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Restaurants caught selling parrotfish

PHUKET: The managers of three seafood restaurants in Karon have been arrested for illegally selling baby parrotfish for consumption.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 17 November 2022, 09:09AM

The arrests followed inspections carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov 15-16) by officers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) to ensure restaurants in the area were not selling illegal produce.

Joining the raids were Ministry of Natural Resources Crime Suppression Division and officers from the Thai Muang Marine Fisheries Crime Prevention and Suppression Unit in Phang Nga, which had been investigating the smuggling of illegal catch to seafood providers.

Of note, the inspections in Karon were carried out after 6pm at night.

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The three restaurants involved were named as Chic Restaurant, which was found with nine parrotfish; Bounty Seafood, which was found with five parrot fish; and Ton Tan Seafood, which was found with two parrotfish.

The parrotfish found at the restaurants were less than 50cm long. Parrotfish are protected under three separate articles under announcements by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said an offficial report of the arrests

The three managers were all taken to Karon Police Station and charged accordingly, the report said.

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JohnC | 18 November 2022 - 09:35:05

Parrotfish are very prone to having the Ciguateria toxin from being reef feeders. Very dangerous to even contemplate eating them. I hope these greedy restaurant owners get the book thrwon at them for putting customer's lives at risk. Go to any seafood market here and the range of protected marine life on sale is saddening.

Kurt | 18 November 2022 - 09:20:00

At the kind of illegal selling in restaurants one can see who pay 'protection money' in order to be overlooked by the Thai rubber law enforcers. It is all so clear. Corruption is not only sickening the society, but also effect the seas around it. What a short minded nation. No long term thinking. It's all 'today'.

Wiesel | 18 November 2022 - 00:42:01

@Karl, were these fish just a lot or were they also too small? Your comment says nothing, except that there were many. If they were not too small they were legal even if absent from the reef.

charles | 17 November 2022 - 23:17:26

Ive seen plenty of parrot fish in other restaurants & markets yet nothing has been done about that 

Capricornball | 17 November 2022 - 17:05:30

Some things will not change. The ignorant fisherman should know they are illegal, but they just don't give a s#!^. Anything for a baht. Same with the ignorant restaurant owners, they know it is illegal to serve, but they also don't give a s#!^. Anything for a baht. I have pity for the natural resources of Thailand, they hardly stand a chance in the long term.


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