Miami, FL: Sustainable Sushi, a sustainable seafood blog, has acquired sushitheglobalcatch.com, a website devoted to 2011 sushi documentary film, Sushi: The Global Catch, directed by Mark Hall and distributed by Kino Lorber in the US.
In this meticulously researched documentary, filmmaker Mark Hall traces the origins of sushi in Japan to its status today as a cuisine that has spawned a lucrative worldwide industry. This explosion in demand for sushi over the past 30 years has brought with it problems of its own, as fish stocks have steadily depleted, threatening the balance of the ocean’s ecosystems.
Through extensive interviews with prominent industry representatives and environmental activists, Hall carefully presents the various solutions being proposed to the vexing issue of overfishing. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Sushi: The Global Catch raises some pressing questions that all sushi lovers should seek to address
Casson Trenor, who authored the book, Sustainable Sushi, is featured in the documentary.
Sustainable Sushi’s site (sustainablesushi.net) provides sushi recipes, seafood guides, and information on the seafood industry to help people make sustainable choices when purchasing seafood products and sushi.
The editor of Sustainable Sushi, Andre Alexander, stated “Now more than ever, consumers need to know where their sushi supply comes from and this film perfectly lays out the problem. In the years since its release, the problem has only exacerbated and we want to make sure our readers are informed.”
This acquisition will help further Sustainable Sushi’s mission of educating people about the importance of ocean sustainability and promoting sustainable seafood choices. Sustainable Sushi is committed to fighting these threats to the ocean’s health. With its acquisition of sushitheglobalcatch.com, Sustainable Sushi will be able to provide even more seafood resources to readers around the world, who all depend on healthy oceans.
Trailer for Sushi The Global Catch
As one of the earliest sushi documentaries that focus on the fishing industry at large and not just the delicious highlights of consuming sushi, such as Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Sushi: The Global Catch received solid reviews for peeling back the curtain on the difficult to swallow practices behind the sushi industry.
The film’s arguments about sustainability are convincing and hard to shake. And, the movie suggests, you – the sushi eater – can help: Crave it and enjoy it, but eat sushi responsibly.Rachel Saltz – New York Times
To keep up with never-before-seen demand for sushi, commercial fishing companies have stepped up their efforts to catch wild bluefin tuna and others have begun experimenting with bluefin tuna farms […] Through interviews with marine biologists, industry professionals and restaurateurs, the film makes a compelling case that both fishing trends are environmentally unsustainable, depleting the bluefins to dangerous levels and impacting the overall ecosystem in which they participate.Joel Arnold – NPR
The best scene in Sushi: The Global Catch features an argument between the owner of Tataki, a sustainable-sushi restaurant in San Francisco that offers alternatives to tuna, and an Australian who farms tuna as a way to meet demand without contributing to the species’ extinction.Scott Tobias – AV Club
Watch Sushi: The Global Catch
Luckily, Kino Lorber, the US distributor has the much-lauded sushi documentary up on YouTube for free. We hope that with Sustainable Sushi’s acquisition of the film’s website, new audiences will now be able to watch the film and be inspired to take action.
About Sustainable Sushi: Sustainable Sushi is a blog about sushi, the seafood industry, and sustainability. The site features sushi recipes, how-tos, recommendations and sushi health guides. Readers can learn how fish affects their health and how their love of seafood affects the health of the oceans. Sustainable Sushi’s goal is to educate people on what it means to eat sustainably so you can enjoy delicious food while doing your part for our planet!