Fishing, safety and the Human Element

  The recent Nautical Institute Seaways article (June 2017) in co-ordination with the New Zealand based FISH Safety Foundation has looked in detail at the growing need and trend to openly discuss the issues of safety in the global fishing industry, including the protection of basic human rights. The Foundation is a Supporting Entity to Human Rights at Sea, as is The Nautical Institute. [Original … Continue reading Fishing, safety and the Human Element

New Seafood Supply Chain Code of Practice Published

PAS 1550:2017 Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of seafood products and marine ingredients – importing and processing – Code of Practice. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to announce its close involvement in the Steering Group for the development of the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1550:2017 concerning a new voluntary Code of Practice for due diligence and fair working practices in the fisheries … Continue reading New Seafood Supply Chain Code of Practice Published

Changes coming for safety in the Fishing Industry

* Human Rights at Sea, alongside a number of key government and industry stakeholders including The Fishermen’s Mission, have been working in support of the UK response to the implementation of ILO 188 (2007) ‘Work in Fishing Convention’ and the proposed voluntary safety management code to be adopted by the UK fishing industry. The focus for the charity has been the explicit inclusion of welfare and … Continue reading Changes coming for safety in the Fishing Industry

SeafoodSource Q&A with Ged Nash: Irish fishermen’s rights advocate

Q&A with Ged Nash: Irish fishermen’s rights advocate Reproduced with permission. By Gao Fu Mao, Contributing Editor reporting from Beijing, China First published in SeafoodSource on Friday, February 17, 2017 More than a year after a Guardian undercover exposé of exploitation of undocumented non-European Union migrant workers on Irish fishing trawlers, one of the key figures in the Irish government’s response to the scandal is calling … Continue reading SeafoodSource Q&A with Ged Nash: Irish fishermen’s rights advocate

Two new themes launched for UK Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June 2017)

‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’ Two new themes launched for Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June 2017) Announcing the themes ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, Seafarers UK has launched this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, with the focus on promoting maritime career opportunities, both at sea and ashore, including in the UK’s thriving port … Continue reading Two new themes launched for UK Seafarers Awareness Week (24-30 June 2017)

Thai fishing fleet moving to Indian ocean to avoid regulation

GREENPEACE PRESS RELEASE Thai fishing fleet moving to Indian ocean to avoid regulation, finds Greenpeace investigation Bangkok, 15 December 2016 – A 12-month investigation by Greenpeace Southeast Asia has found that Thailand’s overseas fishing fleets are intentionally shifting to remote waters in order to avoid fishing regulations. The investigation started seven months after the Associated Press released its expose on shocking human rights abuses on … Continue reading Thai fishing fleet moving to Indian ocean to avoid regulation

Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Tragedy in the Marine Commons: The Intertwined Exploitation of Ocean Ecosystems and Fisheries Workers Alongside eight other internationally recognised NGOs, Human Rights at Sea has been engaged with and leant its weight to a core working group looking at the continued exploitation of fisheries workers at sea and the connections between human rights and labour abuses in the fishing sector with the practices of overfishing … Continue reading Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment