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Black Cod

Production year: 2006 | 1*39 | Genres: Current Affairs, Nature
This unique investigation exposes the illegal fishing in the Barents Sea, and the depletion of the last of the white fish so many of us are used to eating.
Origin country: Sweden
Production company: TV4 AB
Original title: Den svarta torsken
Original language: Swedish
Formats: SD

Only one place on earth is there still a large stock of codfish. Over-fishing, excessive national quotas, and illegal fishing beyond those quotas have all contributed to depleting the reserves of cod in the world’s seas, all except one. The last remaining large cod stock is found in the Barents Sea north of Russia and Norway. This unique investigation exposes the illegal fishing in the Barents Sea, and the depletion of the last of the white fish so many of us are used to eating.

Russian trawlers catch at least 100 million kilograms of cod more than their quotas allow. They fish illegally at night, and transfer their catch at sea onto freezer ships registered outside of Europe. The fish may then be reloaded to yet another ship before reaching its final destination. By this time, false documentation will have been provided to disguise its origins, and the crates of fish are re-labelled. The investigative team at TV4 in Sweden spent months tracing the fish in the freezers of our supermarkets back to the illegal trawlers of the Barents Sea. They discovered that some of these illegal catches are sent all the way to China for processing before returning to our shops packaged and branded with household names such as Findus. This is a story about the food on our plates. It is a story about a serious environmental issue, and an illustration of how organised crime is at work in our every day lives.

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