Navy shutters Samut Sakhon fish factories

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The Royal Thai Navy shut down a dozen seafood-processing factories in Samut Sakhon last week for labor law violations.

Workers line up to have their IDs checked during last week’s Royal Thai Navy inspections, which led to a dozen seafood-processing factories in Samut Sakhon being shut down for labor law violations.
Workers line up to have their IDs checked during last week’s Royal Thai Navy inspections, which led to a dozen seafood-processing factories in Samut Sakhon being shut down for labor law violations.

Capt. Paisan Meesri, deputy commander of Air and Coastal Defense Command in Sattahip, led 130 police, sailors, fishery, labor, immigration, welfare and industrial officials on an inspection of 19 factories in the central coast province as part of Thailand’s continuing effort to comply with European fishing standards.

Thailand faces a threat of its seafood being banned from the European Community for failing to meet standards against illegal, reported and unregulated fishing.

Twelve factories were closed for employing illegal aliens and other violations of the Labor Protection Act, Social Security Act and Factory Act.