ILO Ship to Shore Rights

The Ship to Shore Rights Project, funded by the European Union, works with the Thai Government, employers’ organizations, workers’ organizations and buyers towards the prevention and reduction of unacceptable forms of work in Thailand’s fishing and seafood industries.

Endline research findings on fishers and seafood workers in Thailand

Launched on March 10, 2020, the endline research is a follow-up survey from the ILO's baseline research on fishers and seafood workers in Thailand, conducted in 2017. Using similar research methodology and data collection tools, the endline research aimed at comparing development, measuring progress, and capturing the changes to the working conditions as well as identifying needs and challenges for the next phase of reforms in the Thai fishing and seafood processing industry.

Endline Research Findings

This short film summarizes the key findings from the Endline Research on Fishers and Seafood Workers in Thailand and presents the changes in the working and living conditions of workers in the fishing and seafood-processing sectors.

Project Objectives

The project addresses four core objectives with special focus on Thailand’s key fishing and seafood regions:

Strengthen Policy

Strengthen the legal, policy and regulatory framework in the fishing and seafood sectors by raising labour standards and facilitating more legal migration into the seafood & fishing sectors.

Enhance Government

Enhance the capacity of Government officers to effectively identify and take action against forced labour and other labour rights abuses in the fishing & seafood processing sectors.

Improve Compliance

Improve compliance with the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (Core Labour Standards) in the seafood and fishing industries through the implementation of the Good Labour Practices (GLP).

Support Workers

Increase capacity of unions and CSOs to support workers and victims of labour abuses including women and children.

Project at a glance

European Union (EU)


February 2016 - March 2020

Target beneficiaries

Women, men and children working in the fishing and seafood sectors; and enterprises along the seafood supply chain

Geographical focus

22 Coastal Provinces in Thailand with particular attention to Phang Nga, Phuket, Pattani, Songkla, Ranong, Trang, Chumporn, Surat Thani, Samut Sakhon, Rayong and Chonburi. Some activities in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

In recent years, a number of graphic reports have triggered an increased awareness of the serious human and labour rights abuses committed in the Thai commercial fishing and seafood processing industries, particularly against migrant workers. The EU-Funded ILO “Ship to Shore Rights” Project (“Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry”) works closely with partners including the Thai Government, employers' organizations, workers' organizations and buyers towards the prevention and reduction of unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood processing sectors.

1 Provinces
Covering 22 coastal provinces of Thailand

The project addresses 4 core objectives covering the 22 coastal provinces of Thailand, with special focus on Thailand’s key fishing and seafood provinces including Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Rayong, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Phuket, Trat, Ranong, Trang, Songkhla and Pattani.

Project Contact

ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia & Lao People’s Democratic Republic
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Tel: +662 288 1766
Fax: +662 280 1735
Email: [email protected]


Ministry of Labour (MOL), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS), Royal Thai Navy, workers’ and employers’ organizations, industry associations, civil society organizations, and buyer/retailer groups.