28 Feb '13, 4pm

The floating factories finishing off our fish

The floating factories finishing off our fish

Q: when is a fishing boat not a fishing boat? A: when it’s actually a floating factory. No, it’s not a good joke. It’s not much of a joke at all. When most of us hear ‘fishing boat’, we think about something iconic, brave, cheery, bobbing around on the seas - perhaps looking a bit like this . And if you take a cursory look at websites, adverts and people trying to sell you fish, it’s clear that we associate that sort of imagery with fishing. They use those images to reassure you. But around the world, fishing is increasingly becoming big, industrialised business. A century ago, floating factories went to the Southern Ocean to catch and process whales into oil. These monstrous vessels are survived today by the factory fleet travelling around the world hoovering up sea life and trashing local communities in the process. I’m not saying big is necessarily bad, or small is nece...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/floating-factori...

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