A geopolitical look at Chinese and Vietnamese fishers
China and Vietnam have moved their fishing fleets (marine harvesting and trade) from the South China Sea to Africa and Oceania. Studies suggest that these militarised and subsidised fleets have become an instrument of the geopolitical agendas of their respective states. The EU-funded TransOcean project will investigate how individuals and groups of fishers modify their activities from legal to illegal, as state and non-state agents, and as poachers, traders and smugglers. The project will also study how these rising Asian mobilities interact and clash with those in Africa and Oceania. It will develop a new theoretical and methodological model of fishers as mobile maritime actors who in exploiting their networks pursue transoceanic expansion.
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Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant