Development and management of inspection systems of labour conditions on board fishing vessels

Inspection of labour conditions on board fishing vessels

Development and management of inspection systems of labour conditions on board fishing vessels

14 October–15 November 2024
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

This course strengthens the capacity of all parties involved in fishing to promote decent working conditions through effective and coordinated inspection systems.

Who attends this course?

- Flag State and Port States officials, directors, managers and inspectors of competent authorities responsible for regulating and inspecting labour conditions on board commercial fishing vessels and enforcing international labour standards for decent work in fishing. - Representatives of fishing vessel owners' and fishers' organizations, as well as representatives of NGOs involved in the protection of fishers' rights may also benefit from the course.

What will you gain from the course?
  • Understanding of the international instruments regulating work in fishing.
  • Capacity to identify the challenges of effective and coordinated inspection systems.
  • Ability to prioritize target vessels (as workplaces), vulnerable groups of fishers.
  • Capacity to identify the labour issues to be inspected.
  • Capability to develop policies, procedures and tools for inspecting labour conditions on fishing vessels.
  • Ability to organize the resources of the inspection services.
  • Capability to advise fishing vessel owners, skippers, and – in particular – fishers and workers’ organizations as well as other relevant stakeholders on the best way to comply with the labour regulations and promote decent working and living conditions on fishing vessels;
  • Knowledge of tools to promote decent working and living conditions in fishing.
What topics does the course cover?
  • The international framework: inspection and enforcement challenges; the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) with focus on definitions, scope of application and competent authorities.
  • Planning and managing of inspection systems: risk analysis, strategic and inspection planning, coordination among agencies, establishing complaint procedures; reporting and data, role of Port States, training of inspectors.
  • What is to be inspected: roles and responsibilities, valid documents, crew list, fisher’s work agreement, manning, hours of rest, medical certificates and care, occupational safety and health, food and water, accommodation, payment of fishers, minimum age, recruitment and repatriation, complaint mechanisms.
  • Fundamental principles and rights at work.
  • Tools for mapping the fishing sector.
What methods will be used?
  • Interactive self-guided sessions, combined with live sessions via Zoom.
  • Multiple-choice quizzes.
  • A forum for discussion.
  • Knowledge assessment at the start and at the end of the training.

As a son of fisherman and also a government servant of Taiwan, I hope could have chance and ability to systematically improve the labour rights and safety of migrant fishers who work on Taiwanese distant-water fishing vessels and to increase the coverage of labour inspection of distant-water fishing vessels.

The part I liked most was learning the experience from various area of the Work in Fishing Convention (No. 188), by ratifying member States, know detail of their measures of living conditions of migrant fishers of our distant-water fishing vessels, the amount of wages and payment, the living space, equipment, drinking water and food supplies on board,  the attendance records, and the fact that operators were reminded to comply with the regulations for the protection of the crew members’ rights.

I conducted the fisheries labour inspection onboard Taiwan flag distant-water fishing vessels in Cape Town (South Africa) in late July to early August 2023. My Agency dispatched 6 inspectors included me to Cape Town to conduct fisheries labour inspections in accordance with Convention No. 188, and Taiwan’s regulations. The purpose was to verify the labour conditions on distant-water fishing vessels and safeguard the rights of crew members.

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