Second-hand ships swell developing countries' fleets

Morocco: A skipper uses sonar equipment to locate schools of fish
FAO/9785/F. Mattioli

Fleets of some major fish producers among developing countries have been expanding. This is true for several countries in Latin America, for India, Indonesia, Morocco and the Philippines. In many cases, much of the increase consists of older vessels being brought from developed countries. The high cost of replacing old vessels encourages the use of smaller boats or the purchase of second-hand larger ships.

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More photos on fishing vessels:
  • India: Crowded fishing harbour at Madras
  • Mexico: A purse seiner off the coast of Mexico
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