ILO Report. Fishers First - Good practices to end labour exploitation at sea

International Labour Organization
The Fishers First report focuses on good practices and innovative interventions to improve labour conditions and protect vulnerable workers in the fisheries sector.

It follows the ILO report Caught at sea: Forced labour and trafficking in fisheries, published in 2013, which shed light on current knowledge about forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry and the institutional and legal frameworks that exist to combat this pressing issue. Protecting fishers from exploitation and abuse is, and remains, a central priority of the ILO’s work. This report therefore can also be seen as part of effort to achieve widespread ratification and application of key instruments including the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) and the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (PO. 29) which are not yet ratified. The report contains multiple examples of the ILO’s work to support the application of standards among Member States.

Significance for seafood businesses:

This is guidance specifically covering good practices to end labour exploitation at sea.

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