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Fisheries observers in the Pacific face harassment, abuse and violence says new survey
01:37 am GMT+12, 17/11/2020, Australia

Pacific countries earned US$3 billion last year from fisheries but a new workplace survey has found that half of Pacific fisheries observers - the men and women placed on ships to monitor catch - have experienced harassment, violence and abuse at sea.
 
The survey by the UK NGO, Human Rights at Sea also found that fisheries observers do not have standardised contracts and many are unaware of labour conditions and entitlements.
 
David Hammond, CEO of Human Rights at Sea said the results from observers from 11 Pacific countries has shone a light on the work conditions aboard fishing ships.
 
“If this was in an office land this would not be tolerated...human rights apply at sea as they do on land,” he said.
 
The survey results come as investigations continue into the death of Kiribati fisheries observer Eritara Aati Kaierua who died on board a Taiwanese fishing ship earlier this year.
 
Kaierua's family have told the ABC they're concerned about the 8-month long investigation, including the release of the fishing ship and its crew and what appears to be a change in the cause of death.
 
Hammond said his organisation also has concerns around the lack of disclosure to the family and state of investigations.
 
“The second pathology report that seems to have done a 180 degree turn on the cause of death from what was blunt force trauma turn that is now a natural cause of hyper tension,” he said.

SOURCE: ABC/PACNEWS


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