In March of 2020, Eritara Aati Kaierua was declared dead aboard a fishing vessel. He was working as an observer, monitoring catches to make sure no illegal fishing was taking place. Video later showed the feet of several people entering his room before he died but more than a year later no charges have been laid. This isn’t an isolated incident – since 2009 at least a dozens observers have turned up dead or disappeared with little explanation.
Reporter Bernadette Carreon explains what is happening to these workers and why answers are so difficult to find.