Reading Time: 2 minutes 'It's given us a lot of hope and faith to see people are ready for the truth about what it takes to save our oceans' Credit: Netflix UK / Netflix UK
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Seaspiracy debuted four days ago and has already climbed into Netflix’s Top Ten spots in 32 countries.

Additionally, the documentary attracted global attention from media outlets, journalists, and celebrities as the powerful film’s impact begins to unfold.

Netflix Top Ten

The film promised to uncover the ‘war’ on the ocean, by delving into the environmental and ethical impacts the fishing industry has on the sea. Moreover, it explored the inaction of environmental groups and governments through interviews with key figures.

In just 48 hours, Seaspiracy hit Netflix’s Top Ten in both the US and the UK. At the time of writing, it is in the Top Ten in countries such as Ireland, South Africa, Norway, Austria, Greece, and Portugal.

Filmmakers and directors Ali and Lucy Tabrizi took to Instagram to express their gratitude.

The pair said: “It’s given us a lot of hope and faith to see people are ready for the truth about what it takes to save our oceans.”

The Seaspiracy team took to social media to thank viewers

‘Confronting power’

Headlines unfolded in British VogueThe Sunday TimesELLE, and TMZ as the film – which is produced by Cowspiracy’s Kip Andersen, attracted global media attention within days.

Among those to commend it is the environmental journalist and Guardian columnist, George Monbiot – who featured in it himself.

Since watching it he branded it a ‘brilliant expose’, urging his Twitter followers to stop eating fish as a result.

Monbiot called out environmental groups in his interview on Seaspiracy

He hailed it over the hit BBC documentary, Blue Planet II, which he said showed ‘cowardice and wilful ignorance’ over ‘environmental destruction’.

“For years, the message almost everywhere has been ‘we must work with industry to find solutions’. But what if the industry is structurally committed to ecocide? What if its business model is looting? If so, we shouldn’t work with it, but work to close it down”, he said.

In another tweet, he said: ‘We have to start being honest and brave and true to our good natures’.

Rock legend Bryan Adams also took to Twitter to encourage his followers to watch the film and stop eating fish. Joining him was Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson.

‘Vegan propaganda’

Before its debut, Seaspiracy was branded ‘vegan propaganda’ by the fishing industry.

Leaked documents sent to Plant Based News revealed a planned attack to curb the film’s impact. This was despite the fact the National Fisheries Institute hadn’t yet seen it.

Moreover, the organization urged Netflix to create a separate tab for ‘vegan propaganda’ films and conspiracy theories, separate from other documentaries.

In a letter sent to the streaming service, the NFI voiced that it expected the documentary to promote ‘propaganda over facts’.

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.