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Register for the SEA Alliance HRDD webinar on 1 December 2022.

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to help seafood business though the complexities of Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD).
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20th October 2022

Catch up with the SEA Alliance HRDD webinar that took place on 20 October 2022.

This webinar looked at how businesses can identify and assess potential Human Right Due Diligence (HRDD) risks in their supply chain(s). It then focussed on what steps they should take to remediate, and address those risks.
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19th October 2022

Announcement very soon on Change on the Water Fund applications

The Change on the Water Fund aims to support projects in our member company supply chains that positively impact the human rights and labour standards of fishers and aquaculture workers.
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12th October 2022

Non-EEA Sea Fishers in Irish fleet to become eligible for employment permits

The Irish Government has approved the publication of the Review of the Atypical Scheme for non-EEA Crew in the Irish Fishing Fleet. This report and its recommendations follow an extensive consultation process with stakeholders involved in the scheme. The key recommendation of the Review Group is that the employment of non-EEA crew in the Irish fishing fleet should be provided for under the Employment Permit system (administered by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment), instead of the Atypical Working Scheme (administered by the Department of Justice). The transition to the employment-permit based system would entitle employment permit holding Seafishers to transition to a Stamp 4 immigration permission and the wider entitlements offered by that permission.
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12th October 2022

Holyrood endorses new visa approach for foreign workers

Scottish MSPs have agreed to support a new visa system for rural areas where there is a real issue with sourcing workers, including farming, fish farming and the fishing industry. The proposal is modelled on a study of the benefits of a programme in rural areas of Canada. There are calls upon the UK government to make the required reforms to its ‘one size fits all’ immigration system with immediate effect, to avoid ongoing and further damage being done to Scotland.
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4th October 2022

Asian countries feature on US Labor Department report for child, forced labour

Taiwan and Thailand both feature prominently on the new edition of a US Department of Labor report on child and forced labour, which identifies abuses in both countries’ seafood sectors, including fishing and shrimp-processing.
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28th September 2022

New SSCI Benchmarking Consultation Opens for Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard. Closing date to comment is 25 October 2022.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) has announced the opening of a stakeholder consultation for the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), one of the final stages in the benchmarking process against the SSCI Benchmarking Requirements for At-Sea Operations.
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26th September 2022

New FIP guidelines released by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions

The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions has released a revised version of the report, ‘Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects’, that now includes consideration of economic and social responsibilities. The group is seeking to add signatories to the document as supporting organisations to the new FIP guidelines. Closing date is 1 November 2022.
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22nd September 2022

Social policy changes give FIPs time and flexibility to meet requirements

FisheryProgress has announced some significant changes to their Human Rights and Social Responsibility Policy in response to feedback from FIPs and FisheryProgress users. FisheryProgress will now allow FIPs to request 12-month extensions for unmet social policy requirements, and accept alternative assessments, such as social audits and certifications in lieu of completing a risk assessment using the Social Responsibility Assessment Tool (SRA). Additionally, FisheryProgress will not implement a full-fledged allegations procedure between now and the end of 2025.
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22nd September 2022

New British Standard in Modern Slavery

The British Standards Institute has published a pioneering national standard, giving organizations guidance on how to manage modern slavery risks in their operations, supply chains and wider operating environment. BS 25700 covers prevention, identification, response, remediation, mitigation, and reporting.
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15th September 2022

EU Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market

The Commission has proposed to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market. The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports, and imported goods, without targeting specific companies or industries.
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14th September 2022

New collaboration looks to expose and end labour violations in UK fishing industry

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Fair Food Program (FFP) of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) are working together to implement the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model (a US-based human rights initiative) in the UK. The aim is to build and launch a pilot program with fishers in the UK. ITF arranged a series of meetings with key players in UK fisheries during the last week of September and first week of October.
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31st August 2022

GSA releases update to Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard

The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has published an update of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), part of the GSA Best Seafood Practices (BSP) certification program.
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25th July 2022

NOAA Fisheries announces new initiative to end illegal labour practices in the seafood industry

NOAA Fisheries has announced a new public-private initiative (Collaborative Accelerator for Lawful Maritime Conditions in Seafood, also called CALM-CS), which will promote legal and safe working conditions, including combating forced labour, in the fishing and seafood industry.
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19th July 2022

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report 2022 published

The TIP report ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking.
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19th July 2022

Seafood Social Risk Tool on Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch website

Seafood Watch partnered with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Liberty Shared to develop a tool that profiles seafood production systems around the world and identifies areas within those systems that are at higher risk of containing forced labour, human trafficking, and hazardous child labour (80 indicators). To date the tool covers a number of tuna fisheries.
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18th July 2022

Launch of new IUU Fishing Action Alliance

The UK, the USA and Canada have launched the IUU Fishing Action Alliance. This includes a commitment to better identify and address forced labour, unsafe working conditions, and other labour abuses in the fishing industry.
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28th June 2022

SEA Alliance calls on Governments to ratify and implement the Cape Town Agreement for the Safety of Fishing Vessels

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25th June 2022

MSC overview of labour risk management practices

This collaborative paper provides an overview of labour risk management practices ‘reported’ by fisheries certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard.
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14th June 2022

Occupational health and safety added as fifth fundamental principle and right at work

This agreement by the International Labour Conference is the first extension of workers’ fundamental human rights twenty-five years.
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13th June 2022

New guide launched to answer questions on ILO C. 188

The Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB) and The Fishermen’s Mission have produced an easy-to-use guide that provides key elements of the UK legislation on the International Convention on Work in Fishing (C188). This new guide aims to inform and assist all those with an interest in commercial fishing, from vessel owners and skippers to crew from all nations and those in the maritime charitable sector, to understand the legal welfare standards applicable to those working on fishing vessels.
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10th June 2022

Industry response to May 2022 University of Nottingham report

There have been a number of industry statements in response to the University of Nottingham Report.
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23rd May 2022

First fleets complete Fairness, Integrity, Safety, and Health (FISH) Standard for Crew audits

These are three fishing fleets (in Namibia; Seatle, Washington, USA; and Papua New Guinea).
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19th May 2022

European Parliament moves to end forced labour with updated resolution

The European Parliament's Trade Committee has approved a draft resolution to ban products made by forced labour reaching EU markets.
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17th May 2022

University of Nottingham report. Working conditions in UK fishing fleet.

The report focuses on all crew working in the UK fishing fleet.
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17th May 2022

ITF report on transit visas

This report focusses on the transit visa system for recruiting foreign fishers. It is aimed at immigration and fisheries policymakers.
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16th May 2022

Survivors’ perspectives on labour abuse in the fishing industry

A report by Winrock International has tried to understand the exploitation taking place in the distant water fishing industry from survivors’ perspective.
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15th May 2022

2021 Employment in the UK Fishing Fleet

This Seafish report presents a snapshot of employment in the UK fishing fleet from a sample of 788 workers taken in summer 2021.
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9th May 2022