The “people’s” fishery on the brink of collapse: Small pelagics in landings of Ghana’s industrial trawl fleet: Ghana’s sardinella fishery, which provides food and livelihoods for coastal communities, is under severe threat from illegal targeting by trawlers in the ‘saiko’ trade. Sampling of saiko sardinella revealed the fish were 99% juveniles. These young fish are crucial to the recovery of a population that is already on the brink of collapse, having crashed by 80% over the past twenty years.
Thailand’s progress in combating IUU, forced labour & human trafficking: EJF observations and recommendations volume 8, spring 2020: Over the last year EJF has observed improvements in PIPO inspection procedures, adoption of a risk-based approach to vessel inspections, and the proliferation of translators at PIPO centres. However, issues and concerns remain.
Legal opinion on the engagement of foreign companies in Ghana’s industrial trawl sector: This briefing summarises the key findings of a legal opinion delivered by the Taylor Crabbe Initiative to the Environmental Justice Foundation. In the opinion, TCi analyses the law governing the nationality of industrial trawlers fishing in Ghanaian waters.
Legal analysis on the trans-shipment of fish at sea from industrial trawlers to canoes in Ghana: This briefing summarises the key findings of a legal opinion delivered by Ghanaian legal consultancy the Taylor Crabbe Innitiative on the legal framework governing the trans-shipment (i.e. transfer) of fish from industrial trawlers to canoes at sea.
Thailand's Road to Reform: Securing a sustainable, legal and ethical fishery: Thailand’s seafood industry was in recent years blighted by uncontrolled growth across its fishing sector resulting in rampant illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as violent associated human rights abuses including physical and verbal abuse and even murder. The decision in 2014 by the European Commission in April 2015 to issue a ‘yellow card’ against Thailand’s seafood exports to the European Union was one of several wakeup calls to introduce long overdue reforms. Significant progress has since been made to regain trust and shed a notorious image of a sector steeped in flagrant regulatory and labour abuses, however, much more remains to be done to become a truly sustainable, legal and ethical sector.
Joint open letter on the preservation of fisheries regulations and reforms in order to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: The National Fisheries Association of Thailand is seeking to abolish several critical fisheries enforcement regulations that are essential in Thailand’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and associated human rights abuse on fishing vessels. This open letter to the Thai Prime Minister, signed by 37 organisations, calls on the Royal Thai Government, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Department of Fisheries, and Ministry of Labour to reject these demands and instead ensure the preservation and elevation of internationally recognised best practices in both fisheries and labour regulations.