Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Supporting the Recommendations Proposed by the President’s Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed recommendations.  In response to this […]

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Commentary: Criminal Defamation Case Against Prominent Labor Activist Starts in Thailand

This week in Thailand, the civil and criminal lawsuits brought by the Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., one of the country’s largest pineapple processors, against Andy Hall began.  These lawsuits carry the threat of both substantial time in prison and massive financial damages for the long-time advocate of humane treatment and acceptable working conditions for migrant laborers in Thailand.   Over […]

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IUU Seafood Fraud Task Force

SSA Submits Recommendations to President’s Task Force on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled ”Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions, the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task […]

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SSA Condemns Criminal Defamation Case Filed Against Prominent Labor Activist in Thailand

In a letter sent today to U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed grave concern regarding the recently filed criminal defamation charges in Thailand against Andy Hall, a British citizen resident in Thailand. According to published reports, Mr. Hall, a long-time advocate of humane […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Forced Labor in Thai Shrimp Processing Industry

At the end of 2012, investigative reporter Matt Rusling published a story detailing his investigation into the abuse of migrant labor in the Thai shrimp industry on his on-line publication Borderless News. Mr. Rusling’s story traces the phenomena of forced labor in the Thai shrimp processing sector back to Mae Sot, “a bustling border town teeming with Burmese workers of […]

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Know Your Supplier Continued: Eliminating Child and Forced Labor from the Shrimp Supply Chain

The U.S. Department of Labor released an updated “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” on Wednesday, as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. In the fourth edition of the report, shrimp is once again highlighted as a commodity produced by both child and forced labor. Shrimp from Bangladesh and Cambodia is listed […]

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