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Plunder in the Pacific

Interactive: Where did all the jack mackerel go?

Aggressive fishing has decimated jack mackerel stocks in the southern Pacific in the past two decades – from 30 million metric tons to less than 3 million.

Graph: jack mackerel stocks in the Southern Pacific

Total stock biomass: The total weight of the fish in a stock, both juveniles and adults.
Spawning biomass: The total weight of the fish in a stock that are old enough to reproduce.
Source: South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization

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Inside Plunder in the Pacific
Infographic: How fish can ‘vanish’
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Inside Plunder in the Pacific
BBC documentary spotlights ICIJ probe into fish devastation
April 27, 2012 — As aggressive, unregulated fishing continues in the South Pacific, BBC World News broadcast a documentary featuring the ICIJ’s probe into the plundering of jack mackerel.
Inside Plunder in the Pacific
Video: ICIJ investigation on BBC World News
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