What’s Keeping the Unprofitable High Seas Fishing Industry Going? Simple: Forced Labour | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Industrial fishing practices like purse seining are driving down fish stocks by taking more fish than are replenished, even catching species that we don’t eat or use, and emptying out our oceans. Bottom trawling nets that drag across the ocean floor are destroying everything in their path.

By now, we’ve all seen countless images of helpless turtles caught in drifting nets. But did we know that in addition to being ecologically destructive, high seas industrial fishing is also largely unprofitable?

A 2018 study by ENRIC SALA & Others that used satellite data and machine learning to estimate high-seas fishing effort, costs, and benefits, found that up to 54% of high seas fishing grounds would be unprofitable if not propped up by government subsidies and extremely low labour costs.

Government subsidies have been known to prop up several ecologically damaging and unprofitable industries (*ahem* fossil fuels), so this is hardly surprising.

What’s Keeping the Unprofitable High Seas Fishing Industry Going? Simple: Forced Labour | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH