On the precipice: crime and corruption in Ghana's Chinese-owned trawler fleet: Fisheries that millions of Ghanaians depend on are at risk of collapse as a result of rampant illegal fishing and overfishing by Chinese-owned industrial trawlers, and a culture of corruption has allowed these crimes to go unpunished. This report explains the urgent action needed to reverse this decline.
A threat to people and planet: The need for the Transform Bottom Trawling coalition: Bottom trawling poses a threat to our climate, marine ecosystems, and the coastal communities that depend on them. EJF has joined forces with the global coalition, Transform Bottom Trawling, to take action on this destructive practice.
The EU forced labour products ban: how to ensure effective enforcement: Current EU rules do not serve to protect the victims of forced labour or to stop the products it generates from reaching the EU market. This briefing draws lessons from the creation and implementation of the EU regulation to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing (EU IUU Regulation) to make recommendations on the design of an EU instrument enabling a forced labour products ban.
EJF policy briefing prepared for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries: This overview presents recommendations for the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) that will help the Republic of Korea to devise and implement policies ensuring transparency, traceability, and protection of crews’ human rights in the fisheries industry.
Open letter to the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson regarding the potential licensing of the two new trawl fishing vessels: The worsening ecological and humanitarian crises across Ghana's coastline are inextricably linked to the overcapacity of its poorly regulated and foreign-owned industrial trawl fleet. This open letter from EJF and other civil society organisations in Ghana has been written to seek clarification on the potential authorisation of two industrial trawlers in Ghanaian waters, which would allow the continued exploitation of its natural resources.
Murky Waters: Analysis of the regulatory framework governing the distant water fishing fleet of the People’s Republic of China: Regulations governing China’s distant-water fishing fleet are fostering a lack of transparency that enables rampant illegal fishing around the world. Better monitoring, regulation and transparency is urgently needed.
In search of justice: How the climate crisis is driving inequality and eroding human rights: This report highlights how the climate crisis is fuelling inequalities within and between countries worldwide, with low-income, marginalised people in both developed and developing countries being disproportionately affected by climate breakdown.
Open letter: Expanding the EU’s margins of tolerance for misreporting of fish catches would make accurate assessment of fish populations impossible: Expanding the EU’s margins of tolerance for misreporting of fish catches would make accurate assessment of fish populations impossible, both in the EU and regions across the globe. This includes severely overfished populations, such as yellowfin tuna in the Indian Ocean.
EJF policy briefing prepared for the Royal Thai Government: It has now been over three years since the European Commission removed the yellow card issued to Thailand - a warning that had been in place since April 2015. Since January 2019, Thailand has gone through several crucial periods of transition, leadership and hardship including; a general election, the hosting of the ASEAN summit and a global pandemic. Throughout these opportunities and challenges the Royal Thai Government (RTG) has continued to demonstrate great resolve and resilience in addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as associated forced labour and human trafficking in the sector. This briefing provides detailed analysis for each of these areas as well as recommendations for how the RTG could take steps to address current gaps.