ALEX HOFFORD /GREENPEACE
AT SEA : INTERNATIONAL WATERS (HIGH SEAS POCKET No1) CLOSE TO BORDER WITH REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE) Diver Joel Gonzaga of the Philippine fishing boat 'Vergene' works in and around a skipjack tuna fishing net using just a single plastic air hose connected to a rusty compressor onboard the 'Vergene', 12 November 2012. Perhaps the most dangerous fishing method of all, compressor diving is known in the Philippines as 'Pa-aling' diving. According to Gonzaga, who spends months at a time on board the 'Vergene', fatal injuries and deaths occur regularly. The most common cause of death from 'Pa-aling' diving is due to decompression illness, otherwise known as 'the bends'. Dangerous fishing methods such as 'Pa-aling' are a major contributor to the overfishing crisis in and around the Philippines.