A group representing the United Kingdom's major retailers and seafood processors is launching an investigation into recent media reports of the abuse of migrant workers in the UK fishing industry.

Last month, theFinancial Times published an expose on the mistreatment of migrant crewmembers in the UK, with a focus on a Filipino workers in Northern Ireland. The fishermen made allegations including, among other things, forced labor and lack of access to medical care.

"In relation to the issues raised in the FT Magazine specifically, we are working to ensure that a robust independent investigation into the allegations is completed as a matter of urgency, and we are in touch with fishing sector representatives in Kilkeel regarding the methodology and timeline for this," said the SEA Alliance in a statement.