Our people

Organisations and individuals representing fishers

The fisheries section is an important part of the ITF’s activities. Its focus is to bring fishers’ living and working standards in line with other industries. Exploitative practices experienced on board fishing vessels mean fishers’ lives and livelihoods need to be represented at both a grassroots and international level.

Structure

A conference normally takes place every four years and a fisheries section committee usually meets once a year. There are also regional committees for Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

International representation

The fisheries section is active in a number of international organisations working within specific fields. These include:

  • Fisheries management – United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the International Whaling Commission (IWC)
  • The social dimension – International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The safety aspects – International Maritime Organization (IMO) 

Section Officers

Chair

Johnny Hansen, NSU, Norway

1st Vice Chair

Lucien Razafindraibe (SYGMMA, Madagascar)

2nd Vice Chair

Kenji Takahashi (JSU, Japan)

3rd Vice Chair

Juan Manuel Trujillo, CCOO, Spain

4th Vice Chair

Jorge Vargas, SOMU, Argentina

Women Transport Workers’ Representative

Tracey Mayhew (SIU, USA)

Young Transport Workers’ Representative

Jose Emiliano Moreira (SOMU, Argentina)

Africa/Arab World

Chair

Lucien Razafindraibe, SYGMMA, Madagascar

Vice Chair

Adam Darmane, FESYTRAT, Togo

Vice Chair

Manuel Deliquene Vuende, SINTMAP, Mozambique

Vice Chair (Arab World)

Vacant

Asia/Pacific

Chair

Kenji Takahashi, JSU, Japan

Vice Chair

Kyeong Doo Yeom, FKSU, Korea

Vice Chair

Sonny Pattiselanno, KPI, Indonesia

Vice Chair

Helen McAra, NZMSG, New Zealand

Europe (ETF Fisheries Section)

Chair

Juan Manuel Trujillo, CCOO, Spain

Vice Chair

Flemming Smidt, 3F, Denmark

Vice Chair

Jacques Bigot, FGTE-CFDT, France

Women Transport Workers’ Representative

Sylvie Roux, FGTE-CFDT, France

Ordinary member

Michel Claes (BTB, Belgium)

Ordinary member

Arni Bjarnason,( FFSI, Iceland)

Ordinary member

Petr Oshinski, (SUR, Russia)

Ordinary member

France TBC

Latin America/Caribbean

Chair

Jorge Vargas, SOMU, Argentina

Vice Chair

Luis Panteado, CONTTMAF, Brazil

Vice Chair

Eric Alberto Riffo Paz, SIOMOT, Chile

Vice Chair

Lucrecua Ruiz, SICONARA, Argentina

North America

Chair

Vacant