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11 Nov 2020

Pacific: Fisheries observer safety, security and well-being reports published by HRAS

Jamie Ling

"Pacific Fisheries Observer Safety, Security and Well-being Reports Published", 11 November 2020

Human Rights at Sea [...] issues two new international peer-reviewed reports focusing on Fisheries Observer safety, security and well-being in the Western and Central Pacific region, including for Observers employed by Commonwealth States through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.


Poor working conditions faced at sea are often invisible to the general public, as well as to policy and senior decision-makers as Fisheries Observers and their work is invariably ‘out of sight and out of mind’. This lack of public awareness has also been characterised as ‘sea blindness’ in the global shipping sector.


Developing Recommendations and Policy in Support of Fisheries Observers’ Safety, Security and Well-being‘: is a comprehensive review and analysis of the proposed Ten Recommendations in terms of the detailed background to their initial proposal, the need for and the future challenges of potential implementation by Member States. The report provides the next level of detailed scrutiny relating to safety issues being raised by States, commercial entities, NGOs and the families of deceased Observers.

Understanding the Working Conditions of Western and Central Pacific Ocean Fisheries Observers: A Baseline Survey‘: is a joint Human Rights at Sea and University of Nottingham Rights Lab civil-society and academic collaboration as the first of its kind in-sector. The initial survey was initiated to again deliver increased public, State and commercial awareness of the issues Fisheries Observers face when operating out at sea through front-end engagement with the workers. The Survey was undertaken in memory of Eritara Aati Kaierua and all other Fisheries Observers who have been lost or died while working at sea, or have otherwise suffered injuries, disablement or other deprivations through their work.