FISHERIES OBSERVERS INITIATIVE
Welcome to the Human Rights at Sea Fisheries Observers Initiative supporting social justice improvements through tackling human and labour rights abuses at sea and increasing safety, security and well-being of fisheries observers working around the globe.
The aim of our research is to further advocate for greater public international awareness surrounding the often lone-working conditions of Fisheries Observers and the challenges to their personal safety, security and well-being at sea. Poor working conditions faced at sea are often invisible to the general public, as well as to policy and senior decision-makers as Fisheries Observers and their work is invariably ‘out of sight and out of mind’. This lack of public awareness has also been characterised as ‘sea blindness’ in the global shipping sector. In undertaking this international work, Human Rights at Sea is providing and supporting independent research undertaken through fact-based evidence, data and analysis for regional Member-States and fisheries management organisations. The intent is that this work may be taken into consideration for future policy and legislative developments explicitly focusing on the human rights and welfare of workers at sea.