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Hands On Deck: How exploited migrant workers in the Irish fishing sector are being ‘failed’ and ‘ignored’

  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry
  • Human Rights
  • Trafficking

DUBLIN - Recruited to Ireland with the promise of good wages, fishers from the Philippines travel - often in debt after paying illegal recruitment fees - across the world to provide better opportunities for themselves and their families. But a work permission scheme, introduced following exposure of trafficking and exploitation of undocumented workers in the sector, has now become a vehichle to exploit the same workers it was introduced to protect, according to workers' advocates. 

The return of wild salmon in Switzerland, an old fish tale?

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

In 1987, a year after the Basel environmental disaster that left 1.5 million fishes dead in the Upper Rhine, nine European countries met and promised to restore the river including reintroducing Atlantic salmon by the year 2000 in its natural reproduction habitat in Switzerland. 35 years later, migratory fish travel up the river but are still stuck in France and can’t enter the Swiss confederation.

Pelagic fishes know no national borders

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

According to a 1980 international UN law, the Northeastern Atlantic countries must meet regularly to agree on a fishing quota for each country––so that everybody gets a fair share and fish stocks don't get overfished. The multilateral agreements are supposed to ensure that no government exploits the moving fish resource within their borders.

Killing krill: supermarkets and salmon farms under fire

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is a shrimplike crustacean a few centimeters long, supporting the marine food chain around Antarctica. The Antarctic krill fishing industry has been growing in the last two decades, driven by the global growth of aquaculture. Krill is considered a valuable alternative to wild fish as a protein ingredient for fish feeds, especially for salmon, trout and shrimp.

West African fish stocks destroyed to feed the EU’s farmed animals

  • Environment
  • Exploitation
  • Fishing industry

KAYAR - Over half a million tonnes of fish are turned into fishmeal and fish oil to feed animals in industrial aquaculture systems and on intensive farms and demand is

The invisible factory farms: the rise of aquaculture in “green” Europe

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

SUTHERLAND - The European Union pledged around 2.9 billion euro between 2001 and 2020 to support the development of aquaculture. Based on the Food and Agriculture Organisation's strong support for fish farming, European institutions plan to develop aquaculture in member states, in order to decrease imports of fish products, to produce food in a more sustainable way and to reduce overfishing and meat consumption.

EU and Italy turn blind eye to illegal fishing in West Africa

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

FREETOWN - Fish exported from Sierra Leone to Italy is exposed to allegedly illegal trawling that the Italian government seems unwilling to scrutinize.

Stolen at sea: illegal Chinese transshipment activities in Ghana and Nigeria

  • Corruption
  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

ACCRA, ABUJA – This investigation exposes a hidden network of Chinese control and ownership of many industrial fishing vessels operating in Ghanaian and Nigerian waters in contravention of local laws.

European fish fraud in Namibia

  • Corruption
  • Fishing industry
  • Tax evasion

A Dutch fishing giant is involved in a corruption affair and tax evasion scheme concerning fishing quotas in Namibia. The money trail goes via Poland and Iceland.

The 2.7 billion USD blue economy investment from China in Madagascar

  • Economy
  • Fishing industry
  • Politics

ANTANANARIVO - When the news from Beijing reached Madagascar on September 6th, 2018, that a deal of 2.7 billion USD was signed on the country’s “blue economy” with China, people in the second largest island country panicked. Rightfully so. Nobody, including the fishing ministry, had heard of such a deal beforehand. 

Fishermen head out to sea from the small fishing village of Katsepy