The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?

Maria Delaney of Noteworthy and Geela Garcia in the Philippines tell Susan Daly about our latest cross-border investigation.

By Laura Byrne Assistant News Editor

“I was sleeping in the boat the whole time, even [though] my contract said that my employer should be providing a flat… We had to eat leftover meat and fish on the boat.”

That is how Rene*, a fisher from the Philippines spoke about his experience working on a fishing vessel off Ireland, in the latest in-depth series by investigative platform Noteworthy.

The cross-border project found that human trafficking of migrant fishers continues, seven years after the issue was first exposed in Ireland.

Maria Delaney, editor of Noteworthy, was joined by reporters Geela Garcia in the Philippines and Louise Lawless in Ireland to examine exploitation in the Irish fishing industry. The team worked on this for the past six months, with support from’s Modern Slavery Unveiled grant programme.

In our HANDS ON DECK series, we found migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment were ‘ignored’ in recent cross-departmental review, with experts saying that the Irish justice system is ‘failing’ migrant fishing workers who report exploitation.

This week, as a bonus episode of The Explainer brought to you by Noteworthy, Susan Daly chats with Delaney and Garcia about the their findings.

*Name has been changed


This episode was put together by Susan Daly, Maria Delaney and producer Laura Byrne.

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