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The Catch In partnership with the Walton Family Foundation

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.

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:  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 I: Out to Sea

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

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