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Vietnamese boats seized, arrests made for illegal fishing

Jul 24. 2019
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By Santiprap Ramasut
The Nation

Thai authorities have rounded up four Vietnamese fishing vessels and detained 35 crew members caught trawling in Thai waters 100 nautical miles off the coast of Songkhla province.

Charoen Omanee, the province’s Marine Fisheries Suppression and Protection Centre director, said on Wednesday that the captures followed a tip-off from Thai fishing trawlers about foreign boats intruding into the Gulf of Thailand.

Officials from the Centre, aided by those from the Fisheries Department, made the arrests and handed the suspects over to the Muang Songkhla police station while the fishing vessels were impounded and taken to Songkhla Port.

The charges expected to be filed included using foreign vessels to fish in Thai waters without permission and foreign migrants working as fishing boat crew members in Thai waters without permission.

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