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Thailand Moves to Bring Marine Conservation Efforts in Line with American Laws

Burmese workers sort freshly-landed fish at the public fishing port in Ranong

Thailand is moving toward bringing its marine conservation and management practices in line with American laws in hopes of convincing the world the kingdom is serious about protecting undersea animals.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon chaired a Nov. 19 meeting of the National Fisheries Committee, which endorsement, in principle, urgent conservation and management projects.

The projects are aimed at nurturing confidence that Thailand’s conservation efforts are in line with global principles and international obligations.

The meeting followed up on progress in addressing the impact of commercial fishing on marine mammals. Representatives of various agencies were told to prevent the issue of marine mammals from affecting Thailand’s seafood exports, promote legal fishing activities, and vigorously drive projects for the conservation of marine mammals.

Furthermore, the meeting acknowledged progress in establishing a four-point policy to drive fishery development in 2023-24.

The policy calls for mechanisms to address fishery development in Thai waters, fishery-related problems outside of Thai waters, domestic aquaculture and the development of fishery downstream industries.