Seaspiracy: Can a single documentary spark mass behaviour change?

The latest documentary to hit Netflix, Seaspiracy exposes the grim ecological destruction of the Earth’s oceans.

On a small budget, directors Ali Tabrizi and Lucy Tabrizi highlight and examine the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction.

Since its release on the streaming giant, Seaspiracy has since been subject to criticisms, with some questioning the accuracy of the claims made, or even the tone of the documentary.

The film received praise for bringing attention to its subject matter and controversy over its scientific accuracy. However, some organisations and individuals interviewed or negatively portrayed in the film have disputed its assertions and have accused the film of misrepresenting them.

The 90 minute exposure is a harsh reminder of the negative impacts of commercial fishing; touching on all aspects including the importance of sharks and whales to our ecosystems, the effects of microplastics, fish farm slavery and overfishing.

Netflix: Seaspiracy

Speaking to the BBC, Ali Tabrizi says “If current fishing trends continue, we will see virtually empty oceans by the year 2048.”

A major theme in the documentary is the fishing industry’s impact on the oceans, and the pollution caused by discarded fishing nets and equipment.

The film claims ‘nearly 50% of plastic in one Pacific Ocean area is fishing nets’.

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