Missing Catch movies

Sneak peek: The Sea Around Us’ research featured in the film “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch”

Missing Catch movies
Researching and reporting on overfishing and underreported fish catches is not an easy task.

Nevertheless, for the past 18 years, the Sea Around Us has taken on this mission and nowadays its global reconstructed catch data has become a point of reference for scientists, conservation practitioners, fishers, and fisheries managers across the world.

But getting this information and the associated implications to the general public, and inspiring people to take action on it, is a whole different story. Fortunately, filmmaker Alison Barrat, from the Khaled Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, understood how important it is to spread the word about the true amount of fish we are taking out of our oceans and, with the support of the Smithsonian Channel, Rare and the Sea Around Us, produced and directed the documentary An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch.

The film, which premieres on Earth Day on the Smithsonian Channel and will be screened at UBC on April 28th, follows the Sea Around Us’ Daniel Pauly and part of his team, as they dig into and produce big datasets in countries such as Canada, The Bahamas, Honduras, and Senegal.

Among the topics they explore are:

The Sea Around Us‘ catch reconstruction method

Why data matters
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
The situation in The Bahamas
The future of fishing
A Canadian fisherman’s story