Efforts against IUU fishing earn praise

Efforts against IUU fishing earn praise

Asia has been commended pertaining to sharing lessons discovered in combatting illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, throughout the opening of the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2022 within Bangkok yesterday.

Ye Anping, director of the South-South and Triangular Assistance (SSTC) Division of the UN’s Food and Farming Organization (FAO), mentioned Thailand has made significant achievements in agricultural and food system transformation over the past few decades.

Thailand has done this particular by providing technical support to a number of countries on a bilateral basis within and outside the Asia-Pacific region over the years, Mr Ye said.

“IUU fishing is one of the successful tales, ” he said while presiding within the GSSD Expo 2022.

The particular three-day GSSD Expo 2022 — which usually finishes tomorrow — is being co-hosted by Thai government as well as the UN’s Economic and Social Commission meant for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is a event organised with the UN Office pertaining to South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to showcase evidence-based successful development solutions and initiatives, in collaboration with UN agencies and all some other partners.

Mr Ye mentioned Thailand’s effort to overhaul its fishery systems management began in 2015 once the European Union flagged the particular kingdom for IUU activity and endangered to ban seafood imports unless improvements were made.

Since then, he or she said, many procedures were implemented which includes port-in port-out inspections, vessel monitoring plus traceability systems, and the use of initiatives to limit the amount of sea food harvested to avoid long lasting depletion.

Such initiatives led to the lifting of the yellow card within 2019.

Mr Ye added that Thailand has got the potential to significantly contribute to the accomplishment of Sustainable Advancement Goals (SDGs) simply by sharing its specialized know-how and development experiences with much less developed countries.