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A fishing boat sails near the cranes of Cao Feidian Port in Tangshan, China. A fishing boat sails near the cranes of Cao Feidian Port in Tangshan, China, Feb. 20, 2012 (AP photo by Alexander F. Yuan).

China Shows No Signs of Curbing Its Illegal Fishing Industry

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China.

A vast fleet of Chinese fishing boats was spotted off Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands last month, triggering alarm in Quito and prompting concerns about the threat to numerous vulnerable species in the protected waters around what is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The presence of so many Chinese fishing vessels off South America’s Pacific coast also raised more questions about China’s distant-water fishing industry. ...

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