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Sofia, 13 August 2014

Fisheries’ Section Conference REPORT

The Fisheries’ Section Conference took place on 13 August 2014. Agenda Item 1: Election of Rapporteur

Johnny Hansen (Norway) was elected Rapporteur. Flemming Smidt (Denmark) and Hideo Ikeda (Japan) were elected Scrutineers. Helen McAra (New Zealand) and Lucien Razafindraibe (Madagascar) were elected Tellers.

Agenda Item2: Congress Theme Document

The Conference welcomed the strategies laid out in the Congress Theme document, which had been unanimously adopted by plenary.

Takahashi, All-­‐Japan Seamen’s Union thanked the ITF and affiliates for the support and solidarity that was shown towards Japan after the earthquake three and a half years ago. The Conference noted that it was expected that the Seafood processing industry was still affected but progress was being made and normal service was expected to resume shortly, with the on-­‐going support by governments.

Agenda Item 3: Four Year Work Programme

ITF/IUF Fisheries Programme Leader gave a presentation on the work taking place within the section and at the IUF, which highlighted the struggles faced against unscrupulous organisations exploiting workers and the successes of the programme so far. The presentation then identified the way forward using Papua New Guinea as an example.

The Conference congratulated and thanked The Programme Leader for the work done in making the programme a success to date.

Several speakers from the floor discussed the Four Year Work Programme and priorities with the following points raised: • In Bangladesh there were over 100 deep sea vessels and rice and fish were the main source of income. They had over 3,500 workers in the industry but only 150 members because the income

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