The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.
More than 800 current and former slaves have been rescued or repatriated after a year-long Associated Press investigation into pervasive labor abuses in Southeast Asia's fishing industry. Thailand's booming seafood business alone runs on an estimated 200,000 migrant workers, many of them forced onto boats after being tricked, kidnapped or sold. It's a brutal trade that has operated for decades, with companies relying on slaves to supply fish to the United States, Europe and Japan -- on dinner tables and in cat food bowls.
The case centers on the ocean’s twilight zone — a dim region that extends from just below sunlit waters down to a depth of 1,000 meters, or about 3,300 feet. Its darkness is broken up only by the rays that filter down on bright days and scientists have found that the creatures of the twilight zone possess an overall mass up to 10 times greater than had been previously estimated.
In Nemo’s Garden, an experimental project in its fourth year, operated as part of the family-run Ocean Reef Group, the air of the greenhouse stands at 79 degrees with humidity hovering around 83 percent. That’s a pretty good environment for a typical plant. But this is no ordinary greenhouse: It’s 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy.
Numerous fine wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy have been lowered to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brittany in western France, where they will be stored for a number of months to experiment how well the ocean ages and improves the wines.
With the ocean we are, in all likelihood, at the point of no return. How much more evidence will be needed, example-by-example, until we are forced to admit that the time for decision has come? In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss these convictions and give examples of observation, research and experience to support the facts of these assertions.
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