Opinion: Fijian fish workers in foreign owned fishing boats

Fishing boats docked at Suva harbour
Fishing boats docked at Suva harbour

In the Pacific Island countries including of course Fiji, fishing plays a critical role in people’s livelihoods.  Fisherfolks, be they subsistence fishers, artisan fishers, or workers in commercial and industrial fisheries live and work in circumstances that are diverse and extremely variable. Work and livelihoods depend on the weather, the availability of targeted fish, the market, and the price of fuel and other essential supplies. (1)  Fishing can be dangerous work with injuries and deaths being common occurrences. Given that fisher folk are . . .

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