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Krabi fishermen object to east coast fishermen fishing on west coast

 

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KRABI, 19th July 2019 (NNT) - After the National Fisheries Association of Thailand asked for opinions regarding whether to allow 27 fishing boats from the Gulf of Thailand to fish in the Andaman Sea during the monsoon season, the Krabi Fisheries Association has voiced its objection, citing conflict with conservation efforts to maintain marine resources and a sufficiency business model operated by local fishermen.

 

Commercial fishing boat operators and fishermen in Krabi filed their request for the National Fisheries Association of Thailand to reconsider and revoke the initiative to allow 27 fishing boats operating squid falling nets in the Gulf of Thailand, to relocate and fish in the Andaman Sea during the monsoon season, as suggested in an urgent letter sent to the Krabi Fisheries Association asking for its opinion.

 

Local fishermen said they were concerned with the size and fishing capacity of these vessels, which are big boats equipped with modern equipment, and may not be suited to Krabi seas that are normally narrow and have many restrictions, such as the national park areas, a 3 nautical mile exclusion zone from the coast, 1.5 nautical mile exclusion zone from islands, and shallower waters, which may result in significant damage to natural resources should balance could not be maintained between fishing and the size of the catch available.

 

The monsoon in the Gulf of Thailand starts in October and lasts until May every year. Fishing boats asking to relocate and fish during this period are from Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Surat Thani.

Krabi Fisheries Association President, Manit Damkul said association members have reached a decision to disagree with allowing fishing boats from the Gulf of Thailand to fish in Krabi’s Andaman Sea, as local fishermen uphold marine resource conservation principles and a sufficiency business model which could be affected by increased fishing activities. Local fishermen will be taking further action to show their disagreement.

 

Krabi province imposes a fishing ban for three months every year from 1st April to 30th June, allowing time for fish to lay eggs and reproduce, as part of an effort to conserve marine resources.

 

Source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news/detail/TCATG190719101652314

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"The monsoon in the Gulf of Thailand starts in October and lasts until May every year."

 

Surely that can't be right?

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No. We do not like competition. That is not fair. Leave us alone. Do not allow others to compete with us. We want a monopoly, and that is only fair. Monopolies are good. Give one to us.

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I support the Krabi fishing industry in it's efforts to maintain a balance in their fishing, zone and their off season for spawning. 

The Gulf fishing fleet needs to be kept in it's own area and if it is not viable then it must be reduced to a size that is sustainable. 

The size and type of equipment is probably why they have raped and pillaged their zone. 

Catch limits on each vessel each year can reverse this except in corrupt countries. 

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On 7/20/2019 at 8:33 AM, markeewan said:

"The monsoon in the Gulf of Thailand starts in October and lasts until May every year."

 

Surely that can't be right?

That would be North-East monsoon with nice weather and onshore winds for the East coast. A lot of float-some from the Gulf washes up on beaches. Maybe the squid don't like that.

 

The other one is the South-West monsoon, which we currently are in the middle of.

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