SEASPIRACY is a recently released Netflix documentary starring Ali Tabrizi, a British filmmaker. It is mainly focused on the effect fishing has on the environment. This documentary has caused controversy as organisations have accused the documentary as misinterpreting them.
Seaspiracy was released in March 2021 and is now in the top 10 for documentaries on Netflix. Within this documentary there are themes of; lies, slavery and murder.
The movie starts focused on Alis passion for the sea and his slow realisation that not everything was as it seems. Ali reveals that Japan had been commercial whale hunting despite a worldwide ban, this ban was set in place in 1986 however many countries have been whale hunting under the radar for years. Ali travels to Taiji and makes a devastating discovery; each year 700 dolphins were lead to slaughter. It is revealed that from 2000 – 2015 for every dolphin captured 12 were killed, the question was, why were these dolphins being killed? As a viewer it was shocking to then find out the reason was for pest control. Companies saw these dolphins as competition as the dolphins ate a lot of fish therefore if they got rid of dolphins there would be a higher amount of fish to sell. To find out if this was true Ali visits Kii Katsuura, to Alis shock he discovers that Pacific Bluefin Tuna fish were being captured, this specific type of tuna is very expensive and highly valued, now due to the extreme amount of these fish being captured from 1970 to 2021 less than 3% of this species remain. Sharks were also being captured in high amounts and had their fins removed. Ali soon gets told to stop videoing and gets kicked out of the fishing port. Throughout the documentary Ali reveals dark conspiracies on the companies within the fishing market such as fishermen being forced into labour and even cases of men being thrown overboard.
After this documentary was released many environmental groups encouraged the public to watch Seaspiracy, however not all responses were positive seafood industry groups labelled this movie as “the worst type of journalism” and questioned its accuracy.
After watching this many people have changed their opinions on the fishing world, I spoke to Jackie Burke a woman who recently watched the documentary and she told me; “I will never eat a fish again after watching that movie, everyone needs to watch it. That movie was a real eye opener.”
Seaspiracy can only be streamed on Netflix and is one hour and 29 minutes long.
Image was taken from the Seaspiracy facebook page.