There is little doubt that this hotly debated documentary about the impact of the commercial fishing industry has its faults, but no-one can deny that it’s brought an important subject little spoken about to the forefront of our minds. 27-year old British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi shines the spotlight on the destructive impact of fisheries including the mass waste of plastic equipment and nets, bycatch (particularly of dolphins), overfishing and even ‘blood shrimp’ – seafood tainted with slavery and human rights issues.
While endorsed by celebrities and fans across social media, critics have accused Tabrizi of using out-of-context interviews and erroneous statistics. With our mission at Grace & Green being to protect our waterways and oceans around the world by reducing plastic waste, we were also struck by Tabrizi’s claim that plastic waste from consumers is irrelevant beside that of fishing boats. To our minds, if 1.3 billion tampon applicators make their way into UK landfill each year, it is certainly still worth working to stop our use of them.
Tabrizi’s solution that no fishing is sustainable and everyone in the world stops eating fish has also come under fire for being overly simplistic and a disservice to the critical work being done (albeit not nearly extensive enough yet) to protect oceans and marine life. Nevertheless, if the repercussions of the documentary are that a handful of us eat less fish and source it more responsibly, surely it can only be worth a watch.
Available to watch on Netflix.