Seaspiracy is Netflix’s 2021 documentary about the impacts of human activities on marine species. According to the Seaspiracy film, marine life is at risk of diminishing biodiversity, loss of coral reef habitats, and plastic pollution. One of the main targets of Seaspiracy’s criticisms is commercial fisheries. Unbridled overfishing carried out by fisheries poses an increasing threat to extinctions of multiple species of fish.

How Seaspiracy Depicts Fishing

The film has been criticized for misrepresenting fishing practices, or oversimplifying the problem. According to Seaspiracy, sustainable fishing does not exist. The film’s director does not seem to think that fisheries have been improving their practice methodologies over the years to meet emerging environmental standards. In narrative Seaspiracy, Tabrizi says that, “if current fishing trends continue, we will see virtually empty oceans by the year 2048”.

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Seaspiracy Budget & Economic Implications

Critics believe that the film’s director Ali Tabrizi’s proposed solutions to sustainable fishing are unrealistic and unfair. The film, has been challenged for ignoring the economic and nutritional importance that fisheries offer to global communities. While fisheries do diminish populations of fish populations and cause extinctions, it may be a bit unfair to depict modern fishing practices as completely unfavorable. Critics believe that the film’s director Ali Tabrizi’s proposed solutions to sustainable fishing are unrealistic and unfair.

The film, has been challenged for ignoring the economic and nutritional importance that fisheries offer to global communities. While fisheries do diminish populations of fish populations and cause extinctions, it may be a bit unfair to depict modern fishing practices as completely unfavorable. Commercial fishing is responsible for providing abundances of food for populations of people world wide. Further, fisheries employ at least 40 million people world-wide. Without fisheries to prop up the economies of developing nations, especially those local to coasts, these communities would lose their ability to trade and gain profit for infrastructure and development.

In other words, the immediate discontinuation of fishing is not presently an option. Some coastal communities use fishing as its predominant export, pressuring them to transition to land-based production could crush their GDP. A middle ground must emerge between the mitigation of oceanic degradation and providing sufficient amounts of food for populations that rely on them.

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