Southern fishery sector to be rehabilitated

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BANGKOK, 26 June 2013 The Department of Fisheries is expediting plans to rehabilitate the fishery industry in three southern border provinces in a bid to boost locals’ income. 

According to Agriculture and Cooperatives deputy minister Siriwat Kachornprasart, over 12 million marine animals which include sea bass and shrimps will be released into the coastal areas of Pattani, Songkla and Narathiwat. Fishing and fish-processing equipment will also be provided to local fishermen.

The drive is expected to help generate over 200 million baht in the areas. A ceremony marking the official start of the drive will be held on July 4.

Thailand produces about 4.2 million tonnes of fish and seafood per year.