Improving Governance of Aquaculture Employment (Paperback)
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Improving Governance of Aquaculture Employment (Paperback)

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Paperback 46 Pages / Published: 30/08/2016
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Effective governance of modern aquaculture must reconcile ecological and human well-being to ensure that the industry is sustainable over time. Without effective governance, there will be misallocation of resources and perhaps stagnation of the industry, irreversible environmental damage and social unrest. An important component of human well-being is the treatment of the workers in the industry. The aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of governance in aquaculture employment so as to suggest potential improvements where necessary.

A dozen farms and jurisdictions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe were reviewed for their employment practices. Information on employment characteristics, such as educational background, gender and remuneration, was obtained from farms by survey. The aim is to evaluate whether workers in aquaculture are treated according to the law, and are paid at a rate equal to those in similar sectors. The creation of employment appears to be a decisive factor in public perceptions of the aquaculture industry, as indicated in attitudinal studies.

The report suggests that aquaculture has benefited the overall socio-economic conditions of the areas in which it operates through the creation of jobs, enabling young people to stay in their communities and enhancing the economic viability of isolated areas. It further demonstrates that farms provide indirect benefits, such as medical and pension coverage, and in some cases, bonuses. The report also discusses negative aspects, such as the low wages and rudimentary working conditions of unskilled workers in fish processing, and analyses the dominance of large companies in areas of high unemployment and problems relating to the poor enforcement or violation of labour laws.

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
ISBN: 9789251074169
Number of pages: 46

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