Fishermen ‘won’t stage protest as EU holds talks’

GENERAL Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister and defense minister, said this morning (April 9) he is confident fishermen will not stop fishing to protest against strict enforcement of laws just as European Union holds talks on this industry here, Thai News Agency reported.

Gen Prawit said Mr Stefaan Depypere, director of International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries Office, the European Commission’s Office of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and European Union representatives will be holding talks on this issue, and Thailand will be asking them what additional requirements they would like the country meet.

However, he confirmed that Thailand has followed the EU’s recommendations and is not worried about EU’s evaluation.

Although Thai fishermen’s move to stage a protest coincides with this discussion by EU, Gen Prawit said he is not worried because the fishermen know this issue well, and in the past had been invited to hold talks with agencies concerned.


Top: Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit talking to reporters this morning. Photo: Thai News Agency