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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Films / Review

The Silences in Seaspiracy

A recent documentary on fisheries and its impacts on the marine environment has grabbed widespread global attention for not only what it says but also for what it does not address

This article is by Elyse Mills (, Programme Consultant, ICSF, The Netherlands

The recently released Netflix documentary Seaspiracy (2021) has sparked a frenzy of discussion in various media outlets and on social media platforms, focusing not just on fisheries but on its impacts on the marine environment. The film provides a broad overview of the many ways that humans are using – and abusing – the oceans, from plastic pollution, to corruption in fisheries management, to the controversial whaling industry. While the film has been effective in introducing a broad public to the many social and environmental issues stemming from the exploitation of the oceans and large-scale industrial fishing, there is much more to fisheries that it completely neglects. Both positive and negative reviews of the film have flooded the Internet, with fans praising the film for shedding light on exploitative practices in the fishing industry, while critics have focused on debunking the myths the film propagates.

Many reviews have focused on...

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