Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745335919 Published August 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745335926 Published August 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Fishers and Plunderers

Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea

Alastair Couper, Hance D. Smith, and Bruno Ciceri

Fishers and Plunderers

Alastair Couper, Hance D. Smith, and Bruno Ciceri

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 14 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745335919 Published August 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745335926 Published August 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Fishers and Plunderers focuses on the exploitation of fish and fishers alike in a global industry that gives little consideration to either conservation or human rights. In a business characterized by overprovisioned vessels and shortages of fish, young men are routinely trafficked from poor areas onto fishing boats to work under conditions of virtual slavery. Poverty and debt push many towards piracy and drugs—although the criminality linked to the industry extends far beyond any individual worker, vessel, or fleet. Fishers and Plunderers provides strong evidence of industry-wide crimes and injustices and argues for regulations that protect the rights of fishers across the board.
Contents
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
Review Quotes
Counterpunch
"Today, reality TV shows about commercial fishing depict a world of crusty, charismatic sea captains and crews who may work hard and get wet but exult in a love of their job and often hit a lottery of big paydays. Yet commercial fishing remains by far the most dangerous occupation in the world...as is confirmed in the excellent book, Fishers and Plunderers."
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