The Catch In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation

Part 1: Out to Sea



The race to catch squid off the coast of Peru is increasingly pitting local artisanal fishers against huge multinational fleets.

Host Ruxandra Guidi, along with her Lima-based reporting partner Simeon Tegel (@SimeonTegel), travel to Paita, Peru, to get a firsthand look at one of the country’s top fisheries: squid.

We begin with Lima-based reporter Dan Collyns (@yachay_dc) as he joins the Peruvian Coast Guard as it patrols Peru’s waters and works to prevent illegal fishing. We hear from local fishermen Eduardo Garcia, Javier Chiroque, and Atias Aguilar on what it’s like to be out at sea day-in and day-out. And finally, we then hear from Edwin Houghton, president of the Paita Fishing Boat Owners’ Association, on why the Peruvian government should do more to help these fishermen.

About The Catch:  Coming up on this season of The Catch, we head to the Upper Gulf of California, to see what a porpoise, a fish whose bladder fetches tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, and the highly desirable—and delicious—colossal shrimp tell us about the complicated world of fishing. This spring, Foreign Policy is partnering with the Walton Family Foundation for season two of The Catch, hosted by Ruxandra Guidi. We'll hear how local fishermen are caught between providing for their families and protecting marine habitats. And how governments, importers, and consumers all have a role in returning balance to the Upper Gulf of California. Follow and listen to The Catch in Spanish and English wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to The Catch in Spanish here.  See All Episodes


More The Catch episodes:

Part 6: The Future

How fishers are working toward more sustainable practices.

Part 5: Pressure Points

Learn what importers and consumers can do to improve sustainability.

Part 4: The Cartel of the Sea

And how the weak response from the Mexican government is impacting local fishers.

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