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The Catch In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation

Part I: 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:  The next time you order up some calamari, stop for a minute and think. Where does this actually come from? This summer, Foreign Policy is partnering with the Walton Family Foundation to bring you a new podcast: The Catch. Each episode offers a behind the scenes look at the current state of global fishing by tracking squid—from the waters off the coast of Peru to the processing plants, all the way to the restaurants, and finally to your plate. Join us as we learn what squid tells us about the state of our oceans. Follow and listen to The Catch wherever you get your podcasts.  See All Episodes


More The Catch episodes:

Part IV: The High Seas

What’s being done to curb illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

Part III: Who’s in Charge?

Tracing the journey of squid—a $500 million industry in Peru—hundreds of miles from home isn’t as simple as it seems.

Part II: Pota in Paita

From local markets to a processing plant, our team heads to one of the most important squid fisheries in the world: Paita, Peru.

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