Mackerel stocks improving in Thai waters

Officials say the recovery is due to the implementation of tough measures against IUU.

Adisorn Promthep, chief of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, said an increase on mackerel biomass over the past three years in the Gulf of Thailand shows the country is in the right track to implementing regulations required by the European Union in fisheries management, reports Bangkok Post.

Authorities imposed a mackerel fishing ban duting the spawning season covering 26,400 square kilometers in the Gulf that has led to a recovery in both juvenile and adult biomass in the area.

Surveys found 3 metric tons of adult fish and 10 metric tons of juveniles.

"This is the first time we have surveyed the mackerel since the ban," said Promthep. "The population has increased based on what our surveys show, and what local fishermen tell us.

“It is an indicator of the marine resources management which the EU might take into account when considering our performance in preventing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing,” he said.

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