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DoF Announced the "Closing the Inner Gulf of Thailand" in the area of ​​8 Administrative Provinces

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

On 15th June onwards Department of Fisheries announced “Closing the Inner Gulf of Thailand” in 8 management provinces


The Department of Fisheries announces resource management measures during spawning, spawning, and larval rearing periods in the Gulf of Thailand for the year 2023, period 1 from June 15th to August 15th, and period 2 from August 1st to September 30th, covering 8 provinces, namely Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, and Chonburi. Academic studies confirm that the measures implemented are consistent with the mackerel life cycle and able to restore aquatic animal resources sustainably, Therefore ask for cooperation from fishermen who strictly follow the law and to cooperate with the government for the sustainable management of the country's fishery resources.


The Director-General of the Department of Fisheries said that the Department of Fisheries announced the implementation of measures to close the Inner Gulf of Thailand in 2023 for two phases as follows:

Phase 1: from June 15th to August 15th, 2023, in some parts of the western Gulf of Thailand fishing areas, of the provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, and Samut Sakhon starting from Hua Hin District Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and ending at Mueang District Samut Sakhon Province Covering an area of ​​approximately 2,350 square kilometers

Phase 2: from August 1st to September 30th, 2023, in the Inner Gulf of Thailand fishing area, some northern parts of Samut Sakhon province Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, and Chonburi start from Mueang District. Samut Sakhon Province and ends at Sriracha District Chonburi Province Covering an area of ​​approximately 1,650 square kilometers, the use of certain types of fishing gear is permitted.

As for the penalties for violators, they will be liable to a fine ranging from five thousand baht to thirty million baht, depending on the size of the fishing vessel, or a fine of five times the value of the aquatic animals obtained from the fishing operation, whichever is higher and must receive administrative punishment as well.



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