Nepal, 30 years old, fisherman

“As a fisherman living and working along the Chittagong coast, I suffer greatly from the effects of the shipbreaking industry. Our fishermen nets are constantly broken because there is no prior warning of incoming end-of-life vessels. This is because they are usually brought in illegally and are imported in all secrecy.”

“The hazardous wastes in general, particularly the oil that leaks out from the ships that are being broken, have significantlly impacted our livelihood. The best fish that we used to catch and sell at a great price have now disappeared from these dirty waters. This loss is monumental for us because the fish we get now are much smaller, less tasty and are sold for much less. It is very difficult to survive.”