Joshua Goodman, AP - China's fishing fleet off South America

Joshua Goodman, AP
China's fishing fleet off South America

 

It is proverbial that you don’t want to see how sausages are made.  At the opposite end of the ethical, or at least esthetic, food chain is fishing.  The happy associations with getting your feet wet or leaving your hands flecked with scales are frequently celebrated in pictures and stories about fishing as a harmonization of humankind and nature.

Once upon a time, one fisher versus one fish, maybe, but today, the fishing industry that puts food on your plate has been revealed, in a series of Associated Press investigative reports, to be an abuser of the people who bring in the fish and a cheater of the folks who buy them.

An award-winning AP team led by Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza interviewed fishing boat crews who were treated like slaves and fish marketers who confessed a lot of fish sold as local Cadillacs were really repurposed pescatorial Yugos.

Now, a new AP investigation looks at the damage the global fishing industry is doing to fish, and to the rule of law.  American overfishing has reduced the stock of the Georges Bank off the New England and Canadian coast. Now, on both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of South America, from Brazil to Argentina and from Ecuador to Chile, tons of squid are being harvested by the biggest industrial fishing fleet in the world, the one from half-a-world away, China.

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Joshua Goodman is The Associated Press’ Latin America correspondent based in Miami.

https://apnews.com/article/china-oceans-overfishing-squid-294ff1e489589b2510cc806ec898c78f

https://apnews.com/article/international-news-latin-america-caribbean-united-nations-asia-pacific-5a670a52a5569aa407f39e08cb897e11

https://odi.org/en/publications/chinas-distant-water-fishing-fleet-scale-impact-and-governance/

https://www.uscg.mil/iuufishing/

https://apnews.com/article/colombia-miami-extradition-arrests-2b33829d32178756e28b3b24057cefaa

https://apnews.com/article/venezuela-us-extradition-alex-saab-nicola-maduro-fc8f533592b1d933c6c78f900c290534

https://apnews.com/article/business-africa-venezuela-miami-arrests-9c61e7b5fe9f8dfd6895ea3147e2e31f

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-pdvsa-contract-specialrepor/special-report-in-venezuelas-murky-oil-industry-the-deal-that-went-too-far-idUSKCN1061U9

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