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2020/07/07 | Nicholas Haggerty

Book Review: ‘Migrante’ Narrates the Exploitation of Taiwan’s Migrant Fishermen

Joe Henley has an anthropologist’s eye for interpersonal power dynamics, documenting the mistreatment of Taiwan’s migrant fishermen in his new novel, Migrante.

2020/06/24 | Syrena Lin

The Migrant Fishermen Union on the Frontlines Against Covid-19 and Bosses

The Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union has pointed out the increased vulnerabilities that their workers face under Covid-19. But this is just their latest campaign since their establishment in 2013.

2018/11/28 | Li A-ming

'There Is No God Here': An Excerpt From Life on Taiwan's High Seas Vessels

'If all the fishermen were Taiwanese, would the conditions be any different? This a question I have thought about for a very long time.'

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.

2015/08/24 | Kenzo

Unreasonable Working Conditions for Migrant Fishermen in Taiwan

There are employers that take NT$ 5,000 (approximately US$ 151) each month out of the fishermen's salary as boarding and food costs. With agencies also cutting unreasonable payments, the workers are left with almost nothing.