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Thailand: Fisheries leaders threaten protests in the capital June 17,2019   |  Source: Bangkok Post

The National Fisheries Association of Thailand is threatening protests in the capital if the new government ignores its demand to revise strict rules and regulations on trawlers and their crews. "If these laws aren't changed, the fishermen will head to Bangkok and camp out in front of the Agriculture Ministry," association president, Mongkol Sukcharoenkhana, said on Wednesday.

These rules are resulting in a shortage of workers in the fishing sector, forcing many operators out of business, he said. Association members are due to meet at its general assembly at the Talay Thai wholesale seafood market in Samut Sakhon's Muang district on June 28, he said.

They plan to discuss the problems which fishing operators have been putting up with over the past five years since the government began implementing measures aimed at curbing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, he said. They will also seek remedies to these problems and draft a proposal for the government to compensate them, he said. On Jan 8 this year, the European Union (EU) announced the lifting of its yellow card warning in recognition of the substantial progress Thailand has made in tackling IUU fishing since 2015.

The yellow card prompted Thailand to overhaul its fishing industry to meet

Theme(s): Landing Centres, Others, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Resources, Freshwater ecosystems and threats.

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