Vatican City, Sep 20, 2017 / 23:03 pm
An upcoming world congress by the Catholic organization Apostleship of the Sea will focus on the plight of fishermen, who frequently face exploitation in carrying out their work, according to one Vatican official.
He lamented that no 'Fair Trade' certification exists for their product.
"We have to be educated," Fr. Bruno Ciceri told CNA Sept. 20. "Frozen food here is cheap, but it's because people are exploited, because there is forced labor, because there are trafficked people that work aboard these fishing vessels."
Referring to the label given to products from developing countries that adhere to ethical standards of trading, he said, "We talk a lot about 'Fair Trade.' I don't know the day when we will have 'fair trade' also in fishing. That will make a difference."