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Two arrested for illegal fishing off Cape Panwa

Two arrested for illegal fishing off Cape Panwa

PHUKET: Two men have been arrested for illegal fishing in protected waters in front of the Phuket Marine Resources Research Center at Cape Panwa, with one man caught with four baby black-tip reef sharks.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 4 May 2023, 09:50AM

Officers from the centre arrested Kasidit Saeju, 22, in the early hours of Tuesday (May 2). He was found with four black-tip reef sharks that were all less than 50cm long.

Kasidit was taken to Wichit Police Station, where he was charged with fishing a protected species. The charge was recorded at 2:44am.

At about 10pm Tuesday night, officers returned to arrest Wansawad Sawadlong, 40, from Nonthaburi, who was caught with two fishing roads and a cuttlefish.

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Wansawad was also taken to Wichit police Station and charged.

Both men were also charged with fishing in protected waters, The area in front of the research centre has been a protected fishing zone since 2017.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub

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JohnC | 05 May 2023 - 09:14:29

Sadly all over Thai waters people and especially large fishing companies devour the marine life from protected areas always taking far more than is needed. It is bred in to them to ignore the law and do what they want to and who gives a damn whether it harms the environment..

megamind | 04 May 2023 - 20:27:51

what a hypocrisy: for a month now, every time I go out on a boat, I see trawlers fishing now that there is no fishing. Yesterday there were 3 couples pulling the nets just in front of Racha. Last week I saw a cage as big as a flat set down on the shoal between the two Rachas. Obviously it's illegal, obviously (I've been showing pictures around) they know who it is, obviously nobody does an...

Capricornball | 04 May 2023 - 16:37:13

No Kurt, the "prison" wording only applies to westerners, so when they get caught bringing home dead coral and shells, the crooked cops can detain them, threaten them with prison, then extract substantially higher bribes to but out of the law. Everything police do is to increase bribe money into their own grime-stained pockets

Kurt | 04 May 2023 - 10:01:57

Bad boys. So, what next? How much will be the fine?  500thb? Sure they not get prison time as always mentioned in the 'law'. They have families to feed.


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