Industrial fishing is a multinational, multibillion-dollar industry, which has been depleting fish populations worldwide for decades, driving many marine species towards extinction. It is estimated that the fishing industry kills between 1 and 2.7 trillion fish from the wild every year. The reason why industrial fishing vessels can catch these huge amounts of fish is their size and their technical equipment. Beautifully illustrated by the German designer Florian Schalinski we present the most common fishing methods, how they work, what species they target and what ecological impacts they have:


Bottom Trawler

Beam Trawler

Purse Seiner




Trap Setter

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