Krabi – Commercial fishing boat operators and fishermen in Krabi have filed a request for the National Fisheries Association of Thailand to reconsider and revoke the initiative that allows 27 fishing boats operating squid falling nets in the Gulf of Thailand, to relocate and fish in the Andaman Sea during the monsoon season.
Local fishermen said they were concerned with the size and fishing capacity of these vessels, which are big boats equipped with modern equipment, and may not be suited to Krabi seas that are normally narrow and have many restrictions, such as the national park areas, a 3 nautical mile exclusion zone from the coast, 1.5 nautical mile exclusion zone from islands, and shallower waters, which may result in significant damage to natural resources.
The monsoon in the Gulf of Thailand starts in October and lasts until May every year. Fishing boats asking to relocate and fish during this period are from Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Surat Thani.
Krabi Fisheries Association President, Manit Damkul said association members have reached a decision to disagree with allowing the fishing boats from the Gulf of Thailand and local fishermen will be taking further action to show their disagreement with the plan.
Krabi province imposes a fishing ban for three months every year from 1st April to 30th June, allowing time for fish to lay eggs and reproduce, as part of an effort to conserve marine resources.