Understanding the Role of a Fisheries Observer

‘‘If an observer discovers things they weren’t intended to know about, they can face intimidation, threats, violence and, in the worst cases, murder.’’ London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today issues the latest in its series of Insight Briefing Notes covering key human rights issues within the maritime environment. Titled 'The Role of a...

World Day against Human Trafficking 2020 – Seafood Working Group Statement

London. UK. On World Day against Human Trafficking, the Seafood Working Group, of which Human Rights at Sea is a member, has put out a statement in response to Thailand’s ranking in the 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. The SWG is a coalition of over 60 labor rights, human rights, and environmental non-governmental organizations....

Insight Briefing Note: Slavery at Sea and Emperors of the Deep

London. UK. / New York. USA. Human Rights at Sea today publishes the latest in its series of Insight Briefing Notes looking at the work by US-based film-maker, author and ocean conservationist William McKeever into the issues of slavery at sea, working conditions, the need for fisheries observers, and the effects on the shark...

Marine Stewardship Council’s funding pledge to address fishery observer safety welcomed

Press Release 23 July 2020 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea today welcomes the announcement by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) that new research funding will be made available to address the issue of improvements to Fisheries Observer safety following recent international initiatives and public reports on the issue. The announcement comes after the...

Missing Seafarers and Fishers Reporting Programme launches updated website

Press Release 22 July 2020 London. UK. The Missing Seafarers & Fishers Reporting Programme is Human Rights at Sea’s flagship programme delivered by the Charity in 2015, and supported by Seafarers UK funding.  Today, it is an international secured database that aims to track the numbers and status of seafarers and fishermen missing at...

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 21 July 2020

London. UK. / Fairhaven. MA. USA. Human Rights at Sea and the Dominica Flag State Administration remain closely engaged in the background investigations into the incident of the hijacking of the MT GULF SKY (IMO 9150377) on 5/6 July 2020 from UAE to Iranian waters, which later saw 26 of the 28 crew who had...

Joint Press Statement of Dominica Flag Administration and Human Rights at Sea on MT GULF SKY – 15 July 2020

Joint Press Release Immediate  15 July 2020 London. UK / Fairhaven/MA. USA.  Following the rapidly emerging case of the alleged kidnap of 28 Indian seafarers of the MT Gulf Sky the evening of 5 July 2020 by unknown persons and their forced transfer to Iranian waters, resulting, at the time of writing, in 26 seafarers...

Fisheries Observer Deaths at Sea Report version availability increased

London. UK. Following unprecedented demand for copies of the new Human Rights at Sea fisheries report 'Fisheries Observer Deaths at Sea, Human Rights and the Role and Responsibilities of Fisheries Organisations ', the charity has updated its download options to provide both high and low resolution versions for download. ...

Maritime Charities Group (MSG) Launch Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Standard

Press Release 8 July 2020 London.UK. The Maritime Charities Group (MCG)  a coalition of 10 major maritime charities, has joined forces with the Merchant Navy Training Board to publish a good practice guide to designing a training course for seafarers on mental health and wellbeing awareness. Written by experts from the maritime and education sectors...

Dominica Maritime Flag Administration joins HRAS Arbitration Webinar on 9 July 2020

London. UK. The Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime flag Administration will be joining the 9 July 2020 webinar hosted by Human Rights at Sea and the international law firm, Shearman & Sterling LLP for the first public discussion and review of the joint project to address the concept of 'Arbitration as a Means of Effective...

Seafarers UK CEO raises concerns about availability and reliability of crew suicide statistics

Seafarer suicide statistics spotlighted as coronavirus curtails crew changes. London. UK. Seafarers UK CEO, Catherine Spencer, has raised public concerns about the availability and reliability of statistics concerning seafarer suicides at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release issued by the organisation on 3 July, and ahead of the 2020 Seafarer Awareness...

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