USA: Obama signs pact to combat modern slavery in fishing; govt. agency announces plans for reporting requirements on seafood importers

Author: Ashley Feasley, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, on Human Trafficking Search (USA), Published on: 24 March 2016

"Recent Progress to Combat Slavery on the High Seas", 22 Feb 2016

...While awareness of slavery in fishing supply chains has grown, there have been few legal remedies put in place to attempt to eradicate the problem...Last week, President Obama signed the Port State Measures Agreement, which empowers officials to prohibit foreign vessels suspected of illegal fishing from receiving port services and access...In another recent step, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a plan this month to improve how seafood is tracked from catch to market, imposing new reporting requirements on American importers...Two of the world’s largest trade unions filed a complaint recently with the United Nations’ labor agency about seafood from Thailand produced by so-called sea slaves, and the Thai government said it was installing satellite tracking devices on more fishing ships...

Read the full post here