Fishing for World Markets
Factory trawlers are large vessels that pull enormous nets and process the catch at sea. They produce frozen fish fillets, minced fish for making fish sticks, and other products that feed people around the world.
Largely unregulated for decades, fleets of trawlers nearly emptied the waters of cod in the North Atlantic until restrictions were enforced in the 1980s. In the North Pacific the story is different. Within the zone for exclusive fishing by U.S. vessels, a consortium of companies has divided the quota of fish available to the fleet. This has ended the race for fish, which often resulted in crew injuries and wasteful fishing practices.