comscore Politicians say they will help foreign fishers | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii News

Politicians say they will help foreign fishers

  • Associated press / March

    A man unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel, the Sea Dragon, at Pier 38 in Honolulu. Americans buying Hawaiian seafood are almost certainly eating fish caught by foreign workers hired through a U.S. government loophole that allows them jobs but exempts them from most basic workplace protections. They account for nearly all of the crew in a fleet of about 140 ships.

Members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation said Wednesday that they are looking at ways to improve the safety and working conditions of hundreds of foreign workers thatcrew Hawaii fishing vessels following an Associated Press investigation that found instances of human trafficking, wages as low as 70 cents per hour and unsanitary boatconditions. Read more

Scroll Up