Netflix’s latest documentary Seaspiracy was released only a couple of weeks ago and it’s already making big waves. The documentary is shedding light on the severe consequences of commercial fishing that many have been trying to fight against for years and it’s a wake-up call for those who had yet to understand the gravity of this huge environmental crisis.
The eye-opening documentary is the latest project from Kip Andersen, who coproduced Cowspiracy and filmmaker Ali Tabrizi. They don’t hold back as they reveal the disturbing realities that commercial fishing has on our entire planet. These are the nightmarish but very real takeaways from this sobering film.
Give up fish before plastic straws if you really want to fight plastic pollution.
Single-use plastics are not the main culprit we should be worried about as they make up less than 1% of all plastic entering the ocean. The biggest offender is fishing gear, primarily fishing nets, which makes up a horrifying 46% of the “great Pacific garbage patch.”
It’s not just fish that we’re killing, but countless other vulnerable marine animals too.
One of the countless problems with commercial fishing is that fish are caught on such a massive scale that it is inevitable that whales, sharks, dolphins, and turtles, just to name a few, end up getting caught as well. Even if they do get released back into the ocean, the trauma that they suffered usually ends up being the death of these essential marine predators. More than 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed in the process of trying to catch other species.
If the ocean dies, the entire planet dies along with it.
Seaspiracy makes it abundantly clear just how important the health of our oceans is for the survival of everyone. 93% of the world’s carbon dioxide is stored in the ocean by marine plants, but commercial fishing is slowly eliminating these carbon collecting plants like reefs from our oceans.
Sustainable commercial fishing is an oxymoron.
Fishing at such a large scale will never be sustainable. Even when fish such as canned tuna is labeled as “dolphin-safe” there’s no guarantee that no dolphins were killed in the process. On average, 45 dolphins are slaughtered to catch eight tuna.
Do you really need to eat seafood?
Stop the problem right at the source and cut back or stop eating seafood altogether. By not participating in this corrupt industry we take the power away from commercial fishing and give it back to our oceans.