Navy chief-of-staff inspects Sattahip fishing pier

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Adm. Pichet Thanasret and his team conducted a thorough inspection of fishing boats at Samae San pier.
Adm. Pichet Thanasret and his team conducted a thorough inspection of fishing boats at Samae San pier.

The Royal Thai Navy’s chief-of-staff inspected Samae San’s fishing monitors as Thailand struggles to meet international standards.

Vice Adm. Banjop Phos­daeng, commander of Navy Region 1, escorted Adm. Pichet Thanasret of the Port-In, Port-Out (PIPO) control center that monitors fishing fleet capacity in Sattahip District as well as the Samae San Pier.

The admiral was accompanied by representatives from organizations involved in ensuring that Thailand’s fishing fleet, monitors and equipment all meet standards set by the European Union and that boat schedules are following the law.

A mass inspection was conducted on the fishing boats as well to ensure they had proper documentation, legal crewmembers and carried a Vessel Monitoring System receiver. Security and safety regulations were also inspected, including checks for life boats and vests.

Thailand continues to struggle in meeting standards set by the EU, which has threatened to ban Thai seafood imports if it doesn’t eradicate fishing practices that endanger marine life and employment practices that encourage human traffickers.