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Undercurrent News - PNG to represent Pacific islands in NZ-funded project on fishing labor standards

The Fishing Industry Association (FIA) of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been invited by the International Labor Organisation (ILO) to sit on its activity governance group as an advisor representing the fishery employers in the Pacific Islands under a New Zealand government-funded project called "Labor standards on fishing vessels".

The project aims to support Pacific island nations in addressing the issue of poor working conditions, labor rights violations and human trafficking on fishing vessels in the Pacific, and aims to help make employment on fishing vessels in the region safe.

More specifically, it aims to promote and maintain safe, decent and worthwhile working conditions on fishing vessels, including on foreign-flagged vessels operating in the region. It also aims to develop clear regional labor standards, drawing on international rules, and organize effective local and international coordination to protect the rights of fishermen.

Clare Tutuana (pictured below), who works as head of corporate social responsibility and Marine Stewardship Council officer for the PNG FIA, will participate in the project.

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