Most ports now have facilities for foreign fishing crews: official

Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Most fishing ports around Taiwan are now equipped with shore-based facilities such as toilets and prayer rooms for foreign fishing crew members, which are about 59% accessible foreign crews in the country, the Council Fisheries Agency said. of Agriculture said Wednesday.

These facilities have been in place since 2020 to improve the living and working conditions of foreign workers in the fishing sector. As of June 30, 29 bathrooms with hot water systems have been installed in Taiwan’s fishing ports for workers to use, said Chang Chih-sheng (張致盛), head of the agency, adding that three more will be completed in the second. half of this year.

Also, since most of the migrant fishing crews are Indonesian Muslim workers, 14 prayer rooms and rest facilities have been set up for them to pray, conduct religious ceremonies and rest, according to Chang.

As of June 30, 6,895 foreign crew members have been hired in Taiwan, and 59 percent of them can access these facilities, Chang said, noting that the agency aims to raise the facility coverage rate to 90 percent. ‘next year.

In addition, the Fisheries Agency has rolled out an online service platform for foreign crew members, available in Chinese, English, Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese, and provides information on living and working conditions. and facilities in and near fishing ports, including locations of shops, malls, clinics, bathrooms and rest areas, Chang said.

According to Chang, the platform also allows foreign crews of long-distance fishing vessels who have been hired overseas to search for information such as the tonnage, size, age and registration of their vessels.

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