Thailand’s fishing industry will be facing an audit by the European Union next week. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is confident that the country’s efforts to reduce illegal fishing will result in the country passing the audit next week. The audit will take place between January 18 and January 22, and the results will determine if the country has its international standings upgraded.
During a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Gen. Prawit presented a report on the country’s efforts over the past eight months to curb illegal fishing. Anti-IUU efforts show that the country has incorporated the relevant laws and regulations in an attempt to circumvent an EU ban on Thailand’s fishing industry.
The country currently maintains 2,216 fishing boats that have a gross weight of 60 tons. According to the report, 94% of the vessels have monitoring devices equipped, and a real time system has been put in place to manage both licenses and warnings in accordance with IUU violations.
Fishing supervisors and observers will be deployed on fishing boats this month, and Thailand has inspected 14.4% of all vessels, or 317. The European Union required that the government check 10% of all fishing boats, which Thailand has already surpassed. Processing plants were also required to be inspected, which the country inspected 14.2% while the EU required Thailand to inspect 10% of all seafood processing plants.