Despite this apparent absence of payoff, fishing on the high seas continues to occur, suggesting that this activity is being financially supported beyond just government subsidies. One potential explanation for why these vessels continue to fish this way is low labor costs – or no labor costs. This got us thinking that perhaps the reason high seas fishing is so common is because some vessels are being “subsidized” through the use of forced labor. Defined by the International Labour Organization as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily,” forced labor has been widely documented in previous investigative journalism and NGO reports, although the extent of the problem remains largely unknown. #overfishing #forcedlabor #humanrights #floraandfauna https://globalfishingwatch.org/research/forced-labor-in-fisheries/
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