Pirate Fishing Feeds European Markets


The Guardian reports on a 3-year study by the Environmental Justice Foundation which concluded that "Pirate fishing is out of control, depriving some the most world's most vulnerable communities of food and leading to ecological catastrophe,..." On reading it, what came to mind was corroboration of the argument that some of the Somalian fisherman (those who had become pirates) had been deprived of their livelihood as fishermen - by pirate fishing.

Per the Guardian:-

"Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the most serious threats to the future of world fisheries. It is now occurring in virtually all fishing grounds from shallow coastal waters to deep oceans. It is believed to account for a significant proportion of the global catch and to be costing developing countries up to $15bn a year," says the report by the Environmental Justice Foundation."
I downloaded the lengthy report by EJF, which requires registration. It is well prepared, nicely illustrated, and documents the nastiness thoroughly. Just a quick sampling...

Image credit:EJF Report on Pirate Fishing

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