Climate change, migration and displacement.
Thailand's seafood exports are the third most valuable in the world, supplying markets in the US, Europe and Asia but far from the attention of consumers vulnerable migrants in search of a better future are being trafficked, exploited, abused and even murdered aboard Thai fishing vessels.
EJF is campaigning for the international community to develop a Global Record of fishing vessels to facilitate greater transparency and traceability in the seafood sector enabling better monitoring of fishing activities including the labour conditions of the world's fishing fleets.
Ms. Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, during her keynote speech at the Global Fight Against IUU Fishing Event, Brussels 5th November 2013.
The March of the Beekeepers saw EJF, PAN UK and passionate beekeepers come together to demonstrate on Parliament Square, ahead of a European Parliament vote which enforced a two year ban on the Neonicotinoid pesticides thought to be dangerous to bees.
UNDER THE RADAR includes video evidence EJF has documented of vessels operating illegally and using multiple identities and changing their flags, names and radio call-signs to avoid detection and sanctions.
Through our work towards the eradication of IUU fishing in West Africa, EJF has gathered evidence that reveals a compelling need for an international database of industrial fishing vessels, which contains their UVI and information on their ownership, flag, history, characteristics and fishing authorisations. This would enable the global fishing fleet to be monitored and regulated more effectively.
Slavery at Sea: The Continued Plight of Trafficked Migrants in Thailand's Fishing Industry: The report reveals new evidence of human trafficking and the use of violence in the Thai fishing industry.
Impossibly Cheap: Abuse and Injustice in Bangladesh’s Shrimp Industry: The report documents examples of hazardous working conditions, the use of child labour, withholding of pay, health and safety violations, restricted union activities, verbal abuse and excessive hours.
The Hidden Cost: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand's Shrimp Industry: The report documents accounts of human trafficking into the Thai shrimp industry, confiscation of identification documents, withholding of pay, forced detention and bonded labour.
Bringing Fishing Vessels out of the Shadows: EJF is taking action to highlight the urgent need for a Global; Record of fishing vessels and the use of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)number as a Unique Vessel Identifier (UVI).
Keeping Illegal Fish out of Europe: Ensuring Success for the IUU Regulation: The IUU Regulation seeks to prevent illegally caught fish from reaching European markets.
Sold to the Sea: Human Trafficking in Thailand's Fishing Industry: Sold to the Sea exposes human trafficking, labour and human rights abuses in Thailand's fishing industry.