Owners of fishing boats threaten to stop fishing to protest against IUU restrictions

Owners of fishing boats in Pattani have threatened to stop fishing to put pressure on the government to ease restrictions on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing which they claim are impractical and affect their business. Informed fishing industry sources from Pattani said that between 300-400 fishing boats were heading back to fishing piers in the province to join several other fishing vessels which were already anchored in piers to await response from the government over their petition for a reprieve from IUU fishing restrictions. The sources warned that as many as 2,000 fishing boats of different sizes would head back to piers to join the fishing stoppage. Meanwhile in Songkhla province, the provincial fishery association has submitted a petition to the Command Centre to Combat Illegal Fishing to review the IUU fishing restrictions. Mr Suradet Nil-uon, president of the Songkhla fishery association, said that their petition was accepted for...


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