal with the European Eel, which is considered by the IUCN as threatened as the Orang Utan?

  • Ulf Marquardt
    Director
    Jacques Cousteau's Legacy, Hamilton-Manatees in a New Light, Adopted by Dolphins etc.
  • Ulf Marquardt
    Writer
    Jacques Cousteau's Legacy, Hamilton-Manatees in a New Light, Adopted by Dolphins etc.
  • Ulf Marquardt
    Producer
    Jacques Cousteau's Legacy, Hamilton-Manatees in a New Light, Adopted by Dolphins etc.
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Angeln verbieten?
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Television
  • Runtime:
    43 hours 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 29, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p, XD Cam HD
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 3sat Wissenschaftsdoku

    Germany
    March 10, 2016
    3sat (German/Austrian/Swiss TV)
Director Biography - Ulf Marquardt

Since 1992, Ulf Marquardt works as a writer/director and producer mainly for German public TV channels. In the beginning of his carrer, he also was a gag writer for the German version of David Letterman, a radio presenter and news anchor and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. But a special interest in filmmaking dragged him to television and directing documentaries. Over the years, he developed a special interest in the topics environment, wildlife, technology and science. Since 2006, he sometimes works as his own cameraman, both topside and under water. He is married to the producer of many of his films, has two kids and lives close to the city of Cologne in Germany.

FILMOGRAPHIY (Excerpt):
2006 Ghost Nets – Deadly Traps in the Deep Sea, 30 min, WDR
2007 Abenteuer Wissen: Fatal Mistakes in the Fire, 30 min, ZDF
2007 Sleeping Beast Tahoma, 30 min, ARD
2008 Ships to Reefs, 30 min, ARD
2009 Seal Wars on the Ice Flow, 30 min, WDR
2010 Abenteuer Wissen Special: Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 45 min, ZDF
2011 Abenteuer Wissen: Sharks, Monsters in Trouble 30 min., ZDF
2012 Jacques Cousteaus Legacy, 45 min, WDR
2013 Adopted by Dolphins, 45 min, ZDF/Arte
2013 My Friend, the Monster, 30 min, WDR
2014 Hamilton's Journey - Manatees In A New Light, 45 min, WDR
2014 Giants of Fortune – The Whale Sharks of Oslob, 45 min, ZDF/Arte

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Director Statement

"Prohibit Fishing" has a controversial issue, and I was prepared for many furious reactions by anglers. There were some, but not as many as expected: Most of the anglers were surprised that we didn't do "angler bashing", treated anglers in a fair way and that we strictly focused on environmental issues instead of discussing animal welfare.