This week marked World Oceans Day. The UK government has announced that Highly Protected Marine Areas will start coming into play by the end of 2022 to mark the occasion. Their purpose will be to aid the protection and recovery of marine environments. This is brilliant news, ocean pollution has been in the news a lot lately, but the press has been mostly negative…
Netflix recently released a documentary called ‘Seaspiracy’ which looks at the commercial fishing industry. Did anyone here watch it? - it’s well worth a watch if not! There were a few things that stood out to me in the documentary.
It looks at slogans such as ‘Dolphin Safe’ and how, often, they can mean little in terms of protecting our oceans and marine life. It appears the slogan may be all talk and no trousers, unfortunately.
The documentary also uncovered that the majority of the ocean's rubbish is fishing related - the main offender being plastic fishing nets. There is a rather heated interview with the CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, where she refuses to give commercial fishing any accountability in terms of ruining the oceans.
Commercial fishing was also revealed to cause more shark deaths than the shark finning industry (which is often deemed the main culprit)! In fact, a whopping 50 million sharks are affected each year. There is more info on that here.
The documentary received mixed reviews and has become well known due to its controversial look into the fishing industry. Many of those involved said their interviews and words were taken out of context, which has given it even more media attention.
Given the controversy surrounding the fishing industry, are you thinking of changing your approach to eating fish?
Let us know your thoughts in the replies!