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Department of Fisheries Announced the Closure of The Gulf of Thailand in 2022

Department of Fisheries announces measures to manage aquatic resources with eggs, spawning, raising embryos in the Central Gulf of Thailand, covering some areas of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani during February 15th - May 15th, 2022 for a period of 90 days, and continue with the coastal zone according to the annex of the announcement of the closure of the Central Gulf of Thailand and Khao Mong Lai Laem continuation area to Hua Hin District Prachuap Khiri Khan Province Between 16th May – 14th June, 2022 for a period of 30 days by implementing the measures is consistent with the life cycle of mackerel able to restore aquatic resources sustainably.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Fisheries said that the "close the Gulf of Thailand" measure is an important measure in the management of aquatic resources with eggs, spawning, raising embryos in the Gulf of Thailand The objective is to conserve the parents of aquatic animals with older eggs. ready to reproduce, spawn and conserve young aquatic animals to grow into a new generation of aquatic animals able to restore aquatic resources for sustainable use and is an important measure of the Department of Fisheries that has been carried out continuously by the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives He emphasized that the Department of Fisheries has taken conservation measures to maintain the sustainability of aquatic animal resources and to create a balance and suitable for the occupation of fishermen and provide operational policies based on the principles of prevention, deterrence and suppression as well as focusing on building awareness, understanding and participation of all sectors as important.

Therefore, in this year 2022, the Department of Fisheries continues to take measures to close the Gulf of Thailand in the original time and space By allowing the use of only certain fishing gear belonging to small fisheries groups and this does not affect the Gulf of Thailand closure measures.

Thus, it shows that the Gulf closure measures prohibit fishing in certain areas and for a certain period of time only. Most of the fishing gear that is prohibited from fishing during off-season fishing is a group of high-performance tools, such as trawlers, seine nets and anchovy nets. Fisheries can go outside the bay area and for the use of fishing nets, fishing during the closure of the bay is permitted only for local fishing vessels under 10 gross tons and with a net port size of at least 2 inches. In the coastal seas, the length of fishing nets used must not exceed 2,500 meters, so they are not greatly affected by the gulf lockdown measures.

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