Stopping human rights violations at sea


On World Fisheries Day 2021, FAO and the Holy See are jointly calling for a commitment to more transparency and collaboration between fisheries and maritime authorities and international organizations  to make sure the rights of fishers and fish workers are respected.

Browse through a selection of publications highlighting FAO’s work alongside member countries to improve conditions in fisheries and aquaculture.

Small-scale fisheries and the human right to adequate food making the connection: exploring synergies in the implementation of the SSF guidelines and the right to food guidelines
This document identifies complementarities and potential synergies of jointly implementing the SSF Guidelines and Right to Food Guidelines, including ensuring better access to resources for vulnerable and marginalized groups. 

Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
Translated in twenty-seven languages, the Code sets out principles and international standards of behaviour for responsible practices with a view to ensuring the effective conservation, management and development of living aquatic resources in harmony with the environment. More on the Code here.

Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing
This leaflet provides a background to Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general, what the Port State Measures Agreement entails and the process to becoming party to this Agreement. Additionally, it briefly describes FAO’s capacity building efforts on this topic. More on the IUU fishing here

Safety at sea small-scale fishers
Available in fifteen languages, this manual aims to contribute to a culture of safety awareness among fisherfolk, reduce the number of accidents and increase the chances of survival if accidents occur.

Further reading 


FAO Fisheries website

Additional resources

ILO – Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) and Recommendation, 2007 (No. 199)