Netflix doc ‘Seaspiracy’ reveals dark secrets and corruption in the fishing industry
It uncovers murder and slavery, and people are saying they’re never eating fish again
Netflix has just released Seaspiracy, a documentary film which might just change your opinions on the fishing industry and seafood forever.
The hour and a half documentary looks as though it’s going to be Blackfish levels of revelations and shock, with the Tiger King element of a filmmaker falling upon a ridiculously huge and untold story.
Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction. Here’s everything you need to know about the shocking new documentary, and what people are saying about it.
Seaspiracy on Netflix follows a documentary film maker who uncovered a web of corruption that could change the way you view seafood forever
The creator of Seaspiracy says he had no idea what he was going to uncover when he started to make a documentary about marine life. As a child he had an interest in sea animals and cared deeply about that aspect of the environment, regularly attending beach cleans and trying to do his bit against plastics. At first he wanted to create a film about plastics and pollution and the effect these were having on the world’s oceans.
Next thing, he’s filming mass killings of dolphins and whales, sharks having their fins removed and fisherman claiming to have been forced to work as slaves and watching bodies being thrown overboard. The documentary makes some shocking accusations against the commercial industry, including corruption, lies, slavery and forced labour and even murder.
The full Netflix synopsis reads: “From the co-creator who brought you the groundbreaking documentary Cowspiracy comes Seaspiracy, a follow up that illuminates alarming – and not widely known – truths about the widespread environmental destruction to our oceans caused by human behaviour. Filmmaker Ali Tabrizi initially set out to celebrate his beloved ocean, but instead found himself examining the harm that humans inflict upon the vulnerable seas. From plastics and fishing gear polluting the waters, to the irreparable damage of bottom trawling and by-catch, to illegal fishing and devastating hunting practices, humanity is wreaking havoc on marine life and, by extension, the entire planet. What Tabrizi ultimately uncovered not only challenges notions of sustainable fishing but will shock anyone who cares about the wonders of ocean life, as well as the future of the planet and our place on it.”
People are calling Seaspiracy ‘terrifying’, ‘shocking’ and ‘the most important documentary of our time’
If the reviews are anything to go by, this isn’t a documentary you’re going to forget in a hurry. Thrillist calls the doc “a vivid exposé of the world fishing industry’s worst-kept secrets” adding that it is “genuinely shocking”. Green Queen reviews it as “shocking and terrifying”, saying “it’s hard to overstate what an important piece of filmmaking this is”.
People on Twitter have also already watched the film. One person called it “the most important documentary of our time”, whilst others added that it is “a real eye-opener”. People have said that after the film they were left in tears, will never eat seafood again and have urged anyone with an interest in human or animal rights or the planet to watch. PETA has also tweeted about the importance of the documentary.
— Lex Rigby (@lexrigby) March 24, 2021
I am not eating seafood ever again. It's a sacrifice for me, but one I am willing to make. You should make that sacrifice, too.
The commercial fishing industry is killing the oceans and the Earth.
— ☢Diesel☢ @ Remote Review (@SeekingAntlers) March 25, 2021
Watched #seaspiracy and I’m crying. It’s the dark side of plastic and seafood. 🙁
— Sneha (@snehapathak) March 24, 2021
That’s it. That’s the tweet.
— PETA (@peta) March 24, 2021
#Seaspiracy is a real eye opener. Discarded nets and fishing poles are much more of a risk to sea life than discarded household plastics, such as straws.
— The Bearded Zombie #wearamask 😷🧔🏻🧟♀️☮️🌱 Ⓥ (@life_screams_) March 24, 2021
I cannot recommend this documentary enough. Just finished watching it, and I'm…just trying to process.
— MediocreMaestro (@MediocreMaestro) March 24, 2021
if you care about climate change, pollution, plastic production, human rights, animals, fossil fuels, corruption, corporate greed, indigenous peoples, deadly diseases, oil spills, or the survival of the planet, you need to watch #seaspiracy on netflix
— prince pinroll (@dylanhlevine) March 24, 2021
Watch the trailer for Seaspiracy on Netflix here:
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