SEASPIRACY: What You Should Know About Fish, The Ocean, and More
“Humans take everything from the ocean and give nothing back. Humans are the cause of species depletion.”
Facts From the Film
71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water.
74% of all species here are aquatic.
An estimated 200,000 sharks are killed every day for the shark fin industry, or 73 million sharks every single year. They have been in the oceans for 400 million years. Their extinction would dismantle the entire ecosystem.
50 million sharks are pulled from the ocean every year by so-called “sustainable” fishing catches as by-catch, by accident.
The Pacific Blue Fin Tuna has had a 96% reduction in stock levels.
650,000 whales, dolphins, and seals are killed by fishing vessels per year.
90% of top-level marine predators have been lost.
In 2013, one Blue Fin Tuna sold in a Japanese market for a record-breaking $1.7 million.
Aproximately 2.7 TRILLION fish are taken from the sea every year, 40% of which is discarded as by-catch, and 34% are used to feed the animals which people eat for meat, dairy and eggs. So much so, that pigs, cows and chickens are the world’s leading oceanic predators.
87% of fish stocks are fully or over-exploited.
Almost 4 tons of wild caught fish, are used to produce just a half a ton of shrimp.
33% of fish is coming from developing countries that are overexploiting the oceans – responsible for slave labor on fishing boats, taking fish from protected marine preserves, illegal fishing and over fishing, and a lack of fishing regulations.
Film Length: 14 minutes
Film Premiere: 2015
Quotes From the Film
“Humans take everything from the ocean and give nothing back.”
“Humans are the cause of species depletion.”
“Pigs, cows and chickens are the world’s leading oceanic predators.”
“Fish have excellent memories – some for years; fish respond to stress, threats, and show fear and avoidance behavior especially to unknown or unfamiliar objects.”
Killing fish is inhumane, “Fish are not unconscious when their gills are cut. Inhumane methods are used to kill fish including asphixiation when fish suffocate to death slowly over 10 minutes; letting fish bleed to death by tearing their gills; decapitation is used where they still feel, and some fish are sold alive, and killed by the consumer eating them.”
“The sewage that these land animals produce has created over 500 nitrogen “dead-zones” around the world in origin, and comprises more than 95,000 square miles of areas that are completely devoid of life.”
“Any meaningful discussions about the state of the oceans must always embrace as a priority frank discussions about land-based animal agriculture, which is the exact opposite of what every conservation group is doing.”
“Fishermen claim that whales and seals are eating THEIR fish, so they cull these animals not realizing that to have more fish in the sea—the oceans need to have more whales, seals and sea creatures to keep our oceans in balance.”
“Misubishi continues to fish Blue Fin Tuna even though they are a threatened species, and Mitsubishi has 16-year supply worth of Blue Fin Tuna frozen in storage.”
“Out of all the species that humans take from the ocean, none is more devastating to the ocean and on marine animals—than shrimping. They make up 1/3 of global by-catch.”
What You Can Do
- Switch to eating a plant-based vegan diet – Eat 100% plant-based foods, not animal-based foods
- Eliminate eating fish – Fish are not heart-healthy. Most fat in fish is not healthy, the majority of fat in fish is saturated fat and cholesterol that leads to heart disease and artery blockage
- Eliminate foods that contain cholesterol in your diet – For every 1% reduction in cholesterol means a 2% reduction in heart disease risk
- Eliminate all animal products from your diet – Benefit the planet, your health, the environment, and the animals
- For more help going vegan visit these websites: NutritionFacts.org, Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, Try Vegan-Stay Vegan
- Watch the documentary film Troubled Waters: See Troubled Waters here https://youtu.be/YACTNvuijQY, that explores what has happened to our oceans because of our appetite for seafood, and looks at what we can do personally to kick start a reformed fishing industry.
Created by: Ali Tabrizi, The Friendly Activist
Footage used from film: “Troubled Waters: Documentary About the Impacts of Overfishing (2015), by Matthew Judge