Fishing

  • Thailand

    Fisherman accidentally harpoons his own face in eastern Thailand

    A fisherman from Rayong province in eastern Thailand accidentally speared himself in the face with a fish harpoon yesterday. He is now in stable condition. Yesterday afternoon, 30 year old Sarot from Rayong’s Chamao district went fishing with some friends at the Mor Mui Reservoir in the Pluak Daeng district. He dived into the water and tried to spear a…

  • Thailand

    Underwater utopia being created out of decommissioned oil rigs

    An Aquaman-type underwater utopia is being developed near Koh Pha Ngan island in Surat Thani province, out of redundant oil and gas rigs. Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment department revealed plans are well underway to utilise decommissioned oil rigs to develop a new diving destination for tourists located around 7.5 nautical miles north east of Koh Pha Ngan island. The…

  • Video

    Thailand News Update | Foreigner in Thai spirit house ‘misunderstanding’

    Police arrested 7 people in 3 provinces across Thailand for allegedly supplying forced labour on fishing boats. This news comes after 3 Thai workers were repatriated from Malaysia in September last year, after being forced to work on a fishing boat, without oversight from authorities. The 7 arrested were captured in raids in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Chanthaburi provinces. They…

  • Crime

    UPDATE: Corpse found floating in Gulf of Thailand

    UPDATE: A man has confessed to the murder of 23 year old Chalermchai Siang, whose body was found floating on the surface of the ocean 500 metres away from the shore in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province on Monday. Three rocks had been attached to Chalermchai’s body in an attempt to weigh it down and his wrists and ankles had been…

  • Crime

    Corpse found floating in Gulf of Thailand

    Fishermen discovered the body of a man floating on the surface of the sea around 500 metres away from the coast in Nakhon Si Thammarat province in southern Thailand yesterday. The man’s wrists and ankles had been tied up with ropes and weighed down with rocks. His identity remains unknown. The swollen corpse of a man, around 165 centimetres tall…

  • Thailand

    Three fishermen found clinging to a foam crate in the middle of the sea

    Three fishermen were found clinging to a foam crate in the middle of the ocean yesterday by another group of fishermen after their boat sank in the middle of the night. Facebook user Yuranan Thongprem posted at 10:04am yesterday: “A bit of an exciting story. We took our boat out to go deep-sea fishing and saw a foam crate far…

  • Vietnam

    Thailand’s Navy intercepts one of three Vietnamese fishing boats in Gulf

    Yesterday, Thailand’s navy intercepted one of three Vietnamese fishing boats seen in the Gulf of Thailand on Tuesday night. The navy first tried firing warning shots at three ships. The ships ignored the warning and fled. The navy managed to catch one of the ships yesterday, and arrested five people for illegally fishing in Thai waters. The five face charges…

  • Thailand

    Phuket’s tuna industry falling behind, Phuket VP calls to train fishermen

    In a meeting yesterday, Phuket’s Vice Governor Pichet said the provincial government wants fishermen to develop stronger skills with tuna and tuna fishing practices. He said strict fishing laws have already lowered the number of tuna caught in the province. Another issue is that Thailand doesn’t have proper tuna fishing boats. VP Pichet said amendments to current laws on which…

  • Thailand

    Thai officials warn prisons over forced fishing net labour

    Following a December investigation by Thomson Reuters Foundation about abuse of Thai prisoners forced to make fishing nets, officials are warning prisons. The investigation found that prison guards beat prisoners who didn’t meet certain targets, and disallowed them to shower. Prisoners were also not paid minimum wage, and sometimes not paid at all. In February, 31 Thai and international rights…

  • Thailand

    Fisheries Department will temporarily halt gulf fishing for marine breeding season

    The deputy director-general of the Fisheries Department announced yesterday that in coming months, four areas of the gulf will be closed to fishermen for marine breeding season. From February 15 to May 15, waters near the coasts of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Surat Thani will close. From May 16 to June 14, the foot of Khao Ta Mong Lai…

  • Thailand

    Police suspect dead man found on Phuket beach had been sniffing glue

    Early this morning, fishermen off the coast of Phuket found the body of a man washed up on the beach. The corpse showed no signs of injury, however, police found incriminating glue stains on his clothes and a can of glue near his body. They also found a shrimp-catching bucket near the body. Police believe the man had been sniffing…

  • Thailand

    45 Thais working in Malaysia deported to Songkhla

    45 Thais that were working in Malaysia have been arrested for illegal entry. Following their arrests, they were deported back to Thailand. 1 of the workers had Covid. The Thai citizens returned earlier this week to the southern Thai province of Songkhla, which borders Malaysia. Most of the returned citizens are now in quarantine at the Siam Thana Hotel until…

  • Thailand

    Thailand News Today | Vaccine schedule for Thailand and new train hub | February 4

    While there’s no exact date on the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is assuring the public that the first order of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive this month, despite the E’s restrictions on Covid-19 vaccine exports at the moment. The National Vaccine Institute is working on getting the first shipment by the end pf February, according to…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration cancels NY countdown events, asks workers to work from home

    The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the municipal organisation in charge of the Greater Bangkok city area, has announced that all New Year countdown events have been cancelled after new cases of Covid-19 were found in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. But organisations who have already organised events will be able to ask for specific permission. The BMA is also asking the workers…

  • Pattaya

    Pattaya curfew breaker drowns

    A 41 year old Thai man in Pattaya has drowned, apparently attempting to avoid arrest for breaking Thailand’s national curfew. He was pronounced dead after being found by local fishermen floating off the shore of Pattaya Beach yesterday morning. Pattaya City Police were notified of the incident near the Bali Hai Pier around noon. Police, emergency responders and reporters arrived…

  • Environment

    Rare pink dolphins spotted off Koh Phangan – VIDEO

    Pink dolphins are extremely rare, mainly found in only a few spots in the world, including parts of China, Hong Kong waters and sections of the Amazon river. So it was a surprise for fishermen in the Gulf of Thailand to have a rare encounter with pink dolphins, which scientists say are becoming bolder in the absence of tourists The…

  • Economy

    Thailand loses US free trade benefits worth billions of baht

    Thailand loses duty free access for 42.2 billion baht in exports to the US market from today, 6 months after Washington warned it would pull back on trade privileges unless the kingdom committed to labour rights reforms. Once trade preferences for Thai products are removed they are subject to tax of between 4% and 5%, making them more expensive in…

  • Weather

    High winds, strong waves harm southern fishing businesses

    PHOTO: Sumeth Panpetch Fishermen in the Ranot district of Songkhla province in southern Thailand, are struggling to make a living as strong winds and waves of three to five metres in height continue to batter the southern Gulf coast. The Nation reports that dangerous conditions in the Gulf of Thailand have been preventing local fishermen from going to sea for…

  • Environment

    Sand dunes exposed as water in Mekong River falls to critical level

    PHOTO: AFP Sand dunes are now being exposed for the first time in a century along many sections of the Mekong River, as water levels fall to a new low milestone of 1.5 metres. Sand dunes can now be seen along many sections, causing problems for fishing vessels and cargo boats trying to travel along the river. The Bangkok Post…

  • Environment

    Thai fisherman admit to killing up to 30 dolphins

    SCREENCAPTURE: Sanook Royal Thai Police have responded to a video clip showing 30 dolphins caught in a fishing trawl in Malaysian waters, killing many of the mammals in the process. The clip was forwarded to them by the Command Centre for Illegal Fishing (CCCIF). The Thai PM ordered an immediate investigation which lead to the discovery that the boat in the…

  • Hua Hin

    Sea turtle dies after getting tangled in a fishing net – Prachuap Khiri Khan

    PHOTOS: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand A series of photos that convey everything we should be concerned about in Thailand’s marine ecology. A Green Sea Turtle, tangled in a fishing net, has been washed up on a beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources reports that they were notified that a dead sea…

  • Thailand

    Thai fishing industry says new laws are ‘unrealistic’

    by Kanittha Thepajorn A draft bill for the improved protection of fishing boat crews has sailed through the National Legislative Assembly. NLA members voted unanimously to endorse the Bill on Labour Protection in the Fisheries Sector. The Nation reports that the writers of the Bill say the new laws will bring the conditions on fishing vessels up to par with the…