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Thailand struggles with fisheries management by Jason Thomas February 06,2019   |  Source: The Asean Post

Thailand’s ratification of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention on 30 January has won it international plaudits – but how well will it be received locally?

As the first country in Asia to ratify ILO’s Convention 188, Thailand – the world's third-largest seafood exporter – has received praise for “setting an excellent example” to ensure acceptable living and working conditions for fishermen onboard ships, according to ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

But with human rights abuse rife in the Thai seafood industry – a United Nations (UN) report found that 59 percent of trafficked migrants working on Thai fishing vessels reported witnessing the murder of fellow workers – for many, the ratification is nothing more than a fancy PR stunt.

In addition, corruption, long-established poor fishing practices and resistance from fishermen associations in Thailand to what it claims are strict standards means the implementation and enforcement of Convention 188 will be contentious.

Half of the estimated 600,000 men working in the Thai seafood industry are undocumented workers from countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR. Forced labour and other human rights abuses among them have been well documented in a series of media


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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