In South America's oceans, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels are hoovering marine life and harvesting endangered sharks for their fins. This investigation – the second of a multi-part investigation shining a light into the murky waters of IUU fishing – explores predatory tactics, rogue actors, and legal loopholes that fuel IUU fishing across Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina.
Conducted with American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), the reports paint a detailed picture of IUU fishing in nine countries, examining everything from its perpetrators to its devastating effects on local fishers whose livelihoods depend on the seas. The reports also focus on how IUU fishing is coupled with other crimes, including labor abuse.
SEE ALSO: Plundered Oceans: IUU Fishing in Central American and Caribbean Waters