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PM awards 230 million baht compensation to suspended fisheries groups in IUU crackdown

PM awards 230 million baht compensation to suspended fisheries groups in IUU crackdown

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said the cabinet has approved a budget of 230 million baht to compensate all groups of workers who have to suspend work in the industry, pending the government’s restructuring of fishing activities.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Saturday 17 October 2015, 11:58AM

The prime minister's comments were made during his weekly talk program and in context to the government’s readiness to address the European Union’s assessment of the Thai government's crackdown on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Gen Prayut said he believed the EU would notice positive changes in the country’s fishing industry as a result of the ongoing efforts to stem illegal fishing. The PM explained that the government had prepared assistance measures for operators affected by its campaign which entails enforcement of the law.

PM Prayut added the government was ready to answer any questions the EU may have and to clarify its policy and plans to overhaul the country’s marine fishing industry as well as to suppress the use of forced labor on board boats at sea.

The EU representatives are vetting fishing activities in Thailand between October 13 to 22.

See related news: 


• Seafood markets likely to recover supplies quickly

• PM refuses to delay new trawler rules

• Thai fishermen warn of losses due to crackdown 

• Phuket fishermen scramble to dodge EU bands

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