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THURSDAY, December 08, 2022
Fishing ban imposed in Gulf of Thailand from Feb 15

Fishing ban imposed in Gulf of Thailand from Feb 15

MONDAY, February 07, 2022

The Department of Fisheries has suspended fishing in the central Gulf of Thailand for 90 days from February 15 to protect spawning species and boost marine stocks.

The three-month suspension runs until May 15 and covers seas off Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani.

A survey of mackerel last year found that the ban offered effective protection for spawning fish in the gulf. The average length of spawning mackerel is 18.5 centimetres, making them vulnerable to net fishing. The area targeted by the three-month closure is also rich in other economically important species.

The ban will allow the larvae of mackerel and other species to grow undisturbed in prime spawning stretches such as Khao Mong Lai peninsula to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan.