Is it a Seaspiracy?
The latest eye-opening documentary to hit Netflix playlists across the globe shines the light on the impact of commercial fishing on our oceans and marine life. Seaspiracy, made by the team behind the award-winning 2014 film Cowspiracy, covers everything from whale hunts to industrial-scale bottom trawling, shark-finning to lice-infested fish farms.
Directed by Ali Tabrizi, the wide-ranging doco mainly questions the sustainable seafood movement and looks at the way Dolphin Safe and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labels may not be able to provide the assurances that we are looking for. (P.S Apparently reps from both companies have accused the film-makers of misleading statements).
While the film has definitely caused controversy and some of the information is being questioned, it does make some important points and throws out some interesting stats, including:
- Fishing has wiped out 90% of the world's largest fish
- 300,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises are killed by fishing operations per year
- 70% of macro plastic at sea comes from fishing gear
- Plastic straws only comprise 0.03% of plastic entering the ocean
- Widespread forced labour in the seafood trade is reported in 47 countries
Sadly, I am not in a position to fact check everything raised in the documentary but there is no doubt a serious problem is arising for our oceans and marine life.
Fortunately, there have been scientists raising red flags to some of these problems for years and one thing they are pushing for is people power. People, like you and me creating pressure on our governments to protect the ocean for all of us.
Protecting key areas of the sea from commercial fishing - areas that are known migratory pathways, biodiversity hotspots and spawning grounds - is one of the major solutions scientists have put forward to save the ocean from collapse.
For more information, hit up Greenpeace at https://www.greenpeace.org.au/blog/tools-for-grassroots-activism/
Have you seen Seaspiracy? What are your thoughts?