One of the great development in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery in the prawn (shrimp) supply chain is the Seafood Task Force. It brings together multi-stakeholder alliance consisting of retailers, their suppliers, NGOs and the major Thai shrimp processors and feed companies. To read more about the Task Force go to http://www.seafoodtaskforce.global/aims-objectives/
Our petition calls on this group to work together to develop, Sustainable and Slave Free Fishing Standard that is third party verified, with a recognisable logo which can be used by retailers, restaurants and take-away shops. Then you can know reasonable steps have been taken for a slave free, sustainable supply chain for the seafood you purchase from South East Asia.
We will pass you first name, last initial and the country you are from on to the members.
To the Thai Seafood Task Group
I am aware of the reported labour and environmental abuses in the Asian fishing industry such as human trafficking, slavery and over fishing through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Steps and standards have emerged but they don’t help me when I am purchasing my seafood. As a consumer, I am wanting:
A Sustainable Slave Free Fishing Standard that is third party verified, with a recognisable logo, which can be used by retailers, restaurants and take away stores to show reasonable steps have been taken for a slave free, sustainable supply chain in the seafood I purchase from South East Asia.
Prawn Supply Chain
Whether farmed or wild there are reports of human trafficking and slavery in on the fishing boats connected with the imported prawn supply chain. In the farming process, “Trash Fish” are caught in bottom dragging seine nets which pull up all seafood in their paths. This ‘trash fish’ is then processed into fishmeal to feed farmed prawns.
A second key place where human trafficking, slavery and child labour happens is in the peeling sheds and processing factories.