An article on Windward on 15th July says that millions of fishing vessels ply the world’s waters. In the global maritime ecosystem, they are like ants: myriad, ceaselessly industrious, and mostly unnoticed. The vast majority are hardworking and law-abiding – but fishing vessels are also perhaps the most underestimated carriers of transnational crime. The article looks at examples of the involvement of fishing vessels in smuggling of drugs, fuel in Libya and Nigeria or from Malaysia to Thailand, or from Hong Kong to Mainland China. Then there is cigarette smuggling in the Mediterranean and human smuggling. In the Philippines, vessels have been turned into floating meth labs.
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