JOINT OPEN LETTER ON THE PRESERVATION OF FISHERIES REGULATIONS AND REFORMS IN ORDER TO PREVENT ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING
19 SEPTEMBER 2019
Manushya Foundation co-signed with other 36 organizations a Joint Open Letter on the preservation of fisheries regulations and reforms to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing addressed to the Prime Minister of the Royal Thai Government, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
The Letter is submitted to express our deep concern regarding the escalating demands of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand (NFAT) and request your intervention in these matters, as lately, NFAT has sought to abolish several critical fisheries enforcement regulations that are essential in Thailand’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as associated human rights abuse on board fishing vessels.
With this letter, the undersigned organisations urge the Royal Thai Government, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Department of Fisheries, and Ministry of Labour to reject these demands and instead ensure the preservation and elevation of internationally recognised best practices in both fisheries and labour regulations.