Towards Sustainable Fishing in Thailand: Update No. 1, 2nd Semester 2015

Update No. 1, 2nd Semester 2015


This update provides information on measures being taken towards sustainable fishing in Thailand up to August 2015.

The Thai Government attaches high priority to the promotion of responsible and sustainable fishing practices and combating the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Command Centre for Combatting Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) has been driving major reforms in Thai Fisheries management with all authorities concerned since its establishment in May 2015 working together to end IUU fishing. The Thai authorities are also working with the European Union to achieve our goal of sustainable fisheries management.

Further changes in various facets have been put in place to enhance compliance with international standards including the following:

- The Fisheries Act B.E. 2558 (2015), which entered into force on 27 June 2015, is being revised to better address current industry realities by improving port-state measurements and introducing serious and deterrent sanctions. Thailand is working with the EU on further revisions of the Act aiming to submit the revisions to the National Legislative Assembly in September this year.

- In consultation with the EU, the National Plan of Action to Combat, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing (NPOA-IUU) is being revised to tackle the problem in a comprehensive and systematic manner.

- Nation-wide surveys of all fishing vessels have been conducted by CCCIF to establish a reliable database for the formulation of Thailand fisheries management plan.

- Officials of the Department of Fisheries and the Royal Thai Navy have received trainings on stock assessment and fishery management. The technical training was carried out with the assistance from Prof. Dr. Junishiro Okamoto and Dr. Takashi Matsuishi, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University. 

- To improve on the monitoring, control and surveillance of Thai fishing vessels, 28 Port In–Port Out (PIPO) Controlling Centres have been set up in coastal provinces nationwide since 6 May 2015.

- To build new norms and sustainability values in the fishery industry, the CCCIF has dispatched mobile units to provide trainings for fishermen and to issue licences/certificates for fishing vessels as well as workers.

The CCCIF holds meetings on weekly basis to expedite the continuous reforms of fisheries management. Concurrently, various activities are being carried out to ensure that all sectors and parties concerned move towards sustainable fishing practices and sustainable fisheries supply chain. Updates on these activities as well as related legal measures and frameworks are available at

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