Private sector concerned about Thailand’s efforts to tackle IUU fishing


BANGKOK, 30 June 2015 – The Thai National Shippers Council has expressed concerns that if Thailand failed to resolve the problem of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing by the time set by the EU, it would likely receive a red card which bans Thai fishery exports to the union.

Advisor to the Thai National Shippers Phaibun Phonsuwan said there were two months left before Thailand’s deadline to improve its fishing situation in line with the EU’s standards. He stressed that Thailand needed to register fishing boats properly so that its fishery sector would pass international standards.

The advisor added that there might be insufficient seafood for industrial plants and domestic consumption if the fishing boats who had not yet registered protested against the government by stopping operating.