Sushi is a very popular meal in many parts of the world and this documentary is all about the history and damage that the world's love affair with sushi is causing. Particularly in danger is the blue fin tuna, which is the best fish for sushi.
Much of this film is spent telling the history of uncooked fish. The audience is also introduced to some of the most famous sushi chefs in the world and shown the knives and men that create them.
Seeing the fish market where the different types of fish are brought to be sold is interesting. A big blue fish tuna can go for literally hundreds of thousands of dollars. One blue fin recently sold for $400,000 and more.
The point this film tries to get across, and it does well at its job, is that blue fin tuna is on its way out.
Blue fin tuna is shipped all over the globe from Japan and is consumed in huge amounts. The U.S. and Australians also love their sushi, but it's the Chinese who could end the blue fin's time on earth. Experts calculate that the blue fin will be extinct by 2020 if nothing is done.
What can change the course of the blue fin?
Obviously, eating less of this fish would be a good solution, but that isn't going to happen. However, there are several sushi restaurants in the world that use alternative fish. The one in this doc is in San Francisco. They serve only fish that aren't being killed into extinction. There is also a guide to tell consumers which fish is the best for people who want to conserve the ocean's bounty, the fish that are disappearing.
Another solution is farming. This isn't the best solution as the tuna tend to be smaller.
There is a company in Australia that spawns tuna in the sea, then takes the eggs and raises them on land. They own huge warehouses that have large tanks. This method seems to be working, but is still not perfected.
When I first read the synopsis for this doc I was worried that his film would not be too interesting. A whole documentary about sushi? However, as it turns out "Sushi the Global Catch" is not only interesting, but could make a difference in the world. Helping save blue fins is a winnable fight. This film reveals answers.
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