In Step with the Environment 

 

Environmental sustainability and conservation have been a rising cause in promotion of development work, community awareness, and ecological maintenance. It is fundamental to continue enforcing environmental protection and conservation with emphasis on solving sustainable waste management that promotes healthy oceans and sea life. These objectives can fall into a combination of regulating development activities and the exploitation of natural resources that cause environmental pollution, degradation, or have the potential to cause significant residual impact on the environment. With such impactful human involvement and promotions to maintain a healthy environment, we can stem further the protection of human rights and ethical labor within our neighbouring countries of the seafood industry. The topic of marine conservation can be collaborated with the eradication of exploitation and slave-free fishermen, uniting ocean matters.  

 

In order to protect sensitive marine quality and stability, we can enhance public awareness on the importance of environmental conservation in partnership with ethical workers protection. Not only is the marine life under threat from fish bombing, cyanide fishing, bottom trawling, poaching sea turtles, unsustainable aqua-cultural development, and pollution, destructing multiple layers of sea life and coral reefs, modern day slavery at sea is an existing matter and it is happening now. The Thai fishing industry maintains no regulation on fishing boats, no formal legislation on workers ethics within the seafood industry, and no urgency for the Thai government to legalise new laws that promote workers rights and compensations.  

 

These workers are exploited into forced labor of extensive hours in hazardous conditions with minimal to no income, exposed to cruel conditions of verbal and physical abuse both on and off shore, abandoned of their welfare, basic humans rights, and legal protection. Indeed there are NGO’s and service providers that support Thai fishers, however their resources and capacity are limited and their efforts alone are not enough. The disregarded surveillance of workers exploitation on fishing boats is increasing, yet they continue to be silenced.  

 

Thus, I raise with you the concerns of rising acts of modern day slavery that have been overlooked. As neighbouring countries, we can educate others and our government to apply pressure on the Thai government to ensure safe and healthy work environments for Thai fishermen. Lets rise up against modern day slavery and put a stop to human exploitation.  

 

- See who’s in ‘Tuna’ with sustainable and human rights practices: 

Click the link below to find out if your Australian canned tuna brands and supermarkets have maintained their commitment to practice sustainable improvements such as the elimination of Fish Aggravating Devices (FADs) and the protection of ethical labor and human rights.  

 

http://changeyourtuna.org.au 

 

Natalie Chan natalie.chan@stopthetraffik.com.au