13 Dec 2017

Thai fishing report shows worrying signs for Pacific

From , 6:05 am on 13 December 2017

A new report shows catches by Thailand's distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific region are almost seven times higher than what it reports.

The Sea Around Us report, released this week reveals that official, private and illegal vessels from Thailand have not been reporting most of their catch to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The author of the report says it's a worrying sign for the Pacific fishing industry.

Brittany Derrick, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, told Tim Glasgow that Thai fishing fleets are looking further afield to avoid restrictions.

A fishing boat in Thailand.

A fishing boat in Thailand. Photo: meenna/123RF