By now you’ve probably seen and heard about the Nextflix documentary called Seaspiracy that has managed to create a huge buzz around it. Filled with compelling and shocking facts, this documentary has been trending ever since it came out at the end of March.
Starring British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi, this documentary will present to you revolting facts about the dire impact the fishing industry has on our environment and how they have been trying to keep the truth under wraps.
Here are five shocking facts that you need to know about:
Great Pacific garbage patch is not all plastic
When most people think about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch we think about all the plastic, straws, and water bottles that are floating around which is absolutely true but shockingly that accounts for only 0.03 per cent of the waste. 46% of the waste comes from fishing gear which is a real threat to marine life. Shockingly the amount of fishing line in the ocean can wrap around the Earth 500 times.
Slavery is a part of the seafood industry
This may take a moment to digest but according to this documentary, slave labour has been reported in 47 countries in this industry. We get to hear the story of two men who were former slaves on fishing ships in Thailand. They talk about the horrific nature of their work and share stories of the abuse they endured.
An astonishing number of killings
Seaspiracy talks about how 30,000 sharks are killed per hour. Not just that, we see how 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed in fishing nets every year. Another thing that contributes to the decline of aquatic animals is bycatch. This means that other marine species that are caught unintentionally while trying to catch a specific fish also die.
The devastating effect of trawling
Bottom trawling is basically where they drag nets that are big enough to envelop 13 jumbo jet plans along the ocean floor to catch fish. This process deforests about 3.9 billion acres of seafloor annually.
Environmental organizations are helping the fishing industry
Ali Tabrizi goes on to interview key members of various NGOs who are supposedly dedicated to helping protect marine life. However, when he asks them pertinent questions they are stumped, they avoid him and you can see them get visibly nervous.
This is a documentary you should definitely watch to be aware of the harsh realities of the fishing industry.