The crises of fisheries worldwide have prompted many parties to realize the importance of collectively looking after marine life, especially in non-territorial seawaters. This trend of consciousness has been raised among consumers, under the principle of engaging in responsible fishing practices. Moreover, some countries have implemented measures to regulate the responsible management of fisheries among their citizens. Some have enacted trade laws to mandate that imported goods for domestic consumption are approved and/or inspected to have beenderived from Non-IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) Fishing, such as countries of the European Union.
The ongoing situation has affected the export of Thai fishery products, as its process of raw material procurement does not meet the standards of Thailand’s partner countries in trade. The Thai fishing industry, therefore, faces obstruction, as its products have been boycotted by trading countries. On June 18 2013, the Fisheries Association of Thailand, the Thai Fisheries Producers’ Association, the Thai Feed Mill Association, the Thai Frozen Foods Association and the Thai Shrimp Association collaborated with the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Livestock Development in creating a joint resolution over acceptable standards in Thai fisheries. The Thai Sustainable Fishery Roundtable (TSFR) was therefore established as a joint committee between the public and private sectors over this issue.
The purpose of the TSFR is to determine, study and proceed with creating the fishing standards that all parties can comply with under the CCRF (Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries) framework of the FAO.
The fishing standards will take the following parts into consideration:
Part 1: Practices Non-IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing)
Part 2: Practices Fishing Without Destroying the Environment
Part 3: Does Not Use Illegal Labor And
Part 4: Guarantees Food Safety
Memorandum of Understanding is made on 4th November 2013 by TSFR, with the intention to improve the efficiency of Thai fisheries management and governance, together with environmental responsibility and transparent traceability of fishery products