Chonburi fisheries officials work to bring all boats into compliance

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Chonburi Provincial Fisheries officials visited local fishermen to explain how to comply with Thailand’s tightened trawler regulations, and to announce the assistance available from the province’s one-stop service center.

The office’s Songkran Saengjan spoke to about 50 fishermen at the Wornapa Beach pier in Muang District. Most of them had complied with 12 new steps required to comply with Illegal, Unregistered and Unreported fishing standards, although some remained confused how they replace three-year-old rules on radios and life vests.

Songkran Saengjan from the Chonburi Provincial Fisheries Office meets with local fishermen to explain how to comply with Thailand’s tightened trawler regulations.Songkran Saengjan from the Chonburi Provincial Fisheries Office meets with local fishermen to explain how to comply with Thailand’s tightened trawler regulations.

Songkran said the Fisheries Office is providing help to approximately 90 boats that still do not meet standards.

The main problem that people are having now relates to registration of crewmembers, as most are illegal migrants. These Burmese and Cambodian fishermen must not only be registered, but paid the minimum wage of 300 baht a day or more.

One-stop service centers were opened July 9 at the Sriracha Community Hall and Sriracha District office to help register the workers and bring fishing boats into compliance with the IUU rules.