Bill Introduced Allowing Hawaii's Foreign Fishermen Onshore
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UNITED STATESFriday, November 03, 2017Hundreds of foreign fishermen currently confined to vessels in Honolulu for y

UNITED STATES
Friday, November 03, 2017
 

Hundreds of foreign fishermen currently confined to vessels in Honolulu for years at a time would be allowed to come ashore when they dock under legislation introduced in Congress.

The Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act unveiled on Thursday offers workplace protections a year after an Associated Press investigation found that Hawaii's commercial fishing fleet is crewed by about 700 men who are never allowed off their boats, even when they come into the Honolulu Harbor to unload their catch.

Under the new law, the fishermen would get their visas in their home countries, just like other immigrants. This would allow them to fly into Honolulu for the fishing jobs, eliminating the two-week trip at sea. They also would be protected by federal labor law at the docks, and labor inspectors would join the Coast Guard for at sea protections.

Source: US News


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