General Chatchai Sarikulaya, Deputy Prime Minister, traveled to Brussels to take part in the joint press conference with Mr. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, according to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
During the press conference, he emphasized the successful cooperation between Thailand and the EU in combatting IUU fishing, which encompasses legal reform, fishery management, fleet management, monitor, control and surveillance, traceability and law enforcement.
These measures led to the EU’s acknowledgment that Thailand possesses one of the most effective systems to combat IUU fishing in the region, which can serve as a model for other states facing similar problems.
The Deputy Prime Minister stated that, in its capacity as ASEAN Chair this year, Thailand will give priority to promoting sustainability in all dimensions, including sustainable fishing, which will be one of the deliverables during Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship. He also proposed enhancing the existing cooperation with the EU on all dimensions of marine sustainability, particularly the conservation of marine resources and marine environment.