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Isle longline fishers address crews’ plight

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 24

    A Coast Guard team moves toward an American fishing vessel off the coast of Honolulu for an inspection. U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with Coast Guard officers routinely board and inspect Hawaii fishing boats. If they learn that fishermen have not received their salaries, they tell owners to honor the contracts and pay the workers, said a Customs supervisor in Honolulu. However, neither agency has authority over the amount paid.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 23

    A Honolulu Fish Auction worker receives fish from a U.S. fishing vessel crewed by foreign fishermen at Pier 38 in Honolulu. Starting Oct. 1, the auction will ban vessels that don’t adopt a new universal worker contract created by the local fishing industry that is supposed to protect against illegal working conditions.

The Honolulu Fish Auction will ban any longline vessel from selling catch at its Pier 38 location beginning Oct. 1 if the boat owner or captain doesn’t use a new universal crew contract designed by the local fishing industry that’s supposed to protect against illegal working conditions. Read more

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