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