Briefing to the Japanese government on concerns over seafood products associated with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and human trafficking entering the Japanese market: This briefing follows careful reviews of the current seafood import control system in Japan. It identifies five major legislative loopholes that should be addressed urgently – these loopholes are insufficient coverage of species, negligence in considering human rights, a lack of transparency, an absence of traceability and insufficient penalties when infractions are detected.

Zhejiang Ocean Family Co. Ltd and its fishy business: The Zhejiang Ocean Family Co., Ltd. (大洋世家(浙江)股份公司 / ZOF) is a leading fishery company in Chinese and global seafood supply chains. This investigation found that 12 vessels owned or chartered by ZOF or a ZOF subsidiary were systematically engaged in different forms of IUU fishing such as shark finning, intentionally killing cetaceans. Vessels were also implicated in a number of human rights abuses including physical abuse, salary deductions, human trafficking and forced labour.

Scourge of the seas: In Thailand, bottom trawling threatens livelihoods, food security and ocean ecosystems. This report examines the impact of a particularly destructive form of bottom trawling, known as pair trawling, and makes recommendations for reform.

Critical minerals and the green transition: do we need to mine the deep seas?: Proponents of deep-sea mining contend it is needed to fill a future gap in the supply of critical minerals required for the clean energy transition. This briefing explains why this argument is flawed.

Securing effective and transparent prosecutions of fisheries violations in Ghana: Recommendations for the reform of the fisheries law framework: This briefing analyses the key gaps and weaknesses in Ghana’s current prosecution system for fisheries violations, both in terms of the legal framework and in terms of practical implementation, and provides recommendations for addressing these issues, considering the ongoing reform of the national fisheries law framework.

Leaving No One Behind: A community-based analysis of gender inclusion and economic vulnerability in Liberia’s small-scale fisheries: This report documents gender issues in the fisheries sector in Liberia and reveals that strategies to advance women's status in small-scale fisheries are still a key development issue. It also shows that marginalised and economically vulnerable groups in Liberia's fishing communities are being excluded from crucial decision-making processes.

Slave labour in the Brazilian cattle ranching industry: the case of the Pantanal and the European market: Slave labour is prevalent in Brazil’s cattle ranching industry. This report investigates slavery on ranches in the Pantanal wetland, including some linked to JBS, the world’s largest meat producer.

Thailand’s progress in combatting IUU, forced labour & human trafficking: EJF observations and recommendations volume 10, 2023: Since February 2016, EJF has carried out multiple in-depth observations of the Royal Thai Government’s (RTG) initiatives aimed at tackling IUU fishing and human trafficking in the Thai fishing industry. This version is the 10th edition of this technical report. It represents the culmination of eight years worth of experience working directly with the Thai authorities as well as conducting independent field assessments of Thailand’s monitoring, control and surveillance mechanisms.

Open letter calling on Lord Cameron to support greater protections for the Pantanal wetland: With COP 28 upon us, it is critical that the international community addresses current threats to the Pantanal, in recognition of the central role it plays in our ability to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown. Alongside MPs, peers and other NGOs in the UK and Brazil, we are calling on Lord Cameron, the UK's Foreign Secretary, to begin this process.

The impact of EU supply chains on deforestation and biodiversity in Brazil's Pantanal: a global wetland under threat: This research explores the role played by EU cattle supply chains in driving the conversion of native vegetation to pasture in the Pantanal biome, with a view to informing the European Commission’s impact assessment of the expansion of the EU Regulation on deforestation-free products to include Other Wooded Land and Other Natural Ecosystems.

Technical Briefing for Korea’s implementation of the PSMA: The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first binding international agreement that specifically targets illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Republic of Korea ratified the PSMA in 2016 – however, EJF’s observation and monitoring has found that the implementation of the PSMA requires significant improvement.

Lettre ouverte adressée au Ministre des Pêches et de l’Économie maritime (MPEM) du Sénégal - Problématique du chalutage de fond au Sénégal: Nous souhaitons attirer l'attention sur la crise des ressources halieutiques que traverse le Sénégal en raison notamment des pratiques de pêche destructrices de l'environnement, non durables et souvent illégales pratiquées par la flotte chalutière du pays.