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Participants from BFAR, FIA and the Fishing Industry attending the TRAINING & WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WORKING CONDITIONS ON BOARD IN FISHING VESSELS based on ISO19011:2018, 6 - 7 October 2022, General Santos, The Phillipines

The Fishing Industry Association (PNG) Inc., (FIA PNG), in collaboration with the specialized consultancy organization, Seafoodmatter, is continuously delivering a workshop on social responsibility and working conditions on board fishing vessels. The training provides attendees with the necessary tools available on the market to ensure that products from the fishing activity are captured under legal, safe, free, and ethical conditions. The training & workshop takes place in person from 6 and 7 October 2022, at the GreenLeafHotel, General Santos, The Philippines. A total of 26representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources BFAR, and FIA PNG members from RD fishing group, Frabelle fishing group, Trans-Pacific Journey, TSP Marines Industries, Bluecatch, SXC and IFC were registered to attend.


The Training & Workshop on Social Accountability

The Training & workshop is based on the ISO 19011:2018 standard and constitutes a guide for the audit management system and its application in which it evaluates social and works aspects on board.

This training action deals with the social and labor aspects that must occur within the framework of human rights and ethical behavior and is aligned with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In short, it is about acquiring adequate knowledge about the regulations, tools and controls available to evaluate the practices and conditions in an activity as particular as fishing.

The workshop covers in detail the aspects that must be considered to create the trust that the products that reach the next step in the supply chain after capture have been obtained in legal, safe, free and ethical conditions. The workshop is based on ILO convention 188, F.I.S.H for Crew Standard, Human Rights Conventions, Human Rights at Sea, Fisheries Crime from the UN drugs and crime department guidance, Copenhagen declaration and Social Accountability Tools available online.


FIA PNG members are preparing for the certification of FISH for Crew which recognizes the good practices of fishing companies with their crew.


Main benefits

On the other hand, the benefits of doing this training are extensive. On the one hand, it allows for an exhaustive knowledge of the labor schemes on the conditions on board in the fishing sector. It also seeks tools to assess suppliers (fishing vessels) about possible human rights abuses in the value chain.

This similar workshop has been also carried out in person by the FIA PNG Sustainability Director and Seafoodmatter trainer, Marcelo Hidalgo in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius Islands, Ecuador and Spain.

The FIA PNG appreciates the collaboration, support and assistance of the TSP Marine Industries in convening this training and workshop.




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