Navy launches helicopter patrols for illegal fishing boats

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The Royal Thai Navy launched new helicopter patrols to combat illegal fishing boats from Thailand and other countries.

The Royal Thai Navy have launched new patrols to combat illegal fishing boats from Thailand and other countries.
The Royal Thai Navy have launched new patrols to combat illegal fishing boats from Thailand and other countries.

Vice Adm. Surasak Meta­yapa initiated the land-and-sea inspections of the northern Gulf of Thailand Nov. 23, dispatching the Luang Naresaworn 421 and Patrol Boat 996 supporting a Seahawk helicopter.

Surasak said the Command Centre to Combat Illegal Fishing – established following a “yellow card” warning from the European Union over Thailand’s illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing industry, was taking a more-offensive stand to combat illegal trawlers.

He said several illegal boats were detected and investigated, but declined to reveal further information at this time.