Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


The NFA request to the new government to solve the problem of commercial and local fisheries affected by the issuance of The Royal Decree

Spectre of abuse and illegal fishing looms again due to industry lobby

Click on the flag for more information about Thailand THAILAND
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 22:20 (GMT + 9)

In a closed-door meeting with the government, the National Fishing Association of Thailand has presented a series of demands that would derail the reform of the country’s fisheries, the Environmental Justice Foundation’s sources have revealed. This would likely return the country’s fleet to its abusive and illegal past, endangering the country’s economy, fish stocks and international reputation, says EJF.
 
The first of NFAT’s demands is that all restrictions on crew and catch transfers at sea be lifted. EJF argues that this would allow abusive vessel owners to swap enslaved migrants between vessels so that they almost never made landfall, with virtually no chance of escape or detection by the authorities. Numerous such cases were documented in Thai fisheries before the current reforms were implemented. 

Talay Thai Market meeting room Samut Sakhon Province, Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, leader of the Democrat Party (Democrat Party), along with the party, such as Mr. Nipon Bunyamanee and Mr. Alongkorn Ponlabut, deputy party leader Miss Ratchada Thanadirek, party executive committee H) Mr Thanachirawinit, Bangkok, representing Chalermchai Sri-on, party secretary And Mr. Kiat Sitti-amorn, MP As the assignee of IUU regulations (Photo: prachachat.net)
 
It would also allow operators to launder illegally caught fish between boats so it was no longer traceable, allowing it to make its way into international supply chains undetected.
 
EJF has been joined by 34 other organisations – including major retailers, suppliers and NGOs, such as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lyons Seafoods, Greenpeace and Oxfam – who are presenting a letter to Thailand’s prime minister condemning the demands and urging the government to protect reforms.
 
NFAT also want to be allowed to fish for much longer and for the obligation to record exact fishing locations to be dropped. Vessels that lost their licenses in 2015 should be allowed to return to fishing, they claim. Many of these were sanctioned for illegal fishing, others were ‘ghost vessels’ with the same registration documents as legitimate vessels, and almost certainly using this confusion of identity to cover illicit activities.

Initial portion of the letter to the prime minister of Thailand

Other demands follow the same theme – making the fishing industry less transparent and accountable. The annual inspection of vessel and crew should be abolished, NFAT says, age restrictions should be relaxed, and operators should be allowed to revise crew lists for many hours after leaving port. This would allow unregistered crew ­– potentially trafficked migrants – to board after vessels have passed through ‘port-out’ inspections.
 
EJF’s Executive Director Steve Trent says: “The reforms brought in by the Royal Thai Government have had a hugely positive impact on Thailand’s fisheries and the entire region of Southeast Asia. They have been crucial to the country’s economy, fish stocks and international reputation. They must not be lost to the self-serving, short-term interests of a few rogue companies in the form of NFAT. What possible reason is there for scrapping these safeguards other than to obscure the fact workers’ human rights and national laws are being disregarded?”
 
“The underhand nature of the meeting is also a grave concern,” Trent adds. “Thai fisheries are crucial for an immense number of the country’s citizens. The government must ensure that the reform process is transparent and includes all stakeholders – from the commercial sector, seafood suppliers and processors, small-scale fishing communities, civil society NGOs and academia.”
 
EJF also highlighted key business networks – including the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Thai Fishery Producers Coalition – have recognised the reforms as a turning point for Thailand’s fisheries sector that helped secure renewed trust from many import countries.


[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Norway
Nov 20, 20:40 (GMT + 9):
Fish Pool Salmon Price Status Report for week 47
United States
Nov 20, 16:50 (GMT + 9):
Official data on production, prices, markets and destinations of Alaska Pollock surimi
Japan
Nov 20, 16:40 (GMT + 9):
Official data for fresh and frozen import tuna
United States
Nov 20, 07:05 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Canned Tuna Maker Bumble Bee Preps for Bankruptcy Filing
North Korea
Nov 20, 06:20 (GMT + 9):
Fisheries industry seems part of Kim's drive to build economic independence
European Union
Nov 20, 06:20 (GMT + 9):
Council calls for inmediate action to protect oceans and seas threatened by climate change (Video)
United States
Nov 20, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - An exciting display of advanced fish processing technology in Seattle
Republic of Ireland
Nov 20, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
Mowi's EUR 22m investment plan under threat due to licence regime
European Union
Nov 20, 05:30 (GMT + 9):
European fisheries sector advocates ‘balanced’ measures for bigeye and mako shark
Portugal
Nov 20, 01:20 (GMT + 9):
BioMar Group Press Release: Restoring Abundance to our Oceans
Canada
Nov 20, 00:20 (GMT + 9):
Three Cermaq salmon farms suffer mortalities due to algae blooms
Italy
Nov 20, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
New global atlas analyses AIS use to monitor fishing activity
Norway
Nov 20, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Skretting will soon launch new feed concept 'fully optimised' for RAS
Peru
Nov 19, 21:10 (GMT + 9):
Second anchovy season begins with ‘historic minimum incidence of juveniles’
Chile
Nov 19, 21:00 (GMT + 9):
New suspicion of ISA in Magallanes farming center



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
FDA recommends discarding or destroying yellowfin tuna imported from Truong Phu Xanh Co., Ltd
United States FDA and state health authorities are investigating incidents of scombrotoxin fish poisoning linked to yellowfin tuna, also sometimes called ahi tuna. As a result of this investigation, FDA has placed ...
Pirates in the Gulf of Mexico pretend to be fishermen and surprise their victims
Mexico The average monthly robbery in this year is 16, while in 2018 it was 144 cases, while in 2017 there were only 48 incidents Insecurity in Mexico has already reached sea levels. The assault this week o...
You don't eat black headed shrimp? Experts set out the reason for the 'black change': eat calmly
Taiwan When winter comes, the hot pot is more popular with the public, and meat and seafood are basic. It is only the shrimp that everyone puts most commonly in this country. Recently, the Internet has begun...
First Falklands' fishing company signs the 51% Joint Venture shareholding under the new ITQ criteria
Falkland Is. Ahead of the Falkland Islands Government Executive Committee decision recently setting out new criteria for Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) extensions from 2021 to 2046 Beauchene Fishing Co Ltd an...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim Ltd (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2019 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER