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Documentaries about Industrial Fish Farms

May 10th, 2024

Over the past year, Katheti, in partnership with the Rauch Foundation, commenced a series of research efforts to help understand and educate the community about the industrial fish farm expansion in our region, across Greece, and in many similar coastal communities around the world, where it creates unrest. We found that very little research was available in Greek so one of our projects included creating Greek subtitles for fish documentaries about industrial fish farms from around the world.

Poros’ fight against industrial fish farms has allies around the world who have given us permission to share their videos on our channel with Greek subtitles. These exciting documentaries illustrating the global problem of fish farming are available on Katheti’s channel on YouTube. It’s alarming to see the harmful impact on the environment and our health all across the globe as multi-national fish farm companies seek out countries with few environmental protections and lax government oversight. 

“Centinela” (2 min)

Centinela a group of concerned marine biologists, engineers, artists, fishermen, and other local citizens, who love the unique and special environment of Chiloé and Chilean Patagonia, and want to preserve it for future generations.

“Laxaþjóð-A Salmon Nation” (27 min)

Below the surface of Iceland’s fjords, industrial fish farming is threatening to destroy one of Europe’s last remaining wild areas. A Salmon Nation tells the story of a country united by its lands and waters, and the power of a community to protect the wild places and animals that helped forge its identity.

The slow death of Long Bay” (5 min)

The slow death of Long Bay is a documentary about the residents of Long Bay in Tasmania and their fight to have salmon farms removed from their waters.

“Corazón Salado” (27 min)

Corazón Salado is a documentary where Ramón Navarro collaborates with the Kawésqar, an Indigenous community in Chilean Patagonia, to combat the environmental impact of the salmon industry on their ancestral waters. They share a love for the sea and strive to establish a marine protected area in Kawésqar National Park.

“Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon The Toxic Truth” (4 min)

In the documentary “Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon The Toxic Truth” actress and writer Miriam Margolyes explores the dark side of the Tasmanian salmon industry.

“The Heart of The Island” (21 min)

«The Heart of The Island» documentary was crucial to the successful outcome of Flinders Island’s fight to keep fish farms out of its pristine area.

“Saving Poros” (9 min)

The documentary “Saving Poros” highlights the serious threat posed by the drastic expansion of industrial-scale fish farming on the island of Poros, through revealing facts and interviews.

“The Toxic Tsunami” (15 min)

This documentary presents Tasmania’s case. As more and more countries reject industrial salmon farming, the fish farm multinationals are looking for new locations. As the global net tightens, a filthy wave of pens and coastal pollution is heading our way. The international fish farm pariahs are coming.

“Contracorriente” (28 min)

A short film documentary about the successful fight to keep salmon farming out of the magnificent Tierra del Fuego area of Argentina. This campaign led Argentina to be the first country to ban salmon farming and kicked off a global resistance to help other countries fight the fish farming multi-nationals.

“Industrial fisheries impact on Western Greece” (8 min)

Independent journalist, Francesco De Augustinis explores the impact of the Area of Industrial Development of Aquaculture (POAY) planned for Aetolia-Akarnania in Western Greece, where fish cages will occupy 100 hectares and another 100 hectares will be used for other activities. Since this video, the government has approved the plan for these fish farms which will now be the largest fish farming area in all of Greece, covering 2,276 hectares (or 22,765 stremmata). The people of Western Greece continue to fight the approval.

“Saving Martha | Keep King Island Fish Farm Free” (10 min)

Tasmania is regarded as one of the wildest, most pristine states in Australia. In recent years, however, that reputation has been tarnished by the boom of the local salmon farming industry, despite salmon not being native to this part of the world. Increased scrutiny of the industry – aided by the mobile nature of ocean pen farming – has forced operators to find new locations where oversight and laws are more relaxed. When the industry set their sights on opening up a new territory on neighboring King Island – adjacent to the world-class waves of Martha Lavinia Beach – they were unaware they were also picking a fight with surfers worldwide.

“Artifishal | The Fight to Save Wild Salmon” (120 min)

Artifishal is a full-length film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature. An enlightening and beautiful film about the dangers of farming fish.

Learn more here.

Katheti actively supports the natural environment’s improvement and the sustainable development of our area by taking action and supporting programs such as the WWF program “adopt a beach”. At the same time, Katheti, working with local bodies promoting sustainable tourism, highlighted the big local topic of the degradation of the marine environment through research, education, community outreach and emphatically saying “no” to the development of industrial fisheries on Poros.

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