We at Deneki Outdoors obviously care very much about fisheries around the globe. We recently watched the documentary Seaspiarcy, currently available on Netflix. We, by no means, are scientists or marine biologists. We are, however, stewards of our planet and consume fish. As consumers of fish, we should be aware of the ongoings of the fishing industry as it has a direct impact on our lives.
Throughout the film, Ali Tabrizi, director, narrator, and photographer takes you on an increasingly difficult journey across the globe identifying challenges and exposing harsh realities with the relationship we have with the ocean and all that live in it. Starting with plastics and pollution, then graduating to destruction, corruption and even human rights violations all in the realm of marine life.
By trying to show his and the life of his team lives are in danger, Tabrizi sells the idea that the fishing industry has a much larger and negative impact than we assume beyond plastics and straws on our beaches and oceans in classic investigative journalism style. He pushes the idea that overfishing and the corrupt commercial fishing industry have a far greater negative impact on our oceans, including looking into the racket of dolphin-safe tuna labels we all see on our shelves, which is compelling.
All that being said, Seaspiracy is an interesting watch. It uncovers some global practices that we may not have seen or thought about before. What was very transparent is Seaspiracy tries too hard to be a riveting investigative journalism documentary by selling controversy and conspiracy. It could have done without it. That is not a statement of Ali Tabrizi’s passion or desire to truly help the world; it’s more of a reflection of style and the use of propaganda.
If you haven’t seen it, watch it, then let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts. All we know is, we’ll continue to eat wild-caught sustainable fish.