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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

Kenji Takahashi (JSU, Japan)

2nd Vice Chair

Angel Juan Navarro (SOMU, Argentina)

Women Transport Workers’ Representative

Sylvie Roux (CFDT, France)

Young Transport Workers’ Representative

Jorge Alejandro Vargas (SOMU, Argentina)

Africa

Chair

Barthelemy Yao Kouassi (SYMAPECI, Ivory Coast)

Vice Chair

Daniel Koranteng (MDU,Ghana)

Vice Chair

Vacant

Arab World

Chair

Vacant

Asia/Pacific

Chair

Kenji Takahashi (JSU, Japan)

Vice Chair

Tae Kil Chung (FKSU, Korea)

Vice Chair

Genta Sumarlan (KPI, Indonesia)

Vice Chair

Vacant

Member 

Ashiqul Alam Chowdhury, BNSF, Bangladesh

Europe (ETF Fisheries Section)

Chair

Juan Manuel Trujillo (CC.OO, Spain)

Regional 1st Vice Chair

Vacant

Regional 2nd Vice Chair

Vacant

Regional Women's Representative

Sylvie Roux (CFDT, France)

Member

Árni Bjarnason (FFSÍ, Iceland)

Member

Petr Osichansky (SUR, Russia)

Member

Karsten Kristensen, 3F, Denmark

Member

Ludovic Peuch, FGTE-CFDT, France

Member

José Blanco, FESMC-UGT, Spain

Latin America/Caribbean

Chair

Angel Juan Navarro (SOMU, Argentina)

Vice Chair

Eric Alberto Riffo Paz (SIOMOT, Chile)

Vice Chair

Milton Rivas (SNTT, Colombia)

Vice Chair

Vacant

Vice Chair (Youth)

Hernan Valera (CJOMN, Argentina)

North America

Chair

Vacant