Thailand running out of fish
Published Date: 4/7/15
The issue discussed here is that Thailand is issuing a clampdown on illegal fishing to prevent unlicensed operators from going out to sea and threatening to paralyse Thailand’s biggest market. Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood products. It is this market that Thailand stands to lose if its efforts to tackle illegal fishing do not meet EU sustainability standards in time.
In my opinion, illegal fishermen are very inconsiderate as their extent of fishing is disturbing the local market. With Thailand being the world’s third largest exporter of seafood, the demand is extremely high and should the supply drop, prices of seafood sold to locals will increase so as to discourage high demand from locals and continue to sustain foreign needs. Thailand took action by setting new rules which require all boats to have licences, approved equipment, detailed logs as well as tracking systems to prevent overfishing and also stem the use of trafficked labour. Errant operators face up to three years in jail and a 300,000 baht (S$12,000) fine. Illegal fishermen commented that they refuse to cooperate because the new rules are too difficult to meet in such a short time span. Hence, I truly hope Thailand is able to get through this crisis and at the same time, allow time for illegal fishermen to adapt to the stringent rules.