About This Project: Looting the Seas II


Looting the Seas is a two-year project by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists looking at the forces that are rapidly depleting the oceans of fish. This new installment in the series focuses on Spain, the most powerful fishing nation in a region where economies and fish stocks are in shambles.

An ICIJ team set out to investigate how Spain’s fishing industry wielded that power at home, in Brussels and overseas.

Reporters from Spain, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Namibia and the United States dug through thousands of pages of scientific reports, court files, investigation reports and official correspondence. The team analyzed reams of subsidy data, employed DNA testing and conducted more than 200 interviews with politicians, fishermen, lobbyists, inspectors, prosecutors, economists and scientists.

A detailed methodology is included here.

Our media partners are The Sunday Times (UK), El País (Spain), EU Observer (Brussels), Huffington Post (US) and Trouw (The Netherlands)

The team:

Project Manager: Kate Willson

Editors: Marina Walker Guevara and Fredrik Laurin

Reporters: Mar Cabra, Marcos García Rey, John Grobler, Nicky Hager and Brigitte Alfter

Data Editor: David Donald

Data Analysis: David Cabo and Mar Cabra

Web: Sarah Whitmire

Video: Emma Schwartz

Graphics: Ajani Winston

To see a comprehensive list of foundations that support ICIJ, click here.


namibia boat

Video: The New Colonizers: Spain’s Appetite for Hake Threatens Namibia’s Fish

Mar 21, 2012

Graph: What’s happened to hake?

Mar 21, 2012

Key Findings

Mar 15, 2012
European Commissioner Maria Damanaki says she is overseeing a "radical" reform of EU fishing laws
European Commissioner responds

Top fisheries official says EU is investigating illegalities by Spanish companies

Mar 15, 2012
Nine organizations of the Spanish fishing industry attacked ICIJ's 'Looting the Seas II' investigation during a press conference in Madrid
Backlash from fishing industry officials

Fishing industry rep calls ICIJ investigation an ‘explosive cocktail that damages the Spaniards’

Mar 15, 2012
Five-step process

Hake DNA testing: How we did it

Mar 15, 2012
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