Empty oceans by 2048
The film says that a leading fisheries expert found “that if current fishing trends continue, we will see virtually empty oceans by the year 2048.”
This prediction originates from the conclusion section of a 2006 study. A BBC fact-check article about Seaspiracy in 2021 said, “the 2006 paper is now 15 years old and most of the data in it is almost 20 years old. Since then, we have seen increasing efforts in many regions to rebuild depleted fish populations”.
The impact on population growth however, plus trends in consumption, a wealthier, more impactful society and the continued practice of large net fishing will inevitable draw a different conclusion.
Human impact on marine life
Human activities affect marine life and marine habitats through overfishing, habitat loss, the introduction of invasive species, ocean pollution, ocean acidification and ocean warming. These impact marine ecosystems and food webs and may result in consequences as yet unrecognised for the biodiversity and continuation of marine life forms.
It has been estimated only 13% of the ocean area remains as wilderness, mostly in open ocean areas rather than along the coast.