Honour the men and women on fishing vessels

Monday, November 21st is International Fishers Day.  In a statement the Chairman of ICMA, Douglas B. Stevenson of the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, welcomes the day as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of the millions of men and women who work on fishing vessels around the world.

Stevenson urges consideration for the very difficult conditions of fishers and calls for support of the efforts of the ICMA Member Societies who serve them.

Here is the full text of the statement of ICMA’s Chairman, Douglas B. Stevenson:

Douglas B. Stevenson, ICMA Chairman

On November 21 each year, fishing communities, environmental groups, governments, and non-governmental organizations celebrate World Fisheries Day by drawing attention to the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries.

World Fisheries Day is also an opportunity to highlight the contributions of the millions of men and women who work onfishing vessels around the world.  While technological advances have made fishing vessels extremely effective at harvesting fish, little has been done to make them safer work places.  Fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the world.  Unfortunately, the compelling need to provide safer and more humane conditions for fishers is often lost in discussions of fisheries conservation and resource allocation.

The International Christian Maritime Association has established a Fishers Committee to emphasize the importance of honoring the men and women who work on fishing vessels and to coordinate ICMA member societies’ work in the fishing sector.  On November 21, I urge you to consider the conditions of the millions of men and women who work on fishing vessels and to support the efforts of the ICMA Member Societies who serve them.