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1 Ciceri Fr. Bruno Regional Coordinator Asia South East Asia XXII World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea Poland, June 24-29, 2007

2 According to an ILO report in 1998, an estimated 36 million people were engaged in capture fishing and aquaculture production worldwide, comprising 15 million full-time, 13 million part time and 8 million occasional workers. In 2000, an estimated 27 million persons were working only in capture fishing

3 Distribution of fishers in 2000 (as a percentage of world total) A) 1,3 million decked vessels  84,6% in Asia  8,9% in Europe  4,5% North & Central America  1% Africa  0,6% South America  0,2% Oceania B) 2,8 million un-decked vessels 51% of un-decked vessels but motorized and 83% of un-decked vessels but without engines are in Asia

4 Fishing: the most dangerous profession in the world  In Japan in 2000, of the 88 fatal injuries for all workers covered by the Mariners’ Law, concerned fishers.  In the United States, the fatality rate in the fishing industry was 160 deaths per 100,000 workers in 1995; 181 per 100,000 in 1996; 134 per 100,000 in 1997; and 179 per 100,000 in  In Nordic countries, fatality rates are reported at 150 per 100,000. In Guinea from , the rate was estimated at 500 per 100,000.  In South Africa, an estimated rate of 585 per 100,000

5 Exiting ILO instruments for the fishing sector YearType of instrumentInstrumentsRatifications 1920Recommendation No. 7 Hours of Work (Fishing)- 1959Convention No. 112Minimum Age (Fishermen) Convention No. 113Medical Examination (Fishermen) Convention No. 114Fishermen ’ s Articles of Agreement Convention No. 125Fishermen ’ s Competency Certificates Convention No. 126Accommodation of Crews (Fishermen) Recommendation No. 126 Vocational Training (Fishermen) -

6 Why a need to update the present STANDARDs FOR THE FISHING SECTOR? The seven existing standards required updating in order to:  Reflect the changes in the sector which have occurred during the last 40 years  Achieve more widespread ratification  Reach a greater portion of the world’s fishers particularly those on smaller vessels  Provide a comprehensive set of standards for the fishing sector covering all relevant issues  Fishers may lose some of the protection provided by the existing maritime labour standard for seafarers as the new framework Convention would exclude them from its scope

7 The fishers ’  The vast majority of fishers engaged in small-scale and artisanal fishing generally belong to the poorest sector of the society, they work as individuals with antiquated method of fishing.  The fishers employed on board of Distant Water Vessels (DWV) are sometimes uneducated young people, unfamiliar with the advance technology used for fishing.

8 The safe harbor  The different AoS Centers around the world, have being for long time a safe harbor for many fishers, providing all kind of services and assistance to satisfy spiritual and material needs.  The AoS chaplains and volunteers have listened countless stories of horror and abuses, acted as friends, counselors, lawyers in an attempt to provide protection against exploitation.  Moral support, guidance and encouragement have being provided to fishers and fishers ’ associations to access and control fish resources by education and empowerment.

9 The AoS International Fishing Committee XXI AoS World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2002 “ An “ AoS Fishing Committee ” should be constituted, comprised of AOS members working pastorally with fishers and in contact with their respective organizations at local, national and international levels. ”

10 The AoS International Fishing Committee  VISION: ” A maritime world in which the rights of fishers and fisher folks are respected, guaranteed and promoted according to the Social Teaching of the Church and the regulations and conventions of international agencies members of United Nations, such as: ILO, FAO and others ”  MISSION: “… to reach out and provide pastoral care to all fishers and fisher folks. While being respectful of local, national, cultural specificity, the AOS mission is directed towards people of all religion, race and ethnic background so that their spiritual and material welfare be addressed and their human and labor rights respected ”.

11 We are not interested on fish, we care about fishers!  We will provide spiritual assistance to fishers and their families whenever possible.  We will provide religious materials (rosaries on tape, prayers books, and sacred images), that the fishers could bring with them in the vessels and use it during the long time that will spend at sea.

12 We are not interested on fish, we care about fishers!  We will consider fishers and their families ’ integral part of the local Christian community; they should be given the chance to express themselves and their needs without isolating it.  We will offer to fishers our friendship and smile, a clean and nice place to relax and communicate with the family, a quite corner to write a letter or send a postcard, a room to be alone with God.

13 We unite our voice to the voices of fishers!  We will request a special yearly message for fishers or if it is not possible, a specific mention to fishers within the Sea Sunday Message.  We will continue to promote fishers ’ welfare and dignity in conjunction with the Holy See ’ s status as a permanent observer in the UN agencies and other international organizations.

14 We lobby and advocate for the rights of fishers!  We wish to establish a Center for Fishers ’ Rights in Asia, possibly in the Philippines.  We should use the website AoS International as a new good and efficient tool to enlarge the network among AoS Centers throughout the world.  We will continue to lobby at the regional and national level for the ratification of the New ILO Consolidated Convention on fishers that for sure will bring additional protection and benefits.

15 We lobby and advocate for the rights of fishers!  We will dedicate special attention to establish “ Fishers Wives Association or Group ”.  We would like to suggest that the AoS International Fishing Committee will organize before the next World Congress an international AoS meeting specifically dedicated to fishing and it must be preceded by Regional meetings to prepare it.

16 We might not able to reach out to all of them, we might not answer to all their needs, we might not solve all their problems but wherever they are in the world fishers and their families know that the AoS Centers are a anchor of safety in the middle of the tempest, a beacon of light in the darkness of the night, a safe harbor to rest and recover.


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