Who Owns the Fish? | Animation

Who Owns the Fish?

Any commercial fisherman used to be able to fish in U.S. seas. Not anymore. Today, the right to fish belongs to a number of private individuals who have traded, bought and sold these rights in unregulated markets. This system, called “catch shares,” favors large fishing fleets and has cut out thousands of smaller-scale fishermen. How did this happen?

Directed and produced by Ariane Wu
Animated and illustrated by Arthur Jones
Based on reporting by Susanne Rust

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