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Department of Fisheries... Pushing Thailand to Comply with the USA's MMPA Law

After the National Fisheries Policy Committee approved The Principle National Action Plan for Marine Mammal Conservation and Management 2023 – 2027


On 19th November, 2021 at the meeting of the National Fisheries Policy Committee No. 5/2021, with Deputy Prime Minister Chairman of the National Fisheries Policy Committee Approved in principle the National Action Plan for Marine Mammal Conservation and Management 2023-2027 and urgent projects under the National Action Plan for the conservation and management of marine mammals, 2023 – 2027 which the Department of Fisheries has pushed For the implementation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the export of Thai aquatic products to the United States, which will come into effect on 1th January, 2023.


Deputy Director General, Department of Fisheries disclosed as secretary of the National Fisheries Policy Committee that As the United States has announced fishery import requirements under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the purpose of assessing fisheries regulations. Commercial fisheries of countries that ship fish and aquatic products to the United States that may affect the death or serious injury to marine mammals such as Dolphins, Whales, Dugongs, etc. The United States has announced the MMPA law on 1th January, 2017 and has set a grace period of 5 years to Ensuring that partner countries are prepared to comply with the MMPA regulations and will come into effect on 1th January, 2023 onwards. Countries that export fishery products to the United States Including Thailand still able to deliver fishery products.


In the past, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives The operation was driven through various working groups. which was appointed by the National Fisheries Policy Committee, consisting of 3 committees: 1) Subcommittee on Prevention, Problem Solving and Coordination of Actions on the Effects of Fisheries on Marine Mammals 2) Academic Subcommittee to provide supporting information. resolving the impact of fisheries on marine mammals and 3) the Special Committee on Negotiating the Effects of Fisheries on Marine Mammals. In order to prepare for MMPA compliance in a timely manner the Defense Subcommittee has appointed a data delivery working group for reporting with experts in ecology chairman of the working group And the Department of Fisheries opened a meeting to be a special laboratory for recording data in electronic systems "International Affairs Information Capture and Reporting System" (IAICRS), The working group has been working continuously since 9th November, 2021 until the recording is complete by 30th November, 2021 with the management of the Department of Fisheries to supervise and monitor progress in work closely.


Most recently, on 19th November, 2021 the meeting of the National Fisheries Policy Committee No. 5/2021, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, resolved to approve the principle of the National Action Plan for the Conservation and Management of Marine Pets. Mammals 2023-2027 and the Urgent Project for Marine Mammal Conservation and Management 2021-2022, According to the Department of Fisheries The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has pushed to take the opportunity during the US waiver period to monitor the status of marine mammals Implementing a system for collecting data on marine mammals from fisheries Developing rules, regulations or relevant measures to reduce the mortality and injury of marine mammals from fishing to comply with US MMPA law.



Information from : Dissemination and Public Relations Group, Department of Fisheries





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