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New document on human rights abuses in the seafood sector

  (WORLDWIDE, 11/20/2013)

Nonprofit marine conservation organization FishWise has released a new document intended to make seafood businesses aware of the importance of working together to eliminate human rights abuses and illegal products from the supply chain. 

This document, called FishWise 2013 Trafficked: human rights abuses in the seafood industry, follows FishWise's first white paper on seafood traceability.

The new document highlights the fact that if organizations, businesses and governments work together to achieve ethical business practices, human rights within the seafood industry can be improved significantly.

It is noted that although seafood companies have created sustainable seafood sourcing policies, and are now doing their best to meet the commitments within them, human and labour rights are often not included in these policies.

The document highlights that to eliminate human rights abuses it is necessary to deal with challenges, such as corruption, exemptions within international standards for fishing vessels, lack of transparency via the use of flags of convenience and transhipment, the globalized nature of the supply chain, lack of enforcement, incomplete traceability, and the prevalence of illegal fishing.

The document, intended to he helpful as a resource for seafood businesses seeking to prevent and eliminate human rights abuses in their supply chains, can also be used to improve the knowledge base and coordination of NGOs and other groups working on human and labour rights within the seafood industry. 


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