Fishers and plunderers : theft, slavery and violence at sea / Alastair Couper, Hance D. Smith, and Bruno Ciceri.

By: Couper, AlastairContributor(s): Smith, Hance D | Ciceri, BrunoPublisher: London: Pluto Press, 2015Description: xvi, 256 p. illustrations (some color), mapsISBN: 9780745335919 (paperback)Subject(s): Fisheries-Corrupt practices | Fishers-Crimes againstDDC classification: 338.372 7
Contents:
Part I. Fishing industry and the race to fish. Fish, gear and boats -- The risks of working at sea -- Nation states' rights to fish -- Employment and poverty in fishing communities -- Destruction and theft of fish stocks -- Laundering and marketing stolen fish -- Part II. Plight of the fishers. Arrests of fishers -- Getting a crew by dubious contracting and slave trafficking -- Abuses and slavery at sea -- Escape from hell -- Fishing vessels and the drugs trade -- Piracy and armed robbery.
Summary: "Fishers and Plunderers explores the hidden world of exploitation within the global fishing industry. The seas are vastly over-fished, wiith too many vessels and shortages of fish, while profit-driven companies drive down wages, to the extent that 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. The book provides evidence of these crimes and injustices, and the authors argue for regulations which could protect the rights and livelihoods of fishers across the world."-- Page 4 of Cover
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 234-250) and index.

Part I. Fishing industry and the race to fish. Fish, gear and boats -- The risks of working at sea -- Nation states' rights to fish -- Employment and poverty in fishing communities -- Destruction and theft of fish stocks -- Laundering and marketing stolen fish -- Part II. Plight of the fishers. Arrests of fishers -- Getting a crew by dubious contracting and slave trafficking -- Abuses and slavery at sea -- Escape from hell -- Fishing vessels and the drugs trade -- Piracy and armed robbery.

"Fishers and Plunderers explores the hidden world of exploitation within the global fishing industry. The seas are vastly over-fished, wiith too many vessels and shortages of fish, while profit-driven companies drive down wages, to the extent that 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. The book provides evidence of these crimes and injustices, and the authors argue for regulations which could protect the rights and livelihoods of fishers across the world."-- Page 4 of Cover

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