Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

London. UK.  On May 6, 2021, Taiwan’s top ombudsperson institution, the Control Yuan, released a set of wide-ranging recommendations for the government to address the forced labor onboard Taiwan’s distant water fishing (DWF) fleets. This is an issue of increasing international notoriety since the United States Department of Labor listed Taiwan-caught fish in its List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in September 2020.

Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) 2.0 platform develops seafood corporate social responsibility

London, UK. FishWise, the California-based sustainable seafood non-profit organisation, today upgrades its Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) online platform as part of their drive for access to increased social responsibility, including addressing human and labour rights matters within seafood supply chains.

Seaspiracy documentary raises crucial points about human rights abuse at sea

Editorial 12 April 2021 London. UK. As The Guardian’s reporter, George Monboit headlined in his April 7th article review of the new Netflix Seaspiracy documentary. ‘The film gets some things wrong, but it exposes the grim ecological destruction of the Earth’s oceans‘. As important as ocean conservation is for the future of humanity, so is the...

Global Fishing Watch satellite data sheds light on slavery at sea 

Press Release  Tuesday 22 December London. UK.  Vessels known to have crew that are subject to forced labor behave in systematically different ways to the rest of the global fishing fleet, reveals a new paper published today in the scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The discovery was used to build a...

WCPFC 17: Human and Labour Rights Developments and Challenges

London. UK. Human Rights at Sea has Observer status with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and attended the virtual WCPFC 17th Regular Session between 7-15th December 2020. The charitable NGO presented a detailed intervention on its peer-reviewed proposal for a new and dedicated Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) and follow on paper covering the ramifications for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), specifically focusing on the safety, security and well-being of fisheries observers.

Taiwan Government Positively and Comprehensively Responds to Human Rights at Sea Fisheries Report

"The Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee, the Human Rights Promotion Task Force of the Executive Yuan and the Coordination Conference for Human Trafficking Prevention have been inviting relevant ministries and agencies to convene meeting regularly. Relevant issues being addressed in such meetings have already embraced the philosophy of human rights at sea." London, UK / Taipei, Taiwan. Human Rights at Sea is pleased to publish the formal Taiwan Government response from the Director General of the Taiwan Fisheries Agency to the charity's October 2019 '“Baseline Study on the Awareness and Application of Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishing Industry”, as a matter of transparency and reflection of positive State engagement with the organisation.

Labour Disputes and Power imbalances in the Taiwanese Fishing Industry

London. UK. Following recent advocacy work aimed at achieving ongoing improvements in the working conditions and protections for all fishers in the Taiwanese fishing industry, Human Rights at Sea today issues a new evidential case study. Highlighting the worrying power imbalance between migrant fishers, recruitment and manning agencies resulting in poor welfare support, the case study also highlights the need to align national polices and standards with international convention.

Labour Abuse: Taiwanese Fisheries Human Rights Baseline Study Published

London, UK. Human Rights at Sea publishes a new baseline study in relation to the Taiwanese coastal and deep water fishing industry responding to ongoing field reporting of systemic human rights abuses for national and migrant crews despite current efforts to curb abuse reflecting international human rights and fisheries standards.

UN FAO Draft Guidance on Social Responsibility in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains is available for public consultation

Press Release Friday 5 July 2019 London.UK.  The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has published a Draft Guidance on Social Responsibility in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains. The Draft Guidance  is available for public consultation on the e-platform so that it can be reached by actors along the fisheries and aquaculture...

OP-ED: NGO Pacific Dialogue on Pacific Seafarers

Opinion Piece 4th July 2019 Suva, Fiji. The Fijian partner to Human Rights at Sea, the NGO Pacific Dialogue, released an OP-ED for the occasion of the 2019 ‘Day of the Seafarer’ which is reproduced for an increased awareness of the history, issues and work being carried out in the Pacific by seafarers which is...

New UK Share Fishermen Briefing Note Published

PRESS RELEASE 30 April 2019 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea, alongside the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and The Fishermen’s Mission, publishes today a new briefing note covering the topic of UK Share Fishermen in respect of the ILO 188 Work in Fishing Convention 2007 to provide clarity and a new baseline reference...

FishWise launches the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) 

Press Release 23rd March 2019 LONDON.UK. FishWise, a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy and long term partner of Human Rights at Sea in the seafood supply chains has launched the Roadmap for Improving Seafood Ethics (RISE) . About Rise: Businesses are increasingly held accountable for labor conditions throughout their supply chains, meaning they need to understand existing risks and how...

2018 International Maritime Human Rights Conference Reviewed

REVIEW “Human rights and dignity must be a high priority for the maritime sector”. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, 29 October 2018   London. UK. On 29th October 2018, the second International Maritime Human Rights (IHMR 2018) conference was held at The Fishmonger’s Hall, London with strong international attendance. Delegates...

Human Rights at Sea announces Jonathan Hall as speaker for the International Maritime Human Rights Conference

Press Release Immediate Monday 1st of October 2018 London.UK. Human Rights at Sea is delighted to announce Jonathan Hall as the next speaker for the International Maritime Human Rights conference 2018. Jonathan Hall is Head of UK Overseas Territories at the RSPB. He has worked with these small island jurisdictions, with a specialism in marine...

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