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Seafish briefing - Organisations addressing labour issues in the fishing and aquaculture sector. April 2016.

Karen Green

Since approximately 2006, various concerns regarding abuses of workers engaged in the seafood industry have steadily attracted more attention, from the media and civil society advocacy groups. The main concern has been reports of coercive treatment of certain categories of both sea and land-based workers, through abusive labour and recruitment practices variously referred to as slavery or slavery-like practices, forced and bonded labour, human trafficking, as well as serious forms of child labour. This has led to more monitoring, and a wide range of governmental, inter-governmental and NGO initiatives to address the concerns. There have been a number of studies into the scale of the issue but further study is required in order to determine the international scale of human rights and labour abuses in the seafood industry. This briefing note: details some of the key reviews that have looked at the scale of labour issues in the fishing and seafood sectors; and lists the organisations addressing labour rights in the fishing sector. This document was originally produced in March 2015 and was updated in April 2016.

April 2016Download PDF

CLG news summary April 2016

Karen Green

Summary of news reports sent to CLG circulation list in April 2016.

April 2016Download PDF

Seafish interactive workshop on understanding and reporting on Modern Slavery. 10 March 2016.

Karen Green

Seafish facilitated an interactive workshop on understanding and reporting on Modern Slavery. This looked at the wording of the legislation and the practical steps which companies in the seafood sector should take to consider the appropriate levels of risk assessment, and action, that they should put in place to address potential modern slavery issues, both in their supply chain and their direct operations. The workshop also included a presentation on Ergon's review of the first publicly available batch of Modern Slavery Statements, and on the guidance Seafish has produced on drafting MSA statements. At the end of the workshop participants had a clear understanding of the scope and challenges related to drafting a statement and the likely content of their company’s statement.

March 2016Download PDF

Final note on the England Aquaculture Consultation/Working Group meeting 3 March 2016

Lee Cocker

Final note on the England Aquaculture Consultation/Working Group meeting held in London on 3 March 2016.

March 2016Download PDF

Seafish guidance on modern slavery statements for the seafood industry. March 2016.

Karen Green

To help the seafood industry better understand the reporting requirements Seafish ran a workshop on 10 March 2016 to help seafood companies understand the wording of the legislation, but also the practical steps which companies in the seafood sector should take to consider the appropriate levels of risk assessment, and action, that they should put in place to address potential modern slavery issues, both in their supply chain and their direct operations. This guidance note has been produced to provide more specific information about how companies in the seafood sector might think about the content of their statement.

March 2016Download PDF