The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has documented gross human rights violations and serious illegal fishing offences aboard the Taiwanese Fuh Sheng 11. Crew members told EJF of beatings from the captain, 22-hour working days and serious injuries to crew working in dangerous conditions. They also reported that the vessel had illegally finned sharks, including endangered hammerheads.
Beatings at gunpoint, slavery, dangerous working conditions and squalid living conditions. These are just a few of the findings from this investigative film by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) telling the harrowing stories of migrant fishermen working aboard Taiwanese-owned fishing vessels. The film shows that although some new rules have been introduced in Taipei, out at sea human rights abuses and illegal fishing practices continue.
Slavery, ‘pirate’ fishing and other serious crimes continue to plague Thailand’s seafood sector highlighting the shortcomings in private sector initiatives and government controls.
How overfishing and pirate fishing in Thailand fuels human trafficking and the plundering of our oceans.
EJF empowers coastal communities to document illegal fishing and shares evidence with local authorities and international policymakers so that action can be taken against pirate vessels and against the countries that fail to act against them.
Thailand leads by example on transparency in the fishing industry: Thailand has become one of the first countries in Southeast Asia to publish a full list of all its registered and licensed fishing vessels, alongside a watchlist containing vessels prohibited from fishing.
EJF Positionspapier zum Nationalen Aktionsplan Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte in Deutschland: Das Positionspapier unterstützt Deutschlands Bemühungen zur Umsetzung des ‚Nationalen Aktionsplan Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte‘, betont in diesem Zuge aber die Notwendigkeit zur Berücksichtigung von Menschenrechtsverletzungen in der globalen Fischereiindustrie.
EJF Position on the National Action Plan Business and Human Rights in Germany : This position paper backs Germany's ‘National Action Plan Business and Human Rights’ but highlights the need for a focus on abuses in the seafood industry.
Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188): This statement was issued by 30 NGOs urging the Thai government to stand strong in eliminating human rights abuses in its fisheries.