Who is the high seas fishing industry?

Summary

Seafood companies rarely disclose what or where they are fishing. To provide a first overview of the fishing industry in the high seas—the area beyond national jurisdiction—we linked fishing activity in the high seas to vessel owners and corporate actors.

We identified 1,120 corporate actors for 2,482 vessels (∼2/3 of high seas fishing vessels and effort in 2018) and found that the top 100 corporate actors account for 36% of all high seas fishing effort. As attribution for anthropogenic activities expands beyond a national framework, we demonstrate the feasibility of methods to identify the high seas fishing industry.

These results provide a unique lens through which to view accountability for the use and protection of marine biodiversity.

Information

Publication info: Carmine, G., Mayorga, J., Miller, N.A., Park, J., Halping, P.N. et.al. 2020. Who is the high seas fishing industry? One Earth Volume 3, Issue 6, 18 December 2020, Pages 730-738, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.11.017