BANGKOK, 17 June 2019 (NNT) - The Deputy Government Spokesman, Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, has urged the general public to consider carefully whether amending sections 34, 69, and 81 of the Fisheries Act of 2015 as suggested by the Future Forward Party leader, Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit, would be beneficial or detrimental to the country’s marine resources and human trafficking problem. On June 15, the Future Forward leader visited Trat province to listen to concerns raised by some local fishermen.
"Visiting different areas or gaining political advantage outside Parliament (by the Future Forward member) can involuntarily affect the stability of the country’s natural resources and coastal economy. If you actually study the law, scrapping Section 81 would cause the fisheries sector to be out of control as in the past. If there’s no Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), we wouldn’t know whether the fishing trawlers were violating the law. This is an international regulation," Lt. Gen. Werachon said.
The Deputy Government Spokesman said that having a logbook will help authorities trace the origins of seafood products and the information can be used for scheduling purposes, while the Port-In Port-Out Control (PIPO) centers, will help officials identify the status of each worker as part of measures against human trafficking.
Under Section 69, anchovy fishing is prohibited at night. This is to prevent the depletion of anchovies and other such marine resources.
Section 34 prohibits local fishermen from conducting fishing operations outside their coastal areas. Currently, the section has not been completely enforced, but the government and the local fishermen are working together to come up with a solution that benefits all sides.