Effort on IUU sees ships get sea room

The Department of Fisheries has a plan to allow the first batch of at least 20 trawlers to catch fish outside the country’s sovereign territorial waters by next year after a “yellow card” from the European Union (EU) over Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) was lifted last year.

Mesak Pakdeekong, the department chief, said on Wednesday the move would help secure the country’s position as a global hub for food production.

“The department is going to permit at least 20 trawlers to catch marine life outside Thai waters by next year so they can resume their activities under strict regulations to prevent any IUU activity,” said Mr Mesak.

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