Fishers and Plunderers
Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea

Couper, Alastair, Smith, Hance D., and Ciceri, Bruno
Publisher:  Pluto Press
Date Written:  15/05/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Pages:  216pp   ISBN:  978-0745335919
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19206

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.

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Table of 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

Subject Headings