Plunder on the High Seas
African coast where heavily subsidized Chinese ships are crushing the local fishing industry. With each ship scooping up as many fish in a week as Senegalese boats can in a year, a growing Chinese presence is costing West African economies $2 billion a year. At the same time, European ships grossly underreport their catch, exploiting weak enforcement regimes, and American diets help fuel Chinese export demand. A global compact to address the crisis of illegal fishing came into effect last year, but until participation is universal, policy geared toward long-term sustainability, and enforcement stringent, extractive economic power will endanger the vitality of our common ocean resources.