Chinese fishing boats catch about 4.6 million tons of fish in foreign waters each year – a haul worth about US$11.5 billion – and substantially under-report their netted take, according to findings by overseas researchers. The study, called “China’s distant-water fisheries in the 21st century”, was funded by the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee and conducted by 20 scientists and researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada…Full-text article: South China Morning Post Apr 2013

Key point

  • It is estimated that the Chinese fishing boats catch 12 times (~4.6 million tons) the reported average of 368,000 tons per year, with West Africa accounting for 95% of fish caught in foreign waters.

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