FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
- UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries is a voluntary code is a voluntary code that recognises the nutritional, economic, social, environmental and cultural importance of fisheries and the interests of all those concerned with the fishery sector.
Key clauses that cover social aspects of fishing are:
6.17 States should ensure that fishing facilities and equipment as well as all fisheries activities allow for safe, healthy and fair working and living conditions and meet internationally agreed standards adopted by relevant international organizations.
8.1.5 States should ensure that health and safety standards are adopted for everyone employed in fishing operations. Such standards should be not less than the minimum requirements of relevant international agreements on conditions of work and service.
8.4.1 States should ensure that fishing is conducted with due regard to the safety of human life.
Significance for seafood businesses:
This is a recognised Code of Conduct which seafood businesses need to be aware of.