Illegal scallop fishing operation smashed in Trat, culprits face legal proceedings

The Department of Marine Resources arrested a number of illegal fishing culprits, seizing 3 kilogrammes of scallops in Ban Pred Nai, Trat Province. The suspects’ boat and fishing tools have been subsequently handed over to investigation officers for prosecution in accordance with the regulation. This occurred at present and was actioned by the Marine and Coastal Resources Office 1, in cooperation with the Marine National Interests Conservation Command Centre in Trat.
Following allegations of covert illegal fishing in Ban Pred Nai, Huai Nam Khao, Mueang district, the officials encountered an energetic scallop dredging boat within the concerned area. A vessel named Chokpanyanawee, with registration number 556400562, was investigated along with its 4 crew members. The inspection resulted within the seizure of the scallop dredger and three kilogrammes of scallops. The officers then launched the scallops back into their natural surroundings, reported KhaoSod.
The culprits were notified of the costs against them in accordance with the Fisheries Act B.E. 2558. Additionally, adjustments and additions to Section 71(1) gadgets 2 and 3(2),147,169, along with the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s announcement/Fisheries Department announcement on the regulation of all sizes of fishing boats using some kinds of fishing gear for commercial fishing B.E. 2560. Remote ’ boat and fishing gear had been sent to the investigation officers at Ao Chor Police Station for further legal motion.
In May, two men had been arrested for unlawful fishing in protected waters off Cape Panwa, in front of the Phuket Marine Resources Research Centre. One of the people was discovered in possession of four baby black-tip reef sharks..

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