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December 5, 2014

Thailand

Fears the European Union May Ban All Thai Shrimp

 

The Thai Shrimp Association has urged the Thai Fisheries Department to tackle illegal fishing; otherwise, the European Union (EU) may ban all Thai shrimp products!

 

Somsak Paneetatayasai, association president, said fishing operators think the EU will issue a “yellow card” to impose a close watch on Thailand for failing to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing practices, like violating the human rights of laborers on fishing vessels.  Unless Thailand makes real progress toward a solution in six months, the EU could issue a “red card”, which would mean a ban on all fishery products from Thailand!

 

Somsak said the Fisheries Department should amend the laws relating to fisheries, enforce them and inform trading partners that Thailand is taking action to develop sustainable fisheries that comply with international laws and principles.  He said if the EU bans Thai fishery products, frozen fresh shrimp and shrimp-based products would be directly affected.

 

Source: The Nation.  Thai Shrimp Association Fears EU May Ban Thai Fisheries Products.  December 4, 2014.

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