Decent Working Conditions, Safety and Social Protection – Work in Fishing Convention No. 188 and Recommendation No. 199

The Work in Fishing Convention No. 188, with the accompanying Recommendation No. 199, addresses the particular working situations and conditions faced in the fishing industry. It is a response to the need for global labour standards which are relevant to all fishers, whether on large vessels on international voyages or in small boats operating in domestic waters close to shore. The Convention is flexible, relevant to all types of commercial fishing, and can be implemented by governments in whatever their circumstances.

This brochure provides further information on the Convention’s potential to transform the working conditions of all fishers.