Netflix documentary ‘Seaspiracy’ not highly-recommended

Unsettling footage included for viewers

Madison Elliott, News Editor

Documentaries have become very popular in recent years, allowing people to learn in-depth information about a broad spectrum of topics.

This year, a new documentary about the fishing industry called Seaspiracy was released. It was produced by Kip Anderson and narrated and produced by Ali Tabrizi.
Seaspiracy has the potential, but I would not recommend it.
This documentary took the media by storm after its release on March 24, 2021, due to the nature and information discussed. This documentary is dark with some of the images shown depicting the harsh reality and deeper truth to what happens in the fishing industry.
Some central ideas through this documentary include things such as how many fish are killed through the industry, the legality/regulations not being followed by big fishing corporations, the mistreatment of the animals, and other attempts to expose all the other things that mask the truth of the fishing industry. This is because the intent of the industry is portrayed of mainly “success,” but it is more focused on the money.
After watching this documentary, I was stunned.
Through all the information, I became intrigued to learn more about what really goes on behind-the-scenes. I learned not all things shared in the documentary are accurate. Things like the interviews wrongfully accusing organizations along with nonprofits and the overall narrative seems to be on the extreme side or misconstrued to make the content more attractive to audiences.
The problem with this documentary is not facing the hard truth, but it is the graphic portions and the possibility of being provided misinformation for the potential of better shock value.
The documentary also provides possible solutions to these problems for consumers with the idea that limiting fish consumption and reducing the use of plastics (fishing nets being dumped, disposed plastics becoming microplastics such as cigarette butts, etc.) can help save the ocean.
Although those solutions could be accurate in a sense, they are not as impactful against the fishing industry or helping to save the oceans as the documentary portrays.
I would not recommend this documentary because it may be more than some viewers want to know or see. The graphic nature is intense, not only showing deceased fish, but fish are being harmed in the process whether deceased or alive. This documentary is currently rated NR or Not Yet Rated, but I do not foresee this rating fitting a young audience.
As a person who loves learning and documentaries, this one was quite heavy. Having everything being filmed and happening right on the screen is a lot to handle. Things like blood and mistreating animals including dolphins, whales, and sharks may be too much for some viewers.
Another problem is the fact that an important aspect of documentaries is the factual accuracy. Within this documentary, there is a lot of uncertainty in the facts, which can be problematic. It can be hard for viewers to determine what is the truth without doing further research independently.
Overall, this documentary is not one I would recommend.
The accusation of misinformation and conducting misleading interviews is not worth the time it takes to watch this documentary.
It is hard to know what the truth is and who viewers are to believe, so this may be one documentary to skip.