Fishy business on the high seas: Green Pulse Ep 51

  • 31 May 2021

Green Pulse Ep 51: Fishy business on the high seas  17:05 mins Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Straits Times analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change. Across the globe, millions of people rely on fishing for jobs and income, with many fishermen finding it increasingly tough to earn a living due to shrinking catches. They have to compete not only with the impact of climate change and industrial fishing fleets but also illegal fishing operations often controlled by powerful figures far away. This multi-billion dollar illegal industry is also linked to human slavery, tax evasion and drugs and arms smuggling. But recently, efforts by Interpol and governments are catching up with the illegal fishing kingpins. In this episode, ST environment correspondent Audrey Tan and climate change editor David Fogarty speak with Mr Peter Horn, project director for Ending Illegal Fishing at Pew Trusts, which works closely with Interpol to clamp down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.  They discuss the following points: How the illegal fishing trade works (3:41) Other crimes associated with illegal fishing (6:05) How can consumers make the sustainable choice? (8:57) Working with Interpol to stop illegal fishing (10:17) Can the illegal fishing trade be stopped? (14:55) Listen to Ep 49 - Can aquaculture solve the seafood “seaspiracy”?: Read Monterey Bay Aquarium's seafood watch website: Produced by: Audrey Tan (, David Fogarty (, Ernest Luis and Adam Azlee Edited by: Adam Azlee Subscribe to Green Pulse Podcast series and rate us on your favourite audio apps: Channel: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Google Podcasts:  Website: Feedback to: Follow Audrey Tan on Twitter: Read her stories: Follow David Fogarty  on Twitter: Read his stories: --- Discover more ST podcast series: Asian Insider Podcast: Health Check Podcast: ST Sports Talk Podcast: Life Weekend Picks Podcast: #PopVultures Podcast: Bookmark This! Podcast: Lunch With Sumiko Podcast: Discover BT Podcasts: Follow our shows then, if you like short, practical podcasts! See for privacy information.