Agriculture Ministry to tackle trawler complaints Operators find new laws too restrictive The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Wednesday pledged to spend one month dealing with complaints from trawler operators affected by strict government regulations, but insisted any solution must be in line with international standards.”Any change to the regulations doesn’t mean we will abandon our principles for marine resources sustainability. We will work together with the various groups and find better practices for sustainable fishing,” Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Kritsada Boonrach said. The government imposed a raft of tough fishery rules to convince the European Union — a major importer of Thai seafood products — to withdraw a yellow-card warning over illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The EU finally did so in January after the new rules were introduced. However, the National Fisheries Association of Thailand, the country’s largest trawler operators organisation, claims the fishery sector has suffered as a result of the recently introduced regulations. The Agriculture Ministry was recently told by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to fix the problem after trawler operators threatened to stage protests in Bangkok next Friday. Mr Kritsada said the ministry is drafting new regulations, some of which would address… Read full this story
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