THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket whale shark fishing boats probed for human trafficking

PHUKET: The two boats involved in the illegal catching of a whale shark off Phuket earlier this year are also under investigation for possible human trafficking, the Phuket Prosecutor’s Office confirmed today (Sept 6).

marineanimalscrimepolice
By The Phuket News

Thursday 6 September 2018, 05:08PM


The body of the whale shark is hung over the side of the ’Sang Samut 3’ before it was dumped back into the sea. Screengrab; via Dusadee Chuaychian

The body of the whale shark is hung over the side of the ’Sang Samut 3’ before it was dumped back into the sea. Screengrab; via Dusadee Chuaychian

The fishing boats Sang Samut 3 and Sang Samut 2 were seized by Royal Thai Navy officers at the Seang Arun Pier in Rassada on May 19 the day after a video showing a whale shark strung up on a the deck of the Sang Samut 3 between Koh Hei and Koh Racha, south of Phuket, went viral. (See video here.)

Narat Choophueng of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) filed a formal complaint to police, accusing the crew of the Sang Samut 3 of breaching Section 66 of the Fisheries Act 2015 and Section 16 of the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2535 (1992).

Breach of Section 66 of the Fisheries Act incurs a fine of between B300,000 and B3 million, “or to a fine of five times the value of the aquatic animals caught or brought on board a fishing vessel concerned. In whichever case, the higher fine shall apply.”

Breach of Section 16 incurs a penalty of up to four years in jail, or a fine of up to B40,000, or both.

Chalong Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Somsak Sopakarn, who received the complaint (see story here), confirmed to The Phuket News today, “We sent the case to Phuket Prosecutor a month ago.

“Other details I cannot tell you now, but they have referred this case to Bangkok,” he said.

Phuket Public Prosecutor Boontob Lanthong confirmed today that he had received the case and that his office were moving ahead with both charges.

Mr Boontob also confirmed, “We have also referred the case to the Prosecutor’s Office at the Department of Trafficking in Persons as by law what we are required to do.”

However, Mr Boontob did not elaborate on whether evidence of human trafficking had been uncovered by police in their investigation.

Meanwhile, Phuket Fisheries Chief Kowit Kao-ian today confirmed that both boats remain banned from putting to sea,

“Currently both boats are not permitted to leave port yet. We must hold them until the case has concluded,” he said.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Free emergency water now deployed across Phuket

When are the Phuket Governors order water savings during Songkran? It is about time to instruct/educ...(Read More)


Free emergency water now deployed across Phuket

While you brush your teeth, close the tap! So, reducing water pressure takes a toll on the water pi...(Read More)


Thailand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights for 7 days

Are the Thai Boeing Max planes flying again? ( As the thai ban was until 20th)...(Read More)


New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Are the posters talking about a Thai Mental Health Act or a New Zealand Mental Health Act?...(Read More)


Power outage to leave Cherng Talay, Kamala, Srisoonthorn without water

Thailand 4.0. Phuket Smart City. Puff story versus real life. ...(Read More)


Protect Andaman mass beach cleanup at Layan nets 92kg of trash

Probably done because of the "loss of face" when farangs do it.. without being asked....(Read More)


Protect Andaman mass beach cleanup at Layan nets 92kg of trash

"The cleanup was carried out under the “Protect Andaman” project, whereby the MNRE offices ...(Read More)


Woman killed by sleeping pickup driver

No other place in the world has more drivers falling asleep or more vehicles with faulty brakes. Of ...(Read More)


New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

I watched the video, it was a cold and calculated act, not a loss of control as would be with a men...(Read More)