Taiwan's High Seas Hell
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Taiwan's High Seas Hell

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Taiwan's enormous high seas fishing industry is responsible for much of the world's tuna catch. It's also come under fire for illegal fishing, human trafficking, and abuse of its migrant workforce.

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Taiwanese Fishing Vessels Fined, Suspended for Work Abuse, Shark Finning

Nick Aspinwall

Taiwan has acted to fine the owner and captain of a vessel involved in various labor abuses – and allegedly shark finning as well – though the punishments are unlikely to be viewed as much of a deterrent for others in the industry.


Fishery Protests Kick Off Human Trafficking Prevention Conference

Nick Aspinwall

A Taiwanese vessel docked in South Africa recently became the first to ever be detained under a new UN convention preventing labor abuse at sea. In Taipei, advocates are fed up.


Abused by Employer, an Indonesian Fisherman Appeals to Taiwan's Parliament

Nick Aspinwall

An Indonesian fisherman complained of being given the cold shoulder by the local labor office despite several complaints of abuse.


How Taiwan’s Seafood Sector Can Steer Toward Ethical Labor Standards

Nick Aspinwall

Simple measures can make a world of difference to the lives of thousands of workers aboard Taiwan's deep-sea fishing fleet.


Taiwan Seafood Trader FCF Faces Financial Pressure on Links to Rights Abuses

Nick Aspinwall

The market could force reluctant Taiwanese seafood traders to address concerns over complicity in human rights abuses.

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