A new agreement between Myanmar and Thailand would impose legal action or penalties on illegal fishing vessels that unload in Thai ports, according to the Port State Measure Agreement (PSMA) that went into effect on 1 April for fishery enterprises, announced the Myanmar-Thai Directorates of Fisheries.
But the new agreement put owners, operators and seamen on fishing boats that were already out to sea in potential violation, with no way to contact them and inform them of the new rules.
The Kawthoung District Fishery Enterprises Association thus went to Ranong, Thailand and negotiated with their Thai counterparts not to incur punishments to the Myanmar seamen when they arrive back at port.
The Thai Directorate of fisheries postponed the implementation time for the purpose of sustaining long-term friendship between the two countries. The Thai Directorate of Fisheries will implement the Port State Measure Agreement (PSMA) 60 days after the original implementation date of 1 April.
Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung)