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The Fight Over a Shitty Rock

A tiny, uninhabitable islet in the North Atlantic has become an unlikely battleground in the fight for fishing rights.

After a week at sea, fishermen round Drumanoo Head before dropping anchor in Killybegs Harbour, Ireland.

  • Greg Noone
  • Hakai Institute

Carefully, they unload their catch onto the quay, box after box of mackerel, haddock, monkfish, and squid; spindly tentacles and scaled bodies packed tightly under ice.

These trawlermen have come back from the North Atlantic, where conditions are treacherous.

High waves and powerful gales range across those waters even in the…

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