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Film Review: Seaspiracy

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Seaspiracy is a new documentary on Netflix that delves into the murky waters of the fishing industry. I think, to start off, I should declare that I have not eaten fish/seafood for over 35 years now. I have never understood how divers can surface from an amazing dive, chatting about the wonderful marine life they have just seen, and then order fish for lunch. So, I openly declare that I am biased and I was eagerly awaiting this documentary.

The style of the documentary was not to my taste, but it was gripping nonetheless. The camera follows Ali Tabrizi who is on a quest, initially, to discover the causes of plastic pollution in the ocean and the story follows him all around the world as he discovers revelation after revelation about the fishing industry. No matter how much you think you know about marine conservation, there will be something in this film that shocks you. Watching Professor Callum Roberts, a biologist I respect and trust, state that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill actually benefited the local marine life, as the fishing fleet had to stay away due to the oil pollution, blew my mind.

The exposure of some of the dolphin friendly and sustainable fish labeling to be unregulated, profit making exercises, funded by the fishing industry, rather than something that actually works to protect marine life was eye-opening. The human suffering industrial fishing caused, including slavery and links to the African Ebola epidemic, was depressing. Add to that the dolphins, whales, sharks and more being killed as bycatch, the ghost nets, the destruction of reefs, the climate change impact, the pollution caused by fish farms and the suffering of the fish themselves, and this documentary is a damning indictment of an industry that is still being subsided by governments all over the world.

Seaspiracy is greatly enhanced by those interviewed in the film including Dr Sylvia Earle, George Monbiot and Prof. Callum Roberts to name but a few. It could have been more balanced with comment from the other side of the fence, and it could have looked at issues in more depth, but in the end the stark facts brought to the viewers attention are important and any film that gets these dark secrets out to a big audience has to be a good thing.

Bottom line – if you care about the ocean you should watch this film. It is full of vital facts about the fishing industry that are rarely brought to light. I can only hope that it will make people think about their consumption of seafood and what it is doing to our ocean.

For more information visit the Seaspiracy website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Jeff chats to… Staci-lee Sherwood about how light pollution in Florida is harming sea turtle hatchlings (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Staci-lee Sherwood, Founder & Former Director of S.T.A.R.S – Sea Turtle Awareness Rescue Stranding – about Florida’s latest assault on sea turtles and why the global community should be concerned.

You can read more about this issue in a blog written by Staci-lee on Scubaverse here.

Find out more about Staci-lee on Instagram and YouTube @realitycheckswithstacilee


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Jeff chats to… Marine Biologist, Underwater Photographer and Author Paul Naylor (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Paul Naylor about his new book Great British Marine Animals (4th Edition). You can read Jeff’s review of the book here.

Paul is a marine biologist and underwater photographer with a passion for showing people what beautiful and fascinating animals live around the British coast, through articles, talks, films, social media and TV, as well as his latest book.

The creatures’ intriguing behaviour and colourful life stories are the particular focus of his still photography and video, both for scientific research and engaging audiences.

Paul works with conservation organisations and the media to raise the profile of our wonderful marine life and the importance of caring for our seas.

Find out more about Paul and his work at www.marinephoto.co.uk


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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