EU satisfied and gives Thailand 6 months to improve performance on IUU fishing

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The European Union has agreed to maintain the yellow card imposed on Thai fishing industry but to give the country another six months to improve its performance on IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) fishing and to prepare training manuals for IUU fishing enforcement.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikalya said Thursday that Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan reported to the cabinet on Tuesday about the assessment of the IUU fishing by the EU inspection team which was in Thailand last month.

According to General Prawit, the EU delegation was satisfied with Thailand’s performance so far to address the IUU issue but there are still some areas which require improvements.

So the EU decided to maintain Thailand’s status and to give the country another six months to make further improvements, the agriculture minister quoted the deputy prime minister as saying.

The Thai team responsible for addressing the IUU problem will report to the EU in Brussels in May.

Fisheries Department head Mr Wimon Chanthararothai, meanwhile, said that frozen Thai shrimp industry appears to have good prospect this year because other producers in neighbouring countries are facing problems of diseases infection and chemical residue in their shrimp products.

About 260,000 tonnes of shrimps were produced last year and the output is expected to be increased to 300,000 tonnes this year with 230,000 tonnes to be exported, said Mr Wimon.