Spain’s $8 Billion Fish

€6 billion in subsidies fuel Spain’s ravenous fleet

OVERVIEW: Decades of overfishing leaves Europe’s fish stocks in peril and its fishermen in poverty: an impasse paid for by EU taxpayers.

Video: Hake Hoax: Fish in Spain Not Always What the Label Says

Hake is Spain's most popular fish, but consumers aren't always getting what they think they are buying. A scientific study commissioned by the International Center for Investigative Journalists found that almost one in 10 fish purchased at markets in Spain were mislabeled. This video follows reporters buying the fish and explains why mislabeling can mask bigger problems in the oceans.
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Video: The New Colonizers: Spain's Appetite for Hake Threatens Namibia's Fish

Namibian officials have been lauded for tight fisheries controls and for stemming the power of foreign fishing companies. But ICIJ has found the system isn't working for hake, Namibia's most valuable fish. Politically-connected Namibians and Spanish companies corner the trade.
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Fish and organized crime

Spain doles out millions in aid despite fishing company’s record

One of the world’s most controversial fishing operations — a family-controlled company in northwestern Spain linked to more than 40 cases of alleged illegal fishing — is changing tack. Antonio Vidal Pego, co-owner of Vidal Armadores, says the company is folding, and he’s devoting himself to renewable energy and fish oil. But fisheries officials in Brussels are not convinced.
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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.
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