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Having encountered the vibrant matters of fishing communities close to North Korea, and fishing in North Korea at and around Sindo, framed by the histories and geographies of fishing landscapes throughout East Asia and beyond this final chapter draws this book to a lively conclusion. Fish and fishing for North Korea have become vitally important again in current years, important in both abundance and absence. North Korea has this in common with much of the world’s fishing terrain, precarious resources familiar in global histories of fishing such as those of the collapse of Newfoundland and the Grand Banks cod fishery, the disappearance of the Herring from Southwest England and the depletion of much of Africa’s fishing stock in recent years. As climate change, ocean temperature and acidification and a number of other elements of global environmental crisis develop, fish and fishing will become still precarious. Fish themselves may be energetic and vibrant materials but that will not stop them becoming another element of the impending and ongoing global extinction event of the Anthropocene/Capitalocene. That does not, however, mean that fish and fishing terrains will lose their agency or the impact upon human life and developmental practice. On the contrary fish and maritime resources in their absence could become even more vibrant, their diminution in the web of life of the sea and land making them more powerful and valuable as they become more scarce. Scarcity and absence, of course, are common in the life and practice of North Korea, and this chapter and book concludes with a discussion of North Korean Ghost Ships and the most macabre of impacts of such scarcity. Fishing communities North Korea must be concerned, along with their development institutions, with the navigation of landscapes and terrains of lack, scarcity and difficulty, and the Ghost Ships and their unfortunate crews suggest not only the real limits of those difficulties, but allow historical connections with other uncomfortable and difficult materials and bodies in East Asian fishing history.
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