FAO’s guidelines for human rights in fishing delayed after pushback

Sunday, Nov 04 0 6580
FAO’s guidelines for human rights in fishing delayed after pushback @ Wikipedia

Baseline international standards for human rights, labor conditions, and social responsibility in the seafood industry will have to wait.

Countries pushed back against draft guidance on social responsibility in fish value chains developed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) when it was first officially presented in November in Vigo, Spain. As a result, FAO is spending the next year-plus creating a scoping paper that will more explicitly spell out what should be included in the guidance.

Meanwhile, labor abuses continue to be uncovered aboard fishing vessels and many workers around the world face abysmal conditions – a problem compounded by the health and economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's also about reputation management for the entire sector," FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Deputy Director Audun Lem told SeafoodSource. "A lot of the conditions we've seen are totally unacceptable. ... It's not something that you can say it's only far away, it's only in certain countries in the developing world. It's also closer to home than you may think."

The guidance was meant to provide a human rights standard for the 50 million seafood workers around the globe by articulating core principles related to the inherent dignity of all individuals, elimination of forced labor, fair treatment for all, gender equity, child labor, and rights of migrant workers. Six appendices were planned to address specific subsectors of the seafood industry — aquaculture, industrial fishing, small-scale fishing, processing, distribution, and retail.

Countries approved the idea of voluntary guidance in 2017 at a meeting of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) Sub-Committee on Fish Trade. In 2018, countries gave FAO an official mandate to create the guidance, and the organization embarked on a wide-ranging stakeholder consultation process, both online and in person at regional conferences around the world. FAO worked closely with industry, associations, unions, and other stakeholders.

More on ... seafoodsource.com

Last modified on Friday, 17 April 2020 16:03
Super User

Portail de la Médecine Vétérinaire en Afrique


Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.