Brenchley, Fred
November 2003
Bulletin with Newsweek;11/11/2003, Vol. 121 Issue 6398, p28
In the wake of a dramatic three-week pursuit and capture of Patagonian toothfish pirates, Australia is now hoping to round up a global coalition to apprehend illegal fishing boats. The Patagonian toothfish appears an ugly brute but, sold as Chilean sea bass, it commands high prices in northern hemisphere markets. So prized, in fact, that a shadowy group of illegal operators is prepared to spend millions to rip the fish out of their deep waters. It is a world of dummy companies, specially modified ships for huge seas, refrigerated mother ships, spies in southern ports to report on navy movements, false catch documentation and fish-processing operations.


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