‘Supermarkets support responsible-fishing scheme that pays crews low wages’

The Times 20 November 2017

Supermarkets have been criticised for using a responsible-fishing scheme that allegedly certified boats with crews on very low wages who lived on vessels that were unfit for habitation all year round. Seafish, a quango which aims to raise standards in the seafood industry, claims that its Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) certifies “high standards of crew welfare”.

The scheme is used by commercial vessels to prove that they are responsible suppliers and by retailers to keep labour abuse out of the supply chain.

The scheme has been criticised for certifying boats that employ crew from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on transit visas. They live permanently aboard and are paid an average of £1,060 per month for unlimited …

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