Murphy Morrison-Wallace


13th April 2021


A review of the Netflix documentary that exposes the environmental impact of fishing and a look at the global impact of its release...

Seaspiracy is a documentary that exposes the secrets of the fishing and seafood industry. The documentary follows director, Ali Tabrizi, on a quest to find out the truth behind the diminishing fish populations and the quality of life in our oceans. The topics covered in the film range from overfishing to the simple but powerful lies on tuna tins. Additionally it covers the horrendous effects that fishing boats bycatch have on the dolphin and whale populations that subsequently affect sea turtles, which are caught in the nets that are not meant for them, and end up being thrown back into the sea, dead, after they’re caught.

People around the globe are being lied to, told that their tuna is “dolphin safe”, meaning no dolphins were affected in the catching of the tuna. However, on his journey, Tabrizi finds out the companies making these claims do not actually uphold their guarantee, with some ‘observers’ being bribed and even threatened into claiming there were no dolphins caught. The topic of slave labour and human rights abuse is also touched on, with Tabrizi interviewing the ‘workers' that were held out at sea for years and being forced to work catching shrimp.

The overall conclusion of the programme is that we should collectively reduce or stop our fish intake all together, as even “solutions'' such as fish farms are inhumane, where fish swim in circles of their own filth and commonly suffer with lice infestations. Seaspiracy is an extremely compelling documentary, with some graphic, tear-jerking scenes which have now caused thousands of people around the world to stop eating fish all together.