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Taiwan's High Seas Hell

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.

The News Lens Feature

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Total 15 Articles


2018/10/05 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese Fishing Vessels Fined, Suspended for Work Abuse, Shark Finning
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.
2018/07/25 | Nick Aspinwall
Fishery Protests Kick Off Human Trafficking Prevention Conference
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.
2018/06/01 | Nick Aspinwall
Abused by Employer, an Indonesian Fisherman Appeals to Taiwan's Parliament
An Indonesian fisherman complained of being given the cold shoulder by the local labor office despite several complaints of abuse.
2018/05/29 | Nick Aspinwall
How Taiwan’s Seafood Sector Can Steer Toward Ethical Labor Standards
Simple measures can make a world of difference to the lives of thousands of workers aboard Taiwan's deep-sea fishing fleet.
2018/05/28 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Seafood Trader FCF Faces Financial Pressure on Links to Rights Abuses
The market could force reluctant Taiwanese seafood traders to address concerns over complicity in human rights abuses.
2018/05/24 | Nick Aspinwall
Welcome to Taiwan: Beatings, Bodies Dumped at Sea and a Culture of Maritime Abuse
Amid the release of a Greenpeace report chronicling cases of physical abuse and financial exploitation of migrant workers in Taiwan’s fishing industry, The News Lens reveals the commonplace practice of dumping bodies of deceased migrant fishermen at sea.
2018/05/21 | Nick Aspinwall
Stabbed Indonesian Fisherman Thrown Overboard Taiwanese Ship Remains Missing
The incident highlights problems aboard Taiwan's distant water fishing vessels, which NGOs say operate in an unregulated, lawless environment.