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What we do

Representing fishworkers globally

Globally, we're eating more fish than ever before. The fisheries sector is in crisis with some 70 per cent of fish stocks being exploited, depleted or in the process of being rebuilt because of overfishing.  

Fishing is a global industry where both hazards and profits are high, yet fishers and fishworkers are the most abused workers in the world. We must set new standards to protect them.  

The role of ITF and its affiliates in supporting fishworkers

 It is our responsibility to: 

  • build grassroots union interest in countries and corporations with no previous history of union activity
  • work with international organisations, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), Interpol and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • campaign and lobby for contractual obligations and best practices in every fishing nation, for issues such as medical treatment, payment, rights and employment
  • improve information-sharing and build networks for co-operation and mutual assistance

One of our central policies is the sustainable harvesting of living marine resources. Globalisation means depleting fish stocks straddle different economic zones and interests. With a worldwide reach through our affiliated unions, the ITF is well placed to deal with this issue on an international level.

Join us and together we will create a fairer, safer and sustainable future.