Factory ships, plus ça change edition

29 Sep

Thursday’s Guardian had a sobering piece that described the conditions on contemporary fishing trawlers that provide fish to the EU. The labor issues, and the metaphor of people trapped in a “tin can,” resonate a lot with The Factory Ship. Also, the “pirate fish” caught outside authorised fishing zones comprise a good portion of the fish caught in the world.

Fishing ship treat staff ‘worse than the fish they catch’

An Environmental Justice Foundation and Greenpeace investigation off west Africa has found that pirate fishing ships that roam the oceans, never docking, are operating beyond the law. Other than stealing fish stocks, the ships are crewed by untrained, illiterate workers housed in dismally unsafe and unhygienic living conditions.

Video–about 5 minutes–here.


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