Ocean-Grabbing as Serious a Threat as Land-Grabbing – UN Food Expert


Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur for the right to food warned about the threat of ocean-grabbing to food security in his new report on fisheries and the right to food, arguing that the seizure of ocean resources could be as serious a threat as land-grabbing. He called governments and international bodies to halt the exhaustion of fish stocks and to rethink the models of fisheries that currently prevail. Ocean-grabbing diverts resources away from local populations, and prevents fisheries from playing a critical role in securing the right to food for millions. De Schutter called for coexistence between industrial fishing and the rights of small-scale fishers and coastal communities.

By Olivier De Schutter

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food
October 30, 2012

Read the executive summary of the report here , and the full report here.