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Felix Trusler

May 11, 2021.2:53 pm

Seaspiracy: fact or fiction?

Netflix’s newest documentary is one of the world’s most-watched films, but are its claims about seafood valid?

May 11, 2021

9 min read

The documentary film Seaspiracy debuted on Netflix in the spring of 2021. Within days, it became the streaming service’s third most-watched movie in the entire world. But now, those millions of viewers are wondering if they should give up fish, boycott canned tuna brands, and act on the startling footage they saw in Seaspiracy

Let’s dive in to the fact and fiction behind Netflix’s blockbuster hit, and whether you should change your diet or change your mind.

What is Seaspiracy about?

Over the course of its 89-minute run, Seaspiracy gets into the complex details of the global fishing industry and how human behaviour like overfishing and plastic packaging are impacting our oceans. 

The documentary, directed by Ali Tabrizi, specifically reviews and critiques a few key areas:

  • Sustainable fishing, and the branding and labelling around “sustainable seafood” (for example, “dolphin-safe” logos on canned tuna).
  • Marine conservation and environmental organisations, such as the Marine Stewardship Council and the Earth Island Institute.
  • The use of human labour in the fishing industry, including human rights abuses in the fishing industry.
  • The impact of human litter on the oceans, such as ghost nets (abandoned fishing nets still floating in the sea) and plastic trash.

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