Thailand reports progress in getting off EU’s IUU watchlist

Date: November 3, 2017

Source: Undercurrent News

Thailand’s Department of Fisheries says it is making progress in getting its seafood products off the European Union Commission’s illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing watchlist, the Bangkok Post reports.

An EU delegation is expected to visit Thailand this month to inspect its system for tracing products. The EU earlier slapped Thailand with a “yellow card” for several abuses in its fishing industry, including those related to a lack of transparency and the hiring of illegal laborers.

Thailand’s traceability system is not yet at 100% because of the complexity of country’s marine ecology and variety of fishing gear used, Umaporn Pimolbutr, a fisheries deputy chief, reportedly told the newspaper.

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