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Food Chain Radio Show #992
Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist
The Pacific Protein War
Who should control the catching of the Pacific’s Protein?
Guest: Joe Hamby, COO of Tri Marine Group
Adam Baske, Founder Sea Strong, LLC
This just in: The Government of Kiribati has shocked the fishing world by revealing that, without warning, it has forced most of the American tuna fleet out of its waters and is letting Chinese and Taiwanese vessels take over!
Tuna are among the ocean’s fastest swimming fish, and yet they cannot swim fast enough to avoid being caught by fast thinking fishermen.
And when it comes to catching the Pacific’s tuna, the law appears to be one of “catch as catch can.”
In fact, fishermen now catch over $7 billion worth of tuna in the Pacific every year. So good are fishermen at catching the world’s fastest swimming fish, some say the species are now becoming endangered.
The fight for control appears to feature several groups of contestants: “distant water” fleets from Europe, United States, China, South Korea, and Taiwan; Pacific Island nations whose waters contain the tuna; and “catch as catch can” fishermen, some of whom operate with giant factory ships.
This fight for the Pacific’s tuna protein leads us to ask…
Who should control the catching of the Pacific’s protein?