Recently, we were alerted to a serious misrepresentation of Australia’s position with regard to modern day slavery. It seems a US-based NGO has decided that because our Government has not signed the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 138 that we have no legislative framework to protect workers in the seafood industry. This could not go unchallenged. Please see our letter to the Executive Director of Monterey Bay Aquarium below.
Ms. Julie Packard
Executive Director and Vice Chair of Board of Trustees
Monterey Bay Aquarium
13 February 2018
Dear Ms Packard,
As the national peak body for the Australian seafood industry we wish to register our extreme disappointment in the recently released “high risk” rating assigned to Australian seafood through your Seafoodwatch program.
The decision by our Government not to ratify ILO Convention 138 does not equate to a lack of control and scrutiny over issues associated with modern day slavery. The implication made in the assessment of Monterey Bay Seafood Watch is erroneous and egregious to say the least. Undertaken without consultation with our industry, and we believe also without consultation with our Government, the assessment can best be described as superficial.
We understand that offers have been made to assist Seafood Watch gain a better understanding of the complex Australian legislative environment as it pertains to the seafood industry. We strongly advocate that these offers be acted upon in a timely manner and, until completed, the damaging and incorrect assessment of the Australian seafood industry be withdrawn. To do otherwise completely discredits any merit associated with the Seafoodwatch program.
Seafood Industry Australia
PDF Copy of Letter – MBAq Seafood Watch 120218