Netflix removes ‘Seaspiracy’ claim that 5-20 kilograms of fish are required to make a kilo of salmon

Aslak Berge

The streaming giant has to make cut in documentary. 

On Sunday, feed giant BioMar announced that “Netflix has forced Seaspiracy to remove its claim that 5-20 kilograms of fish is required to produce a kilo of salmon.”

The claim will be removed both from the website and in the film, BioMar wrote on its LinkedIn profile.

The Netflix production “Seaspiracy” has generated great engagement and become something of a viewer magnet hit. But it has also gained momentum after a long series of factual errors, unbalanced representation and presentation of extreme views fronted by activists such as Sea Shepard.

Defamation convictions
The main message from the film is that it is not possible to manage fisheries in a sustainable way, so eating the seafood must be halted completely.

The two sources fronting the crackdown on salmon farming in “Seaspiracy” include activist Don Staniford and the online betting millionaire Corin Smith. Staniford lost a defamation lawsuit against Cermaq Canada (former Mainstream) in 2013. 

With Staniford as a guide, the film team went to one of Mowi’s fish farms in Scotland to film dead fish in a container. Based on this, Staniford said that salmon farming makes no sense.

According to Mowi Scotland’s head of communications Ian Roberts, he was contacted by the filmmaker two years ago.

“A filmmaker called me two years ago to ask me to interview on camera at my workplace. Not unusual, and I typically say yes to most/all requests we get from media. The name he gave me did not produce an identity on Google. Because I could not confirm his identity, I declined the request,” Roberts wrote on LinkedIn.

“The name he gave me didn’t give me an identity on Google. As I could not confirm his identity, I declined the inquiry. I now know that the filmmaker was Ali Tabrizi, and the movie was Seaspiracy on Netflix,” he added.

“In the film, he says I “did not want to meet with him”. I never even knew who “him” was,” wrote Roberts.


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