Pirates and Slaves: How overfishing in Thailand fuels human trafficking – report by Environmental Justice Foundation

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27 February 2015

Pirates and Slaves: How overfishing in Thailand fuels human trafficking and the plundering of our oceans

Author: Environmental Justice Foundation


The report calls for overfishing, pirate fishing and modern-day slavery in the Thai fishing industry to be addressed as interconnected issues. It examines the complex and multi-faceted problems in Thailand’s fisheries sector and offers recommendations by which the Thai Government and producers, buyers, retailers and consumers of Thai seafood can tackle the root causes of the widespread environmental devastation and human rights abuses in the industry, and collectively secure truly sustainable, well-managed fisheries...

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25 February 2015

Overfishing drives Thai boats to use more slave labour, sail further

Author: Alex Whiting, Reuters

Decades of overfishing and the international demand for cheap seafood mean Thai boats are increasingly turning to slave labour as fishermen flee worsening working conditions, a rights group said…Thai waters are one of the world's most over-fished regions, and Thai boats now catch just 14 percent of what they caught in the mid-1960s, according to the London-based Environment Justice Foundation (EFJ).To remain profitable, boats are forced to stay at sea for longer and go further afield than ever before. Some unregistered "pirate" boats are fishing the waters of other countries, also fuelling demand for modern-day slaves, the EJF said in a report…

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