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Skipjack Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Katsuwonus pelamis
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Western Atlantic; Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Yellowfin Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus albacares
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Atlantic; Eastern Indian Ocean; Eastern Pacific; Western and Central Indian Ocean; Western Atlantic; Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus thynnus
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Atlantic; Western and Central Atlantic; Western Atlantic; Western Mediterranean (Tyrrhenian and Liguria Seas & Strait of Sicily)
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Southern Bluefin Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus maccoyii
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Indian Ocean; Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Swordfish, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Xiphias gladius
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Atlantic; Eastern Indian Ocean; Northeast Pacific; Western Atlantic; Western Mediterranean (Tyrrhenian and Liguria Seas & Strait of Sicily); Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Albacore Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus alalunga
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Atlantic; Eastern Indian Ocean; Eastern Pacific; Northeast Pacific; Western Atlantic; Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Pacific Bluefin Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus orientalis
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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Bigeye Tuna, Taiwan

Critical
Risk
Other species names
Thunnus obesus
Method
Hooks and lines (Longlines)
Location
Eastern Atlantic; Eastern Indian Ocean; Eastern Pacific; Northeast Pacific; Western and Central Indian Ocean; Western Atlantic; Western and Central Atlantic; Western, Central and South Pacific
Governance of water bodies
Multiple Regional Fishery Management Organizations. For more information, see Risk Rating Details.

Summary

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The Taiwan tuna and swordfish fishery is rated CRITICAL RISK due to multiple sources documenting forced labor and human trafficking on Taiwanese longline vessels. When a critical risk has been determined, adherence to Seafood Slavery Risk Tool’s country criteria and other mitigating factors are not factored in the fishery rating. It is noted that Taiwan is rated a Tier 1 country in the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report; the country has legislation to prohibit forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in place; and the government has recently enacted legislation to protect foreign fishermen. However, a deeper dive into the TIP Report’s analysis and other evidence point towards systemic non-enforcement of relevant national legislation with regard to the fishing industry.

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