Seaspiracy Movie Reviews

27th July 2023  - To kick off our month long discovery into the Importance of our Oceans and Seas, ChampSpeak Teens  watched the documentary "Seaspiracy" on Netflix. Here are a few winning and honest reviews that you should read: 

Jayden and Daryyl with their written opinion and a chocolate bar from Pn. Susan Soh 

By Jayden and Darryl 

From the documentary, Seaspiracy, we have come to conclusion that the world's fish industry is the ultimate pyramid scheme that we have built to DOOM ourselves. 

Commercial fishing today is unhinged. Methods like trawling and purse seine are effective but destructive. These techniques allow large amounts of fish to be caught in a single haul causing by catch and sea-bed damage.

As for fish farming, Scotland is out of their trolly. Even though sufficient production for civilization, more waste from fishes are produced than Scotland itself. Not only that, the fish being reared is infected by various diseases. 

Speaking of fishing, labour is inevitable. Some industries use slavery as a cheaper way to save on workforce costs. Victims of slavery are worked to death.

Not only that, some fishing industries target their biological competitors, for instance, whales and mostly dolphins. These killings are covered up by local authorities and crime syndicates. 

  In our opinion, violence like the Sea Shepards is not the answer, it is the solution. Organizations like WWF should enforce their policies on the ocean. I think we should fund the Sea Shepards to become a recognized law enforcer. Because of our lack of authority, we can resort to eating less seafood and convincing others. This might be a slim chance to disrupt the ultimate pyramid scheme run by money and greed. 

Mabel Bong with her essay and chocolate bar from Pn. Susan Soh 

By Mabel Bong

Seaspiracy is a documentary which showed viewers behind-the-scenes pollution of fish eating. Issues like plastic in sea, unsustainable fish farming, slavery at sea and bioaccumulation of toxic chemicals in fish.

Personally, the only two issues that actually made me reconsider my seafood diet are ethically questionable fishing labour and contaminated fishes.

The documentary revealed that in Thailand there are actually fishermen who are forced to fish. The fact that the people cannot escape due to armed forces armed forces on board and the involvement of the government actually made me question if slavery only occurs in shrimp farming industry. Maybe products in our daily life which we deem as common actually came at the expense of others lives?

Due to pollution, fish in the sea actually go through bioaccumulation, where phytoplankton consume microplastics, then fishes consume the phytoplankton and are sent onto our plates. This makes me wonder, are fishes the only food that contains toxins like plastics, mercury or something else? Maybe our daily consumption is also harmful to our wellbeing, it's just that we can't see it with our naked eye?

I learn question things I use to take for granted.

From left : Ryan Lee, Dominic Lim, Angus Wong and Carlos Chiong  with their essay and chocolate bar from Pn. Susan Soh 

By Dominic Lim, Angus Wong, Lucas Chiang and Ryan Lee

Based on the movie we watched, " Seaspiracy". We feel sad and angry on what happened currently in the fishing industry, but what can we do?

 In our opinion, we'll continue our fish-eating journey. As seafood lovers, we'll go crazy without seafood. Therefore, we don't really care about the issue. The power of 4 of us can't really change much about it right? It doesn't affect us. 

From the movie, fish nowadays contain a lot of heavy metal, like mercury and microplastics. We took it the same as eating fast food and soft drinks. From the movie, we learn about whaling, I  like to experience once the grind and definitely have a first bite of whale. We think that we should try more different species of fish before all the fish are extinct. 

Mary Yeo's essay and chocolate bar from Pn. Susan Soh 

By Mary Yeo

Seaspiracy, a movie left in the dark until I watch it today. A truly terrifying yet surprising documentary. 

Plastic pollution has always been the mindset of anti-plastic campaigns. However, fishing net pollution was never mentioned although it was a major cause of sea destruction. 

Japan was my dream country, but it sure let me down with the illegal tuna fishing. Dolphins and whales are killed to reduce the competition. 

It's disgusting to acknowledge that I have been eating mercury and PCBs for dinner. It's scary to not know where our fish come from, ocean or fish farms.

The blue river in Faroe Island tainted by the redness of whales' blood is utterly disappointing yet it's as sustainable as it can get.

" No one can do everything, but everyone can do something". The quote encouraged me to eat less fish which will ensure the safety of marine lige and my health. 

What do you think about "Seaspiracy"? Have you watched it yet. You can catch it here on Netflix or here from their website

Ps. This is one of the many activities we do as part of ChampSpeak - a weekly communication, collaboration and creation program driven by the SDGs.