To view more images and video related to this story, please visit our Fish and Sealife gallery on the We Animals Archive.
The fishing industry is largely responsible for the rapid decline of marine life, especially near the UK shoreline.
BAFTA-winning filmmaker and We Animals Media contributor Alex Lockwood sat down with British journalist and activist George Monbiot for a poignant conversation on the ecological reality of our dying coastlines.
As an avid sea kayaker, Monbiot has a special kinship with and awareness of the dwindling species in the waters around him. This exclusive short film captures that experience.
“The seas around Britain used to be some of the most abundant on earth, an incredible profusion of life. And in just a few generations we’ve lost this extraordinary abundance, diversity, wonder. And it’s interesting how people talk so much about plastic, about pollution – and these are real issues of course they’re real issues – but by far the biggest impact on the seas is fishing because it transforms that entire astonishing, rich ecosystem into seafood.”