Fashion giant Vogue says Seaspiracy will ‘change your thoughts on seafood forever’.
The publication has long plugged fish as a nutritious and ‘sustainable’ food – describing Alaska salmon as a ‘hero ingredient’.
Vogue’s ‘eye-opening’ lessons from Seaspiracy
However, it has now published a feature detailing six ‘eye-opening’ lessons from Seaspiracy such as bycatch, plastic pollution and ‘blood shrimp’.
The documentary, directed by filmmaker Ali. Tabrizi, sheds light on the ‘war being waged’ on the world’s oceans.
It delves into the fishing industry’s environmental impacts on marine life and aims to ‘radically transform the way we think and act on ocean conservation’.
“Fish that have been farmed are also often considered more eco-friendly than wild fishing, as they’re not being taken from the wild population,” Vogue states.
“But what you might not know is that some species of farmed fish are fed wild-caught fish, leading one expert in the documentary to call fish farming ‘wild fishing in disguise’.
“Not only that but farmed salmon would actually be grey if it wasn’t fed a chemical in its food that gives it its famous pink color…
“We need to seriously consider our consumption of fish and other seafood (less than one percent of our global oceans are protected from commercial fishing).”
After debuting on Netflix last week, Seaspiracy has already attracted global media attention – and a number of celebrities.
Former Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson tweeted about the film, describing it as ‘incredibly eye-opening’.
“Regardless of being vegan or not… It’s a concern for everyone that the oceans are protected,” she wrote.
“In order for them to thrive, serious changes need to be made. Eating fish is not and cannot be sustainable.
“Every time you eat fish you’re likely killing many other sea creatures such as dolphins, turtles, and whales. It’s the harsh reality and we ass consumers can make a difference.
“I’ve said this before, but even when you go snorkeling – you can see how much of a difference there is. The fish are disappearing because we’re killing them. It’s that simple.”
Rocker Bryan Adams also urged his 655,600 Twitter followers to watch the film.
He tweeted: “Watch Seaspiracy on Netflix. #Donteatfish #Stopkillingfish #Seaspiracy.”
The National Fisheries Institute
Despite its soaring popularity, Seaspiracy received backlash from the fishing industry before it was even released.
A leaked document sent to PBN revealed The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) calling the film a ‘dishonest attack’ before it had an opportunity to view it.
It reached out to Netflix, accusing the streaming service of promoting ‘propaganda over facts’ – despite not knowing the films’ sources.
Moreover, the organization told PBN: “We consider the film vegan propaganda and we’d like Netflix to start a whole new tab for just this type of content.
You can read the full Vogue article here