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Over 8000 Trawlers Likely to have Licenses Revoked in Thailand

Over 8,000 trawlers in Thailand are likely to lose their commercial fishing licenses after checks revealed registration numbers did not match the vessels and many had not renewed permits for years.

 

The discrepancies were uncovered when the government began regulating all fishing boats to comply with the European Union's demand Thailand end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, or lose its market for seafood products. Bangkok was given six months to fall in line or risk trade sanctions. The six month period ended 31 October 2015.

Compliance checks came via three agencies and were reported by the Thai Fisheries Association. Many of the vessels do not operate in Thai waters. but fish in Indonesian and Myanamar waters. Many boats did not report to authorities at all. Operators can appeal the findings. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to operate and will face fines and prison terms.

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