Fishers and Plunderers

Fishers and Plunderers : Theft, Slavery and Violence at Sea

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Abuses and slavery at sea are largely missing from narratives of work and environmental exploitation in the mainstream. This book shines a light on the exploitation of fish and fishers alike in a global industry driven by profits. Conservation and human rights in this industry are huge problems: with vast overprovision of vessels and shortages of fish, labour costs are targeted and young men are trafficked from poor areas onto vessels in virtual slavery. The resultant poverty and debt bonding pushes many towards trafficking drugs and piracy - although the criminality linked to the industry extends far beyond the level of the individual, vessel or fleet.Using first hand testimony and shocking examples of these abuses, the book uncovers these crimes and injustices, with the authors arguing for regulations which if implemented could protect the rights of fishers across the more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335918
  • 9780745335919
  • 755,351

About Alastair Couper

Professor Alastair D. Couper began his career as a Ships Officer and qualified Master Mariner. He then became a Research Scholar working on Pacific Studies at the Australian National University before returning to the UK to take up academic posts at the University of Durham, followed by the University of Cardiff and the World Maritime University in Sweden. His books include Voyages of Abuse (Pluto Press 1999), Seafarers' Rights (Part One) Oxford University Press 2005, and Sailors and Traders (University of Hawaii Press) 2009. He is on the Board of Seafarers' Rights International. Hance D. Smith specialises in Marine Geography and Marine Policy including the development and management of marine fisheries Father Bruno Ciceri is representative of the Apostleship of the Sea International (Vatican City), Chairman of the International Christian Maritime Association, and is a member of the Board of Seafarers' Rights International. He has worked for many years caring for seafarers and fishers in several countries of Asia. He has published on sea fishers' conditions and human more

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 Indexshow more

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'Excellent' -- Counterpunch 'A passionate and devastating critique that deserves a wide readership' -- Nautilus International Telegraph 'This is yet another brilliant work not to be missed from Professor Couper. It is a compelling work on fishers brilliantly written for a wide audience - from policy makers, universities, training institutions, human rights groups to the consumers of fish' -- Dr. Sabirin Ja'afar, Judicial Commisioner, High Court, Malaysia. 'Fishers and Plunderers is a must read for policy makers, scholars, activists and students concerned with universal human rights at sea and the moral imperative to protect vulnerable people' -- Aldo Chircop 'Alastair has exposed the dirty secret of human rights abuse that borders on genocide of innocent young fishers in an industry infested with criminality where the flag state is absent or where it is victim and culprit at the same time. This book is a challenge to our humanity, a call for action to reverse this onslaught on our blue planet, and for policies of reason to replace the state of denial that is currently the nature of this troubled industry' -- Dr Awni Behnam, Honorary President, International Ocean Institute, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General within it are riches and horror' -- Rose George, New Statesmanshow more

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