Posts Tagged ‘fishing rights’

Fisheries, too

I’ve mentioned previously that poor countries are selling or long-term-leasing arable land to more prosperous and densely-populated ones, a phenomenon monitored here. No surprise, it’s not just solid-earth-type land that’s being sold:

“Most counties in Africa are selling fishing rights to industrialised nations which catch large amounts of seafood, effectively out-competing local fisherman,”

according to New Scientist. It’s not stated, but presumably the revenue received for the rights goes to elites, not to the working fishermen displaced. Well, they can become pirates.