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.
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Through the Net charts EJF’s investigations into 'pirate' fishing in West Africa and tracks the journey of fish caught illegally in Sierra Leone to the European seafood market through the Spanish port of Las Palmas.
The film reveals gaps in the EU regulation to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and highlights steps that need to be taken to ensure that the regulation works effectively. The film features interviews with the EU Fisheries Commissioner, Members of the European Parliament and fishing communities that suffer the impacts of pirate fishing in West Africa.
The voiceover is provided by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby. Soundtrack by Tom Strang.
An Advisory Note for the UK Supply Chain on How to Avoid Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishery Products: EJF looks to inform UK retailers and brands of the risks associated with illegal fishing.
Falling Through The Cracks: A briefing on climate change, displacement and international governance frameworks: An overview of the legal and policy frameworks governing climate-induced displacement at the international level.
The Gathering Storm: Climate Change, Security and Conflict: The Gathering Storm: Climate Change, Security and Conflict collates evidence from around the world to show how climate change is acting as a catalyst for conflict and instability.
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.