April 13, 2021

Claims made by documentary about producing salmon removed following BioMar's complaints



Seaspiracy, a recent Netflix documentary - that makes controversial claims about the modern fishing industry - has some erroneous claims removed following complaints by BioMar.


These claims concern the weight of forage fish required in feed to make a kilo of farmed salmon.


"Thanks to BioMar, Netflix has forced Seaspiracy to retract their claim that it takes 5-20kg of forage fish to make 1kg of salmon… (both) on their website and in the movie," wrote the feed producer on LinkedIn on April 11.


Seaspiracy was roundly criticised by the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, as well as numerous marine scientists, for its sensationalist and subjective approach to the health of the oceans.


Among other leading aquaculture publications and players that have published comments and fact-checks, The Fish Site also published an editorial criticising the lack of aquaculture voices in the documentary.


"Thank you to everyone that liked, commented and reposted, as it's thanks to you that this outrageous claim has now been removed," BioMar added.


The feed company has been praised for its efforts by members of the salmon farming sector and the wider scientific community.


"Thank you BioMar - and a win for any business around the world committed to socially and environmentally sustainable operations, of which there are many," wrote Tasmanian Salmon producer Huon Aquaculture.


BioMar have since announced another retraction from the documentary makers, removing a derogatory adjective from a description of the potentially harmful health impacts of eating fish.


"The word "toxic" has now been removed by Seapiracy on their 'facts' page on their website. However, their 'expert' still uses the word within the movie," BioMar said.


"It's important that we come together as one seafood industry to call-out the disinformation. BioMar has step up on behalf of the aquaculture feed industry and we look forward to seeing others do the same in their specific fields."


- The Fish Site