Thai government partnership to help sustainability

11 Oct 2017
seafood market

The collaboration aims to help combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand

The Thai Government has partnered with Seafood Task Force and OceanMind to help support safe, sustainable seafood.

This agreement will secure ongoing collaboration between Thailand, Seafood Task Force members and the extended seafood supply chain to discuss and review all available options to quickly and effectively transform the way Thailand monitors and controls its fisheries.

Nick Wise, head of OceanMind, said: “This Collaboration Agreement is a tremendous step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Thailand. The Royal Thai Government is now taking the lead to ensure its fisheries are fully compliant and sustainable.”

Compliance investment

As the third largest seafood import/export and processing country in the world, Thailand has already demonstrated its will to improve compliance in the fishing industry by committing thousands of hours and significant financial resources to building a new monitoring, control and surveillance system for its fisheries.

Bob Miller, director of CP Foods and a founding member of the Seafood Task Force, said: “We have been instrumental in helping Thailand reach this point and OceanMind’s team continue to provide the unique tools and analysis to support and drastically improve Thailand’s compliance efforts.”

In addition to the Seafood Task Force, The Pew Charitable Trusts and numerous Seafood Task Force manufacturers have also provided financial support to help monitoring efforts.

Port State Measures

Thailand’s implementation of the Port State Measures Agreement has led to a new concept for public-private partnerships to stop IUU fish from entering global supply chains. Portstates.org is led by OceanMind and aims to help facilitate Port State Measures implementation at the national level.

Mr Wise added: “Thailand’s dedicated implementation of Port State Measures will give international buyers greater confidence in the legality of Thailand’s produce as the risk to their seafood supply chain contribution will be vastly reduced.”