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.
Far Dwuma Nkodo project update: January – June 2019: The Far Dwuma Nkɔdo project is implemented by EJF and Hen Mpoano, with funding from the EU. The project aims to secure greater environmental sustainability and social equity in Ghana’s fisheries sector, by supporting efforts to reduce illegal fishing and building the capacity of fishing communities in the sustainable management of their resource.
Blood and Water: Human rights abuse in the global seafood industry: This report shows that human rights abuse is rife in the fishing industry - detailing cases of slavery, debt bondage, insufficient food and water, filthy living conditions, physical and sexual assault and even murder aboard fishing vessels from 13 countries operating across three oceans.
Assessment of Ghana’s fisheries laws for alignment with the voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure and sustainable small-scale fisheries: This report identifies how the key principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Fisheries can be implemented, and provides concrete recommendations for the revision of Ghana’s 2002 Fisheries Act.
Fish in disguise: Seafood fraud in Korea: A year-long DNA test by EJF found that one out of three seafood samples in South Korea were wrongly labelled. This report provides a breakdown of the species most commonly mislabelled, illustrates the costs to people and the marine environment, and makes urgent recommendations for improving transparency in the Korean seafood system.
Climate action to secure human rights worldwide: A position paper for the German political landscape: Germany is in a unique position to become a global leader on climate. On joining the UN Security Council this year, and assuming presidency of the EU in 2020, the country must propel climate change mitigation and facilitate an international agreement to protect the rights of climate refugees. EJF's briefing explains why Germany must rise to the challenge.