Abuses and slavery at sea are largely missing from narratives of work and environmental exploitation in the mainstream. This book shines a light on the exploitation of fish and fishers alike in a global industry driven by profits.
Conservation and human rights in this industry are huge problems: with vast overprovision of vessels and shortages of fish, labour costs are targeted and young men are trafficked from poor areas onto vessels in virtual slavery. The resultant poverty and debt bonding pushes many towards trafficking drugs and piracy - although the criminality linked to the industry extends far beyond the level of the individual, vessel or fleet.
Using first hand testimony and shocking examples of these abuses, the book uncovers these crimes and injustices, with the authors arguing for regulations which if implemented could protect the rights of fishers across the board.
Professor Alastair Couper is former Head of the Department of Maritime Studies and International Transport at the University of Cardiff, Wales, UK, and former Director of the Seafarers International Research Centre in that Department, a world-leading maritime studies centre. His books include Voyages of Abuse (Pluto, 1999) and Fishers and Plunderers (Pluto, 2015). He is on the Board of Seafarers' Rights International. Hance D. Smith specialises in Marine Geography and Marine Policy including the development and management of marine fisheries. He is the co-author of Fishers and Plunderers (Pluto, 2015). Father Bruno Ciceri is representative of the Apostleship of the Sea International (Vatican City), Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association, and is a member of the Board of Seafarers' Rights International. He has worked for many years caring for seafarers and fishers in several countries of Asia. He has published on sea fishers' conditions and human rights. He is the co-author of Fishers and Plunderers (Pluto, 2015).
Acknowledgements Acronyms and abbreviations List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Plates 1. Introduction THE FISHING INDUSTRY AND THE RACE TO FISH 2. Fish, gear and boats 3. The risks of working at sea 4. Nation states' rights to fish 5. Employment and poverty in fishing communities 6. Destruction and theft of fish stocks 7. Laundering and marketing stolen fish THE PLIGHT OF THE FISHERS 8. Arrests of fishers 9. Getting a crew by dubious contracting and slave trafficking 10. Abuses and slavery at sea 11. Escape from hell 12. Fishing vessels and the drugs trades 13. Piracy and armed robbery 14. Conclusion - problems and prospects Notes Index