US State Department: WROs for Dalian Ocean Fishing Company

On Withhold and Release Orders (WROs) for Seafood Products Imported from the Dalian Ocean Fishing Company

Washington, DC (STL.News) Department Spokesperson, Ned Price released the following statement:

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, issued Withhold Release Orders (WROs) for seafood products imported from the Dalian Ocean Fishing Company, a firm in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for which there is credible evidence of the use of forced labor to harvest its seafood, primarily tuna.  As a result, the United States is prohibiting the import of seafood products from this company.

U.S. law forbids the importation of products made with forced labor.  Today’s action helps stop human rights abusers from profiting from forced labor. It is also another example of the United States taking measures to address harmful fishing practices.  In 2020, the Department revoked more than a dozen visas for individuals complicit in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing with links to human trafficking.

Reports of the use of forced labor by PRC fishing vessels were described in the Department’s 2020 Human Rights Report.  The report noted other PRC firms that abuse migrant workers subjected to forced labor. 

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