Seaspiracy – fish consumption really is that dangerous and harmful to the environment

The Netflix documentary Seaspiracy exposes the problems facing the fishing industry: overfishing, fish farming and whaling. The animals suffer, collateral damage is accepted and the seal of approval for sustainable fishing promises a lot more than it delivers. It is not only consumer plastic waste that is responsible for polluting the oceans – the fishing industry in particular is destroying the livelihoods of all animals and humans. But how dangerous is fish consumption really, what alternatives are there and how can you act sustainably?

The Netflix documentary Seaspiracy is in the TOP 10 most watched films of the Easter weekend. The documentary shows many people the consequences of consuming fish.

Fish consumption is so dangerous: consequences for the environment

The ocean serves as the basis of life for the entire world. In particular, the phytoplankton in the ocean breaks down four times as much carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) as the Amazon rainforest in South America. Whales and dolphins are also closely related to maintaining the climate and ecological balance. Documentary filmmaker Ali Tabrizi’s statement is clear: “If dolphins and whales die, the ocean dies. If the ocean dies, we die.”

The problem: Illegal whaling and the corrupt fishing industry endanger dolphins and whales with their fishing nets, rob sharks and other hunters of food and thus drive the destruction of the livelihoods of many animals. According to the documentary filmmaker, 46 percent of the plastic waste from large companies consists of plastic nets used by global players. Seals of approval for sustainable fishing are also questioned in the film and direct financial connections are revealed: the allegedly sustainable fishing is not sustainable and just as dangerous for the environment.

Due to the pollution of the oceans with plastic, many fish ingest the plastic waste. The degraded  microplastics in particular  are being detected in more and more marine creatures. Humans can also be exposed to microplastics by consuming marine animals.

Overfishing responsible for epidemics

Fishing not only robs the living beings in the water of their livelihood: overfishing robs particularly simple fishermen in Africa of their livelihood, who resort to animals such as monkeys and other mammals from the mainland. The animals are often prepared incorrectly, people come into contact with slaughterhouse waste and thus also with viruses and bacteria. These can spread to humans.

This can lead to outbreaks of diseases such as the Ebola virus and serve as the origin of a local epidemic.

The documentation shows unembellished how fishing is done and also the gaps of the industry and environmental organizations are clearly shown. As a result, many recipients want to stop consuming fish.

Eating sustainably and avoiding fish: This is how it works

Those who do without fish also do without valuable  omega-3 fatty acidsiodine  and vitamin D. Alternatives help to replenish reserves and support a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

These foods are particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids

  • Green vegetables:  Vegetables like Brussels sprouts,  beansavocado ,  and  spinach  provide important omega-3 fats.
  • Nuts :  Walnuts in particular are real omega-3 bombs. Walnut oil contains around 13 percent omega-3 fats. Walnuts taste particularly good in a salad or as a snack between meals.
  • Rapeseed oil  or linseed oil:  Rapeseed oil has a high proportion of omega-3 fat with ten percent and camelina with around 40 percent. Warning: the body can only convert a tiny proportion of the important fats.
  • Native fish species:  It is not absolutely necessary to do without fish. Local fish species such as trout and carp also provide plenty of omega-3 fats: Tip: local fishing clubs also sell fish or can give valuable tips on regional fishmongers in the region.

In addition to omega-3, sea animals also provide iodine and vitamin D. Iodized salt, hard cheese and dairy products are good sources of iodine and an alternative to sea fish.

The body produces vitamin D best in the warm months when it is directly in the sun. Just 30 minutes a day is enough to fill up the vitamin D stores.

If, for example, you cannot do without eating shrimp, mussels and fish on a summer holiday in the sea, you should pay attention to regional products and choose small local restaurants.

Going without fish alone is not enough

Going without fish alone will not be enough to stop climate change and the consequences of overfishing immediately. Politicians and environmental protection organizations must also intervene and try to introduce stricter controls, rules and sanctions.

Awareness of the environment, one’s own body and sustainable, healthy nutrition can be an important first step in making a personal contribution to the environment.


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