04
April
2019

Thailand Hosted the ASEAN Meeting on Combating IUU Fishing in Partnership with the EU

04
April
2019

Thailand Hosted the ASEAN Meeting on Combating IUU Fishing in Partnership with the EU

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The Department of Fisheries, Thailand, together with the EU co-organized the “ASEAN Meeting on Combating IUU Fishing in Partnership with the EU” during 4 – 5 April 2019 at Plaza Athenee Hotel Bangkok, where almost 70 representatives from the ASEAN Member States, international fisheries organizations and representatives from the EU participated in.

As the ASEAN Chair of 2019, Thailand announced the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” to focus actions on the future, on connectivity and sustainability in all dimensions.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Mr. Luck Wachananawat, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives said that Thailand has proposed a concept proposal on ASEAN Cooperation on Sustainable Fisheries, consisting of two priorities: firstly, the formulation of ASEAN General Fisheries Policy, which is undergoing a feasibility study; and secondly, the establishment of an ASEAN IUU Task Force to support effective exchange of information, to create a network for better communication between the law enforcement authorities and governmental competent authorities taking responsibilities for combating IUU fishing. He added that this proposal is not only intended to benefit current generations but also future generations.

The Task Force will contribute to the exchange of information and data among flag states, coastal states, and RFMOs. The information and data exchanged will mainly be laws and regulations and enforcement of domestic and international laws involved, Port State Measures and management measures. The Task Force will monitor, assess situations including addressing crucial issues, enhancing capacity and laying down plans for effective implementation in the future.

Moreover, the Task Force will develop tools, systems, and technologies for investigation, and analyze data collected to provide evidence of IUU fishing. The implementation of the Task Force will improve competency and potential in controlling, monitoring and surveillance of IUU fishing operation for the competent agencies of the AMS and for the strengthening of combating IUU fishing in the region.

Dr. Adisorn Promthep, Director General of the Department of Fisheries, as the leader of the Thai representatives, hoped that the Meeting will provide a better understanding of the urgent need to establish an ASEAN IUU Task Force. The developments on this matter will be submitted to the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries for consideration at its meeting on 27-29 June 2019 in Viet Nam. ASEAN has the potential to be a region free of IUU fishing.