Thailand government is taking tighter measures to address Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in an effort to pass the European Union’s inspection next week.
The EU issued a yellow card on the Eastern country last April, on the grounds that it has not done enough to address the problem of illegal fishing practices.
Now, the EU delegation is expected to announce whether to rescind the yellow card or issue a red one after the visit, which would mean that Thai seafood products would automatically be banned from entering the EU market.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon hopes Thailand will pass the inspection.
According to the Command Centre for Combating Illegal Fishing (CCCIF), Thailand has inspected 317 fishing vessels operating in its territorial waters for signs of illegal fishing. The EU only required the authorities to examine 220, or 10 per cent of the total number of vessels in home waters.
However, authorities have only inspected 43 vessels that operate in international waters out of a required 73.
Another requirement from the EU was that 10 per cent of the country’s seafood processing factories be inspected, that is to say 81 factories.