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Highlights of Progress: Fisheries Monitoring Center now fully operational

Development of a fully functioning Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) has always been at the core of Thailand’s efforts towards an effective Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) mechanism. Since 2015, Thailand has made continuous improvements in both technical and organisational components of the ad-hoc VMS center which has recently been upgraded to be a fully functioning FMC.  The FMC is now fully operational as the central command and control center for all MCS activities. The FMC works closely with PIPO centers, observers on-board, and relevant inspection units including aquatic animals inspection unit, fisheries patrol unit, and Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordinating Center (THAI-MECC) ...

Highlight of Progress: Control of Overseas Fishing and Transshipment Vessels

To further strengthen the control of fishing activities outside the Thai waters, Thailand’s Department of Fisheries has recently issued a number of Notifications imposing measures regarding monitoring, control and surveillance of Thai overseas fishing and transshipment vessels as follows: 1. Notification on Criteria and Period for Overseas Fishing Vessels to Return to Port 2017 which came into effect on 2 February 2017, requires all Thai overseas fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean to immediately return to ports within 30 days. All fishing and transshipment activities are prohibited on the return trip. As a result, all 14 overseas fishing vessels and 2 ...

Thailand’s Progress in the Reduction and Control of the Thai Fishing Fleet

  As a part of the Thai Government’s efforts to eradicate IUU fishing, the Department of Fisheries and the Marine Department have taken important steps to reduce the size of the Thai fishing fleet and impose strict control against illegal fishing vessels in order to address the problems of overcapacity and overfishing.  Progress of this undertaking can be summarized as follows: 1. Database of the Thai Fishing Fleet As of 15 November 2016, the Marine Department concluded a nation-wide survey and confirmed a total of 39,309 fishing vessels with a vessel registration. This figure comprises of two broad categories of vessels, i.e. 26,838 artisanal ...

Thailand Fisheries and Labour Reform: Highlights of Progress (May 2015 – September 2016)

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New Announcement on the Issuance of a Seaman Book for Thai and Migrant Workers

On 14 September 2016, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an “Announcement on the Issuance of a Seaman Book B.E. 2559 (2016)”, to lay out procedures for the issuance of a seaman book for Thai and migrant workers employed on a fishing vessel (vessels greater than 30GT or greater than 10GT that use trawl nets, surrounding nets and anchovy falling nets). For the first time, migrant workers employed on a Thai fishing vessel will be issued an identity paper similar to that of their Thai peers. This new Announcement is an important step towards a major labour ...

New Order Issued to Strengthen Efforts in the Fight against IUU Fishing nd Illegal Labour Practices

On 9 September 2016, Thailand issued a new National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 53/2559 (3rd Addition), to further strengthen the Government’s efforts in the fight against IUU fishing and illegal labour practices. The new Order introduced four new measures to (1) control unregistered Thai-flagged commercial vessels or registered vessels without a fishing license and prevent them from engaging in fishing activities, (2) control the number of fishing vessels in the Thai fishing fleet, (3) ban at-sea transshipment of seamen, and (4) impose stricter rules on issuing overseas fishing licenses. Violation of this new Order will result ...

 

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