‘Seaspiracy’: Irish marine biologist says film ‘tarred all peaches with the same brush’
Irish marine biologist says appeal was recently made Netflix documentary Seaspiracy stopping fishing is not possible and is rather an example of “privilege” of Western countries.
Seaspiracy, directed by the team behind the 2014 film Cowspiracy, highlights the commercial fishing industry around the world.
Finn Van de Arr said the film doesn’t contain a lot of revealing information, but its release could have a positive impact on the conversation around sustainable fishing.
She also hopes it will make people question their food choices and consider the difference between eating animals and fish.
“I would say, except for what they said about the labeling of seafood, everything else was not new,” she said. Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna.
“One thing that I found quite strange is at the beginning, they are talking about a place in Japan known to have killed dolphins and they sold it in a very revealing way when there is already a documentary. whole about it that was published years ago called The handle.
“So I was a little surprised that it was done that way, and then also the facts and figures they gave were really different from the other documentary, which already means you start the movie saying, ‘How specific is that going to be?’ “
Ms Van de Arr added that the film “tarred all the peaches with the same brush” because there is a big difference between the catches of the super trawlers compared to the rest of the world, which are mostly small boats.
She explained that if huge trawlers catch a catch that contains fish that are smaller than the legal size, they will sometimes throw overboard all the dead fish harvested during that transport, as it is not worth the financial risk. to get a fine.
He said the film did a good job of explaining how fishing was like “hunting wild game on a large scale,” as the fish are caught in the sea where they roam free, when in comparison most of the meat that we let’s eat is bred and controlled by humans.
Ms Van de Arr is not sure why the conversation on sustainable fishing has not yet taken place, but she is happy that it is happening now and hopes it can lead to changes.
“I think there is hope, sometimes you have the great fear and you think what can I do now,” she said.
“I think the balance and what’s going to be manageable for people is somewhere between where they were and knowing nothing at all and very extreme of what’s suggested in the movie, which is that everyone should stop. to fish and stop eating fish now, which is just not possible.
“That’s another thing that annoyed me about the movie, it’s a very western privileged point of view that you could just stop doing that.
“For many countries and people in coastal regions around the world, it’s a primary protein source, they can’t just stop eating fish, and they’re probably the ones who fish the most sustainably anyway. .
“I would say if you are here in Ireland you have so much more choice in your food than others so really think about cutting it down and see if there are ways to shop at the local fish shops or see which fish. is more durable.
Irish mussels are a “really clean” form of sea farming because they are filter feeders and actually clean the water.
“One of the good things about people being exposed to imagery of what it looks like on a trawler and understanding that fish have a nervous system, fish have pain, fish have a sense of the community, depending on the species, is that we have desensitized them in our heads, ”added Ms. Van de Arr.
“Some people say, ‘Oh I love animals, that’s why I’m a pescatarian,’ but then why is a fruit bat different from your dog, that’s a good way to tell if you’re ready to eat. Something.
“It’s a good thing for me, if I’m not ready to kill him, then I probably shouldn’t be eating him.”