Chris Carolin’s article, “The Dragon as a Fisherman: China’s Distant Water Fishing Fleet and the Export of Environmental Insecurity,” has been published in the academic journal SAIS Review of International Affairs. Below is the paper’s abstract. Click here to view the full text (access required).
China has been a coastal fishing nation known for targeting “trash fish,” which are smaller, less valuable coastal and bottom-dwelling species. Over the last thirty years, the country’s fishing activities have evolved considerably as China has grown increasingly reliant on a growing Distant Water Fishing (DWF) fleet to provide for the steadily rising domestic demand for wild-caught fish. The goal of this study is to explore the possible environmental security implications of China’s large and growing DWF fleet.
The Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service at American University is a diverse and inclusive community. The program does not necessarily endorse the ideas contained in this or any other guest post. Please understand that our aim is to provide a space for the expression of a range of perspectives on global environmental concerns.