From local markets to a processing plant, our team heads to one of the most important squid fisheries in the world: Paita, Peru.
On this week’s episode of The Catch, we continue to follow squid, or pota, as it’s known locally. We hear from local fisherman Armando Chinchay on how artisanal fishers are faring against larger industrial fleets. Then we head to two processing plants to speak with Gerardo Carrera of Produmar and Hector Olaya of Fisholg & Sons about how squid has changed the local and national economy. And finally, we speak with Juan Carlos Sueiro, the fisheries director at Oceana, about the state of squid in Peru.
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
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