How seafood’s “dark web” obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas

Image Credit: Shannon Service / Greenpeace. 

Katarina Zimmer for The New Food Economy (August 15th 2017)

How seafood’s “dark web” obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas

As we’re candidly reminded to eat more seafood because it’s good for us, we actually know very little about where the fish comes from that lands on our plates. It’s a specific practise called transshipment that does a particularly good job in obscuring traceability – put simply, it means the transfer of fish from smaller boats to larger ‘motherships’ that carry the catch to port. But large portion of the world’s tuna is caught in unregulated oceans on the opposite side of the globe – where most of the time, nobody is watching.  Read my data investigative story about where your tuna may or may not come from for The New Food Economy.

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