December 21, 2016

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Thai-owned illegal fishing boat seized by Myanmar authorities

Thai-owned illegal fishing boat seized being seen. Photo: Kyaw Soe (Kawthaung)
Thai-owned illegal fishing boat seized being seen. Photo: Kyaw Soe (Kawthaung)

AUTHORITIES seized a fishing vessel owned by a Thailand national which entered Myanmar’s territorial limit in Kawthaung District on Sunday afternoon.
According to the investigation, the boat named Lin Toe Aung carrying around seven fishermen left Yanaung in Thailand for Kawthaung last week to catch fish illegally in Myanmar territorial waters.
Under the European Union’s Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing project, Thailand authorities recently cracked down on illegal fishing in its territorial waters. As a result, some fishermen did not return to Thailand but instead hid in the west of Hsin Island and caught fish in Myanmar waters for export to the Thai market.
The fishermen and the illegal boat were handed over the Kawthaung District Fisheries Department. Actions will be taken against the fishermen under the relevant fisheries laws passed by the Myanmar government.— Kyaw Soe (Kawthaung)

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