Thursday, April 07, 2005

Fish wars

Industrial fishing vessels have led to overfishing in 70 percent of the world's fishing grounds. Violence is flaring over declining fishing stocks. Protests and lawsuits abound. Part of the problem as this piece points out is that poor countries are leasing out their fishing rights to industrial fishing companies who then deplete their fishing grounds. All this is done to help them pay back their debts. While oil and water get the most attention when it comes to resource wars, the world's fisheries are quietly being decimated amidst the occasional shot across the bow.

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