Round Table Discussion with Shrek, Bret Whitman and Jon Stenstrom about Seaspiracy

Today’s episode is likely to ruffle some feathers! Join Shrek as he has a really in depth discussion with Bret Whitman of the Spearfactor Podcast as well as Jon Stenstrom of the Cast and Spear Podcast about all things “Seaspiracy”! The good, the bad and everything in between. If you haven’t seen the Netflix film yet, Seaspiracy is a film by Ali Tabrizi that shows the environmental impact of the fishing industry, highlighting the problem of overfishing and plastic waste in our oceans. The film definitely brings up good points and highlights some really serious issues but also falls short on several different topics. Shrek, Bret and Jon go through the film and apply a spearo’s eye to it to see if ultimately we should all stop eating fish, as the film suggests. Give us your thoughts, whether you agree or disagree, let us know!

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Bret Whitman with a tuna

Jon Stenstrom Cast and Spear

  • 07:00 Welcome to the man, the myth, the legend: Shrek!

Shrek at Kilsby Sinkhole

  • 08:25 We are going to chat about Seaspiracy
  • 09:05 Bret’s first thoughts
  • 10:49 Shrek’s first thoughts
  • 11:33 Jon’s first thoughts
  • 13:54 The positive impact of the film
  • 15:31 The influence of money
  • 17:20 Don’t eat fish: what did you think about that?
  • 18:14 Diversity of opinions
  • 19:45 A strange problem arises
  • 20:34 Southern Bluefin Tuna and the governmental issues
  • 21:36 A real solution?
  • 22:04 Silly questions
  • 22:35 The role of animals in the food industry and the journalism side of the film
  • 23:32 Shark fins
  • 24:06 Bad facts ruin your good message
  • 27:40 Brandolini’s law
  • 30:23 Fishermen need to band together
  • 31:34 Success stories
  • 33:29 Fishing has a marketing problem
  • 35:02 Legitimate issues highlighted – plastic
  • 37:03 Look at the funding behind these messages
  • 38:44 It’s great he decided to do something about this
  • 42:11 First world countries are a problem too
  • 43:00 Spearing vs commercial fishing boats
  • 45:40 Influencing public opinion to influence demand on certain species
  • 47:26 Well how do you manage international waters?
  • 48:16 No thought to sustainability when you are trying to survive
  • 49:30 Propaganda to support local fisheries
  • 53:54 Long liners
  • 55:39 Accurate data, have you met a wealthy fisherman?
  • 56:42 Measures of success for a fisherman
  • 57:01 Sea Shepard inside story
  • 59:28 Chinese oceans
  • 60:28 The organized crime element
  • 63:31 Making these documentaries to have a bigger effect
  • 62:30 “There’s no such thing as a sustainable fishery”
  • 64:02 Dispersion of responsibility
  • 66:02 Put your money where your mouth is
  • 69:28 Discussion from the Noob Spearo Facebook community
  • 70:08 Disclaimer from Shrek
  • 70:54 Killing whales
  • 72:24 The reality of hunting
  • 76:05 Apply your moral framework
  • 76:57 Whale hunting treaty
  • 78:24 “Cute” animals
  • 78:38 Shrek’s vegetarian room mate
  • 80:34 Sage thoughts on the conclusion of the film
  • 81:15 Agriculture has its issues too
  • 81:40 The morale issue
  • 82:52 The ultimate solution
  • 84:30 Perspective is key
  • 86:30 Respect for Ali
  • 86:40 Contacts
  • 87:32 Outro and Shrek’s final thoughts


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