Taiwan's High Seas HellThe News Lens Feature
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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Taiwan's Council of Agriculture says the country is ready for an upcoming European investigation. Two recent incidents say otherwise.
KMT Legislator Jason Hsu accused top officials of inaction in a contentious meeting.
Taiwan's Fisheries Agency is investigating a series of blood-curdling testimonials from crew members.
Fishermen say recent fines levied by the government are excessive. NGOs say they are not harsh enough.
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.
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.
An Indonesian fisherman complained of being given the cold shoulder by the local labor office despite several complaints of abuse.
The market could force reluctant Taiwanese seafood traders to address concerns over complicity in human rights abuses.