China’s Illicit Squid Fishery Has Deadly Impact on North Korea

[This article originally appeared on NBC News and appears here courtesy of The Outlaw Ocean Project]

The battered wooden “ghost boats” drift through the Sea of Japan for months, their only cargo the corpses of starved North Korean fishermen whose bodies have been reduced to skeletons. In 2019, more than 150 of these macabre vessels washed ashore in Japan, and there have been more than 500 in the past five years.

For years the grisly phenomenon mystified Japanese police, whose best guess was that...

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