We made Seaspiracy. Help us protect 30% of our oceans by 2030 from industrial fishing.

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We are Ali and Lucy Tabrizi, the directors of Seaspiracy. In our popular Netflix Original documentary, we chart our journey across the world as we uncover the horrors of the fishing industry - the most destructive industry in our oceans.

We’ve both loved the ocean for as long as we can remember. The sea has given us so much joy and inspiration, and it was our dream to one day make a documentary about the wonders of marine life.

But once we started filming and began to discover what was happening at sea, we knew the documentary needed to show this side of the story, that for so long has been mostly hidden from view. We witnessed horrific destruction, abuse, and corruption, and knew we had to expose how the global industrial fishing industries are killing our oceans, out of sight. We revealed a deafening silence over fishing’s role in emptying our seas, its decimation of habitat, and its role in affecting our climate.

New Zealand has 44 Marine Protected Areas and all of them are “no-take” zones, meaning there is no fishing, no mining, and no oil extraction. But while 30% of New Zealand's land area is protected in national parks, less than 1% (0.6%) of its coastal waters have the same protection.

We are asking David Parker, the minister for fisheries, to create and enforce ‘no-catch’ marine reserves in at least 30% of New Zealand waters and make the 620,000 square kilometres Kermadec Islands Ocean Sanctuary a permanent no-catch zone. These no-catch zones will protect vulnerable wildlife whose populations are in a state of collapse, and will ensure these habitats have a chance of recovering.

This must be a global effort, therefore we are asking world leaders to join forces and help protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030.

Why is this important?

The fishing industry is by far the most destructive industry in our oceans. Here are just a few facts that we discovered while making Seaspiracy:

  • Fishing has wiped out 90% of the world’s large fish (1)
  • $35 Billion in subsidies goes to the fishing industry worldwide - paying for bigger ships, more fuel, fishing licences, and the capture of even more marine life. (2)
  • Approx. 300,000 dolphins, whales, and porpoises are killed by fishing operations every year (3)
  • Fishing kills up to 30,000 sharks EVERY HOUR (4)
  • Lost fishing gear is by far the deadliest form of marine plastic (5)

Unless we act now we will live to see the death of the oceans, and our children will never know the wonder and beauty of our once thriving blue planet. Seaspiracy has exposed the truth, but we can’t fix this on our own. Now we need action, and that’s where you come in. Together we can change this. 

*Donations* to this petition go to change.org, not Seaspiracy. If you wish to donate directly to the Seaspriacy campaign please do so here

Join the campaign to save our oceans. Please sign our petition and become part of this historic movement to protect at least 30% of our oceans by 2030.


Sources:

1 https://www.nature.com/articles/nature01610

2 https://unctad.org/project/regulating-fisheries-subsidies

3 https://iwc.int/bycatch

4 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308597X13000055

5 https://storage.googleapis.com/planet4-international-stateless/2019/11/8f290a4f-ghostgearfishingreport2019_greenpeace.pdf