Research by the nonprofit Global Fishing Watch found that 95% of total North Korean vessels spent on squid fishing in Russian waters, from 146,800 to 6,600. Squid fishing in its territorial waters of North Korea also suffered a steep decline.
Global fishing watch used satellite imagery and other marine surveillance techniques to track the number of squid fishing vessels in the May to November fishing season. Squid fishing is one of the easiest operations to track remotely as it is usually done at night with powerful lighting devices.
Squid is popular throughout Northeast Asia, and rising demand in recent years has threatened the stability of already declining squid stocks in the region, according to Global Fishing Watch. In North Korea, squid is fermented, pickled, barbecued, stir-fried or dried and served as breakfast.
Jeun Park, a senior data scientist at the Global Fishing Watch, said the Kovid-19 was seen to have dropped out of the country due to the stringent entry and exit controls of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Experts believe Kim sealed North Korea’s borders last year and ended the last part of its disintegration with the outside world as he knows Pyongyang’s health care infrastructure was overwhelmed by coronovirus outbreaks Will be done.
North Korea says it has not contracted a single case of Kovid-19, which most experts have dismissed as propaganda. But a large wave of infection is being felt in the country, thanks to stringent anti-epidemic measures, control over people’s movement and border lockdown.
“We can safely say that there is a nationwide shortage of many staple food types,” he said.
Fishing far away from home
North Korean fishermen often work illegally outside the country’s own waters due to overcrowding.
Global fishing watch park said squid fishing in Russian and North Korean territorial waters decreased dramatically in 2020. During the peak of the season from September to November, Global Fishing Watch operated 50% fewer vessels of Chinese origin in North Korean waters. At the same time in previous years.
North Korean squid fishing boats, however, did not benefit. Park said there has been no corresponding increase in North Korean squid fishing in the country’s own territorial waters, so large amounts of its North Korea squid supplies are likely to “completely disappear in 2020”.