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MarinTrust Visit Thailand to Discuss the FIP Trawl Fishery in the Gulf of Thailand Progress

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

On Monday 25th July 2022, 01:30 - 05:00 PM, the Department of Fisheries and the Thai Sustainable Fisheries Roundtable (TSFR) held a meeting with the representative from MarinTrust at the Department of Fisheries head office at the meeting, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Fisheries, Mr. Bancha Sukkaew, is a chairman of the meeting, including Mr. Pornsil Patchrintanakul, the president of Thai Feed Mill Association, Mr.Amnuay Oerareemitr, the president of Thai Fishmeal Producers Association, TSFR 8 associations, Fisheries Experts, Project Researcher, and the representative from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources for MarinTrust, there are Ms. Nicola Clark, MarinTrust Impacts Manager, Mr. Derek Staples, MarinTrust Fishery Consultant, Ms. Deirdre Hoare, MarinTrust Fisheries Science Manager and Ms. Aisla Jones, MarinTrust Governing Board Committee (GBC). The objective of the meeting is to discuss the FIP trawl fishery in the Gulf of Thailand progress and the next step for the project.

At the meeting, MarinTrust has presented the overview of MarinTrust approval in Thailand, also updating on current Gulf of Thailand FIP status and next step for trawl FIP in Gulf of Thailand. In general overview, Thailand has 11 by-product certified marine ingredient production sites with 42 approved species for marine ingredient production and 4 MarinTrust Chain of Custody certified sites. For by-catch, there are 1 accepted Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) into the Improver Programme (IP) and 3 Accepted marine ingredient production sites on the Improver Programme (IP).

For the Gulf of Thailand FIP status, overall the scoring and feedback from TSFR regarding to re-assessment report and Fishery Action Plan seems to be acceptable. MarinTrust has recently held a workshop with international fishery experts and the feedback was generally very positive. The next step for FIP trawl fishery in the Gulf of Thailand will be as follow.

1) TSFR will provide the responses to the MarinTrust peer review comments and additional evidence or any updates on the FAP within mid of August.

2) The revised FAP and the peer review findings will then be presented to the IPAC for discussion and confirmation regarding status on the IP on Mid-September.

3) The work on activities on FAP should continue to implement and monitor actions outlined in the FAP. A progress report will be requested at the end of 2022.

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