Emma Bryant, Writer

Seaspiracy, directed by Ali Tabrizi, was released March 24, 2021 and was mainly filmed in Japan and Europe. It depicts human effects on marine life around the world, including plastic marine litter, ghost nets, and overfishing.

The movie claims commercial fisheries are the primary cause of marine habitat destruction. Seaspiracy opposes sustainable fishing and criticizes many marine conservation groups, including the Earth Island Institute and its dolphin safe mark; as well as, the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainable seafood certifications.

Given the effects of ghost nets, it also criticizes organizations’ attempts to minimize household plastic. These policies, it claims, are a cover-up for fishing’s environmental effects and corruption in the fishing industry.

The film promotes the establishment of marine reserves and the abolition of fish consumption. The Taiji dolphin drive hunt, whaling in the Faroe Islands, and modern slavery in Thailand’s fishing industry are also covered in the film.

Overall, Seaspiracy digs into what is going on around the world from whaling to overfishing to dolphin slaughtering. It unveils a lot of what companies who claim they are ocean friendly are trying to cover up.

Seaspiracy doesn’t cover the whole story, and it only talks about a small part of what is really happening on the oceans. However, this documentary changed my view on international companies and makes me personally want to do a better job in protecting the ocean and not eat as much fish.