Fishing ban imposed in the gulf of Thailand


BANGKOK – The Fisheries Department has imposed fishing restrictions in the annual closure of the Gulf of Thailand to allow marine animals to recover their numbers.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said during the three-month fishing is banned in parts of the Gulf, covering a 27,000 square kilometer area in three coastal provinces – Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani provinces for three months, starting today.

Citing a study by the Fisheries Department, Mr. Chalermchai said the temporary ban, which limits the types of fishing equipment would help replenish mackerel fish stocks.

After the closure ends on May 15, the department will further close the special zone, seven nautical miles from shore for another 30 days to allow young fish to grow.

MeesakPakdeekong, Director-General of Fisheries Department said the ban would not pose much negative affect on local fishermen.

In 2019, fishing trawlers using nets were able to catch 114,056 tonnes more of marine animals after the opening of the Gulf following a similar closure, Mr. Meesak added.