Fishing is a global business and vital to feed the world – archive, 1960

Every development in the fishing industry to-day points to the fact that it is becoming world business. Among the latest proposals for expansion is the employment of two former aircraft carriers which are to be converted into mother ships operating with fleets of trawlers working at sea. Fish factory ships are becoming more popular. Their crews not only catch fish in the trawl; they fillet it, process it, make fishmeal and liver oil, and finally deliver the fillets in deep frozen packages.

This is one side of the picture – the highly developed completely mechanised harvesting of the seas with almost robot crews pressing buttons, employing electricity, scooping electrified fish out of the sea by means of pumps and passing them to merciless machines; but it does not mean that the fishing industry has become soulless.

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