By Vernon Nickerson
Seaspiracy, which I am defining for purposes of this review as a secret plan to do harm to the ocean’s ecosystems comes out on Netflix in a time when a flood of revelations across multiple disciplines has rushed forth in the vacuum created by the absence of Donald J. Trump’s shrill science denial ignorance. If the cruelty and savage slaughter towards sentient marine life depicted in this thoughtful documentary are suggestive of any larger trends, Nature is in critical condition and we really have no idea of exactly what deep karmic debt will be repaid when Nature finally retaliates and how soon the final bill will come due. If investigative journalist/narrator/star/hero(?) of the film Ali Tabrizi was hopeful when he started his creative process, he has been stunned and depressed by his results. Seaspiracy is a ‘child of its’ times’ – trusted authority figures flat-out obfuscating on camera and or defending the indefensible destruction of the oceans of Planet Earth. And these are just the paltry few who agreed to meet with Mr. Tabrizi. Others as of this writing have remained silent. As I know from my first pandemic: SILENCE = DEATH.
Consequently, this review consists mostly of six question sets that I respectfully direct back to wiser heads than I at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
1.) Using a privately-owned cruiser called “Sea Chaser” with the information provided by a government to stop illegal fishing when all fishing is harming the marine ecosystem. So why isn’t all industrial fishing illegal? Can we live without eating fish? Why don’t we? Apparently, there is too much money to be made by fishing.
2.) Fishing scrapes the bottom of the sea bed destroying coral reefs and seaweed beds. So, here again, we are actively suicidal, slowly over time. Why are we suicidal? All the non-profits saying they care are not actually caring. Show list here: Not going to do that because I want everyone to see this film.
3.) As with racism and slavery, there is no way to justify the harvesting of oceans. We have forty-one years left before there are no fish in our oceans. How do we survive without a healthy ocean ecosystem? Do we want to stay here? What are we doing to stay here?
4.) There is no conspiracy theory regarding the ongoing slaughter of sea animals and plants; there is an actual generational wealth-producing systematic slaughter of the oceans of the world by the fishing industry – a cruel active conspiracy with malice and premeditation. The fund-raising to save the oceans does no earthly good. Why has it survived the pandemic? Why aren’t Governments taking aggressive action to reduce plastics from the oceans?
5.) A sustainable whale hunter on the Faroe Islands feels he is a better person because he is not killing 2000 chickens. Fish have a lateral line down their sides, they feel pain, they sense danger. Yet we justify fish slaughter. And fathers take their toddlers to witness the slaughter of adult and baby whales. The slaughter is rated “not a bad as commercial fishing boats” because they do not use nets as much as corporate fishing vessels. What will nature do to stop commercial fishing? It is apparently too much of a leap to save fish and other marine mammals if we cannot stop slaughtering our own species.
Watch Seaspiracy on Netflix now.