Crackdown on IUU fishing affects restaurants & markets

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SATUN, 1 July 2015  – Food outlets in the South are beginning complain about a shortage of supplies, after authorities began a thorough inspection of fishing boats as part of the crackdown on illegal fishing.

Trawlers have anchored their boats in response to the government’s inspection for illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The tough crackdown and action kick off today.

Local restaurants and fresh markets have complained that they were bearing the brunt of the IUU clampdown. Food retailers claimed they had to shift to non-seafood cuisine, and nearly all fresh seafood stalls were also facing supply shortages.

One of seafood vendors disclosed that he might have to stop selling seafood for awhile until the situation returns to normal, or change to a new profession.