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Concerns over Phuket falling behind as tuna hub

Concerns over Phuket falling behind as tuna hub

PHUKET: Concerted efforts are needed to expand Phuket’s capabilities to increase its yield in the tuna industry with a task force headed by the Phuket Fisheries Office to be set up to train local fishermen in tuna-fishing methods that comply with strict fishing laws.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 4 March 2022, 01:39PM


Strict laws and lack of local expertise is preventing Phuket’s fishing fleet from expanding the island’s role as a tuna hub within Asean, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong said. Photo: The Phuket News / file

Strict laws and lack of local expertise is preventing Phuket’s fishing fleet from expanding the island’s role as a tuna hub within Asean, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong said. Photo: The Phuket News / file

“In the past, the tuna-related industry of Phuket Province generated income in the billions of baht per year, but when strict fishing laws were imposed on boats, the number of tuna that came in started declining,” Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panaphong explained at a meeting at the Phuket Agricultural and Cooperatives Office yesterday (Mar 3).

Tuna is one of seven industries targetted for development under Phuket’s ‘GEMMSST’ economic policy to broaden the island’s economic base to be less dependent on tourism.

‘GEMMSST’ encompasses the fields of Gastronomy, Education, Medical & Wellness, Marina Hub, Sports & Events, Smart City and Tuna and aims for Phuket to become “hubs” for those industries within the Asean region.

At the meeting yesterday, also attended by Watcharin Rattanachoo, Chief of the Phuket Fisheries Office, Vice Governor Pichet said that the Phuket provincial government had appointed a working group to drive the Phuket Strategic Development “to formulate a development plan to drive the development strategy of Phuket concrete in order to promote the province’s economy and increase economic value.”

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“Due to the fact that Thailand does not have tuna fishing boats, foreign boats are proficient in this area and there are many relevant laws that have resulted in losing the opportunity to compete in the industry,” he said.

“We want to solve the problem of fishermen who still do not know about tuna or other details. and practice skills, especially from those who have knowledge or expertise,” he said.

“As for the second issue [regarding strict fishing laws that have inhibited the Phuket fishing fleet in catching tuna], there is an action to discuss an amendment to the law on the ships used so these fishing boats will be able to be used,” he said.

“All departments, both at the provincial and central [national] levels, must have a joint discussion to find a way to develop and drive the project in order to promote innovation in agricultural product processing and to promote Phuket as a centre for trading and exporting tuna in Asean,” he said.

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Fascinated | 06 March 2022 - 13:31:03

Looks like I missed a hub! Anyone keeping score?

Capt B | 06 March 2022 - 11:28:28

There is nothing whatsoever, apart from some overseas laws that prevent a 100% Thai National from importing a used or building a
a Purpose Built Pelagic Tuna & Billfish Longline Vessel for use in Thai & International Waters to operate with an IOTC Permit.

I have the necessary Knowledge & Expertise. That is why I am here.

Capt B | 06 March 2022 - 11:25:49

SECTION 7
"For the purpose of this Section, a crew (ie Mate/Fishing Master) shall not be deemed to be an alien if such is an instructor 

appointed by the Minister for imparting knowledge in fishery in Government, Public or Municipal school."

Capt B | 06 March 2022 - 11:23:02

The Royal Ordinance on Fisheries B.E. 2558 (2015) came into force on 14 November 2015, replacing the recently amended Fisheries Act 

B.E. 2558 (2015). To prevent IUU Fishing Operations & protect the jobs of Thai Fishermen. Now lets not forget about the Act Governing 

The Right to Fish In Thai Fishery Waters B.E. 2482 (1939).

 

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