Environmental Groups Battle China’s Overfishing
Is your flounder’s provenance fishy? Chinese fishing ships are operating illegally, not just in the rich waters east of Japan, but also off developing countries’ coasts. The boats have reportedly flouted regional laws with a variety of tactics, including cloaking devices — sometimes appearing to be an ocean away — and massive drift nets that destroy ecosystems. But recently, NGOs have teamed up with governments in places like West Africa to track and expose Chinese fishing duplicity, working toward a system in which major buyers require that fish are sustainably and certifiably sourced.