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MSC pledges funding for watchdog welfare after death of fishery observer by Henry Sandercock July 27,2020   |  Source: The Grocer

The Marine Stewardship Council has announced funding to support the welfare and security of fishery management organisations after the death of an observer on a tuna vessel in the Pacific.

The NGO said it would designate £100k through its Ocean Stewardship Fund for research into improving the safety of watchdogs after the death of Eritara Aati Kaierua and “persistent reports” of attempts at bribery, intimidation and violence towards observers.

Ideas include educational campaigns on the work of fishery observers and research into observer-crew dynamics, with the aim of improving relationships and working arrangements between observers and crew.

Additional funding will become available from September for tech projects to support observers and improve the accuracy and legitimacy of the evidence they collect.

Whilst MSC CEO Rupert Howes said his organisation had to take some of the responsibility for observer welfare, he also called on others to do their part.

“Governments, law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities must do more to ensure observer safety. But we recognise – as part of the wider sustainable seafood community – that MSC also has a part to play. We want to do so in a way which is practical, by helping those who are already working in


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