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MFA Press Release: Thailand acceded to the UN’s Fish Stock Agreement

On 28 April 2017, H.E. Mr. Virachai Plasai, the Ambassador and Thailand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York met with Mr. Santiago Villalpando, Chief of Treaty Section, the United Nations in New York to present the Instrument of Accession of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United Nations Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks 1995 or UN Fish Stock Agreement (UNFSA). The UNFSA is a key ...

Infographic: Sustainable and Ethical Seafood from Thailand

MFA Press Release: Thailand’s Accession to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA)

  On 21 April 2017, Mr. Sompong Nimchuar, Minister (Agricultural Affairs) / Permanent Representative to FAO, and Mr. Songchai Chaipatiyut, Minister Counsellor, Royal Thai Embassy in Rome, met with Mr. Antonio Tavares, Director of FAO Legal Office, to present the Instrument of Accession of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA). The SIOFA is an agreement establishing a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) which manages fishing of non-tuna species and to combat illegal fishing in the southern Indian Ocean. The accession will come into effect in 30 days. The accession to the SIOFA will allow Thailand to ...

Publication: Thailand’s Journey Towards Responsible Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries (May 2015 – April 2017)

Infographic: Thailand’s Path towards Responsible Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries

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 ...

 

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