Netflix's Seaspiracy is the doco you need to watch right now

scandal 30/03/2021

If there's one thing you need to watch on Netflix at the moment, it's Seaspiracy.

The new documentary (which yes, they did miss the perfect opportunity to call Conspirasea) explores the damage being done to marine life around the world as a result of the mass commercial fishing industry. 

"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" One viewer wrote on Twitter.

"I'm not ashamed to say I just sat and cried. I don't even eat seafood and I cried!," Tweeted Wildlife photographer Richard Dowling. "Please watch this with an open mind and be willing to challenge the societal norms that you follow when you put your fork to your mouth."

The doco explores a range of issues including 'Bycatch' which refers to fish and other marine species that, after being unintentionally caught, are throwing back into the sea but due to the lack of oxygen or trauma, the bycatch are unlikely to survive.

From statistics shown, Seaspiracy suggests 50 million sharks and up to 10 thousand Dolphins off the coast of France are caught annually as bycatch. 

 However, the doco has also drawn criticism for some of 'inaccuracies' including the notion that sustainable fishing is not possible.

"This is wrong." Said the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which assesses and grants certification to sustainable fisheries. "One of the amazing things about our oceans is that fish stocks can recover and replenish if they are managed carefully for the long-term".

"Research shows that fish stocks that are well-managed and sustainable, are also more productive in the long-term, meaning there is more seafood for our growing global population, which is set to reach 10 billion by 2050."

Bryce Stewart, marine ecologist and fisheries biologist, also said that while Seaspiracy highlights important issues, it gets lost amongst things taken out of context.

"Does [Seaspiracy] highlight a number of shocking and important issues? Absolutely. But is it misleading at the same time? Yes" He wrote in a Twitter thread.

"People will either believe it and completely overreact, or find it so easy to discredit some of the statements that the real issues get downgraded or disbelieved."

What ever your thoughts, Seaspiracy should be added to your Netflix list ASAP so you can make up your mind for yourself.