Is Seaspiracy accurate? The Netflix documentary came out last week and has jumped into the streaming platform’s top 10. But just how accurate is Netflix’s Seaspiracy?

Let’s investigate.

What is Seaspiracy about?

Netflix’s documentary Seaspiracy looks at the impact of commercial fishing on the environment.

It’s from the team behind Cowspiracy; 27-year-old English documentary maker Ali Tabrizi, his wife Lucy, and fellow documentary maker Kip Andersen.

Seaspiracy takes a deep dive into the modern fishing industry. It explores issues such as the effects of plastic marine debris, overfishing, and even modern slavery within the industry.

However, the documentary’s main argument is that commercial fisheries are the main drivers of marine ecosystem destruction.

Seaspiracy fact check: Is it accurate?

But is Seaspiracy accurate, or should it be debunked?

Throughout the documentary, numerous marine organisations are criticised. One such group is the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Last week, they issued an official response to the Netflix documentary’s claims.


Seaspiracy claims that sustainable fishing doesn’t exist, so humans shouldn’t consume fish.  

On this, the MSC said: “This is wrong. Research shows that fish stocks that are well-managed and sustainable, are also more productive in the long-term, meaning there is more seafood for our growing global population.”

Another claim made by Seaspiracy is that the dolphin-safe tuna programme is a conspiracy to benefit the global fisheries industries.

On this, the International Marine Mammal Project said: “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The New York Times’ review of the documentary describes it as “a sea of murky conspiratorial thinking.”

But how much of Seaspriacy is accurate? Redditors have been doing their own research into its claims and describe the documentary as “highly sensationalised.”

As well as this, they say it’s difficult to actually find the sources the documentary used, making it difficult to fact check.

There are strong voices on each side of the debate, each with opposing views, making it tricky to find the truth.

If you’ve recently watched the documentary and are interested in finding out more – you’re best to do your own research to get to the heart of it!

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