Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters

2015, Environment  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 8.81/10 from 59 users.

In the midst of widespread pollution and the ill effects of climate change, we tend to lose sight of another factor that threatens the vitality of our oceanic ecosystem: overfishing. Troubled Waters examines the long-term economic and environmental ramifications of a rapidly dwindling fish population.

Our romanticized image of a modest working-class fishing boat sailing from port is a fading remnant of the past. Today, corporate-owned super trawlers lurk the seas in search of their next massive marine haul. These tankers are designed to carry as much as 200 tons of fish per day. Many species are overexploited and in danger of extinction. The population of Pacific jack mackerel - a species once thought indestructible - has decreased by as much as 90%.

The largest fish have been the first victims of overfishing. Now these species are gone, and the industry is left to pick through a smaller to medium sized inventory. This practice has fundamentally altered the food chain.

The fishing industry is a massive, multi-national operation which survives in large part on taxpayer funded government subsidies. Demand for seafood is so great that entities like the European Union have been forced to look outside their own borders for fresh stock. They form bilateral agreements to fish in the waters of developing nations in exchange for sizeable financial donations.

Through their investigation, the filmmakers attempt to unravel a tangled weave of poor regulations, limited accountability, questionable sources of funding, and an ecosystem that hangs in the balance. These efforts are supported by a range of interview subjects including ecologists, conservation activists, and professional fishermen.

Beyond its clear and thought-provoking diagnosis of the crisis, the film also offers a number of options that can effectively curb the overexploitation of fish. These include increased restrictions on the periods of time fishing crews can operate in regulated seas, regulations on the type of equipment they employ, and the establishment of marine safe zones that deny all fishing activities until the population of certain species have a chance to regenerate.

Perhaps the most meaningful of the film's achievements is its ability to contribute to a more informed and conscientious consumer culture.

Directed by: Matthew Judge

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2 years ago

I'm hoping the planet gets hit with several asteroids. Small enough to not cause total devastation. But big enough to reduce the human population by 70%. Then most of all the other problems caused by humans , like pollution , deforestation , and clean drinking water. Unlike all the Dumb Ass Vegan comments. Just stop eating fish, eat only grass, berries.

Urban dweller
4 years ago

Try NOT eating fish AT ALL to save our oceans and coral beds as well as reducing all types of health issues related to eating meat and take on a whole food plant base lifestyle.

John Spencer
4 years ago


5 years ago

This is a perfect documentary! it gives so much valuable information and constructive solutions! Congratulations to the authors and hopefully they will make more films!

5 years ago

(...what are you saying...?)
...I believe it is "mumbo-jumbo"....

5 years ago

Thank you for your support! We love you too!

PA Fohn
5 years ago

Intelligent MAMBO JAMBO to fill heads with another bunch of useless numbers and INFORMATION

WE ARE NOT PREDATORS ! That has NEVER been our place on Earth,

IS This NOT Enough ???

Being a "PREDATOR" is in the THOUGHTS, and THOUGHTS only, sadly for many

Dangerous Thoughts that harms our living world and other living beings... of a reality bought that is not even our own !

Being Living and Feeling your Own Lives and Create your personal reality, helping to created shared Reality of natural living and beautiful primordial Nature as God, Creator made our world for Everyone equally