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"The Fishing Industry's Cruelest Catch,"
E. Benjamin Skinner, February 20, 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek

Slavery In Your Seafood<

Corporate Responsibility
in the Seafood Industry:
What About People? 

Foreign-Chartered Vessels:
The Controversy

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Slavery In Your Seafood 

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Slavery at Sea

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Student Research Assistants

The following student research assistants have done extensive research for the Schuster Institute's Human Trafficking & Modern-Day Slavery Project:

Alana Abramson
Mateo Aceves
Emily Dunning
Scott Evans
Irina Finkel
Rachel Gillette
Gina Giorgi
Rachel Klein
Ari Lyon
Jon Muchin
Vicky Negus
Sean Petterson
Amelia Rey
Carolyn Schweitzer
Marisa Tashman
Clair Weatherby
Janey Zitomer

Slavery in Seafood

Fish on deck, foreign charter vessel, New Zealand
A fisherman on a foreign-chartered vessel (FCV) looks over the recent catch from New Zealand’s Southern Ocean. (Photo released by the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries under the Official Information Act.)

As Schuster Senior Fellow E. Benjamin Skinner reports in Bloomberg Businessweek, some crew members on FCVs are slaves, who were not paid for their work and who experienced abuse, intimidation and sexual violence on board the ships. Skinner's investigation finds that some of that slave-caught fish is being sold to Americans.

Slavery In Your Seafood

Banning of Foreign Chartered Vessels

Despite the country’s tagline, New Zealand’s catch is far from “100% Pure,” and some of the world’s largest corporations are selling the products of brutality to unknowing American consumers.

In a six-month investigation spanning three continents, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism Senior Fellow E. Benjamin Skinner, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek, uncovered the links between endemic debt bondage in New Zealand’s waters and the American seafood market. The fishermen in New Zealand’s waters remain 6,500 miles away from American consumers, but the seafood they catch is sold across the world, including to the United States, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. “The Fishing Industry's Cruelest Catch” is the story of how that ill-gotten catch may wind up on your plate.

Hoki fishHoki is among the many kinds of fish caught by foreign-chartered vessels (FCVs) featured in “Fishing as Slaves on the High Seas,” and New Zealand’s only Marine Stewardship Council-certified fish, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to one seafood company executive who asked to remain anonymous, in the United States, hoki is frequently consumed as a white fish fillet in quick service restaurants. In 2009, the New York Times reported on hoki in McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish sandwiches.

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