Christina Hicks Seaspiracy: Who is the professor from the Netflix documentary?

Leigh McManus March 30, 2021

Who is Professor Christina Hicks from Seaspiracy? The new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy explores the environmental effects of the global fishing industry and has blown the minds of viewers partly due to its interviews with industry experts. Let’s find out more.

Who is Christina Hicks from Seaspiracy?

Seaspiracy is a Netflix documentary exploring the effects the global fishing industry has on marine life.

It was released last week and featured a marine biologist called Professor Christina Hicks.

Professor Christina Hicks is an environmental social scientist at Lancaster Environment Centre in Lancaster, England. Her take on the documentary in which she featured was considered controversial by viewers, hence the interest in her.

The marine life expert tweeted after the release of the film saying that she wasn’t fully aware of the angle of director Ali Tabrizi’s film when featured.

Christina tweeted on Friday: “Unnerving to discover your cameo in a film slamming an industry you love & have committed your career to.

“I’ve alot to say about #seaspiracy- but won’t. Yes there are issues but also progress & fish remain critical to food & nutrition security in many vulnerable geographies.”

Dr Hicks gained her PhD in 2013 from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia before holding an Early Career Social Science Fellowship at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, California.

Christina is an authoritative voice in the field of the relationship between farm fishing and environmental change and has published 40 peer reviewed publications in this, and similar, areas.

What is Seaspiracy about

So what is Seaspiracy about? According to IMBD, Netflix documentary Seaspiracy is about the damaged humans do to the ocean by overfishing, and the resulting corruption the industry is apparently infected with.

“Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species – and uncovers alarming global corruption,” reads the show’s information on the site.

The film comes from the producers behind 2014’s Cowspiracy and is already among the platform’s top 10 most popular films and TV shows in several countries worldwide.

Like Professor Christina Hicks, Mark Palmer, associate director for the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP), raised concerns about the film.

He said that the film crew left out details of his interview about the safety of dolphins when tuna fishing.

“The film took my statement out of context to suggest that there is no oversight and we don’t know whether dolphins are being killed. This is simply not true,” Mark Palmer said in a statement on the IMMP website.