Marine police seize Vietnamese fishing vessels in Songkhla crackdown

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Thailand’s southern Songkhla province witnessed a series of Marine Police actions as two Vietnamese fishing vessels were seized and their crew members detained, according to authorities. These events unfolded yesterday in the waters of the southern regions of Pattani and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Pol. Lt. Col. Nathapong Takaew, the deputy head of the Songkhla-based Marine Police Sub-division 7, reported today about the seizure of the first vessel. Approximately 80 nautical miles east of Songkhla’s navigation floating light, this boat, crewed by five crewmen, was discovered around 2pm trawling for sea cucumbers near Ko Losin island in Pattani.

In a subsequent action soon after the initial seizure, a separate marine police unit apprehended another Vietnamese fishing vessel—the second capture for the day. At a location roughly 44 nautical miles east of Songkhla’s navigation floating light, near Ko Kra island in Nakhon Si Thammarat, this boat had six crew members on board.

Following their capture, both boats were escorted to the marine police boat pier located in the Muang district of Songkhla province.

“Upon further investigation and processing, all eleven crew members were charged with infractions,” said Nathapong. “They are now facing accusations under the Fisheries Act of 2015, the Immigration Act of 1979, and the Navigation in Thai Waters Act of 2003.”

These interceptions and arrests underscore the ongoing vigilance of law enforcement authorities against illegal fishing activities in Thailand’s water territories.

Marine officers can be seen meticulously scrutinising one of the seized Vietnamese fishing boats. The action is ongoing.

Two weeks ago, recent inspections of fishing boats operating in Phuket waters have shown no signs of illegal activities, such as human trafficking or compromised working conditions, according to officials. The random inspections were conducted on five boats and aimed to ensure workers’ rights were being upheld, with checks on employment and working conditions, valid working permits, and wages being paid in the appropriate manner. To read more click HERE

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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