UN issues guide to help tackle child labour in fisheries

In Manado, Indonesia, a young worker holds a prize carp that has been raised in a fish hatchery.

A guide that aims to help policymakers and government authorities develop strategies to deal with child labour in fisheries has been released by the UN.

The guide shows children engaged in activities that range from active fishing, to cooking on boats, diving for reef fish and processing or selling fish.

The document prepared by FAO and the International Labor Organization is entitled, FAO-ILO guidance for addressing child labour in fisheries and aquaculture: policy and practice.

According to FAO, fishing is possibly one of the most hazardous occupations in the world, and while child labour in fisheries occurs in all regions, it is most widespread in Africa and Asia.

Statistics on child labour are insufficient making it difficult for policy-makers to tackle the problem.

The UN says there are 215 million under age labourers in the world.

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