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Fishermen head off to sea for a big catch of garbage

May 07. 2020
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By The Nation

Even though tourism has come to a stop due to the Covid-19 crisis, Thailand’s seas are still teeming with rubbish. Fortunately, fishermen have been regularly going out to sea to collect waste, averaging 10 tonnes per month.

In collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, more than 7,000 fishing boats in 22 coastal provinces are working on reducing marine waste, said Mongkol Sukcharoenkana, chair of the National Fisheries Association of Thailand.

"I thank the association and the fishermen who are cooperating in the collection of marine waste which is affecting fish and the marine ecosystem, as well as to prevent rare sea creatures like turtles and dolphins from swallowing plastic waste. Getting rid of waste in our seas is a touch challenge, but a very necessary duty. If there is no systematic operation, the problem will worsen. Even if we can cut the marine waste by 50 percent in five years, fishermen will benefit from bigger and better catches.”

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