The mission of SRI is to:

promote, implement, enforce and advance all seafarers’ and fishers’ rights and remedies, including human rights and the rights of other persons on board vessels, through research, education and training throughout the international maritime industry, and advocacy in international, regional and national forums, and to provide a database of materials for the benefit of the international community.

It is important to emphasise that the research work of SRI concerning the human rights of seafarers and fishers necessarily extends to the human rights of all people at sea. This is because the human rights of seafarers and fishers interrelate with the human rights of other people at sea.