Cornucopia’s Take: Seafood Watch has published a Seafood Slavery Risk Tool to help corporate seafood buyers determine which fisheries are at higher risk for human rights abuses. Buyers are encouraged to work with those suppliers to end the troubling practices. Being able to tell your customers that the seafood sold in their store was not procured with the use of slavery and human rights abuses will encourage the patronage of those of us interested in human dignity.
Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor? New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse
NPR – The Salt
by Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool on Thursday. It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labor, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase.
The tool’s release comes on the heels of a new report that confirms forced labor and human rights abuses remain embedded in Thailand’s fishing industry, years after global media outlets first documented the practice.
The 134-page report by Human Rights Watch shows horrific conditions continue. That’s despite promises from the Thai government to crack down on abuses suffered by mostly migrants from countries like Myanmar and Cambodia — and despite pressure from the U.S. and European countries that purchase much of Thailand’s seafood exports. (Thailand is the fourth-largest seafood exporter in the world). Read Full Article »