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China's appetite for fish pushes world's supplies to the brink

Having depleted the seas close to home, its fishing firms - often govt subsidised - are exploiting waters elsewhere

A Chinese fishing vessel and Coast Guard ship in the disputed Scarborough Shoal. For Beijing, its fleet of fishing vessels has helped assert its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.

In impoverished Senegal, fishing stocks are plunging as local fishermen in hand-hewn canoes (above) are outmatched by megatrawlers whose mile-long nets sweep up virtually every living thing.

Joal, Senegal

ONCE upon a time, the seas teemed with mackerel, squid and sardines, and life was good. But now, on opposite sides of the globe, sun-creased fishermen lament as they reel in their nearly empty nets.

"Your net would be so full of fish, you could barely heave it onto...

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