Plunder in the Pacific

Number 25607
Subject Ocean Resource
Source The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
State Multi-national
Year 2012
Publication Date 01/25/2012; 01/26/2012; 04/21/2012; 04/22/2012
Summary "Plunder in the Pacific," an eight-country investigation, revealed how Asian, European and Latin American fleets have devastated what was once one of the world’s great fish stocks. Jack mackerel in the South Pacific has decreased from around 30 million tons to less than three tons in just two decades. We found that national interests and geopolitical rivalry for six years blocked efforts to ratify a regional fisheries management organization that could impose binding regulations to rescue jack mackerel from further collapse. Bound only by voluntary restrictions, fleets competed in what amounted to a free-for-all in no man’s water.
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Keywords Pacific; ocean resources; fisheries
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