Chinese Fishing Fleets are Depleting the World’s Oceans

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China has the world’s largest fishing fleet, and it’s dominating the fishing enterprise and harming oceans, the Gatestone Institute reported. One analysis found that China’s fleet has practically 17,000 vessels, 5-8 situations greater than estimates and what the federal authorities has reported.

The UN reports that China consumes 36% of full worldwide fish production and brings in 20% of the world’s annual fishing catch.

Part of the rationale the fishing presence is so harmful is that China’s fleet is made up of trawlers. “Trawling” is a dangerous observe whereby an gear sweeps the ocean flooring and scoops up the whole thing in its path. Everything inside the trawlers‘ path is taken in.

“China’s leaders see distant water fleets as a way to project presence around the world. The aim is to be present all over the world’s oceans so that they can direct the outcomes of international agreements that cover maritime resources,” Tabitha Mallory, CEO of China Ocean Institute and affiliate professor on the University of Washington knowledgeable Axios in March 2021.

Chinese fishing boats are observed across the globe. The Chinese fishing fleet was observed off the coast of Ecuador in 2020, inflicting Ecuador’s authorities to alert the United States coast guard to the vessels, ABC Australia reported. Abandoned fishing boats have been found on Japanese shores and the attainable motive is China’s industrial fishing fleets trawling for fish in North Korean waters. Squid stocks in North Korea have decreased rapidly due to a Chinese fishing presence.

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Ian Urbina, the creator of Outlaw Ocean, said of China’s presence, “More than any other fishing fleet in the world, [China] travels farther, stays at sea longer, pulls up more fish than anyone, and is also more routinely invading national waters.”

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