Tighter police surveillance in place against illegal fishing activities

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BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 – The Royal Thai Police will be conducting rigorous surveillance against illegal fishing in 22 provinces before the new Fisheries Act 2015 comes into force in August.

A recent meeting of the Royal Thai Police and provincial police units has been held to reinforce the prevention of illegal fishing.

According to Deputy Commander Police General Ake Angsananon, the number of police assigned to do the task has been increased tenfold.

They have also been working in cooperation with the Royal Thai Navy in keeping illegal fishing boats at bay. Police General Ake said he was confident that this would satisfy the European Union (EU).

The EU has given Thailand until October to solve its alleged illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, or face seafood ban.