Fishermen protest against strict control measures

Fishermen protest against strict control measures

WITH thousands of fishing vessels docked in the south and eastern regions yesterday, the president of the Fisheries Association of Thailand said fishermen were being severely

affected by National Council for Peace and Order’s strict regulations. To tackle this, Phubet Chanthanimi said the fishermen would turn to provincial governors for assistance or even petition His Majesty for justice.

The Command Centre to Combat Illegal Fishing has set measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing including regulating fishing gear and implementing a "fishing days scheme", due to be initially implemented from this month till November.

Under to the scheme, licensed fishing vessels with surrounding nets (except purse seines for anchovies) will not be allowed to operate in the Gulf of Thailand on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 12th, 13th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd of every month. Vessels with surrounding nets in the Andaman Sea and vessels with trawl nets in the Gulf and Andaman Sea must not operate on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 12th of every month.

The association's president made his comments when he and some 1,000 fishing boat-owners and crewmembers gathered outside Pattani City Hall yesterday to submit a letter to the provincial governor. In the letter, they listed adverse impacts from the moves, especially the "fishing days" system, would have on their livelihood.

Phubet said the government should have spoken to fishermen and concerned parties first.

Khomdech Rattanapornwarisakul, honorary adviser to the Rayong Fisheries Association, agreed, saying the "fishing days" scheme would deal another blow to the fishing industry and fishermen should be consulted before it is implemented.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan province, president of the Pran Buri Fisheries Association Atichat Chaisri said said that Governor Weera Sriwattanatrakul had met fishermen and representatives of the port-in port-out control centre and the Fishery Department.

In the meeting, the governor concluded that the nine-day per month ban on fishing in the Gulf would be reduced to five. He said that Weera would put the fishermen's demands to the Interior Ministry via a teleconference later yesterday.

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